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Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:59

Malta: A Rising Star in Domenique

Age is only just a number and indeed, this is surely the case for the upcoming artist known as Domenique who brings in several experiences to help aid our profile build up noting that she has been in most competitions held within the local music scene, with the most prominent surely being the Junior Eurosong competition where she has made the most appearances. Years have gone by and thus, the experiences in that particular showcase come to an end with the future looking extremely bright. There were slight doubts but they were banished when Domenique came out on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2009 within the Teenage Category with the song Miegħi Hemm Int composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner. It was a brand new journey and one which will be taking Domenique far into the local music industry, especially noting that local and foreign critics have been extremely supportive.

As stated, this was only the beginning with Domenique making it to the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest in 2010 with the track Violet Skies composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. She had the opportunity to perform with the renowned Annabelle Debono who backed Morena at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest and was also the backing vocal for Claudia Faniello at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past two years. The following year, she would return to the competition with the song Love Trap written by Clinton Paul. Ultimately though, the most intriguing experience of her music career up to this point would come in the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest making it to the semi-final stage with the track I'll Follow The Sunshine composed by Ralph Siegel and penned by Bern Meinunger. The renowned songwriting duo wrote the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1982 and Domenique was one of the youngest artists that they worked with according to their discography. Her most recent experience though has brought out the first major trophy noting that the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza saw Domenique finish in third place with the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.


With the submissions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 a month away, it will be quite a challenge to see whether she will be able to make it through to the live stages of the competition but with resounding success in the past couple of weeks, months and years, it will be quite undeniable that this girl has not only the talent to succeed but also the chops that are seriously required for making it within the respective business. Experience does indeed play a major role but then again, it can only be gained by virtue of having talent and thus that is what it important about such notable names who are improving with each showcase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks as we continue bringing you the latest news from the local and foreign music scene in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest whilst also keeping you entertained with our respective features about some of the best artists that the industry is proud to present.

Source: YouTube, escflashmalta.com, Julian Lee Richie


Published in Local Music News

During these past few years, the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been growing due to the fact that new minds were brought in to make sure that the showcase moves into a modern era where music speaks to the listeners especially when it is in an official language of the country. This is the case with this competition noting that it is only one of the two that showcase Maltese in terms of music. A number of poets have long been trying to get the people to appreciate the language but when done in song, it could be assessed even further noting that people tend to hum lyrics to the melody. The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a variety of participants who are somewhat representing the dawn of a new age noting that most of them are either newcomers or those who have gained popularity in just a couple of years. We are presenting the tracks one by one and today, the tide turns towards Domenique who will be performing the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.

The nineteenth track to be presented during the evening of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa translates to Hope and Courage noting that the lyrics speak volumes about the history that the people of Malta had to go through to obtain the freedom that they proclaim to have in the present day. The performer of the track in the meantime has already managed to obtain a name for herself in the past couple of years especially due to the fact that she has taken the longer route which has proven successful for a number of stars here in the country. Domenique had appeared within a number of festivals and television programmes during the years noting that she had tried to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for quite a couple of years. Nevertheless, since making it to the teenage category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Miegħi Hemm Int which translates into You're There With Me composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner, she has also made the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the track I'll Follow the Sunshine written by Ralph Siegel and Dr. Bernd Meinunger.

Philip Vella has written a large number of songs for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and whilst he remains, the most successful composer in the country when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it seems he has not been utterly lucky in this competition having won it on just one previous occasion, that come very recently in 2009 when Annabelle Debono performed the song 1964 which was penned by Mark Amaira. Nevertheless, he is still composing music to Maltese lyrics with quite a number of songs having passed through to this stage of the competition. He co-writer this time round on a total of three entries, I believe is none other than his daughter, Cher Vella whose first experience at co-writing came earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having written the lyrics to the song In Your Eyes performed by Lawrence Gray. This is the first time that she has written lyrics in Maltese and the family duo will be hoping for more success in the future now that such a collaboration has started. Remember, to listen to the track Tama u Kuraġġ in the official preview video just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more features about the participants in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.