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Sunday, 09 March 2014 16:45

GħTP 14: Interview with the group Tmien Ħabbiet

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the fourth act in our series; Tmien Ħabbiet who will be performing the song Rutina composed by Jonathan Laferla to the lyrics of Charlie Bonnici.

Apart from the songs having a social lyric to accompany each entry, your name as a group strikes a chord with me, with Tmien Ħabbiet referring to your individual worth. How does one start to begin in deciphering such a name, especially knowing that you have been together for the past twenty-five (25) years and who came up with it?

We’re really glad that you appreciate the name of our band, but you’d be surprised to find out that, firstly, it didn’t take us more than a few minutes to come up with the name, and secondly, the main reasoning behind it was due to the fact that we joke around calling each other “Ja habba hazina” every chance we get!! Further more, we only came up with the name after finding out we qualified for l-“Ghanja tal-Poplu”!! Sorry to disappoint…hehe!!

Rutina, composed by Charlie Bonnici to the lyrics of Jonathan Laferla 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?

Listening to the lyrics, you’d realise very quickly that it is mostly being used metaphorically to reflect the frustrations and struggles of every day life. Trying to get to places on time, relying on someone else to get you there, having a bus driver who does pretty much what he wants, without having to answer to anyone, leaving you feeling powerless and frustrated. This could be used to describe any person of authority you might come across during your day…that warden that double parks to give you a fine, that bully at school, our own judicial system!!! At the end of it though, we’re all dealing with our own struggles, ‘on the same bus’ so to speak!!!

L-Għanja tal-Poplu is known to be a celebration of lyrical prowess amongst friends, noting that the competitive feel is very much forgotten during rehearsals or the actual night of the competition. With ONE, the most successful private broadcaster in Malta supporting this event, it seems to denote its successful reputation. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support its continuation in the years to come?

Well, from what we heard, there were over (70) seventy songs that applied for this festival, so obviously, if there isn’t a place for all this talent to be showcased, there should be!!! Having said that, speaking through our experiences building up to this Festival, we’ve had a blast so far!!! So, the more, the merrier…

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

Whether it’s playing music, a sport, dancing, or any other form of art you do that makes you feel good when doing it, even if you think you might not be very good at it, even if it’s just for you....Keep doing it!!! Enjoy.

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Last modified on Sunday, 09 March 2014 23:22