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Sunday, 23 March 2014 19:40

Ġensna: Ira Losco Eases Into Majestic Role

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Malta, a small island with a lot of talent when it comes to the arts noting several successful endeavours on foreign fronts, most recently acknowledged thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her success at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start which she co-wrote alongside Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matt Mercieca. Nevertheless, this article is about the second event encompassing the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, that being Ġensna, a rock opera written to commemorate Malta’s status as a republic, which featured some of the top artists in the scene.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate all those that took part, because the long weeks of rehearsals were pivotal to the general success of the show, as seen last night, with a strong sold out crowd taking to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre to enjoy a show which had last been staged back in 2009. I will be brief, yet detailed in my analysis in highlighting the performances of the evening, kicking off with none other than Mark Tonna, whose impeccable rendition of the different ruler was truly music to my ears. His diction was perfect, and his tone reached a certain standard which was required throughout. It seems that the singer/songwriter has been on top of his game since coming in second place at the International Festival of Maltese Song in November of 2013.

Moving on, the runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and 2012, Claudia Faniello was also truly on form, wearing a black ensemble accompanied by dark and gothic like make-up to give a sensationally emotional performance, one which saw my eyes flood with tears, something that rarely happens to me. Yet, the moment that everyone was expecting was definitely the rendition of Tema ’79 which was made famous by 1992 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri. The role was taken on by Ira Losco, regarded by many as Malta's pop/rock princess. She took to the stage stage in a beautiful long cream dress and gave a performance worthy of a standing ovation, one which she got half way through her rendition.

Other stand out performers in my sincere opinion were Franklin Calleja, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Lawrence Gray, who almost represented Malta on two occasions, those being in 1999 and 2003 as well as Ivan Grech, lead vocalist of the group WinterMoods who I do not cite as one of my favourite vocalists but was well suited to the role he was given. Performing in Ġensna is a triumph in itself, and all the cast is to be merited. I singled out performances of soloists but on behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, a big round of applause should go to the Animae Gospel Choir who accompanied almost all of the songs, the original cast who made a cameo appearance for one song and the amazing live band led by Maestro Paul Abela. Well Done!

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

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