It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina.
Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below.
24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa
Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese
Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar
01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
Source: NET Television, escflashmalta.com
In the aftermath of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, the attention of the local music scene quickly turns to the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, another music competition which features original songs in Maltese, capping a successful series of months for our national language.
This year’s edition of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be returning back to it’s home-base on The Granaries in Floriana, noting that 12 months ago, the festival was staged at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, something of a rare occasion.
23 entries will be sung on stage, but prior to that, there are still some eliminatory phases which need to be held, first starting off with the “Talent Żgħażugħ” category from which 3 songs will be chosen through a mixture of tele-voting (40%) and expert jury voting (60%). Those competing are as follows:
3 songs have also been shortlisted with the “Talent Stabbilit” category yet will be requiring the full support of the public at home, noting that during the second phase of the competition these songs originally ranked between 21st and 23rd. Those competing are as follows:
The rest of the field, therefore 20 in total features acts who have taken part in other national competitions such as the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” and also “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Jr”. Those competing are as follows:
On the right hand side to each competing entry, there is a number which duly corresponds to the televoting portion of the competition. In the “Talent Stabbilit”, the televoting winner is handed out as a seperate award, but the other sections have different rules and regulations as stated above. This year’s “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be taking place on Monday 19th September, and is organised under the auspices of Media.Link Communications. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: NET Television
Local society has somewhat become infatuated with using the English language as a main source of dialogue which is definitely a positive for the upcoming generation as they head into a world which mainly uses the language. Nevertheless, Maltese is a national form of speech and writing and it is stunning that competitions like the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and L-Għanja tal-Poplu still support music written in Maltese because original tracks are already hard to come by and this is the manner which could still support one of the core elements of a national identity. This years' edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu officially commenced yesterday and escflashmalta.com is in a position to exclusively reveal that 38 entries have been submitted.
Philip Vella, Janvil, Corazon, Walter Micallef, Ina Robinich, Kaya, Eleanor Cassar and Glen Vella could all list themselves as winners of the renowned competition throughout the years with more recent participants being Grecia Bezzina and Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 semi-finalist; Janice Mangion. Last year, L-Għanja tal-Poplu received around 42 entries and therefore, one could denote that despite the drop, the amount of submissions is roughly around the same. Should the quality be somewhat similar, then the people are clearly in for a treat. The finalists are expected to be released within the next couple of days whilst the competition is set to take place on the 20th April 2013 at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and ghanjafest.com for all of the latest news.
Source: YTC, Għanja tal-Poplu Committee, escflashmalta.com
ONE Television, is one of the key elements behind the success of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition and promoting upcoming local talent is quite important because one has to preserve the language that has been terms as a brand identity for several years. The renowned local competition is just one of two in the music industry and has been well regarded by musicians, songwriters and performers alike. The organisation of the showcast last year was remarkable and one could definitely notice that the year off was a time to rebrand, and come back stronger. At the end of the evening, the top three were none other than Kultural, Grecia Bezzina and Kantilena and the people somewhat seemed content by the proceedings of the evening.
The 37th edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place 20th April 2013 in the same aforementioned venue and escflashmalta.com is proud to be a main promotional partner. You could view a copy of the regulations on the official website. One could easily note that there have been no real changes from the previous years noting that all of the submitted tracks must adhere to the typical idea that they cannot include any obscenities or partisan propaganda. They also be within the time frame of three minutes and a half, not more. All of the instruments have to be played live on stage for those who end up making it through to the final stage of the competition which we remind you will be held on the 20th April 2013 within Sir Temi Żammit Hall. The committee of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be receiving entries within the YTC Offices at 227, Merchants Street in Valletta on Friday 1st March 2013 between 10:30 and 11:30 as well as 19:00 and 21:00 CET respectively. Stay tuned to more information on escflashmalta.com as well as the official page on social networking website, Facebook.
The Maltese language has always been an underdog but managed to survive each time, coming up stronger and more beneficial than any other counterparts which have proven otherwise. Discussions about this element have always come about especially from within some of the most distinctive individuals in the local music industry because the only competitions that tend to see through this promotion are none other than the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Għanja tal-Poplu. The focus this time round is on the latter with thirty six years of history behind it and clear concepts with regards to live instruments. In fact, the committee thought best to reinvent themselves earlier this year as the competition took place within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall in Msida and aired on ONE Television, as well through an online webcast in order to reach several people whose love for the Maltese language continues across the globe.
The 37th edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place 20th April 2013 in the same aforementioned venue and escflashmalta.com is proud to be a main promotional partner presenting you the rules and regulations in an exclusive manner. In fact, you can download your copy here or view them here. We have already been through the regulations and could easily note that there have been no real changes from the previous years noting that all of the submitted tracks must adhere to the typical idea that they cannot include any obscenities or partisan propaganda. They also be within the time frame of three minutes and a half, not more. All of the instruments have to be played live on stage for those who end up making it through to the final stage of the competition which we remind you will be held on the 20th April 2013 within Sir Temi Żammit Hall. The committee of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be receiving entries within the YTC Offices at 227, Merchants Street in Valletta on Monday 18th February 2013 between 10:30 and 11:30 as well as 19:00 and 21:00 CET respectively.
