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Josef and Johanna, a duet which features a male and female counterparts with surprisingly different backgrounds yet brought together for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza where they will be performing the track Inwegħdek composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Josef and Johanna a little bit better. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to the duet, they were somewhat short in their analysis stating that the whole set-up 'needs a bit of spark' ultimately awarding them with five (5) points, and categorising them as average.

Inwegħdek composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino is the third competing duet in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza following Li Jien Illum performed by Simarija & Mikhail and Gloria sung by Mauro & Kim.  It is quite intriguing to denote that the showcase has not presented as much collaborations in recent years and now you are in direct competition with another two songs. What makes your entry different from the other ones when deciding who to vote for?

First of all, the three duets have different styles and we’re sure that each duo will do their very best on the final night. Our song Inwedghek has very powerful and strong vocals, the melodies, harmonies and voice techniques used make the song a number to look forward to on the final night. Furthermore, our song can be interpreted in various ways: first, as a couple, promising each other of always being there in times of trouble; secondly, people who promise others to give a helping hand in times of need.  We believe that the elements of our song will thus transfer a positive feeling to our listeners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8YoMJlXxTE

Josef, an individual who doesn’t need too much of an introduction when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with 2013 marking a fifth participation. Your last entry back in the 2010 edition of the showcase was also a duet with Francesca, entitled Deċiżjoni Tal-Qalb, which you co-wrote together and ultimately saw to it finishing in fifth place at the end of the evening. It was your best showing within a local competition and therefore, you are hoping to build on that success in the next couple of weeks. Each experience recalls a different story but how will they aid you as you take to the stage this time round? 

One learns from each experience to always improve in order to achieve better results in the future. I believe that listening to different music styles and singing with different people who have different musical backgrounds, helps one professional singing career. Being part of one of Malta’s top Gospel Choirs, Animae, has also made me a better singer due to the fact that each choir member is different in their vocal ability and so it made me realise that working with different individuals will improve one’s vocal ability and also increase one’s appreciation towards different music styles and voice techniques. As regards to Festival Indipendenza, I must say that since participating in 2007 with the song Tarantella, which placed 4th (jury results) and 2nd (televoting), I was met with many opportunities where I was able to improve and succeed in my singing career.

Johanna, a relative newcomer to the local music scene and competing as a leading vocalist for the very first time but nevertheless has somewhat been in the background for quite a couple of years. Earlier this year, you had the opportunity to join Deborah C as a backing vocalist during her performance of the track Love-O-Holic composed by Johan Bejerholm to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is an astonishing venue and the crowd for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is quite warm in comparison to other events. What could you recall of that experience and how are you aiming to come out of the shadow of being a back-up singer?

I have been singing for quite some time now and although I’m not a very familiar face as a lead singer I must say that I had my share of experience.  Singing as a backing vocalist with various Maltese artists, I was able to meet different people such as: Zucchero, U2 UK (tribute to the band U2), and quite recently, Johnny Logan.  Being a backing vocalist is always a different experience, and I thank Deborah C for taking me on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stage with her both this year and last year.  Unfortunately though, being a backing vocalist in Malta does not get you anywhere because in order to practise your passion, many-a-times, you have to be famous on this small island. Now that I am finally about to show my talent as a lead singer (along with Josef who is amazing); I hope to be able to work with some of Malta’s established composers, authors and singers....and maybe one day with foreign ones as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEfJ8L1q62M

It has been already noted that this will be the third duet of the evening and as a matter of fact, Inwegħdek will perform in slot number ten that means that it will be half way through the competition. Unfortunately, all of the duets will be performed within the first half of the showcase and therefore, this could prove difficult for the judges to make a respective decision. What are your thoughts about performing within this slot and how are you planning to present your entry on stage? 

We think that we have a good slot. The song has a mellow feeling and the lyrics have a strong meaning. We believe that our song has an important element of friendship which I’m sure the judges and the audience will enjoy. We have also decided to keep our stage performance simple in order to let the judges and the audience focus on the true meaning of the song, which will be delivered to them through both our melodical voices and unique friendship. As for a surprise on stage, well, there might be something, but yet again it will be simple and eye catching. The most important thing we are planning for is for us to give the best performance on the night and last but not least to enjoy our experience together and make it a memorable one.

