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Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:01

KKI 2013: Rules and Regulations Published

Miriam Christine and Claudia Faniello are two of the most notable names in the local music industry and they owe part of their success to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza organised by Media.Link Communications. The competition has a lot of significance for the simple reason that all of the submitted entries have to be original and in Maltese, the national language of the country. In last years' edition organised under the hospice of Mark Azzopardi as Chairman, it was Deborah C and her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop which finished in the top spot. Rules and Regulations for the twenty-second edition were officially published yesterday.

During the course of the weekend, Karen DeBattista was announced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment as the first finalist of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having triumphed in the Passport 2 Indifest competition. Submissions at a fee of €50 will be received at Media.Link Communications on Friday, 17th May with the first phase of the competition behind closed doors taking place on Saturday, 18th May prior to the live phase scheduled for a week later on the 25th May. No acceptions regarding the dates will be made so the committee is being stern about the fact that those who submit need to make sure they are free on the available dates.

The committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is also retaining the right of the tracks which qualify to the final of this years' competition. This is not usual practice noting that the rights are normally attributed to the songwriters who would have spent the money to record the track. In the past this was an issue in other local competitions and as a matter of fact had to be dropped from the clauses. For the second year running, we applaud Media.Link Communications for allowing live backing vocalists for whoever wishes to make use of them. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: Official Facebook Page


Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:26

KKI 2013: Juries to Select First Finalist

1964 by Annabelle Debono is one of the most iconic tracks to have ever won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendendenza and later on today, she will be amongst a panel of judges selecting the first finalist for this years' edition of the local spectacle. She will be joined by former participants; Neville Refalo and Janvil whose expertise in field will definitely be a positive characteristic. The two finalists of the Passport 2 Indifest competition are none other than Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist and Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Hit Song Contest. 

Both have an outstanding resumè and both are relatively young but one will get the direct qualificiation, with the other one choosing whether to submit a track within a normal process. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the country with one of the reasons being that each of the submitted entries has to be original and in Maltese. Last year, Deborah C was crowned winner with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop whilst the Passport 2 Indifest winner, Simone Gauci finished in a mid-table position with her entry Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit whilst ranking within the top five when it came to tele-voting.

Passport 2 Indifest is a concept drawn up between the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which featured two escflashmalta.com editorial board members up until last year as well Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, responsible for the programme Sas-Sitta on NET Television. Apart from the revelation of which performer will be gaining direct qualification into the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, next week, the programme will also be raising funds to help Puttinu Cares, an organization which supports families who have children suffering from cancer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard (Photograph)


Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:30

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Jekk Nużaw Moħħna'

Every decade brings about a host of new artists within any music scene and it has to be noted that in Malta, there has been a growing concern with regards to the upcoming talent but nevertheless, one of the best examples in terms of showcases that talent is seriously moving onto an even more positive role than before is the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which in its respective twenty first edition represents the next generation of artists, the ones that will ultimately be making up the numbers in competitions and events in the next couple of years. It has to be noted that some of them have already worked their way into other national events on a junior level and that is what makes them distinct but then again, there are others who are literally new yet bring about a stunning vocal ability that has to be praised throughout. The next entry which will be further analysed and competing in the aforementioned competition is the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Deborah C. It has to be noted that this year, Media.Link Communications have worked extremely hard to make sure that all of the respective entries receive as much exposure as possible and that is why, promotional videos of each track was shot and uploaded through viral website, YouTube whilst analysis of the tracks is then also being given through escflashmalta.com so that people would look at the people involved within the song in itself. 

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a competition which is organized in commemoration of the day that the country achieved Independence from the British Government and therefore, it is somewhat expected that some of the entries will do their best to speak about the values that the nation has transpired throughout the years whilst also speaking about the residents who have shown true courage in order to preserve their identity even through hard times. In fact, the title in itself would translate into a message towards the people If We Use Our Mind. Apart from looking things from a historic perspective, it is also to be noted that the track deals with more current issues such as the problems with the economy all around the world which Malta has not had to face due to the fact that the leadership was well fixed to deal with the respective issue. The positive message of the song will surely transpire well in the long run and that is why, the juries so the track fit to celebrate the festivities well in the long run. Deborah C calls on the people of the Maltese Islands to make sure to make the right choice when need be, so that the country would continue heading into the right direction. Having a look at the man behind the lyrics, it is to be seen that the individual is Joe Chircop, a man who does not need a lot of introduction in this competition having successfully competed with winning entries in two occasions; Dan Hu L-Mument in 2007 sung by Kaya and Ivan Borg and Flimkien Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 interpreted by Is-Sitta. He was also the winning of the teenage category last year on the twentieth anniversary of the competition with the track Ejjew Nieqfu sung by Angelica Portelli.

In the past five editions of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, singer/songwriter Mark Spiteri Lucas has managed to finish at the top of the table twice, those coming in 2007 and 2008 as mentioned above whilst also finishing as the first runner-up in 2009 with the track Lilek Biss performed by Kaya. Nevertheless, the man has firmly entered the record books of the competition noting that apart from those two victories, he was also the individual to pen the track for the first major success of Ira Losco, a winning song entitled Fejn Staħbejtli with lyrics by Paul Ellul. Apart from the success he has achieved on the stage of The Granaries, he was also a second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track She Gives Me Wings by Klinsmann Coleiro with lyrics by Rita Pace. The vocals on this track are being provided by Deborah C, a woman who is quickly garnering a name for herself in the local music industry noting that this is her third participation in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza following Pandora in 2008 and Fjamma in 2011, both winning the tele-voting portion of the competition. She also made it through to the finals of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track You Make Me Go (Uh Uh) alongside the vocals of Leila J. You can listen to her entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: escflashmalta.comKonkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza