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Aħfirli Jekk Trid, music by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace is the song that Fabrizio Faniello will be performing at this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Through his Official Facebook Page, Fabrizio revealed that he plans to release the song as a single through digital store, iTunes. This is innovative for entries competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which never get solo release. The public have shown a true liking to Aħfirli Jekk Trid which currently ranks in the top five of tele-voting and also lies in first place on the escflashmalta.com poll just ahead of Li Jien Illum by Simarija and Mikhail.

This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza scheduled to be held on the 19th September 2013 on The Granaries in Floriana is set to be hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber with live broadcast on NET Television. Apart from the twenty participants competing in the Established Category, there will be three (3) artists who will make it through from the Teenage Category apart from the special guests which will include none other than; Gianluca who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow with music and lyrics by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant; Deborah C who was also the winner of last years' edition of the local competition with the song Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop.

In a recent interview with escflashmalta.com, Fabrizio declined to confirm on whether he would be submitting an entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stating that he is currently working on a brand new studio album and should a particular song fit into the requirement of the competition, then he would most likely submit. Something that could spur the return of Fabrizio to the elite international forum could definitely be the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark which was the same place where the male vocalist made his debut back in 2001 with the song Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Georgina Abela. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about Aħfirli Jekk Trid which will be released a digital single through CAP Sounds and Universal Music Germany on the day following the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: Fabrizio Faniello (Official Facebook Page)

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Simarija and Mikhail, a young and talented duo who have joined forces for the very first time to compete in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The song they are presenting is entitled Li Jien Illum with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Natasha Turner. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Simarija and Mikhail a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the duet, they stated that whilst 'she is good, his diction is not performed well', they also added that there is 'good eye contact but no passion whatsoever', ultimately awarding it with five (5) points.

Li Jien Illum composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Natasha Turner is one of three entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which is performed in a duet with the others being Inwegħdek performed by Josef & Johanna and Gloria sung by Mauro & Kim. Would you care to explain to the readers what makes your song differ from the other duets when deciding who to vote for and how did the product in general come about?

Our song isn't just speaking about our beautiful island, Malta and it's people, it is a dialogue between Malta and the maltese nation. The main concept of the song is that through the years Malta has offered us food, shelter, sun and a beautiful history all of which couldn't be fulfilled if not for the maltese nation. All in all we think it's different from other duets because Malta becomes alive for a few minutes and together with the maltese nation they thank each other because their work through the years is what makes us Maltese today.

Simarija, this is your second time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having been able to get through to the semi-final stage of the Teenage Talent portion two years ago with the track Majestuża composed by Marco Debono to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Despite not being selected as part of the final three, it was still an experience to cherish. This time round though, it will be quite different though as you will be on the main stage of The Granaries in Floriana as part of the Established Category. How are you perceiving this experience and would do you think you would have done differently two years ago?

It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the indipendenza song festival and sing on the beautiful stage in floriana. I don't think I would change anything from three (3) years ago I think it has thought me a lot and boosted a lot of confidence and personality on stage.

Mikhail, the local audience knows you as a male actor on the popular drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S which is produced by Rewind Productions in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Services. Being a part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is completely different though as you are getting the opportunity to perform live in front of hundreds of people. It has to be noted that this is your first major experience within a competition and many people will be hoping that you'll overcome any possible nerves. How are you preparing for the competition?

As you said, this is my first time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza but nevertheless, I have had the opportunity to perform live in front of many people and also represented Malta in an international competition in Italy where I had won first place. I have been training for around nine (9) years and feel prepared to take on the local music scene through this competition. We hope that the people understand the message of the song. Ultimately, we should be proud of who we have become in life and how our country has moulded each individual.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the foremost competitions in the local music scene and you have acquired the opportunity the open this years' edition thanks to the result of a draw which took place following the second phase held at Media.Link Communications. How are you relishing this opportunity which you have been given and do you think it is better to sing in the beginning or would have you preferred to perform towards the end?