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

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those supporting us in this festival and also in our singing career. We feel really honoured to have enormous support. We would also like to take the opportunity to thanks Stephen and Minik for believing in us but most importantly we would like to thank our parents, families and friends who keep on supporting us till the very end. Thanks and God Bless You All xxx 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DMFroTA2Ug

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 17 August 2013 16:00

Malta: Interview with Raquel Galdes (KKI 13)

Raquel, a young female vocalist who does not dare to dream big is into her first final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having never tried to get through to the competition before hand. She will be performing the song Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Raquel a little bit better. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Raquel, they stated that 'she has 'Dido' type of voice, and if great at changing from chest to head voice but a bit too much at times. She needs to use it as a too for dynamics'. At the end, they decided to award her with six (6) points.

Raquel, on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. According to initial public feedback, it seems that your entry has been received extremely well by the public, with the poll on escflashmalta.com as well as the official tele-voting figures ranking you extremely high. Would you care to share with us the meaning of the song and did you imagine it would be such a success?

This is my first year in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, as well as my first try. I did not expect it to be such a success and I am so surprised! The song is about the materialism that we live in. There are people who don’t consider any emotions that they can cause to others. They treat others badly while others suffer! The word ‘pupa’ is an adjective that many guys use to describe girls, while ignoring how they really feel and what they really want.. and this hurts sometimes. 

Throughout the years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has created a relatively concrete career for artists within the local music scene, the most recent being that of Amber who went onto reach the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, join Kurt Calleja as a backing vocalist abroad and also perform with renowned tenor Joseph Calleja on The Granaries during his annual concert last year. What does it mean for you to be in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza knowing the possibilities that could lie ahead?

This is a great motivation for me! It encourages to work more as an opportunity might surprise me and I want to be 100% ready for it. I think that Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a great opportunity as well as a great exposure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoK1I7NbHGU

The Established Category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been said to be losing a bit of edge unfortunately with all of the upcoming artists who are seemingly passing through to the latter stages of the competition. As a newcomer, you are one of such artists who have come under fire from the general public in thinking that you might be somewhat presumptuous in thinking that the rise to fame and success is this easy and that amendments should be made to the rules and the regulations of the showcase. What is your point of view with regards to this and what would you say to the commentators? 

I have been singing from the age of 4. There was a time when I thought that giving up was the best solution to be taken as there wasn’t such a good feedback but then, I worked harder on a style that suits me much more. To be at this stage for me wasn’t that easy. It seems easy to the public as it was my first try as well as my first year in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, but there has to be a start point in every career. To the commentators I would like to mention that nobody was popular from the beginning and every artist have a different beginning as well as a different career. This might look like my start, and I think that I deserve it after my hard work.  

Raquel, apart from being a complete newcomer to the local music scene, you are also one of the youngest artists to compete in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and with that sweet voice and lovely charm, it seems that the people warm up to you relatively easily. With the younger generation, we always prefer to denote that it would be the beginning of a long career but nevertheless, what are your plans for the immediate future following your participation within this competition?

It depends on the opportunities that I will be given. I will continue working on my voice as of course there are a lot of things that have to be improved on. 

What would you like to tell our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I hope that you like my entry in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza! Thankyou for supporting me and all the other singers to make this festival such a success and thankyou for all your positive feedback. Your support gives me more motivation and encourages me to work more on my voice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMlwp00tNUk

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Neville, a male vocalist whose connection with the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza continues to grow with every year noting that this is his fourth consecutive participation. His career has definitely never hit a dead-end post considering that he has also represented the nation abroad on several occasions, making a name for himself and for Malta with a couple of successes. In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, he is performing the track Hemm Miegħek Jien composed by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Neville a little bit better. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Neville, they stated that 'despite the fact that the T's sound prominent, it is a good rock tune and that the vocalist has good expression' offering seven (7) points.

