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Laura, one of the female vocalists competing in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Fraħt Għax Sibtek written by Frederick Camilleri, is becoming somewhat accustomed to participating within this local competition noting that this will be her third participation. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Laura a little bit better. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Laura, they stated that 'she has a good voice, but nevertheless needs to smile more whilst giving a performance', ultimately offering seven (7) points.

Laura, this is your third time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and you are definitely hoping that it will ultimately prove to be the big break prior to making it through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is no surprise that you have submitted entries with the hope of representing Malta at the Pan-European competition but have thus far not proven successful in making it through to the final stages. Will you be adopting a new approach for the coming years?

I like to sing and perform different styles of music so i look forward for any challenge and opportunity that may arise. I always believe in the songs I submit.

In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are presenting the track Fraht Ghax Sibtek which has somewhat received mixed comments from the general public thus far. Frederick Camilleri, the veteran songwriter is responsible for the track, noting that he was also the individual behind last years' masterpiece which ranked within the top ten following the final vote of the professional jury. What is the exact meaning behind the song and what are you anticipating with regards to the live performance?

The song originally was a poem composed for a couple who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, but the lyrics also describe love which is never ending, which grew from the first moment. I feel this song is special as I am also living it in real life thanks to my husband Ramon. So it is completely dedicated to him!!


The songwriting duo made up of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg are somewhat synonymous to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest with their entries having represented Malta on five occasions from the year 2000 onwards. In 2009, you had the opportunity to perform their entry Something About You during the Malta Eurosong semi-final. The track, predominantly pop infused with dance was relatively intriguing. How was it created and would you have made any alterations to the presentation if you had the chance?

Well after I perform and watch the performance I always criticise myself and see room for improvement. Obviously I was still younger at age and now I think differently in terms of performance.

In 2002, the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was officially suspended in order to give way for the nations' participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest but both were eventually given up subsequently. It was recently announced by Robert Cefai that the competition will be officially returning this year and that preparations are set to begin immediately now that the green light has been granted. Do you have any interest in submitting for this competition and do you believe it is a positive step for the representation of Maltese through the medium of music?

I think this festival is a good stepping stone for singers who love Maltese language as I do. But unfortunately I do believe that in Malta you can do millions of festivals which will mean nothing compared to the Eurovision Song Contest as the majority of the Maltese public is only interested in it. This is the feedback I get. I am not known as other singers are in Malta and when I meet new people and come to know I am a singer too, they question me why I don't take part in the Malta Eurovision. This mentality has to stop!!!

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

I thank them for all the support and that is what keeps me going!!


Published in Interviews
Thursday, 30 August 2012 15:25

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Kemm Xtaqt'

In the hands of the right people, talent can be considered as one of the most notable assets that an individual can have but then again, the method of exposure has to be worked out in the possible way with artists looking as their most viable options in the music industry which when it comes to Malta is somewhat extremely limited. One of the venues where such talent can be exposed is surely the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and in fact, there have been a number of such individuals who have only sent in tracks to this competition or rather have created a bond due to the fact that it represents the best of the Maltese language and therefore, one of the prime elements of the national identity. Media.Link Communications have set out to promote such an aim and therefore, they are succeeding when such artists come forward and this is surely the case with the next artist, Laura Bruno whose entry Kemm Xtaqt written by Frederick Camilleri is also being analyzed. This particular artist has been around for quite some time but has been selective of where she would like to expose her vocal prowess at yet her return to the scene is surely encouraging. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.

First and foremost, the title in itself could be easily translated into I Wish but that could refer to practically anything especially without a particular context and therefore, we have looked into the song at greater detail and length so to speak. This has to be a track which features a heavy social theme about the individual once more which seems to be a central focus for most of the story-lines in this years' entries of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. From what I have managed to gather, it seems that a particular person, someone who could either be identifiable through a friend or family or even though a criminal role in society has not had everything go his way and therefore, Laura performs as if that love would erase the wrongdoing done with the possibility of heading into a jovial era, one which is very much different to what has been encountered until this point in time. What is so different about this song than most of the other tracks in this years' competition is the fact that Laura shows a lot of facial expressions throughout the whole performance and that shows that she would really be putting a lot of emotion, something which seemed to have been witnessed by the judges of the second phase of the jury who heard her perform the track live and therefore, giving it the proper showcase it deserved. As already mentioned before, the track is performed by Laura Bruno and the songwriter is Frederick Camilleri and technically, both of them do not need too much of an introduction with their experience in the industry.

The performer of the track has already participated in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on another occasion, that being in 2005 with the track Il-Bogħod Mid-Dlam but then again, it is also to be noted that Laura has tried to enter the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on multiple occasions, eventually making it through to the semi-final stage in 2009 with the track Something About You. It has been noted on several occasions that she has a very particular vocal timbre which has to be specifically adhered to even in terms of the songs that she performs. For many years, the main venue for exposing her talent has been none other than the Christmas Pantomime along with Pawlu Testa which has featured a host of celebrities throughout the years including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Julie and Ludwig as well as national final stars such as Leontine, Ina Robinich and Minik. In the meantime, the composer is somewhat a veteran in the world of local music having worked with the likes of Alison Ellul and Fabrizio Faniello in the past amongst others with a host of tracks in the Għanja tal-Poplu competition as far back as 1996 actually. One important thing to note is that Frederick Camilleri is a leading writer, not only of songs but even of other things including plays such as Spiru Cefai and leading television dramas such as Gawdenz Bilocca. You can see the official video of the song just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for more updates in the coming days.

Source: escflashmalta.comKonkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza