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Saturday, 12 October 2013 15:25

FiKM 2013: Interview with Domenique Azzopardi

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escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition which is yet to be determined. Domenique is the second artist and she will be performing the song Passi fir-Ramel composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Mark Amaira.

Domenique, as an artist, your participation within local festivals is striking but nevertheless, your first major competition was the Malta Junior Eurosong, in which you had also managed to come close to victory on a couple of occasions. Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years. As a former national finalists, do you agree on the fact that there was no national selection and do you support the choice of Gaia Cauchi?

I strongly believe that our Maltese Ambassador Gaia Cauchi will do a great and amazing job as she usually has done in previous occasions where I had the oppurtunity to see her perform live.

Just a couple of weeks back, you entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, awarded the Best Song according to the general public at home and during the actual competition. Nevertheless, the year before, your entry Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella was a second runner-up thanks to the jury. What is the difference between a song for the masses and for the experts and how difficult is it to find the right balance?

'Tama u Kuraġġ' & 'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq' are different regarding to their style. 'Tama u Kuraġġ' is appointed to the people who loves upbeat songs and 'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq' for those people who like more ballads. For me it is not that difficult to find a balance between them as I am used to sing different styles.

Passi Fir-Ramel composed by Philip Vella and penned by Mark Amaira is the song you’re presenting within this years’ International Festival of Maltese Song. It is an entry which had already been submitted to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a couple of years back but nevertheless, found it’s way into the finals this time round. Would you care to explain what the song speaks about and what genre it encompasses?

The song is about this perfect couple whom the girl is crazy and madly in love with the man of her dreams and she is ready to do whatever he wants and desires. He is leaving footprints in the sand which she is ready to follow them. The genre is latin.


Twice a contestant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you have managed to garner the appreciation of both a national and international audience, with your last entry Too Little Too Late actually being a foreign composition by Marc Paelinck and Matthias Strasser. What do you recall from the experience of being in the competition and how did it aid in creating an image of Domenique which you would like the people to notice?

This experience helped me to grow and mature more in a person and also in the musical scene. Although I went for a different style and I developed into being myself more. I would like people to see me as myself.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

I certainly do believe that this song festival has it's place in our industry because it is one of the few festivals that recognize our language and with all my heart I do support the continuation of this festival.

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

I would like to tell them a big thank you for supporting us the local singers and also to those people who supports me no matter what in my life and in my career.

Last modified on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:45