Last year, you took to the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as part of a trio which also featured the likes of Claire Caruana and Ivan DeBattista in a stunning performance of the track Mhux L-Ewwel Darba composed by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard. This was your first outing without being a soloist, something which many also believe as nervewrecking yet when looking back at your last two participations prior to that with the songs N.Com and Ħajt tal-Kenn both composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Rita Pace and Joe Chircop respectively. How did you approach the different performances and what different values did you take up from each experience?

To tell you the truth, last year’s performance was somewhat quite different from the other 2 previous years. Some people might say that in being a trio, the responsibility of the song is shared and so it could be a bit easier than being all alone on stage singing a whole song by yourself. I’d have to say it was quite the contrary! The fact that there are another 2 performers with you on stage adds many further responsibilities as if I make one small mistake which might influence the whole performance negatively, it wouldn’t be fair on my fellow singers on stage who would have given their heart out and see their performance ruined by someone else. This also meant more rehearsals to perfect the song and more difficulties in accommodating all available times for each other. However, as always, where there is a will there’s a way and we were very enthusiastic about how all went on stage. The result was also very encouraging as we came 4th overall. As a person I’m quiter relaxed, especially when performing on stage. In fact, in both previous occasions I didn’t have much problems in preparing both songs and performing them on stage. However last year, as you rightly said in your question, was quite nervewrecking but at the same time extreme fun!

Despite your several outings in local competitions, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat eluded you for quite a couple of years having only managed to get through to the finals on one occasion, that also being in a trio alongside Rachel Fabri and Romina Mamo with the track We Can Do Better written by Carm Fenech. Firstly, it is important to point out that hundreds of submissions are received with the hope of making the international competition and therefore, many miss out but nevertheless, what was the feeling of getting through in 2005 and will you be trying to return in 2014?

Back in 2005, it was my first time that I had submitted a song in the MSFE and was ecstatic when on the first attempt I managed to go through, as I always regarded this festival as a big launching pad for a singer’s career. I remember jumping up and down the street when the composer called me to tell me that the song had passed. Nowadays, almost 8 years later I do look back at the festival as very important but not essential to someone’s career. During these past years I’ve managed to get quite a lot of satisfactory experiences both in local activities as well as abroad. I also managed to achieve many of the aims I aspired to when I first started singing some 12 years ago. To tell you the truth, I still wish that one day I pass for this festival as a solo artist as I believe it would be a totally different experience. If I’ll try in 2014 or not depends on many factors as I have quite an important year coming up due to other commitments but should a good opportunity or good song come up I won’t surely give up on it. I’ll wait and see!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOWskOQk5R4

Hemm Miegħek Jien, composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace is one of seven entries by this composer which many believe could be somewhat exhausting of their capacity to write tracks. As an artist, this is the first time that you are working with this duo in particular with your notable partner in song usually being Mark Spiteri Lucas who is also competing with three entries. Would you tell us something about your song and why you felt the reason to work with someone else rather than stick to a formula which has been rather successful?

Hemm Mieghek Jien, this was quite an occasional song. I have to say that I wasn’t going to participate in this year’s festival as I thought that being part of it for the last 3 years was enough for me. However, Minik called me and asked me to listen to this song he had composed as it suited my style of voice. I immediately liked the tune. We twisted and tweaked some parts of it till we found the final result. Since it was the first time that I was working with Minik, it made it all the more different from what I usually had. We gave the song to Rita who, as usual, wrote great lyrics to it with a rather difficult topic. The subject the song talks about is those people who are considered different in society. They might be disabled, gay or just considered inferior. It’s a very positive song which encourages these people never to give up and stand up to be counted!

As one of the judges during the competition Passport 2 Indifest organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in accordance with the regulations stipulated by the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you were responsible in whittling down the artists who ultimately came to the selection of Marie Claire Attard Bason and Karen DeBattista with the latter being selected to join the elite competition. Ultimately, the former managed to get through the typical submission process. Do you believe that they both merit their place in the competition?

During the competition Passport 2 Indifest this year, the level of singers was very high. I dare to say even higher than last year. It was extremely difficult to choose who was the best from the final 4. You can imagine how much more difficult it was to select a singer in the final. Both singers were extremely good and the final decision was taken due to very small things which ultimately made Karen prevail. However they were very close. I was very happy to see Marie Claire in the final selection as she is also a very good singer with a lot of potential. This made me feel a bit less guilty after she wasn’t chosen from our competition.

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

I don’t want to be repetitive as I know that many others have said it but I wish to say a very big thank you to this site for supporting local talent the way it does. I also wish to thank all those who have supported me over the years as it was cause of them that I am still in the business. This is not an easy job but all fans of Maltese music make the journey worthwile. Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LgoL0RwNSg

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Marie Claire, one of the up and coming artists within the local music scene who has already been through to several festivals in recent years, making it to the finals of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, Malta International Hit Song Contest and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. This year, she will be competing within this showcase for the second time and the track she is presenting entitled Perper Rebbieħa is composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com with the hope of Marie Claire telling us a little bit more about her career in music. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Marie Claire, they remarked that the 'Maltese is not sung well, with the pronounciation of the 'T' somewhat too much' awarding her just five (5) points.

On the 19th September, on the Granaries in the locality of Floriana, you will be presenting the track Perper Rebbieħa, composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino during this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. An anthem would be the best way to describe the song, with your vocals concentrated on the subtle elements which best represents both the public and the country. What was your initial feeling towards the song when you heard it for the very first time?

I immediately loved it. I’ve always wanted a song that best describes prestigious elements that makes the Maltese people unique and proud of our ancestors. Even the music; it is powerful and appropriate for my voice. I wanted a track where I can show my range of vocals and keep people on their toes. 

At the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were approached by former participant of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Francesca Borg to be a backing vocalist alongside Grecia Bezzina and Karen DeBattista, the latter of which will be performing just before you this year. Opportunities such as those do not come by as often as one imagines and are thus appreciated. Would could you tell us of your experience within the showcase and will you be giving such an opportunity to other artists during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza?

The experience was obviously one of the best times I’ve ever had throughout my singing carrier. Although it is very stressful to meet up for rehearsals and so, just being on that stage in front of hundreds of people, it’s an amazing feeling. During this year’s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, I will be giving the opportunity to four of my friends; Alex, Mirko, Michela and Rachel, to be with me on stage as backing vocalists. I can’t wait for the day to come and experience this with them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mR4RpvJIOA

Alongside Karen DeBattista, you were one of the finalists in this years’ edition of Passport 2 Indifest whose winner got a direct entry into the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. For the second year running, you ended up as the first runner-up and that would definitely a confidence downer but nevertheless, your abilities were then recognised by two different panels of judges that selected your entry as a finalist. What did you make or your experience on Passport 2 Indifest and did you ever think that you might not return to the showcase for a second participation?

A downer? Nah, it only made me stronger and more determined to make it on my own, which happened, but nevertheless, my experience on Passport 2 Indifest has been wonderful and it has thought me a lot. In this experience, I met new people and made new friends. Passport 2 Indifest has even helped me to find more confidence in myself and improve in my voice. Did I have doubts in returning again to the showcase? Honestly, YES. As I’ve tried entering the showcase from 2009 but never made it again. But I never gave up. Fortunately I have found a lot of people that support and believe in me and encourage me to keep on trying.

In 2009, you got through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time having led to your qualification within other events including the Malta Hit Song Contest and L-Ghanja tal-Poplu. The track that you had presented, entitled Ma Rridx Ninbidel composed by Sean Vella to the lyrics of Rita Pace was totally opposite for the song you are presenting this time round. The jury on the night of the contest weren’t too ecstatic and unfortunately, the song ranked poorly towards the end of the evening. Looking back at the experience, would you have done anything differently with the hope of achieving a better result?

