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Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:30

GħTP 14: Interview with the group 7 Spadi

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 second act in our series; 7 Spadi who will be performing the song Il-Quċċata composed by Jeffrey Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace.

7 Spadi, a group of friends who have already performed together in a previous edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, that being two (2) years ago with the song Ħsad Qabel Iż-Żmien, albeit without a formal group name. How does this experience differ in general and what is the main line of thought behind the name of the group?

Changes occur in every aspect of life and therefore also in music. Some of my friends in the group have known each other for quite some time now. Few of them I also knew them in strollers, believe it or not! So I am definitely sure that talent has grown in each and one of us. 7 SPADI – well! To get with this group title, I spent loads and loads of sleepless nights, and do not get me started on the nightmares! But actually it was during a calm night when I came up with this name as if some kind of dream or vision inspired me! 

Perhaps one of the meanings suggests that our group is equal irrelevant of size, age, nationality, politics, character, religion and colour. Ironically, I used to love playing spades on the computer. Nevertheless, we are trying to portray a very strong message given that our spades are trying to pierce all the society quickly, including us too!

Il-Quċċata, composed by Jeffrey Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace 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?

As I said before, we are trying to give a lesson or rather try to portray a picture depicted by those whose lives changed from zeros to heroes, actually villains rather than heroes! It has a slow rock rhythm. Everyone tries hard to obtain something in life. Sacrifices and experiences are necessary for each and every one of us to grow in life and, why not, we also need some help from others too. 

But sometimes as soon as our lives change, our habits and our perceptions change too. We must realize that we are living in the same world and success and flaws happen all the time in our lives. So everyone must keep his feet on the ground and also stay humble and alert because one can lose whatever he worked for.

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 always believed in local talent, but unfortunately not everyone does! Some people might say that our language does not fit with music which I definitely disagree. But are we doing enough to sustain what I and others say about local music? In my opinion we are not doing enough. 

Certain individuals and also places of work should try to include the Maltese language in their factories, hospitals, contracts, explanations, job descriptions, notice boards and all that is related to facilities and work places. Then we can say that Maltese can be included and fits right EVERYWHERE before convincing that it is good to be sung as well!

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

7 is a perfect number: we are not that perfect, I know! But I am sure that with the help of our SPADES, we can pinch you quick so that everyone realizes that even though we cannot be perfect, but at least we can try to. Enjoy life and its beauty. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Source: Official Website, Official Facebook Page

Published in Interviews