The jury will be responsible for noting the lyrics, the music and the combination and therefore it is imperative that the submitted production will have a merge of the two together combined by good vocals. Whilst there is no real element of what the subject should be about, the competition does suggest that people stick to a social theme which will also include a separate award. This years' edition proved to be quite intriguing to be honest noting that there was a renewed interest. At the end of the competition, third place was given to the group Kantilena with the song Baħħar, second place was given to the track Tal-Komma Twila performed by Grecia Bezzina and the winning entry Malta Tiegħi performed by Kultural. The most successful artist in this competition in recent years has surely been Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 finalist; Corazon who has won the competition three of the last five years. Once more the prizes will involve competing in other showcases abroad. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and għanjafest.com for all of the latest news with regards to the 2013 edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu.
Source: escflashmalta.com, Għanja tal-Poplu Committee.
Mike Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Tarcisio Barbara, Claudette Buttigieg and Kaya could all note to have at least one thing in common and that is being winners of the elite Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been organized by Media.Link Communications for a numerous number of years, noting that this years' edition will be the twenty-first in total and fifteenth consecutive one as a matter of fact. The committee behind the competition led by Mark Azzopardi and including members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team have worked hard to include a number of innovations in the past two years noting the beginning of a seating area which would definitely keep the audience at bay as well as the official preview videos for each track to help aid in terms of promotion. There is stiff competition this evening, featuring twenty acts that will be leading the way in the Established Category and another four acts who will compete in the Teenage Category as revealed last week on Indifest as shown on NET Television.
The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted on The Granaries in Floriana by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and will be featuring guest performances by Mike Spiteri who returns as last years' winner as well as Kurt Calleja and his band who represented Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit never managing to make it through to the final stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, it has to be noted that there will be a number of awards that will be given out this evening including the online voting which has been ongoing through mychoice.pn, the tele-voting through the clips which have been put online and on NET Television throughout the summer and also the jury voting as chosen by Media.Link Communications. The latter two will be important for both categories with a separate award for the Established Category for each and a combined vote for the Teenage Category which will feature 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting. escflashmalta.com would like to wish everyone the best of luck and invite the people to attend or tune into NET Television at 20:30 CET to watch the proceedings unravel live.
Recognition in the local music industry is quite a difficult thing to achieve especially due to the fact that the amount of performers which are putting themselves forward is somewhat too high at points in time but nevertheless with competitions such as the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Għanja tal-Poplu, there is variety and a different audience for each. Taking the latter into perspective, the renowned local festival returned earlier this year following a one year break and was covered into detail by escflashmalta.com due to the fact that a number of senior editorial board members were involved in a number of tracks including the runner-up entry, that being Tal-Komma Twila penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss, composed by Dario Bezzina and ultimately performed by Grecia Bezzina. Nevertheless, it has to be noted that the organizers of the Għanja tal-Poplu would like to extend their appreciation towards the local music scene by holding a free event on Wednesday 12th September as from 19:30 CET onwards in Valletta within the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
Headlining the event will be none other than brother and sister duo Dario and Grecia Bezzina, who have already been mentioned above and are quickly garnering a name for themselves in the industry with the male having been the runner-up at the Junior Eurosong back in 2004 with the track Eviva L-Mużika and also making it through to the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions whilst reaching the finals of the Għanja tal-Poplu twice in 2006 and 2010 and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza five times including from 2008 until this year making it five times in a row. He was also the backing vocalist for Amber in this years' Malta Eurovision Sogn Contest as she romped into third place with the track Answer With Your Eyes. Grecia Bezzina is quickly becoming a household name as well having been in the Għanja tal-Poplu twice, once through the Żagħżagħ category and once this year, having also been in the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest once, a two time finalist of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2009 and 2012 respectively whilst also being one time finalist in the Malta Hit Song Contest back in 2010. She accompanied Francesca Borg and Annalise Ellul as a backing vocal in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
In the meantime, there will be another host of acts participating during the evening including none other than Justin Galea who has been studying in the Untied Kingdom in the past couple of months. He will be joined by Ruth Abela who has just returned from touring in Spain alongside her group Troffa Ħamra y Les Mechones. They will be further more accompnied by Mark on the drums and they will be giving the audience present a mixture of local and international music to add a little bit of flavour to the general show. Later on the evening, Justin will be joining Antonio Olivari and they will be performing a host of original tracks. Antonio himself will be accompanying Mario Debono who will be performing a number of tracks from the local folk scene. The real treat of the evening will surely be the group Kultural, winners of the 2012 edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition. They will soon be leaving to perform in Turkey as part of their somewhat intriguing victory package and will be giving the audience a small glimpse of the set that they have prepared for the country.
Source: Għanja Fest
The subject of music represents universality and what better way to celebrate such an important talent such as vocal prowess through a bond which could only be created by siblings. The local music industry has had a fair share of individuals who have joined forces together through the means of music noting substantially people such as Natasha and Charlene as well as the Micallef trio featuring Richard, Wayne and Michelle respectively. It has to be noted that both have been part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past, each leaving their mark on the evolvement of the competition so to speak. Media.Link Communications have greatly acknowledged all type of artists throughout the years with the appointed jury notably voting for the best entries and ultimately performers whether they are competing as soloists, duets or even groups. Following the trio that was presented last week, attention is turned to a duet between a brother and a sister, Dario and Grecia Bezzina who will be performing the track Se Nibda Jien composed by Dario Bezzina himself with lyrics written by none other than singer/songwriter Rita Pace. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.
There has been a lot of talk in recent days and weeks with regards to upcoming local performers honouring their country in foreign waters having just had the likes of Daniel Muscat winning a section of the competition and the same goes with Grecia Bezzina who was competing in the Canzoni Del Mondo festival in Maoiri, Italy just a couple of days back as exclusively reported by escflashmalta.com when it comes to online media. The result achieved in the competition is yet another transcending thought that Malta is one of the most successful countries with regards to evergreen and upcoming talent. The special accolade which was given to the young performer was actually the Public Award which was somewhat recognized through a series of voting made by the people. The track she performed was an original song entitled I Can't Stop Thinking of You written by Philip Vella.
Grecia Bezzina is not a completely new individual in the local music scene having been in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza alongside her brother Dario within the performance of the song Nagħmlu Deal as well as making the semi-final of the Malta Song for Europe back in 2009 with the track Fjamma tas-Sliem. Nevertheless, her most successful appearance came earlier this year when the performer showing her drastic makeover made it to the finals of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition with the song Tal-Komma Twila composed by Dario Bezzina and penned by escflashmalta.com editor Emil Calleja Bayliss reaching second place. In February, Francesca Borg decided she could use the stunning range of the performer as a backing vocalist for her track Take Me Far which received huge praise from music critics and online reporters. It was the first of many successes for Grecia Bezzina definitely noting that her voice is continuously maturing and she will surely be one of the leading names in the industry in the years to come.
Representing your country in any event is something that each and every person should cherish and do it proudly. It happens on a number of occasions in different events and different showcases. In the music business one has become accustomed to different people representing one’s country abroad in various festivals. During the next weekend upcoming artist Grecia Bezzina will be carrying the Maltese flag in Italy where she will be taking part in the festival Canzoni Dal Mondo.
It is not the first time that a local artist is taking part in this contest as in previous years Malta was represented by Rosman Pace, Kaya formely known as Priscilla Psaila, Geordie and Corazon Mizzi; in actual fact Rosman Pace and Kaya managed to emerge victorious. The Grand Final night this year will take place on the 13th of August in Piazza Raffaele D’Amato in Maiori. She will be participating in this festival with a song penned specifically for this festival by Philip Vella. Grecia will be competing against ten other singers.
On this venture Grecia Bezzina will be accompanied by her brother Dario Bezzina and Noel D’Amato who happens to be one of the members of WAFA and the committee behind ‘L-Għanja Tal-Poplu’. Her participation came about thanks to her runner up finish in the aforementioned festival where she sang the song ‘Tal-Komma Twila’ penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss, to the composition of her brother Dario Bezzina. The song was well received by the people in the hall and also by the judges who after Grecia’s heartfelt interpretation the song got awarded 2nd Place.
This was Grecia Bezzina’s major triumph although one can say that for a nineteen year old she has managed a number of achievements as she made it through ‘L-Għanja Tal-Poplu Żagħżagħ’ three times, once alongside her brother and twice as a solo artist, she also made it to the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision back in 2009 and twice in the finals Festival Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2009 and 2012; all alongside her brother Dario Bezzina. In 2010, she made the finals of the Malta Hit Contest and earlier this year she was a backing vocalist for Annalise Ellul and Francesca Borg in the finals of the Malta Eurovision.
Back to ‘ L-Għanja Tal-Poplu’ one must note that the top three winners of the festivals were all given the right to represent Malta abroad in a musical showcase. This prize came about thanks to Robbie Cefai and all the board members of WAFA who have a number of contacts abroad. The sole aim of WAFA is to connect different countries, so different artists can share their music in different festivals and showcases. Events like these make artists more comfortable as it helps them gain more confidence and exposure. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Grecia Bezzina the very best of luck in Maiori and for her future career.
Source: Press Release