To be fair, in 2009, I went on that stage very sick. I had no voice and no energy to sing whatsoever. But I didn’t wand to drop out of the showcase, only just because I had spent a lot of money on making a dress and had put in a lot of work throughout the whole summer for the performance. I was only 16 years old and did not know how to properly handle the situation, nerves also kicked in on that day. Over all, I had a lot of positive feedback on the track by many people and till this day, people are still coming up to me and funnily enough they still remember me from that track, some also start singing it’s catchy chorus

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

To the escflashmalta readers, Hope you like the track and I hope that it is appreciated for its true meaning. Thank you for appreciating Maltese talent and supporting local talent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZUn6XoHVog

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Nicole Brincat, a young female vocalist whose tutor is none other than Kaya, a former finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In her first major experience, she is set to compete within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Ħallini Ngħidlek, composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. Below, through five questions set forth by the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, the readers will get the opportunity to get to know Nicole a little bit better as past experiences are brought forward along with thoughts about the future. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Nicole, they remarked that she has a 'good voice, character, and stunning expression' and then awarding her a strong seven (7) points.

Maestro Paul Abela, one of the leading figures in the music industry was responsible for the live music during the vocal programme Arpeġġi which aired on NET Television during the autumn/winter schedule back in 2011. You had the opportunity to join the finalists during the series and many had thought that you were always a strong vocalist beyond your years. How did that experience help shape out the artist that you have become today and will you be turning back the clock in order to calm your nerves prior to the performance on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in September?

Arpeggi 2011 was the first Televised programme in my career. It gave me the chance to get to know a lot of people in the local music industry. Since I passed to the final stages of the series it gave me more time to adhere to such programmes and to enhance my skills obviously as it was a competitive arena. It was a good start for me and the support and encouragement I gained from the public in general gave me the strength to work harder to continue to improve. I will continue to work harder so that when I hit the stage for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipenza in September I will give my best performance.

Despite having already been part of a television programme which sought to promote the young, upcoming talent, it seems that your career might be picking up relatively quickly, having managed to get through to the established portion of the competition on your first trial. During the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Ħallini Ngħidlek composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. The song, a ballad is extremely emotional and your vocals toward the end are actually tested accordingly with the songs’ power. Would you please tell us what the song is about and whether you perform it with someone in mind?

After Arpeggi 2011 I had some discussions with 2 of the Top local Music Artists Minik and Stephen Baldacchino as they wanted to work with me in a future festival, I obviously saw this as a door opener and accepted without hesitation. During these last months they developed this ballad Hallini Nghidlek, I immediately fell in love with this song due to several reason but the first and foremost because of its lyrics as they remind me for my grandfather who was like my father and my friend. I lost him 3 months ago and I miss him so much. I will sing the song to him and I am sure he will be there to listen every word of it as he always encouraged me and gave me tremendous support to get where I am today......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqoYeOKYoKk

Claudia Faniello, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Amber and Ira Losco might not have a lot of things in common but nevertheless, they are all former winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, having triumphed in 2006, 2009, 1998, 2010 and 2001 respectively. Most of them kick started their career in such a local competition, performing in Maltese to an audience who attends for the sheer excitement of listening to their own tongue. Has the element that you will be performing in such a prestigious competition kicked in already especially noting the type of success that normally follows being part of the final?

Being part of the finals is already a great achievement for me as it is my first time to form part of this prestigious competition. I have all the necessary time to practice for it and then perform with the top local singers. It is really exciting to me and I will certainly enjoy every second of it.   Giving my best performance and enjoying the time are my first targets, doing very well and finishing at the top will be a great bonus for me. Doing well will undoubtedly give me a great boost in my career and will open many other doors, but lets take it step by step.

Ħallini Ngħidlek, composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino is currently one of the entries which the public is definitely showing a lot of support towards, ranking in seventh place within the tele-voting portion of the competition as well as being in the top five of the escflashmalta.com poll regarding the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The tele-voting and the final result are seperate at the actual competition but nevertheless pose an intriguing element of surprise towards what the general public and the professionals enjoy listening to. To what do you owe the support of the public and do you agree with the idea of promoting the public and the jury through different awards?

Doing well in the polls is really inspiring since the it reflects that the listeners are enjoying my song, being the lyrics, the music etc it is a great start. Ultimately I believe that it is the final performance that counts and the way the song touches the general public and the professional listening to it. There are other great songs in this competition and what can be a better way to know that listeners are enjoying my song too??? It is great to know what the general public and professionals are saying by their votes, It gives you a clear indication where you can improve or polish. 

I really like the song, its lyrics and the music and I want to thank Stephen Baldacchino and Minik for giving me this opportunity as they believed in me. I want to owe the support of the public because they like the lyrics and the music of the song, I will then do my utmost to perform it in the best way I could so that they will enjoy it more... Performing in different concerts having a different voting system is always a great experience. Sometimes the voting system may act in favour and sometimes against. The result is very important but enjoying the time is always more important.

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

I  would like to thank the editor of escflashmalta.com for the time to get to know me better and for bringing me closer to the readers. I would like to thank everyone who listened to my song and those who voted for me. Your support is immensely appreciated. Thank you all hopefully we will be in touch again in the near future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm7pYw6tv9M

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Media.Link Communications, through their visual medium known as NET Television presented their summer schedule in recent days and one of the programmes that has been included once more is Indifest which this year is set to be hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber. The first programme took place last night with a completely different logo and setup than last year to support one of the most prestigious music competitions in the country. The aim of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is promote the official language, Maltese through the medium of song, something which has unfortunately taken several steps back during the years. Some of the more recent years of the competition have included; Deborah C, Mike Spiteri, Amber, and Annabelle Debono. 

Annalise Ellul Dance Studio will be taking care of a series of choreographies appearing on the show along with the vocalists who are set to offer some musical entertainment whilst speaking about their latest projects. During last nights' edition it was Annalise Ellul and last years' winner, Deborah C who were the guests of the programme Indifest which is set to air every Thursday night at 20:30 CET. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a relatively large amount of newcomers to the local music scene which could mean several things in retrospect. Nevertheless, there are a number of artists who are also established and have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at least once and these include; Domenique (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2012, 2013), Josef (2006), Mauro (2007), Neville (2005), Janice Mangion (2012), Christian Arding (2006) and Kylie Coleiro (2010). The full line-up arranged according to the running order could be seen below.


Talent Stabbilit (Established Talent)

Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)

Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)

Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)

Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)

Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)

M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)

L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)

Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)


Talent Żagħżugħ (Teenage Talent)

Demgħa - Christian u Jasmine (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Dil-Fjura Għalik - Naomi Roberts (Kaya / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ġens Qalbien - Ryan u Mark (Ryan Axisa)

Għix - Michelle Portelli (Minik / Rita Pace)

Il-Ħolma - Jean Claude Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Kliem Maġija - Kimberly u Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

Min - Clarissa Cauchi (Minik / Rita Pace)

Mużika - Jasmar Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace)

Chris & Moira, representatives of Malta at the 1994 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together will be listening to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The preview videos can be accessed by clicking on the respective links which accompany the names of the song, singers and songwriters.We will be announcing the date when this reviewing feature will commence through our Facebook Page within the next couple of days. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is unveiled. We would also like to extend our greetings to all of the finalists, some of which are complete newcomers in the festival scene to take in this opportunity to their best possible capacity.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbvPJppoNlo

Media.Link Communications, in particular through NET Television have just revealed that the annual showcase known as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will once more be aided through the weekly programme, Indifest which is set to be hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber. In 2011, the competition was held for the twentieth time, seeing to the victory of Mike Spiteri with the track B'Rieda tal-Azzar but nevertheless, in 2012, it was a woman by the name of Deborah C who stormed to victory with her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Joe Chircop.

In a special announcement on the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on Facebook, it was revealed that Indifest will return to NET Television as of Thursday 4th July at 20:30 CET. All of the tracks were scrutinized by a panel of music professionals which in the first phase included last years' winner Deborah C and in the second phase included Amber, winner of the competition back in 2010. Around half of the artists of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza could be said to be established, including none other than Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and 2006 respectively. Other artists who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one occasion include; Domenique (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2012, 2013), Josef (2006), Mauro (2007), Neville (2005), Janice Mangion (2012), Christian Arding (2006) and Kylie Coleiro (2010). The full line-up arranged according to the running order could be seen below.

