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Monday, 14 October 2013 00:10

Malta: Interview with Fiona Cauchi (FiKM 2013)

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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. Fiona is the third artist and she will performing the song Għadek Tgħix composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Mark Amaira.

Fiona, you are one of the artists who has a rich history when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having managed to make it through to the final stages of the competition on several occasions, the last of which was back in 2009 as part of the group Q whose entry Before You Walk Away composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. Each experience speaks volumes and of a different time within your career but how has the competition helped you grow as an artist?

As an artist, competition helps you develop that which by yourself you might not be able to attain.....it gives you experience, puts you on the same podium as the others and makes you face many challenges.  Nowadays I do not compete in a festival anymore but am more inclined to participate in a festival and produce each performance to a higher degree of perfection.

In 2011, you participated within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Malta Ġrajjietha, a duet with Nadine Axisa composed by Chan Vella with lyrics by Alexia Schembri. It reminded people of the stunning vocals that you had both attributed to the song Words of Love composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan at the 2005 Malta Song for Europe. How does it feel to be back in a competition with the last having been around two years ago?

It feels like I am back on stage with my friends.  It is indeed no competition for me but rather another occasion where I put my vocal prowess in a showcase.

In this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, you are presenting an entry entitled Għadek Tgħix composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Mark Amaira. Would you care to explain to our readers what the lyrics speak about what genre the song encompasses?

The song is a modern ballad, I daresay with an Italian twinge in it.  Its strongest element is the theme, which was cleverly penned by Mark when he saw me once on TV discussing with a woman who left a strong mark in my life.  The song speaks about me quoting her most famous words uttered by this woman, now deceased, but who is still very much alive in my heart and mind.  I will be wringing my heart out for sure on the night.....this is a song whose theme, of course, is very dear to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azTpCzjRb9M

In recent months, there have been a lot of comments with regards to the progession that the local music industry has made in these past couple of years with several new artists finding their way into recording studios and releasing successful material both in Malta and abroad. What is your take on this matter and should we expect any new material in English from Fiona in the coming months, possibly even for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014?

I would most definitely not spill any beans on forthcoming projects right now :) let’s say I would only comment that I find this upward surge in the local music industry delighting and encouraging :)

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 love my language, I believe in it and I adore singing in it, particularly to foreign people who I am proud to say highly appreciate our native language. For this reason I fully support this festival and do hope that there will be place for it still in future.

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

What should I say......but a massive THANK YOU for all the support and interest you shower us with throughout the year.....I’m really grateful for the love!!!

Last modified on Sunday, 20 October 2013 23:41