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Thursday, 13 March 2014 20:00

GħTP 14: Interview with Teddie Zammit

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 ninth act in our series; Teddie Zammit who will be performing the songs Immigrant Regolari and Liberat, which you composed to the lyrics of Rita Pace and George Cassar.

Teddie Zammit, an experienced singer/songwriter who has been already taken part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu on a previous eight (9) occasions, succeeding in one way or another a total of three (3) times by winning either a top three (3) slot or one of the other prizes given towards the end of the competition. How have you evolved through the years, and what do you recall of your first memory back in 2001?

Obviously, experience helps and the more the participation the more you become fond of this unique festival that gives the opportunity to authors and musicians to express themselves live on stage. The unique festival that gives high importance for the lyrics and the theme. Back to 2001, my first experience was a fantastic one with the song Riflessi that won the Price for the best musical arragment. To be honest by time I began to lose interest in this festival as it was becoming too commercial and was loosing its identity. Now as everyone knows this festival went back to its original roots and with this I am so pleased. 

Immigrant Regolari, which you composed to the lyrics of Rita Pace is the first (1st) 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?

This song is about the bird that emigrates from one place to another and often while passing over us or while having  some rest is offended by hunters. The style and genre of the musical composition is contemporary folk.


L-Għanja tal-Poplu has proven to be a forum of upcoming talent throughout the years, and not many will remember that prior to her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, you had performed in a duet with Morena, who was at that point a newcomer and using her real name, Margaret Camilleri. How important is this competition in exploring fresh talent, and would you recommend participation for aspiring musicians?

Nearly all the known singers and musicians in the begining of their career have experienced L-Ghanja tal-poplu who some them make a comeback and participates again today. I believe that this festival serves  as a very good step in the career of a musician, author or a singer. 

Liberat, which you composed to the lyrics of George Cassar is the second (2nd) 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?

This song is about the person that finished imprisonment or was given an amnesty and yet he feels that he is still in prison due to the fact that he is not accepted in society. The style and genre of this song is folk rock.


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 have great admiration for those few who gives special attention to the Maltese song written and sung in Maltese. In my opinion the Maltese song with Maltese lyrics is still considered by Certain radio stations And DJs as third class or less. This means we as a nation culturally fall lot behind compared to other countries who feel proud of their local product and their language. I will continue to support this festival as long as it is organized full live on stage.  

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

Always be proud of local talent and learn to listen not to hear. In other words "ejjew nibdew nevalwaw, niggudikaw u nikritikaw bis sens".

Source: Official Website, Official Facebook Page

Published in Interviews