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Sunday, 09 March 2014 18:05

GħTP 14: Interview with the Frank and Christabelle

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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. has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the fifth act in our series; Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi and The Likes who will be performing the song Kif Xrobtuli il-Menti written by Frank O'Neill himself.

Frank & Christabelle, a duo who have long established a role in the local music industry by partaking in L-Għanja tal-Poplu on two (2) previous occasions, even finishing in second (2nd) place once. This time round, you will be joined by a group known as The Likes. Would you care to explain how this collaboration came about and what the public should expect from this team?

Just about a week before the closing date of this years competition, I met Christabelle in Rabat. She asked me if I had written a song . When I replied that I hadn't and that she did not have one,I asked her t suggest a subject. She replied that her mind was blank and that gave me the impetus ,the spark to write the song which deals with the use/misuse and abuse of the social media which can result,metaphorically speaking in a Blanked out mind.

Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti, written by Frank O’Neill 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?

Finding the musicians to accompany us was quite a challange but,luckily, Brian Tonna and his son Andrew where available and they managed to rope in a drummer,a guitarist,a violinist, a tuba player and percussionist. We named the band IL-LAJKS which doubles up for Likes and a typical Maltese expression.

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 it’s continuation in the years to come?

I like the Festival as it gives space for writing unusual songs with social and relevant Themes. The atmosphere is friendly and free of pressures.  Last year I co presented with Valerie Vella and, although I enjoyed the challenge, I must say I much prefer playing's live after all. The style of my song is quite theatrical and requires us to do more than just sing and play...but we'll leave that for the day!

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

My message to the public is to support initiatives which strengthen our Maltese identity and language and give space to air our views.....and please...KEEP IT LIVE!!!!

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