KKI 2012: Seventh Programme of Indifest TonightWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Miriam Christine, Annabelle Debono, Ira Losco, Amber, Mark Tonna, Claudette Pace, Eleanor Cassar, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and most recently Mike Spiteri all have something in common and that is, that they have all managed to overcome their respective obstacles to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the most notable competition which promotes music in the Maltese language. Several of the individuals mentioned above were still up and coming when they managed to achieve the feat and therefore truth be told, the showcase helped them achieve the status and regard that they hold in present times. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza first took place in 1983 but following four years, it had to be stopped in 1987 before making an even more successful return in 1997. Last year, Media.Link Communications appointed a brand new chairman, Mark Azzopardi who alongside his team including two members of the escflashmalta.com editorial board helped re-invent several aspects of the competition to make it more attractive both to the individuals concerned within the tracks and the audience watching. There has been a lot of exposure given to the acts in the past two years noting that this year, preview videos were shot for the very first time and could be seen through viral website, YouTube.
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. The programme last week did not take place because of a national holiday so to speak but then again the week before, there were two special guests with a huge connection to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza noting that Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) has finished as the runner-up twice and also win with the track Dan Hu L-Mument in 2007. On the other hand, the second guest was Janice Mangion who had an extremely positive year reaching third place in the last edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Eternità and then reaching the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.