February 19, 2020

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu is considered to be one of the most renowned local competitions. It is one of the very few that promotes our national songwriters to the full and it also makes it an important point that our mother language, Maltese, could be sung in a music competition. In 2015, the showcase is set to take place on the 21st of March. After analysing the regulations, it can be said that there were no major amendments to the rules and regulations of the festival.

Earlier this year, the competition was won by a relative newcomer, Karen DeBattista, with the song "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace. It garnered national acclaim, having been discussed on several talk-shows, over the notoriety of the lyrical prowess which it possessed. Since then, Karen DeBattista has been through to the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song "12, Baker Street", composed by Jan Van Dijck to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi and Il-Lajks were the first runners-up with the song "Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti" written by Frank O'Neill himself, leaving Miriam Christine and Olivia Lewis in third place with "Wara l-Kanċell" co-written by Miriam Christine and Joe Julian Farrugia. In order to obtain a copy of the whole regulations they can be found on the official website of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu


Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

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 fifth act in our series; Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi and The Likes who will be performing the song Kif Xrobtuli il-Menti written by Frank O'Neill himself.

Frank & Christabelle, a duo who have long established a role in the local music industry by partaking in L-Għanja tal-Poplu on two (2) previous occasions, even finishing in second (2nd) place once. This time round, you will be joined by a group known as The Likes. Would you care to explain how this collaboration came about and what the public should expect from this team?

Just about a week before the closing date of this years competition, I met Christabelle in Rabat. She asked me if I had written a song . When I replied that I hadn't and that she did not have one,I asked her t suggest a subject. She replied that her mind was blank and that gave me the impetus ,the spark to write the song which deals with the use/misuse and abuse of the social media which can result,metaphorically speaking in a Blanked out mind.

Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti, written by Frank O’Neill 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?

Finding the musicians to accompany us was quite a challange but,luckily, Brian Tonna and his son Andrew where available and they managed to rope in a drummer,a guitarist,a violinist, a tuba player and percussionist. We named the band IL-LAJKS which doubles up for Likes and a typical Maltese expression.


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 like the Festival as it gives space for writing unusual songs with social and relevant Themes. The atmosphere is friendly and free of pressures.  Last year I co presented with Valerie Vella and, although I enjoyed the challenge, I must say I much prefer playing music.....it's live after all. The style of my song is quite theatrical and requires us to do more than just sing and play...but we'll leave that for the day!

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

My message to the public is to support initiatives which strengthen our Maltese identity and language and give space to air our views.....and please...KEEP IT LIVE!!!!

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