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Christmas songs in Maltese are not unheard of but you do not get to hear them so often – the more popular songs in English get priority and in recent years it seemed quite an unusual to hear a Christmas song in Maltese around this time of the year. One of the first song in Maltese to make a hit in recent years was the release of Ħelu Bambin sung by the popular Chiara alongside Ludwig Galea. The popular gospel choir Animae have decided to get into the Christmas spirit too with their take on one of the most popular Maltese Christmas songs Ninni La Tibkix Iżjed. The original song was written by Fr. Andrew Schembri back in 1846 but Animae alongside young talented singer Isaac Mercieca gave a song a facelift with a modern touch.

It is always great to hear a popular song with a different vocal arrangement to the one we are used to and Pamela Bezzina did a great job on that, whilst alongside Christian Borg, she also took care of the musical arranagement. The direction of the choir was left in the capable hands of Pamela Bezzina too, who seems to be the mastermind behind this track. Animae Gospel Choir is known for their perfect harmonies and takes on different popular songs. The journey started back in 2008 with ten well-known performers, nowadays the group is made up of 21 well established performers and their aim is to provide those listening to some true soul music. Have a listen to the track and leave your comments below on what you think about this number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Animae Gospel Choir (Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wZMV_7Rc4

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 02 November 2012 07:17

Malta: Animae Gospel Choir Travel to Italy

Projects come into existence thanks to ideas which flow from one individual to another an in fact, the Gospel Choir which has today become known as Animae was originally the fruit of thought of Glen Vella, Pamela and Leontine who have somewhat gained fame in their own right through competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the male counterpart eventually finishing as the winner back in 2011 and thus representing Malta on an international scale. Nevertheless, the focus here is on the choir which is currently abroad in Assisi, Italy for the first time in order to participate in a music workshop. Gospel is the genre which is being covered during this particular event which brings about together several artists from Italy, who aim to learn from a set of tutors from the United States of America including Pastora Ronald Ixacc Hubbard, Pastor Keith Moncrief, The Fabolous Five, Rodney Hubbard and Dereque Withours. It is an honour to see our Maltese counterparts present as they continue to grow musically.

Music is important in spirituality and hence forth why Animae have taken this stance to learn more about what they could do not only within the area of music in which they have excelled throughout the past couple of years but even throughout other specific areas of religiosity. The workshop will include a number of performances, original works which will most likely only be exhibited at the Gospel Connection workshop. This is the tenth year of this project, and therefore, a prestigious goal was put in pace and reached, with top level in quality and artistic excelled at the proposal of the committee behind the workshop. Gospel Connection has been organized with leading artists in recent years including Richard Smallwood, Bob Singleton, Trini Massie and Kellie Turner. The successful workshops have been highly critically acclaimed, so much so that it has become renowned all of Europe for sheer dedication and success. Our very own Gospel Choir, Animae is currently preparing to host another show during Christmas time where festive tracks will obviously be taking precedence over others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Christian Borg, Animae Gospel Choir

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC0k7cE4CCw
Published in Local Music News

One of the leading events in the local music scene in the past couple of weeks has surely been the two concerts given by the Animae Gospel Choir. Both of the evenings were instantly sold out with most of the people remembering how sublime the group were during their initial major performance at the Manoel Theatre. This time round they used the Mediterranean Conference Centre, a larger venue which has been known to host some of the most notable events in the country. It is widely known that half of the proceeds from the two nights actually went to Richmond Foundation, an organization which addresses mental heath. It seems that they are enjoying themselves more than expected with the group deciding to give another mini-concert, this time in support of the Parkinson's Awareness Week. This performance will be somewhat different from the ones at MCC, since it will feature more mellow worship songs together with Gospel classics performed in Animae's elaborate harmonies and accompanied by Christian Borg on the piano.

The mini-concert entitled Searching for the Soul, has been first performed in 2009 in Gozo and has since then been reproduced on different occasions. This concert will be given at the Sagrestia Vault within the Waterfront of the capital city, Valletta this Thursday night.  The Animae Gospel Choir has risen to a predominant position in recent years by bringing about Gospel Music to the local scene, something that had long been needed. Amongst the people within the group, one would find an array of former Malta Eurovision Song Contest participants such as Pamela, Leontine, Dorothy Bezzina, Petra Zammit, Anna Azzopardi, Eleanor Spiteri, Annabelle Debono, Janvil and Nadine Axisa whilst the team also includes former Eurovision Song Contest representatives Glen Vella and Debbie Scerri. These are just some of the many people that make up the team nowadays. In order to book your tickets at just €10, make sure to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 99992008. Once more www.escflashmalta.com supports this venture and wishes the Animae Gospel Choir the very best of luck!

Source: Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPAz34q-06g

Published in Local Music News