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The Granaries in Floriana is one of the largest outdoor venues which the country can provide and has recently played host to the annual summer concert given by Joseph Calleja alongside a series of guests including; Gianluca, Zucchero, Rebecca Ferguson, Tenishia and Riccardo Cocciante. Over the next four days, a flurry of activity is set to encompass the scene in celebration of Independence Day which is celebrated on the 21st September. Miss Roberta, Chiara and Airport Impressions are the three acts included in this evenings' line-up and preparing the public for tomorrows' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which features twenty (20) original songs in Maltese along with a couple of special guests such as; Gianluca and Deborah C.

Kicking off the proceedings at around 18:30 CET is none other than Miss Roberta who had previously accompanied Fabrizio Faniello during his performance of the self-penned I Do at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2006. Following in her footsteps will be none other than Chiara who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, finishing in third place with The One That I Love in 1998, in second place with Angel in 2005 and in twenty-second place with What If We in 2009. The act set to bring the curtain down is Airport Impressions, made up of Errol, Johann, Chris and Steve, who in turn are currently busy preparing for the release of their sophomore studio album later on this year. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: NET Television

Published in Local Music News

Indifest, hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber on NET Television returns for a second episode this evening following the successful debut last week in which three entries from this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were presented to the audience. The tele-voting has officially opened and the very first update is expected during this evenings' programme which will commence at around 20:30 CET. Media.Link Communications and are working together in several areas in order to promote the competition in the best possible way noting that it remains as the leading showcase for the Maltese language through the medium of song.

In the main category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, there is a mixture of fresh and established talent and it seems that the producers are sure to represent the portions significantly well even during the showcase. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri with vocals by Christian Arding will be presented in full alongside the duet entry Li Jien Illum performed by Simarija & Mikhail to the music of Elton Zarb and lyrics of Natasha Turner. 

In the teenage talent portion of the competition where live performances are a must, there will be Jasmar Cassar who will be performing the song Mużika composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. On the second programme of Indifest this evening, there will be two vocal guests including former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza winner; Mike Spiteri and upcoming performer; Adie. Annalise Ellul who was a guest during the first programme will oversee her dancers as they occupy the role of resident guests. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

Published in Local Music News

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has firmly established itself as a leading competition in the local music scene with the culture calender singling out the occasion as one of the main days in which the national language of the country is promoted through the medium of music. In fact, it is to be pointed out that the showcase is only one of two which promotes the respective language and will surely remain popular as the years go by due to the fact that the long list of participants represents the positive outcome of the industry. There aren't many things which could be said to be common between the likes of Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono but one of them is surely that they have all been crowned winners of the event since it returned way back in 1997 following a break of ten years. Those who have gone onto finish in high placings have also established their position amongst the elite going onto represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest for example. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, three (3) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Georgina who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1991 alongside Paul Giordimaina with the song Could It Be securing sixth place before returning as a composer in 1992 for the track Little Child, then as a backing vocalist for This Time performed by William Mangion in 1993 and finally as a composer for the track Another Summer Night which represented Malta in 2001. Also joining Georgina was Janvil who has most notoriously finished in the runner-up position at both the Malta Eurosong as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past.

As one could note above, this will be quite a special week actually because there will be not two (2) people from the established category but three (3) and this is due to the fact that there was a particular week in which the programme was not broadcast due to a holiday. This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Roseanne Cordina who will be performing the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. The second guest during the evening who will also be competing is Corinne Caruana who is set to perform the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace.

The third track to be performed during the evening will be the one by Danica Muscat who is also a returnee from last years' competition. She will be performing the track Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. The entry to be performed this evening is Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Sarah Bonnici. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there.

The programme will as always have a special guest or two and is proud to exclusively reveal that NET Television has managed to attract none other than Natasha and Charlene back to the world of television as they intend to comeback for a special appearance tomorrow having been past winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, first time in 2004 with the song L-Arka Tal-Liberta' and second time with the group Is-Sitta performing the song Iva Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 respectively. They have not appeared since the 2009 Malta Eurosong and this will be their first major television performance in three years. In the meantime, another former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will also be present tomorrow with Nadine Axisa dropping in for a special performance having just officially gone in hiatus from local competitions a couple of weeks back. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza,