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Marc Calleja Bayliss

Marc Calleja Bayliss

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number twelve is Abstract Acoustic Duo, whose song "Niftakarna" is written by the male counterpart, Gabriel Cassar.

The Abstract Acoustic Duo, which consists of Gabriel Cassar and Lenice Tabone, is a relatively new project having only been around since 2013. As a matter of fact, this also marks your debut in L-Għanja tal-Poplu. How did the project come about, and where do you see yourself in twelve months' time? 

We have been playing together in the same bands quite for a few years now, yet, as it has been stated, it was  in 2013 that Abstract Acoustic Duo had its own big bang. We live just a couple of meters away from each other (in the same block actually), and this advantage has lead us to kill some time together with a guitar in hand and our very own vocals. It was the summer of 2013, when on a nine-day wonder, we were faced by an opportunity to play on a regular basis in a cafeteria... so yes, one can say that this particular cafeteria was in fact Abstract’s birthplace. 

The infatuation has continued to explode in this collaboration and the tentative for l-Ghanja tal-Poplu, is undoubtedly one of its results. In twelve months’ time, we would like to see this baby-project develop even more, and although it’s not our aim to be popular, we look forward to having more gigs together whilst sharing a smile with our audiences. Original material is always on the pipeline, so we hope that in a year’s time, the harmony amongst us would be more tentative in its creativity and muse.

“Niftakarna”, written by Gabriel Cassar, the male counterpart of this duo, is the song that Abstract Acoustic Duo will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Basically, ‘Niftakarna’ anticipates the reality of childhood friendships enriched with simplicity and energy  from sunrise till sunset with one of the scenes capturing their enthusiasm for the game ‘hide and seek’. However, as time goes by, one of the friends hides away leaving behind all the memories and good times they used to have. 

Our song is quite simple and humble in its own structure involving only our vocals and an acoustic guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYLyx_x11-Q

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

It is true that sometimes, the public ‘s reaction to certain messages might be subject to controversy which in our opinion is the artist’s capability of bringing about moral and ethical debates regarding significant issues. Our song’s principle aim isn’t to bring about any controversy, yet it suggests appreciation for long-lost friendships in one’s own life which undoubtedly leave an impact on the present way of life.

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

Whilst we recommend full support for Maltese music and talent, we would also like to encourage the readers to love one another and live the real scope of life in faith, hope, and love.

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:30

GħTP 2015: Interview with Teddie Zammit

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number eleven is Teddie Zammit, writer and performer of the song "Min Taħseb Li Int?".

The rigours of the music industry have been well documented by artists, who frequent the festival circuit, yet it is extremely rare for any artist, let alone a singer/songwriter to compete with two (2) entries, as was your case in particular in 2014. Do you believe that concentrating on performing one entry is ideal?

Definitely, concentrating on one song is the ideal considering the fact that this particular festival requires a full life performance. It is not so easy to rehearse and to find the musicians needed especially if you have two songs with a different style, therefore needs different arrangements with different musicians.

“Min Taħseb Li Int?” which you composed and penned yourself, is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Min Tahseb li Int? is a contemporary folk song with a fluent flow rhythm that makes it easy to understand well the message in the lyrics. It can happen to all of us that because we feel physically healthy and well off in life or famous we think that we are super heroes. At times we may take advantage of our favourable situations over people who are less fortunate in life or those who are sick and vulnerable. We do not realize that life is too short. I believe that what we have in life has been given to us on loan by God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSK-o5udX-E

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

The aim of the my song is to enhance a silent reflection on who we really are, realize the real priorities in life and finally to share the abilities, powers, and fortunes with others with various difficulties. In my opinion this the only way to built a new world with less sufferings and discriminations.

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

Please acknowledge and appreciate the Maltese artist especially those who sing and believe in our mother language.

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:00

GħTP 2015: Interview with Michela Galea

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number ten is Michela Galea, and her entry is entitled "Fejn Marru t-Tfal", composed by Renato Briffa, to the lyrics of Rita Pace.

In a relatively short span of time, you have become a recognisable figure in the local music scene, having been triumphant at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song “Mixja li Bdiet”, composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred. E. Baldacchino. Was it a natural choice to participate in a follow-up competition which specifically deals with the Maltese language? 

Being able to sing in our native Maltese language is an asset for us as Maltese artists. We must be proud of our language and thanks to these festivals we are able to promote the Maltese language. Apart from that, l-“Ghanja tal-Poplu” gives the opportunity for musicians to perform live with the singers. This is the major reason why I wished to be part of this memorable and national event.

“Fejn Marru t-Tfal?” composed by Renato Briffa, to the lyrics of Rita Pace, is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

This song deals with the difficulties encountered by parents who are raising children: maintaining discipline but at the same time showing affection, without that affection being seen as weakness or in the worst scenarios as physical abuse. One must also take into account that kids and teens seem to know more than parents about certain things and the song therefore asks  where their innocence is gone, and what has led to this.

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

This song is very relevant in today's society as the topics of discipline and abuse of children and the abuse of adults by children are things we often hear about. The genre that the song encompasses is a ballad accompanied with a piano.

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

Yes, I think that there is some controversy as regarding to the lyrics in general. Each and every artist wants to deliver a message, be it a positive or a negative one. I think we want to convey what is going on around the world.  Having said that, my song is about the difficulties of raising children and undoubtedly in real life it is not easy to raise children because of the problems we are facing.

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

I would like to thank those people who support local singers and local music because we continuously need their support to move on in our music careers. I encourage you all to come and join us on the 21st March at Sir Temi Zammit Hall Universita for a night of Maltese live music. Let us appreciate all local music!

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

Marie Claire, a third year student at the University of Malta who has gained notoreity by virtue of following a career in the local music industry, is the first guest of the programme. The female vocalist, a finalist in the Junior Song for Europe, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, and the Summer Hit Song Contest, was also a backing vocalist to "Take Me Far" alongside Grecia Bezzina and Karen DeBattista, at the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She cites every experience, as a positive one, and is looking forward to continue growing in the music scene, having recently joined Ironic PR & Artist Management.

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

The second guest of the programme is Ruth Frendo, a television personality, associated with paranormal activity, as well as the Editorial Head of 'Gwida', Malta's most successful tabloid magazine. The third and final guest is Stephanie Zammit, a female model, having been crowned Miss Malta a couple of years ago, as well as a lead vocalist of the group, Baklava, who have been through to the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on more than one occasion, most recently in 2011 with the song "Moondance" which had come second in the public vote.

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

Source: F Living

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

Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer-songwriter who has twice represented Malta in Europe's most favourite music competition, recently made an unexpected guest appearance on Xarabank, discussing the personal struggles faced with drug addiction. During the courageous interview, he spoke about the strength that he had to find from within, and as a result, his return to the love of music, the creation of a new song, "Walking Away".

Co-written with Noel Borg and Philip Vella, the emotional ballad has truly touched the hearts of many and will be officially launched tomorrow, during Ħadd Għalik on Television Malta. Following the performance, the song will be made available on all legal platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and is in the distribution abroad by Universal Music including major promotional campaign in Germany where his production company CAP-Sounds is based.

Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: CAP-Sounds

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

Saturday, 14 March 2015 14:51

GħTP 2015: Interview with Denise Spiteri

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number nine is Denise Spiteri, and her entry is entitled "Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss", musically composed, and lyrically penned by Mark Laurence Zammit.

Following your participation in the Junior Song for Europe and the television show ‘Don't Stop Me Now’, you were on an indefinite hiatus before returning to the music scene by taking part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song “Pupa” written by Mark Laurence Zammit. What made you want to try for a second consecutive year, and are you interested in taking part in other competitions? 

Last year I had a very positive experience at the festival as the atmosphere was very calm and the people involved were extremely friendly. Moreover, I really enjoy live music, which is what mainly encouraged me to take part this year as well. At the moment, I’m not interested in taking part in other competitions as I would rather continue to invest my energy in theatre and classical music as I have been doing in the past few years by taking part in productions such as Dun Gorg: Il-Musical,  L’Elisir d’Amore at the Manoel Theatre and many others. However, I don’t want to exclude the possibility of ever showing interest in other competitions in the future. Never say never J

“Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss”, composed and penned by Mark Laurence Zammit is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Through our song, we are trying to give a voice to those who unfortunately do not have one. The song tells the story of a girl who seems to be entering a popular world of fantasy, surrealism and fairytales. The woods, the wolf, the rain and the darkness all enhance the excitement that is provided by this imaginary world, which for most people, doesn’t exist.  However, this world is not imaginary to one particular little girl, because it is her reality.  She doesn’t find this world of fairytales to be as exciting because it is what stops her from sharing her troubles with those whom she loves, and the reason for all her tears.  This is because the girl suffers from autism - a condition which forces her to live in a fearsome world, from which no one can save her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vS5ApDDiGo

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

I do believe that some lyrics could cause controversy however I don’t think that it’s a bad thing, because if this happens, it means that your lyrics are relevant enough to be discussed by the public.  Personally, I don’t think that my entry challenges public perception because my song describes what an autistic person goes through in everyday life. 

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

Don’t underestimate the capabilities of Maltese artists. We should all appreciate local music more, especially music which encourages the Maltese language.

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:57

GħTP 2015: Interview with Michela Dalli

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number eight is Michela Dalli, and her entry is entitled "Charlie' L-Artist", penned by Rita Pace, to the music of Andrew Zahra.

In the public eye, you have been seen as an artist who does not shy away from a challenge, and as a result juggle the art of singing with acting. It is no mean feat, but thinking out loud, which do you view as your strong suit, and would you pick one over the other?  

Both give me great satisfaction and I can never ever choose between the two. Singing gives me the joy of expressing myself and acting gives me the pleasure of playing different roles. I will surely treasure past experiences, I have met so many talented people and my love for music and acting has grown thanks to these unforgettable opportunities. I would like to thank those who made and are still making my dreams come true.  

 “Charlie l-Artist”, composed by Andrew Zahra, with lyrics by Rita Attard is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses? 

The lyrics are so meaningful and relate to France’s worst terrorist attack; The sad and tragic news of artist Charlie Hebdo and colleagues that was targetted by the French satircal weekly magazine. This sad news has definitely shocked the world. The song also focuses on how Satire effects others feelings, for some satire is like medicine, it either inspires, releases tension  and makes a person feel better or on the other hand it can really offend a person.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7VF7l2Jngc

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

I believe that it is actually very important that lyrics in such a festival have to be controversial, different oppinions make songs even more interesting . My entry 'Charlie l-Artists' definitely causes controversy for the fact that many believe that there should be total freedom of expression in arts especially in a democratic country, others believe that there should be moderation and arts should not hurt others feelings, on the other hand there are those who take satire so seriously that have the courage to destroy other people's life!  But why would anybody actually kill somebody over mockery? 

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

I would like to thank all those who support local music and local talent. I urge all of you reading this to come and watch this festival, 'l-Ghanja tal-poplu' is surely one of the most prestigious festivals in Malta. I am sure all of the contestants are working hard.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:00

GħTP 2015: Interview with Rita Pace

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number seven is Rita Pace, and her entry is entitled "Battibekk", penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and Paul Attard

During the years, this particular competition has been extremely kind to your work, having been rewarded with various successes both as a songwriter, and a vocalist. How difficult is it to separate the roles from one another, and have you opted to perform lyrics written by others because you feel intimidated to perform your own work?

Being a singer helps me understand what singers go through and this helps me adapt my lyrics to different personalities and voices. I can empathise with other singers and write something that is suitable for them. It also helps to be a composer because when I work with other composers I can understand them better. So even when the roles of singer and songwriter are separated, they are still symbiotic and help each other. I am not intimidated by singing my own lyrics and I do it most of the time. 

It helps me to express my moods, opinions and feelings more directly, but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't work with other people too because I am also a performer and I accept to perform anything which I think could be fun. When Emil asked to work with me on this song I thought the outcome could be interesting so I accepted. I havewon numerous awards as an author, composer and also as a performer in this festival but composing was something I enjoyed doing because I don't get to do it very often. 

“Battibekk’, which you composed to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss and Paul Attard is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

It's a long story :) Emil started this off as a quarrel arising from someone being the victim of malicious rumours in a traditional Maltese village. Then my husband Paul made changes to it and added more lyrics and transposed the situation into a modern setting, so there is the juxtaposition of the traditional and modern contexts of mud-slinging. The modern context, internet, as the substitute evolved from the traditional pjazza has made rumours more devastating as one can destroy a person effectively with the touch of a button. Melodically, it is cheeky and dramatic and explores a range of vocal styles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAO1S8TeOM

Although the music and lyrics have a mischievous quality, the song is also tragic because it shows that people haven't changed and they are as cruel and alienated as ever, maybe even more alienated because people can hurt each other without having to see the distress they are causing. They find it easier to spread sordid details about other people's lives than live their own lives. So in a way, the song makes you smile but then you realize that you may be laughing at the yourself because everyone can identify with this experience.

