18 August 2017

The 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija is going to take place on the 2nd September at Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the accompaniment of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela and Maestro Joe Brown.

This year saw 131 entries received by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee, which they whittled down to 48 semi-finalists thanks to a jury panel which consisted of Maestro Manuel Pirotta, Dr Michael Spagnol, Alfie Fabri and Joe Piscopo, after hearing the CD recordings. In the second phase, the semi-final, another jury panel, this time consisting of Vince Fabri, Christopher Spiteri, Justin Galea, Phyllis Debono, Noel D’Anastas and Frank O’Neill, picked 18 finalists, all of which will get the opportunity to share their songs, their messages to a wider audience. 

The list of finalists in alphabetical order is as follows:

13, Strada Stretta (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Dario Bezzina) - Dario u Grecia Bezzina

Antifona ta’ Mħabba (Joseph Calleja / Edward Magri) - Kapitlu Tlettax, Dominic Cini u Ina Robinich

Arani Ngħix (Andy Muscat / Cyprian Cassar) - Andy Muscat

B’Kelma (Charlie Dalli) - X-Tend

Dil-Qalb (Fleur Balzan / Paul Giordimaina) - Anna Azzopardi

Dwejra B’Tieqa Fiha (Giovann Attard / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Charlene Rae Muscat

Għanjiet (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Andrew Zahra) - Michela Galea

Ħallejt il-Ħolm Iġorrni (Mario Scerri / Brian Abela) - Amplified

Ħolqa (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Luke Agius / Julie Pomorski / Augusto Cardinali) - Julie Pomorski

Kliem Ix-Xiħ (Mark Cachia) - Mark Cachia

Li Kien Għalija (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) - Rachel Mamo

Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat Mas-Silġ (Paul Ellul / Pamela Bezzina) - Jessica Magro

Mill-Għatba ‘l Barra (Dario Bezzina) - Sebastian Calleja u Michela Dalli

Min Jaf (Ryan Grech) - Ryan Grech

Narak Kuntent (Odelsie Camilleri) - Odelsie Camilleri

Ritratt (Philip Vella) - Monica Said

Rutina Tgħallina (Xarulu) - Xarulu

Stalett (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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On the 21st March, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place at Sir Temi Żammit Hall, at the University of Malta, under the stewardship of Ryan Borg and Angie Laus. Broadcasted LIVE through Radju Malta, with guest commentator Tony Micallef, and airing on Television Malta 2 on the 31st March, the competing entries bore an intriguing mixture of recurrent social themes, some which relate to the masses, and others which are more individually specific.

Karen DeBattista, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song "Jien Ma Naħdimx" composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace was the special guest at the beginning of the evening, to a rapturous applause. Later on, another special guest, albeit a singer/songwriter, Philip Vella was presented with the 'Għanja Li Tibqa' Award for his multiple participations in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, performing a medley of iconic songs, including, "Marija", "Kemm Jien Beżżul" and "Fil-Każ Grazzi".

A professional jury, which included the likes of Joe S Grech, Paul Abela, Paul Buhagiar and Albert Marshall went for mature numbers, songs which embody a strong message, either musically or lyrically, yet at times difficult for the general public to comprehend. The aim is to challenge the perception on issues which people rarely discuss in public, including sexual abuse, re-introducing prisoners into society and quarelling.

Best New Talent: "Niftakarna" - Abstract Acoustic Duo (Gabriel Cassar)

Best Singer/Songwriter - Mark Cachia for "Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl"

Best Social Theme: "Ġismi" - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

Best Interpretation Award: "Battibekk" - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss u Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Third Place: "Battibekk" - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss u Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Second Place: "Ċans Ieħor" - Raquel Galdes (Daniel Paul Farrugia, Norbert Borg)

First Place: "Ġismi" - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 16 finalists, for being so cooperative in organising the promotional campaign which included a series of interviews, and also presentation of entries. 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.

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 18:47

GħTP 2015: Interview with Mark Cachia

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number four is Mark Cachia, and his entry is entitled "Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl", a song which he wrote himself.

It seems that the popularity of the singer/songwriter is on the rise, following the success of international acts such as Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith, noting that you are one of 6 competing in this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. What makes you stand out from the rest of the acts? 

I cannot fully answer this question as I have not heard any of the other songs yet, but I always write from my own experiences.  I believe that when a song is written from something which you have lived through it becomes more personal and thus makes the performance more special.

“Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl”, to which you composed the music, and created the lyrics to, is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

When we are at the end of a chapter in our life, we look back to the events which happened to bring this end.  We also look back at the happy moments, sad moments, regrets, etc…  My song finds a character exactly at the moment when he is about to leave and turn off the lights for the last time.  In the meantime all these thoughts come to mind, leaving this person satisfied but yet uncertain about what is going to happen next.  The song is a reflective ballad sung in the 1st person which takes the audience on a journey through the thoughts of this particular person.  

