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Friday, 14 March 2014 01:30

GħTP 14: Interview with Denise Spiteri

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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 tenth act in our series; Denise Spiteri who will be performing the song Pupa composed and penned by Mark Laurence Zammit.

Denise Spiteri, an artist who might need a bit of an introduction to our foreign readers, having been away from the local music scene since childhood, having been part of the Junior Eurosong competition on a number of occasions prior to entering a reality talent show, Don’t Stop Me Now which aired on NET Television a couple of months back. What comparisons and differences do you draw from 2009 to 2014? 

I consider myself to be more focused and sure of what I want to do with my career. Also, even though I still have a lot to learn and discover, I feel that I have learned a lot, and gained more experience since then.

Pupa, written by Mark Laurence Zammit 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?

The song tells the story of a girl who has just ended a relationship with her boyfriend, however is still haunted by the mistakes she unconsciously made during that time.  Aghast with horror, she has found indecent selfies of herself spread around the Internet, the same ones her boyfriend had asked her to send him, whilst in the relationship.  Throughout the song she reflects on her situation, and makes some drastic decisions.


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?

Yes I do believe that there’s a place for this competition as sometimes it may be the key ingredient to cultivate interest in a particular event as this festival, which gives special attention to the lyrics and social theme, and draws away the attention from any unnecessary extravaganzas.  I believe it motivates singers and songwriters to contribute to the local music scene.  In fact, we are creating a contemporary yet unique musical style for Malta, without realizing.

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

Don’t underestimate the capabilities of Maltese artists. We should all appreciate local music more, especially music which encourages the Maltese language.

Source: Official WebsiteOfficial Facebook Page

Last modified on Friday, 14 March 2014 01:35