KKI 2012: Fifth Programme of Indifest TomorrowWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
The inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza way back in 1983 proved to be quite the successful affair noting that some of the most established names in the local music industry put their names forward to take part and therefore, following such interest, the showcase continued for a couple of years before stopping in 1987 due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, it would return ten (10) years later and the aim did not change noting that the importance of the Maltese language in song remained the most prominent element in the competition as renowned performers threw their hat into the ring and did their best to achieve victory. There were a number of those who would ultimately be successful including Ira Losco, Miriam Christine, Claudette Pace, Annabelle Debono, Amber, Claudia Faniello, Lawrence Gray, and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. The competition is being organized for the twenty-first year and things have changed quite a lot in the past couple of years with a brand new Chairman, Mark Azzopardi discussing a number of new ideas alongside the rest of the committee. One of the most intriguing changes has surely been the introduction of preview videos which could be seen through viral website, YouTube. Exposure is key to any competition and thus with the videos along the weekly programme, Indifest, the local audience would get the chance to support local talent in the best possible way.
The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a host of talent noting that there are a number of newcomers as well as individuals who have been rightfully earning their place in the local music industry. Apart from meeting three (3) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last week, the programme had the pleasure of welcoming, Jan Cortez who most recently topped the local charts on 89.7 Bay alongside Carlo Gerada whom escflashmalta.com spoke to as part of our coverage of upcoming talent in collaboration with the most popular radio station in the country whilst the second guest was a female who won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and who goes by the name of Amber. The performer is quickly taking in a lot of praise following performances with Kurt Calleja as well as Joseph Calleja in events which are completely different from each other, those being the Eurovision Song Contest and a classical concert.
For the fifth programme of Indifest, Mark Azzopardi, the Chairman of this years' committee for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza returns as producer alongside Lisa Libreri who has taken up the role of co-producer in the past four weeks. The role of producer is quite important to make sure that the television programme Indifest reflects the aim of the competition itself. In the past couple of years, things have not been so much in sync at times but this time round, things are relatively different so to speak. The programme which is broadcast live every Tuesday night is presented by Ronald Briffa, this years' male host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and Christine Haber, multiple host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In this weeks' edition, it is imperative to note that the acts competing in the Established Category who will be making an appearance are none other than Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Se Nibda' Jien composed by Rita Pace and penned by Dario Bezzina as well as Deborah C who will be performing her song Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop.
The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is always looking to promote brand new talent and that is why the Teenage Category has always been promoted in the past couple of years. Week after week, there is a live performance by one of the ten competitors and frankly this is quite important due to the fact that 60% of the final vote will be based solely on this performance with members of the jury looking at the performances and marking the tracks as they please. This weeks' entry is none other than L-Ewwel Imħabba composed by Kaya, penned by Rita Pace and then performed by Darlene Sammut. People who will be watching the show this week will be pleased to know that the special guests will be none other than former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Annabelle as well as former Eurovision Song Contest representative Ludwig Galea. Both bring about history within the event and the local music scene in general and thus should be a great addition to the multiple guests which have been making appearances in recent weeks. So tomorrow night on NET Television at 20:30 CET, make sure to tune into another programme of Indifest.