We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to open this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. This competition is full of history and has given rise to some of the most established performers in the scene, hence the honour.

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

We appreciate all the support that you have been giving us as seen even within the tele-voting where our song Li Jien Illum has consecutively maintained the first runner-up slot. Keep on voting and thanks for all your support!

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Minik, a singer/songwriter who is known to the masses as Dominic Cini returns to the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as a solo artist for the first time since 2004. Since then he appeared in the competition on another two occasions, the first time in a duet with his wife, Ina Robinic and second time round in a group known as Ħbieb Maltin. This time round, Minik is presenting the track Armonija which he composed to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Minik a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Minik, they stated that 'there is too much happenning with the song' but agreed on giving six (6) points.

In recent months, you were given the opprtunity to shy away from being a lead vocalist and ake up a secondary role on one of the most watched television series during the past season, that entitled D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta. A proud supporter of the series, escflashmalta.com saw you perform an original song in Maltese on one of the episodes but nevertheless, how did you manage to combine the two forms of entertainment together?

It was not the first time for me to sing and act at the same time on stage, noting that I have taken part in several pantomimes and musicals along the years, but to perform in front of a camera with full blown choreography. It was my first time and I enjoyed it!

You're a singer, you're an actor and also a songwriter and as a matter of fact, also responsible for the music of your entry 'Armonija'. This is one of the several tracks you have submitted into the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. How do you manage to diversify and personalise the styles for each individual and what feeling does each track evoke within you?

Before I start to compose a song the most important thing for me is to know the singer well, what type of music she loves and would like to sing and listen to some of her songs if she/he is a newcomer.  Then I start to compose preferably before the lyrics are done.  As I`m composing i always imagine the singer on stage perform the song so it will help me to bring out the best of it.

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The song you're presenting in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza entitled 'Armonija' is penned by Stephen Baldacchino. The genre of this track is somewhat new to the competition and at the same time reminscent to the popular 'Lion King' musical which is the longest running showcase in the West End. How does it feel to set new standards within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and what inspired you to write this type of song?

After last year`s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which I had the pleasure of being a part of as a composer and not as a singer, I started thinking about composing something totally different with all those voices with different harmonies which makes the song different from others.

What makes your entry different from others competing in this years' edition of the local music competition is the fact that it has a lyrical sense which is very much straight to the point. You want to pass on the message that the aim of music is to bring everyone together with a secondary reason for reason to forget that problems. Do you think that music does truly have the power to evoke such emotions and do you think that you will manage to bring out the best of lyrics for the audience present?

I believe in the message of the song, and I believe that every singer can pass a message to an audience as long as the interpretation is well planned.

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

I would like to thank escflashmalta.com for their support throughout the year and I would also like to send my sincere gratitude to all those who support my music!

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Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the eighth week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the 'teenage talent' portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a seperate award in order to make sure that talent is well appreciated.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a progression towards the future noting a mixture of young and veteran artists who look towards impressing the judges on the night of the competition. In this evenings' programme, first up is Roseann Cordina with the track Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop. The female vocalist is in the competition for the second consecutive year, and will definitely be hoping to improve on her third runner-up finish achieved last year. Joining her will be another female vocalist, a former runner-up in the form of Janice Mangion who is set to perform he song Nibqa' composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri.

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The Teenage Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza officially came to a close last week with the performance of Naomi Roberts and her entry Dil-Fjura Għalik composed by Kaya to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, the rest of the programme will be featuring a series of musical guests including none other than Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Amber, who was his backing vocalist and also winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2011; Emanuele Heael Pavano who is an Italian vocalist and Annalise Dance Studio who as resident guests  will be showing the audience some risque moves as always. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook

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In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the females outweigh the males when it comes to the art of performing but nevertheless, Christian Arding has also managed to make the cut into this years' showcase with the song Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm Is-Saħħa composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Christian a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Christian, they stated that 'he has a good voice but that the song is poorly produced.' ultimately awarding him with just five (5) points.

Christian Arding was one of the surprise packages during the 2006 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having been asked to perform the song Stronger composed by Charlene Grima to the lyrics of Deo Grech after the original performers had to compete with their other entry Echoes of Gaia. You were revealed to have managed a fifth place finish on just your second attempt within the competition with the public falling in love with both the song and the actual performance. How did you get to perform the track and seven years on, would you have done anything differently? 

I could not say no to my cousins and to a fiend like Deo. Obviously at that stage in 2006 I was still trying hard for the Eurovision song contest though I had my first performance the year before in 2005 when I sang a duet with Andreana. Even now a days I would have never  done anything differently.

This is your third participation within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, but nevertheless your solo debut having previously been in a duet with Justine entitled Le Ma Nibżax composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Rita Pace in 2005 as well as part of the trio known as Silent Shout during the performance of the track Għada Fadal Għada composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri. This time round, your entry bears the name Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm Is-Saħħa and is also composed by Chan Vella with lyrics by Alexia Schembri. Which track would you rate at the best out of the three and how important is it for an artist to work with the same songwriter?

Actually I would never say that a song is better than the other one because every song has its own performance and style and a singer has to know what is best and how to perform .. working with the same song writer is very good when you have the opportunity. It is good when a song writer knows the singer and be able to share good ideas because a song writer has to know what a singer likes as his own style though a singer has to be versatile.

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Throughout the years, you have earned a reputation for taking on tracks which were not originally meant for you and technically speaking, that is also happening this time round as your entry Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm is-Saħħa was submitted as a duet between Dario and Grecia Bezzina in last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It has become more common for duets to be re-worked into solo entries but nevertheless, were you able to listen to the original version in order to give your own track a complete twist and are you happy with the final product?

When you earn tracks that are not meant to be for you it is much more difficult to set your own feel of the song because you already have listened to a track with an other singer or production but it is there when a good singer has to enter his experience on what he knows what it is good and not for the song and performance.. I’m very happy with the final product and I believe also in the song.

In recent years, Christian Arding has been slightly absent from the local music scene as a lead vocalist, taking a step back and garnering experience as a backing vocalist. In 2012, you were one of the male accompaniments during the performance of Answer With Your Eyes composed by Paul Giordimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan and vocals by Amber. The track was the second runner-up at the end of the evening, behind the likes of Kurt Calleja and Claudia Faniello. What was the reason behind taking this difficult decision in stepping back and do you believe it was the right thing to do at the time?

The reason behind taking a step back is not a big deal especially in our country in the small Island of Malta. It was also a good thing to do for me because I had no tv shows on any local tv stations in 2012 so I took 1 year break from tv shows and most of the Maltese people and especially Eurovision spectators think that if a singer dose not participate in the Eurovision song contest does not sing anymore, believe me I never stop or stopped singing because now a days and also before and during 2005 and 2006 on words I was already busy with gigs in hotels and weddings with no chance for other activities. Since I was the age of 14 I started working as a one man band in hotels and gained a lot of experience an stages and spatially live events as this has been my full time job since I was 14 years old.

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

To all the readers, do not think that the best singers are only on the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, or other festivals in the country. You have to think outside the box and look for local talent beyond such showcases! Thanks!

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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a local competition which aims to promote the national language of the nation through the medium of song. The most familiar name in this years' line-up is that of Fabrizio Faniello, an individual who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, achieving mixed results. He returns to this showcase with one aim, to win and in order to do that, he is competing with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Fabrizio a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Fabrizio, they stated that 'the song has amazing lyrics! and that the vocal performance is passionate and stunning' ultimately awarding him with a maximum ten (10) points.

In 2006, the public entrusted you to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time in five years with the track I Do which you co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri. Unfortunately, the performance at the international spectacle left much to be desired and the result reflected this fact, with only Albania offering some sort of relief. Would you have done anything differently and do you regret taking part once more?

There where circumstances in the performing that sure I would do differently today as now I know what and why it went wrong back in the days …. But, even bad experiences make you stronger if you are ready to learn from them, therefore I am very unhappy for the result, but I won’t regret it, - it gave me an aim in life now ….. to prove I can do much better, - No Surrender!!

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Ahfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. This is your second foray into the competition within recent years having previously reached third place with the track Futur composed by Minik with lyrics by Clinton Paul by the same team. The difference between the two songs is relatively evident but that is surely a positive feature. Which out of the song do you prefer and why?

Both Rita and Minik have done an amazing job on the song that they presented. It seems like the were reading my mind when they wrote this song. In the meantime, Futur is a great song too and I was happy with the result, now of course I hope that the new song is beloved by the people and the judges, as this festival is the only one I did not win so far in Malta, so pleeeeeease, help me reach my goal!

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You entered the local music scene at a relatively young age noting your debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 1998 with the track More Than Just a Game composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Georgina Abela. On that occasion, you were the first runner-up and ultimately managed to get to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 with the track Another Summer Night co-written by the same team. Do you think that the jury and the public made the right choice from the entries you put forward towards the international competition? 

I think “Another Summer Night” and “I do” are great songs and it was the right choice, nevertheless I would have loved too to perform “No Surrender” in front of an international competition, I got so many positive feedbacks from people who loved the song, - whatever, we have to accept and respect the results, it’s a competition.

Manfred Holz of CAP-Sounds has stood by you as your manager throughout both positive and negative experiences and that is the way that a management should be. Your record label works under the division of Universal Music Germany and thus your material has garnered considerable exposure. Did you actually believe that your comeback would prove to be so successful and are you planning to return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, following a one year gap?

I am very thankful for the work Manfred and the team of CAP-Sounds are doing for me and as well for many other artists, just right now they did a German cover version of “I Do” and this one jumped into the DJ Charts over there, that’s great for me as a writer too … Currently we are working on new material for the upcoming album release in 2014 and end of September I am flying again to Germany for recording sessions of new songs, we will see then, if there is a song in it, which could attract the Eurovision crowd …. 

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

Once again I would like to thank all supporters and fans from escflashmalta.com , musicians need loyal fans! For everybody of you who wants to see a bit more of me in future, I am doing a brand-new Television Program starting in October, for which you could find more information by visiting the official facebook page!

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Media,Link Communications launched a talent search to merit an upcoming artist the opportunity to perform within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and following in the footsteps of Simone Gauci is none other than Karen DeBattista. The young female artist has been dubbed as to having the voice of an angel and many could easily denote why as she gives a sterling rendition of the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss, the escflashmalta.com Head of Communications. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Karen a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Karen, they stated that 'she has a lovely voice and good stage presence' ultimately awarding her with five (5) points, meaning that they weren't too fond of the track.

Passport 2 Indifest is a talent show organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjunction with the organisation board of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the aim of giving a brand new artist the possibility to compete in the esteemed competition. The initial trial took place last year seeing to the performance of Simone Gauci and her entry Id F’Id composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit and this time round, it will be you, Karen DeBattista. Back when you submitted your application, did you believe that you could triumph and how would you describe your journey towards obtaining the wildcard?

I have to be honest - I applied for the competition with the intention of gaining experience and exposure; winning was just a thought in the back of my mind. I still wanted to give my utmost with regards to performances, and I believe I did so, but my main aim was to have fun, meet new people and take as much as I could from the experience. After making it to the third phase of the competition (which was quite a surprise since only four singers had to be chosen out of ten), I realised that I had as much chance of winning as much as the other competitors, so my approach changed with each stage of the competition. 

We were quite a bunch of energetic singers, and despite being a competition, we grew closer as friends. The final was exciting and scary at the same time for various reasons - the first being   that I was extremely looking forward to performing a classic Maltese song, the second being that I was only a step away from winning my very first competition and obtaining an automatic place in the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (which I have been following ever since I can remember) and the final reason being that I was competing with a very close friend of mine - Marie Claire Attard Bason. She is an extremely talented singer and I wanted her to win as much as I did myself since we both worked hard and we both deserved to win. I would like to say thank-you to Mark Spiteri Lucas and his band for the amazing job they did on every song and for their hospitality. It surely was an experience to cherish. 