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

I believe that a song must cause a reaction to be effective. I didn't expect Jien Ma Nahdimx to cause such an uproar though. It was a theme I felt strongly about and my  intuition led me to go for it. Sometimes a songwriter cannot predict whether a song will fuel controversy or  not because different people think differently about different things. I guess the best option is to write about what matters to you because if you don't believe in what you write nobody else will. Battibekk is a song that can challenge the audience lyrically and musically on many levels so I'm curious to see how they will respond to it.

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

Please support Maltese music and follow this year's edition of Għanja tal-Poplu. It is not just an opportunity to listen to new material but also a means of discovering how versatile and beautiful our language can be while spending a pleasant evening out with your friends. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 19:22

GħTP 2015: Interview with Mario Debono

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number six is Mario Debono, and his entry is entitled "Il-Malti", composed and penned by himself. 

Mario, as a singer/songwriter, you have complete creative control over your material, whilst also having the distinct opportunity to give colour to your words during the live interpretation. What inspires you to create music, and how important is it to get your message across? 

The Maltese language itself, with its intonation and rhythm, inspires my music. I compose the melody and find the harmony on my guitar. For me the message is the very reason for writing the song. I rarely write purely entertaining songs. I don’t think they find a place in a festival of this kind.

“Il-Malti”, to which you composed the music, and created the lyrics to, is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

This song was conceived as a linguistic comment on the beauty and utility of the Maltese language, our national tongue. We don’t know what language the first inhabitants of these islands spoke. We do know that Malta was dominated for quite a long time by foreign powers and that Maltese was confined to the people. It was later to grow in stature and become a European language. So we should speak, learn, read, sing and use Maltese. It is our heritage. It makes us what we are. This is the message I would like to give in this song. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiF1oGP_44s

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

Songs with a social theme tend to be controversial. I think this is a valid contribution to our society.

Some people may not agree about my views on the Maltese language but  linguistically and historically I believe I am correct. Perhaps I will convince those who do not use our national tongue to use more our language.

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

Please, request songs from L-Għanja tal-Poplu to be played on local radios. Come and support the festival on the 21st of March.

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number five is Ana-Maria Grima, and her entry is entitled "Dawn L-Għajnejn", composed by Siobhan Vassallo, to the lyrics of Rita Attard.

For the most part, you are a relative newcomer to the music scene, despite having previously taken part in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Summer Hit Song Contest. What was the main reason behind your submission in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, and what experience do you bring from your previous experience in local competitions? 

I always had my eyes on l-Għanja tal-Poplu but this year specifically felt likeI was ready to submit the song Dawn l-Għajnejn that me and my friend Siobhan Vassallo (composer) and Rita Attard (author) had been working on this past year, also The reason behind this is that L-għanja tal-Poplu gives the opportunity to local musicians and singers to express themselves musically in Maltese.  Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2011, Summer Hit Song 2014 and being one of 48 semi-finalists for the Malta Eurovision 2015 definitely helped me getting noticed and it also helped in my confidence and it strengthen my artistic side  which i am  looking forward on showing my ability  on the final night of Għanja tal-Poplu.

“Dawn L-Għajnejn”, composed by Siobhan Vassallo, to the lyrics of Rita Attard is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

The meaning behind this song is very close to my heart, and I decided to put amongst other topics my personal experience which defiantly helps in showing emotion and where people can relate very easily. The topics are very current like bullying, anoxia, bulimia   peer pressure self harm etc... It’s about a mother trying to persuade her daughter to see what she sees in her which is beauty, no matter what other people think of her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A0vZJ5oBgA

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

I think as an artist I have the right to express my artistic side how I like it and people should open more and stop judging artists creativity unless it doesn’t hurt anyone I don’t see how it is a problem by having no filters.  I understand that the song can create challenges but i am aware of it, because i believe in my song and i have the right answers to defend my song if any controversy occurs 

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

Keep supporting local artists and thank you for showing your love and support.