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escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition. Christian is the twelfth artist and he will be performing the song Raġġ ta' Tama composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella.

In recent years, Christian has been mostly living in the shadow of his younger sister, Domenique who managed to garner the second runner-up slot at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2012 with the song Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella and then also making it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Too Little Too Late composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Matthias Strasser. Is there any sibling rivalry and do you wish to emulate her success?

I feel very proud of my sister. She has a great talent and she deserved all her success. For sure I would like to have similar success. However, I am glad to see her achieving such success and I hope she continues over the course of her career.

On various occasions, critics within the local music scene have hit out at the public vote system which is ever so present in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song with revenue, always in the mind of the organisers. You were a beneficiary of the system during the 2009 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as your entry Madre Perla written by Clinton Paul was awarded with the top spot according to the general public. What is your opinion on tele-voting and do you agree with the role it plays, amounting to a total of just one professional judge?

I believe in the general public and that it should have a voice in the final say. However, I still believe that the public vote should amount to a small proportion compared to the professional jury.

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It has been around a year since you had last competed in a nationwide competition but the different between the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song is surely in the fact that whilst one supports playback music, the other one will include the accompaniment of a band led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. Do you believe that the addition of live music adds to a music competition and how are you preparing to take to the stage?

I am very prepared for it. It is good that they have introduced again live music in Maltese competitions. Having live music gives the singers great opportunities to sing with a live band.

Raġġ ta' Tama composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Raġġ ta’ Tama is a ballad song. The song is about a relationship which has ended and he is asking her to forget the past and start over again. 

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

This festival is one of a high prestige in Malta which promotes the Maltese language. There was a great need for this festival to start again and obviously I will support it’s continuation in the coming years as it gives great opportunity to Maltese talents. 

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

Thanks to those who showed the interest in reading my interview.

Published in Interviews