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
Through their online news portal MaltaRightNow, Media.Link Communications issued the names of the finalist entries, and their respective performers for the 2015 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Following an unspecified number of submissions, as received on the 17th July 2015, a professional panel of judges whittled down the entries, choosing those which reflected the saying 'music to their ears' before coming up with 40 songs, all of which were re-interpreted with LIVE vocals by their respective artists. At the end of this process, the 20 finalists were selected.
In the lists below, there are two (3) singers with more than one (1) entry, and the song which has an asterisk (*) next to their name will either have to be given to another performer, or else be withdrawn from the competition, and thus replaced by the 21st entry in the original list of results. At this stage of the competition, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in order to find out what will happen with the final list of participants for the 2015 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.
Taqsima Kantanti Stabbiliti
Dment li Malti Ħaj (Ray Agius / Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina
Għal Dejjem (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone (*)
Ħdejk (Philip Vella) - Joseph Refalo
Ħolm tat-Tfal (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Laura Bruno
Insellimlek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat
Int u Jien (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - Ana-Maria Grima
Kelma Bejn Tnejn (Andrew Zahra / Rita Attard) - Michela Dalli
Kun Imbierek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Ingrid Vella) - Simone Gauci
Kuraġġ (Analise Mifsud) - Analise Mifsud
Ma Jien Xejn (Marco Debono / Rita Attard) - Mandy Tabone
Ma Ninsa Qatt (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono
Miegħek Malta Independenti (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Cherise Attard
Nann (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire
Onestà (Frederick Camilleri) - Laura Bruno (*)
Orrizonti (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone
Pinokkju (Chan Vella / Kevin Tanti) - Neville Refalo
Primadonna (Clinton Paul / Stephen Baldacchino) - Rita Pace
Rivali (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar
Teżor (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kurt Cassar
Tħalluħx (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Domenique
Żmien Sabiħ (Joe Formosa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Antonella Rapa
Taqsima Kantanti Ġodda
Bix-Xejn (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri
Fis-Seba' Sema (Cyprian Cassar / Rita Pace) - Nicole Borg
Għandi Ħolma (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Francesco Pio Attard) - Mikaela Bajada
Iċ-Ċinju (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro
Il-Leħen Li Hemm Fik (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Sarah Micallef Muscat
Jien (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Naomi Busuttil
Lampa Stampa (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette
Miskin (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette (*)
Opportunità (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Marlon Bianco
Sabiħ (Chan Vella / Rita Pace) - Rebecca Bilocca
Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006).
Source: MaltaRightNow, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)