  1. Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)
  2. Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  3. Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)
  4. Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)
  5. Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  6. Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  7. Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  8. Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)
  9. Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  10. Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  11. Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  12. Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)
  13. M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)
  14. L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  15. Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)
  16. Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  17. Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  18. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  19. B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  20. Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)

Chris & Moira, representatives of Malta at the 1994 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together will be listening to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. A starting date for this feature will be revealed in due course as preview videos for the twenty-entries are shot by Media.Link Communications in the coming days and weeks. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is unveiled. We would also like to extend our greetings to all of the finalists, some of which are complete newcomers in the festival scene to take in this opportunity to their best possible capacity. 

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpsih9Z_whM

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is thought to be one of the finest musical institutions in the country noting that original tracks in Maltese are promoted. Some of the most recent winners of the esteemed competitions are none other than Amber, Mike Spiteri, Deborah C and Annabelle Debono with the most successful songwriters along the years being none other than Ray Agius, Mark Spiteri Lucas and Joe Chircop respectively. In recent years, the event has been supported greatly by escflashmalta.com with two board members present in the committee but for the first time in three years, coverage will be from an outsiders' point of view with the coverage being tweaked ever so slightly in order to promote the acts which will be selected.

The Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza led by Chairman Mark Azzopardi received a total of seventy-nine (79) entries, from which eight (8) were submitted into the Teenage Category leaving the other seventy-one (71) in the Established Category. It is quite intriguing to note that this is quite a disappointing figure considering that over a hundred (100) songs were submitted in totality over the past three years, signalling that the popularity might be waning, something which is rather unfortunate. The jury for the first phase of the competition included none other than Deborah C, winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2012; John Perici Calascione, a Disc Jockey; Darren Carabott, student and Kevin Azzopardi, a musician who was also a judge during the second phase last year.

  • Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Aħwa Lkoll - Domenique (Minik / Gillian Attard)
  • Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Bil-Ħila Tagħna - Andre' Curmi (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Dellijiet - Elijah (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  • Ejjew Ilkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  • Emmint - Johanna Galea (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Eva - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  • Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  • Fram-men-ti - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Għalik - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Gloria - Mauro & Kim (Rita Pace)
  • Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Ħallini Nerġa Lura - Clayton Seychell (Philip Vella / Anton Grech)
  • Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  • Ħdejk - Joseph Refalo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville Refalo (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace)
  • Insini - Letizia Seychell (Philip Vella /Anton Grech)
  • Int - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  • Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Marlon Polidano / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Int u Jien - Ana-Maria Grima (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Inwiegħdek - Johanna Galea u Josef Tabone (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Kemm Se Ddum - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Rita Pace / Mark Scicluna)
  • Kleopatra - Jade-Amber Muscat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Li Jien Illum - Mikhail Attard / Simarija Galea (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)
  • Ma Jistax Ikun - Maria Abdilla (Renato Briffa / Paul Callus)
  • Ma Ninsew Qatt - Domenique (Mark Debono / Rita Pace)
  • Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)
  • Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul)
  • Merħba - Albertine Abela (Minik / Giovann Attard)
  • Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • M'Intiex Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)
  • Nemmen Fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  • Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Qalb li Tħobb - Danica Sammut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace)
  • Raġġ ta' Tama - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Sabiħ il-Logħob Jekk - Kurt Galea (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  • Speċjali - Josef Tabone (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)
  • Stmerrejtek, Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Vampanar - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Viva L-Ħajja - Cherylis Camilleri (Kaya)
  • Xbajt - Domenique (Philip Vella)
  • Xi Darba - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Mark Scicluna / Estelle Fenech Imbroll)
  • Xtaqtek Taf - Simone Gauci (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

The eight (8) entries submitted into the Teenage Category have all made it through to the television stage of the competition due to meeting the requirements as set forth by the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The names of the artists, songs and their respective songwriters will most likely be revealed over the next couple of days noting that the second phase will take place next weekend in front of a panel of judges which as stipulated by the regulations could be the same as they were in the first phase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which will take place during the Independence festivities in September.

Source: Malta Right Now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efM6K-Fbvls

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