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.
At the moment Ira Losco is extensively touring Europe attending one preview party to another in a bid to promote "Walk on Water", the original song which she co-wrote with Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Tobias Lundgren, which she will present on behalf of Malta during the 1st semi-final on the 10th May 2016.
Although surprise is a key-element in the presentation, certain details about the on-stage team have already been made public with Skorpion, a renowned male dancer who has accompanied Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Madonna chosen to choreograph and Anna Azzopardi and Pamela Bezzina picked as backing vocalists.
This will not be the first time that either of the two ladies have gone to the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist, noting that Anna had previously accompanied Lynn Chircop during "To Dream Again" back in 2003, and Pamela had been on stage with Thea Garrett and "My Dream" in 2010 as well as Glen Vella and "One Life" in 2011.
It is well worth pointing out that Pamela was also the vocal coach for Firelight in 2014, and Amber in 2015. She will be taking on the dual role at this years' international music competition. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden.
Maltese singer Charlene Mercieca Magro was invited to take part in Euroritm international music festival in Romania last weekend and managed to accomplish a prestigious 3rd place from all the various participating countries around the world. She was cordially invited to participate in this festival by Mr Martin Degabriele, director of Malta International Singers Festival - Eurostars.
Charlene, who is vocally trained by Pamela Bezzina from VocalBooth Studios, sang 2 cover songs, one in Maltese "Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla" originally sung by singer/songwriter Corazon and "Dear Future Husband" originally by Meghan Trainor. Charlene received very positive feedback about her performances and she feels very honoured to have represented Malta in such a prestigious event. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about upcoming local talent.
Source: Press Release
In February 2008 singer Glen Vella who represented Malta in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2011 with the song ‘One Life’ spoke about his dream of forming a Gospel choir to fellow singers and companions Pamela and Leontine. Instantaneously Animae Gospel Choir was a dream come true. By mid-March 2008, well-known Maltese entertainers formed the singing group as it is known today. With a lot of liveliness and never-ending rehearsals, the members of the choir have managed to put their voices and souls together to create an exceptional Gospel sounds. Animae Gospel Choir is now becoming a household name and they performed shows over-seas with immense success.
The mishmash of well-known Gospel songs together with other innovative tunes is what makes Animae Gospel Choir one of the premium musical groups in tiny Malta. The lovely harmonies produced leave a flawless impression, and together with their well-practiced moves performed throughout the songs, they persuade the audience to join in, clap and sing. Now, for the first time ever, the notorious singers and musicians forming Animae Gospel Choir are going to perform renowned Christmas Carols and sparkling Gospel Classics, during this unique season! The Christmas Shows will be on the 22nd December at St. Theresa Sanctuary, Birkirkara at 8.30pm and on the 23rd December at Good Shepherd Chapel (Taċ-Ċawla), Victoria, Gozo at 7.30pm
The Animae Gospel Choir includes a stunning list of performers including artists who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions such as Pamela, Leontine, Janice Mangion and Nadine Axisa whilst Debbie Scerri also represented the country in the 1997 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with her charming entry Let Me Fly which ranked in the top ten. The performance lasts for about an hour and a half. All takings will go to the children of St. Joseph's home in St. Venera. More details on www.entertainment.com.mt! To reserve please log on to www.biljetti.com or call 21 80 80 80. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about local events which comprise of some of the best that the local music scene has to offer.
Source: Press Release
Projects come into existence thanks to ideas which flow from one individual to another an in fact, the Gospel Choir which has today become known as Animae was originally the fruit of thought of Glen Vella, Pamela and Leontine who have somewhat gained fame in their own right through competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the male counterpart eventually finishing as the winner back in 2011 and thus representing Malta on an international scale. Nevertheless, the focus here is on the choir which is currently abroad in Assisi, Italy for the first time in order to participate in a music workshop. Gospel is the genre which is being covered during this particular event which brings about together several artists from Italy, who aim to learn from a set of tutors from the United States of America including Pastora Ronald Ixacc Hubbard, Pastor Keith Moncrief, The Fabolous Five, Rodney Hubbard and Dereque Withours. It is an honour to see our Maltese counterparts present as they continue to grow musically.
Music is important in spirituality and hence forth why Animae have taken this stance to learn more about what they could do not only within the area of music in which they have excelled throughout the past couple of years but even throughout other specific areas of religiosity. The workshop will include a number of performances, original works which will most likely only be exhibited at the Gospel Connection workshop. This is the tenth year of this project, and therefore, a prestigious goal was put in pace and reached, with top level in quality and artistic excelled at the proposal of the committee behind the workshop. Gospel Connection has been organized with leading artists in recent years including Richard Smallwood, Bob Singleton, Trini Massie and Kellie Turner. The successful workshops have been highly critically acclaimed, so much so that it has become renowned all of Europe for sheer dedication and success. Our very own Gospel Choir, Animae is currently preparing to host another show during Christmas time where festive tracks will obviously be taking precedence over others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Christian Borg, Animae Gospel Choir