The track that you will be performing at this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is entitled Riflessi with music by Mark Scicluna and lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. It is important to point out that you did not have a say in the choice of the track with the initial jury appointed by the committee of the showcase making the selection on your behalf based on your vocal capabilities. When you heard the track for the very first time, what were your initial thoughts and did you want to make any changes?

My very first thought was ‘WOW!’. I just loved the flow of the music and the depth of the lyrics. I usually go through a process before deciding on a song, meaning that I look for what I like and what I don’t like in a song. This time I didn’t have that option. I was slightly sceptical and anxious about the judges’ decision since I was afraid that it would not be suitable for me, or maybe it wasn’t to my liking. I can gladly say that I was mistaken on both counts. I am extremely happy with the team and the song, and I have a feeling that it is going to be a wonderful and exciting journey.

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In 2011, you reached the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest with the song Memoirs composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Daniel Muscat and ultimately also had the opportunity to perform a duet with Thea Garrett who had just been at the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of months before. Therefore, with that in mind, this will you be your second major experience in a local competition but the first in such a magnificent venue. Did you always wish to join the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and how are you preparing for the live performance?

I am fairly certain that for anyone who follows the Maltese music scene and wants to make it in music locally, one of the competitions which they look forward to taking part in is the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The competition has long been established as a major event in the Maltese music calendar, and as all aspiring singers, I have longed for the day when I could take part and perform on that stage. Luckily enough, this year I have the opportunity to do so. The Malta Hit Song Contest was an excellent stepping stone since as mentioned, apart from gaining experience with regards to a televised competition I also had the opportunity to sing with the wonderful Thea Garrett who was extremely helpful and supportive. Now I look forward to a new experience - performing in front of such a large crowd this coming September. Preparations are on track, with me practicing the song together with my vocal coach Gillian Zammit so that I can give the best performance possible and other decisions being taken as a team together with the composer and author of the song. 

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest is the most predominant music competition in the country noting that the winner gets the opportunity to perform in front of millions of people all over the world. You showed interest this year by submitting a song, one entitled Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. The track which did not get through to the semi-final stage of the competition was never unveiled. Do you intend to submit the track once more in 2014 as the journey towards Denmark commences or will you be working on new material? 

Yes, I will definitely submit the song again this year! Making it with the top 69 songs on my first attempt at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was a great achievement for me personally. Despite not making it to the semi-final stage of the competition, I still believe in the song, and that is the main reason for submitting the song again this year. I would love to work on new songs for the said competition, but unfortunately, due to personal reasons I cannot do so this year. I am still at the beginning of my musical career, so I know that I have ample time to come up with new material, and I look forward to whatever the future may hold.

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

I would like to encourage them to continue to support Maltese artists and anything that has to do with the Maltese music scene. It is thanks to their continuous support that local artists and music can continue to grow and flourish.

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Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the seventh week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the Teenage Talent portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a seperate award.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a progression towards the future noting a mixture of young and veteran artists who look towards impressing the judges on the night of the competition. In this evenings' programme, first up is Fabrizio Faniello with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace. The male vocalist has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, but has only managed third place in this competition before. Joining him will be none other than Kylie Coleiro with the song M'Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Manila Bottone. The female vocalist is hoping to improve on her top ten result achieved last year following a sterling rendition of the song Ħalluni composed by Augusto Cardinali with lyrics by Giovann Attard.

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Dil-Fjura Għalik, composed by Kaya to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss with vocals by Naomi Roberts is the song which is being promoted from the Teenage Category of this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. As always, the performances from the Teenage Talent category are all live in order to assess the vocal skills of all the respective artists apart from bearing in mind the potential of each entry. In the meantime, there will also be a number of guests including none other than Gianluca, who successfully represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek and Donna Borg Leyland who will be representing Malta within the international Miss World competition in a couple of months. Also, as resident guests, the Annalise Dance Studio will be showing the audience some risque moves as always. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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!

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