On the 7th and 9th July, the semi-final and grand final of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted on stage by Sean Buhagiar and supported off stage by comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask, and Gilbert Camilleri, not to mention the tidbit interviews conducted by Josephine Ebejer Grech prior to each entry, with the lyricists.
The evening was a true celebration of our national language, through the medium of song, noting that special guests included none other than: Kantilena, the second runners-up of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2012 who have recently published their debut album; John Bundy, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 1995 with “Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws”, a song written by Martin Attard and Ecca Muscat, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with “Ġismi”, a song written by Matthew and Mark Pellicano.
A professional jury heard the songs on multiple occasions, before given the chance to listen and view each competing entry live on stage, and at the end of the evening, the results were as follows;
Best Teenage Talent: “Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk” – Jurgen Xerri (Paul Ellul, Glen Vella)
Best Singer/Songwriter: Corazon Mizzi for “X’Se Jsir?”
Best Social Theme: Paul Ellul for “Ta’ Billejl”
Best Interpretation: “Il-Biża’ u Jien” – Nadine Fenech (Rita Pace, Pamela Bezzina)
First Place: “X’Se Jsir?” – Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 144 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.
Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final have been made public. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.
The professional jury for this phase of the competition was comprised of: Adrian Mamo, David Azzopardi, Martina Caruana, Miriam Cassar, Noel D’Anastas and Vince Fabri. The semi-final phase of the competition is set for the 7th July where all the 18 participating entries will be interpreted #live with the PBS orchestra. Out of these, 12 will then be chosen to compete on the 9th July during the final.
“Bħal Tifla Żgħira” (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) – Maria Cassar
“Ħabta u Sabta” (Andy Muscat / Mark Scicluna) – Andy Muscat
“Ħallejt Il-Passi Wrajk” (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri
“Ħanini” (Walter Micallef) – Walter Micallef
“Id-Dieher” (Augusto Cardinali) – Neville Refalo & Graziana Axisa
“Il-Biża u Jien” (Rita Pace / Pamela Bezzina) - Nadine Fenech
“Is-Sinjur” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna) – Cherylis
“Jien Biss” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Dominic Cini) – Dorcas Debono
“Ma Ninsiex” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Augusto Cardinali) - Deborah Dalli
“Mellisni” (Joe Chircop / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Mikaela Bajada
“Ngħidlek” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Miriam Christine) - Miriam Christine
“Pupa tal-Plastik” (Paul Ellul / Marco Debono) - Domenique
“Ta’ Billlejl” (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas) – Neville Refalo
“Tama” (Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13 / DJ Mac / David Leguesse) – Shyli and Jasmar ft. Kapitlu 13
“Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Pamela Bezzina) – Michela Dalli
“Waħdi Miegħek” (Ingrid Vella / Kaya) – Graziella Vella
“Xagħar Twil” (Ingrid Vella / Mark Laurence Zammit) – Denise Spiteri
“X’Se Jsir?” (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon
L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.