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In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

Songs have always been used as a means to carry a message.   L-Ghanja tal-Poplu has always provided authors a path to express themselves freely.  More than controversy I believe that most songs try to create awareness.  My entry lures the audience into a character’s mind and makes them aware of what his thoughts are. Therefore more than conrtoversy I would rather have the audience reflect on how they would feel should they find themselves in the situation that the song portays.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

My message to your readers is to always support Maltese music as it is part of our heritage, culture and identity.  I also wouldn’t mind having more Maltese songs played on our local radio/tv stations.

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition, known to breathe life into the music industry, officially takes on a new dimension as of today, as more details emerge. escflashmalta.com is in an exclusive position to announce that the hosts for this year will be none other than; Ryan Borg of “Sibtek” and Angie Laus of “Ħadd Għalik”. This year’s competition features an extravagant mixture of upcoming and established vocalists, all vying to join that coveted honour roll, which has seen to the emergence of several artists throughout the years.

The most recent winner, Karen DeBattista, whose “Jien Ma Naħdimx” written by Mark Scicluna and Rita Pace has become truly iconic, will be one of the special guests during the show. It is expected that she will be performing prior to the start of the competition, whose running order has now also been drawn by four of the contestants, whilst being interviewed on the programme “Mill-Għanja tal-Poplu” hosted by Tony Micallef on Radju Malta 2.

01. L-Għawdxija - Ta' Verna Folk Band (Augusto Cardinali)

02. Pjan – Simone Gauci (Ingrid Vella, Augusto Cardinali)

03. Il-Malti - Mario Debono (Mario Debono)

04. 'Charlie' l-Artist – Michela Dalli (Rita Attard, Andrew Zahra)

05. Illum Jien Pensjonant - Joe George Micallef (Alfred C. Sant, Joe George Micallef)

06. Dawn l-Għajnejn - Ana Maria Grima (Rita Attard, Siobhan Vassallo)

07. Niftakarna - Abstract Acoustic Duo (Gabriel Cassar)

08. Fejn Marru t-Tfal? - Michela Galea (Rita Pace, Renato Briffa)

09. Darbtejn Insiru Tfal - Jeffrey Scicluna (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

10. Ġismi - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

11. Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

12. Waqt li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl - Mark Cachia (Mark Cachia)

13. Bit-Tlikki Tlikki - Christabelle Curmi (Clifton Casha, Carmel Dalli)

14. Min Taħseb li Int? - Teddie Zammit (Teddie Zammit)

15. Ċans Ieħor - Raquel Galdes (Daniel Paul Farrugia, Norbert Borg)

16. Battibekk – Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

The 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place on the 21st March 2015, within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta. The renowned local music competition not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several worldly topics. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015.

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition, known to breathe life into the music industry, officially takes on a new dimension as of today, as 16 entries out of the original 105 submissions, will be part of the 39th edition of the competition. It has been a rigorous selection process, involving 5 professional jury members, whose first task was to shortlist the best 35, out of which they had to bring down by half, once more.

As a music competition, L-Għanja tal-Poplu prides itself with presenting the song-titles, composers and authors first, prior to making an announcement with the respective performer of the song. This is due to the fact that the singer could be altered from the demo version to the final version, as stipulated by the rules and regulations issued by the organising committee. The names of the artists will be confirmed in the coming hours. 

Battibekk – Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Bit-Tlikki Tlikki - Christabelle Curmi (Clifton Casha, Carmel Dalli)

Ċans Ieħor - Raquel Galdes (Daniel Paul Farrugia, Norbert Borg)

'Charlie' l-Artist – Michela Dalli (Rita Attard, Andrew Zahra)

Darbtejn Insiru Tfal - Jeffrey Scicluna (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

Dawn l-Għajnejn - Ana Maria Grima (Rita Attard, Siobhan Vassallo)

Fejn Marru t-Tfal? - Michela Galea (Rita Pace, Renato Briffa)

Ġismi - Ecca u Pell (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

Illum Jien Pensjonant - Joe George Micallef (Alfred C. Sant, Joe George Micallef)

Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

Il-Malti - Mario Debono (Mario Debono)

L-Għawdxija - Ta' Verna Folk Band (Augusto Cardinali)

Min Taħseb li Int? - Teddie Zammit (Teddie Zammit)

Niftakarna - Abstract Acoustic Duo (Gabriel Cassar)

Pjan – Simone Gauci (Ingrid Vella, Augusto Cardinali)

Waqt li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl - Mark Cachia (Mark Cachia)

The 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place on the 21st March 2015, within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta. The renowned local music competition not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several worldly topics. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu (Official Facebook)

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