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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

On the 21st March, Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta was the backdrop for this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition with 16 talented acts, whose lyrics inspired those present in the hall, and those who will be watching on television in a couple of days, noting that the event will be airing on TVM2 on the 31st March.

This week, Deo Grech is welcoming the artists who finished in the top positions; Ecca Muscat, who was the winner with the song "Ġismi" written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano; Raquel, the first runner-up with "Ċans Ieħor", written by Norbert Borg & Daniel Paul Farrugia as well as Rita Pace, the second runner-up with "Battibekk", written by Emil Calleja Bayliss, Paul Attard and Rita Pace.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 23:56

GħTP 2015: Interview with Ecca Muscat

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received. in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number fourteen is Ecca Muscat, whose song "Ġismi" is written by Mark and Matthew Pellicano.

Despite having previously taken part in a number of singing competitions, this is your debut in the local music scene with an original song. Why did you select L-Għanja tal-Poplu as your first major competition, and should the public expect to hear more material from you in the near future?

The decision to take part at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival came natural after it was considered to start producing songs in Maltese. The Ghanja tal-Poplu is an optimal platform for the launching of songs in the Maltese language as it has long been renowned as a festival which awards the best Maltese songs performers, composers and lyrics writers.

“Ġismi”, composed by Matthew Pellicano to the lyrics of Mark Pellicano, 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?

Having social justice close to heart, it has been the desire of the author to write about the sad reality experienced in silence by individuals who find it hard to express their traumas fearlessly. The sensitivity of the meaning behind the lyrics was then expressed by the touching melody of the composer which connotes numerous repressed emotions.

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

Any piece of literature is subject to criticism and controversy. The lyrics of the song ‘Ġismi’ aim at creating awareness rather than suspense. It's intention is to foster empathy not apprehension. Nonetheless it aims at triggering discussion on how to tackle bitter realities that are most often silenced.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

Thank You for all the ample support! :) we hope that you will all come cheer all the 16 participants during this year's L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

Published in Interviews

The local music scene has not always proven positive throughout time but nevertheless, it seems that currently, things are very much thriving noting that artists are putting their music out there and even getting the opportunity to perform abroad. One has to gain recognition locally and having a strong management, dedicated to bringing the best out of a performer musically and that is what has been done with the likes of Brooke, Red Electrick, Airport Impressions, Carrie Haber and Ira Losco for example. Nevertheless, an upcoming band by the name of Dry Connections seems to be making the rounds at the moment and like The Crowns, emerging at a rapid rate.

Having come together just three years ago, the group have achieved quite a lot in just a short span of time and have a lot of work to do in order to continue on their road to success. It seems that their first real year of success came forth in 2011, noting that runner-up finish in one of the leading Battle of the Bands competitions in the country before getting the accolade for the Best Upcoming Artist at the Malta Music Awards later on that year. The support of 89.7 Bay is somewhat quite important in Malta presently and after gaining airplay with their first single entitled Right from the Start, they crept up the charts spending a total of twelve weeks there, even spending some time at number #1.

They have most recently been given the opportunity to support acclaimed group Airport Impressions during their slot in the Beland Music Festival in Żejtun and they took the opportunity to premier their brand new single bearing the name The Road So Far. Dry Connections are finding their feet in the industry and with a competent sound which seems to be maturing with each song they release, it seems that they will succeed. The group is made up of Manfred Bugeja on bass, Mark Pellicano and Bruce Busuttil on guitars, Franklin Farrugia on drums and Steve Farrugia on vocals. Stay tuned to for more features about upcoming music sensations in Malta.

Source: 89.7 Bay, Facebook

Published in Local Music News