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One of the most endearing challenges that any music industry would have to conquer through various elements of time would surely be the absence of a male vocalist noting that in this day and age, there has been a lot of positive acclaim towards female performers who steadily rise in terms of numbers with the opposite sex somewhat declining at a rapid rate unfortunately. Nevertheless, it has to be noted that despite being in a minority, the last two representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest just happened to be male counterparts in the form of Kurt Calleja and Glen Vella respectively. Throughout the years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has also represented this divide noting that there has never been an edition in which only a particular gender was present and that makes it somewhat more intriguing. When looking at the list of former winners of the competition, it is to be noted that from twenty editions in total, there has been at least ten males, either as soloists, part of a group or duet respectively and therefore, the numbers add up in quite the responsible manner as well. The next entry which will be further analysed and thus summing up the discussion above is that entitled Missjoni Impossibli composed by Philip Vella and penned by Rita Pace with the vocals provided by Ishmael Grech. Media.Link Communications have always sought to promote upcoming artists and therefore, this time, along with the committee of the competition, they have decided to work extremely hard to give as much exposure as possible and thus recording preview videos for each respective entries and uploaded through viral website, YouTube with additional analytic help offered by escflashmalta.com so that people would get to know the individuals behind the song a little bit better at the same time.

Listening to the track the very first time, one would get the idea that this could be somewhat about an intriguing adventure between two members of the opposite gender and indeed it is, in relation to a romantic encounter which they seem to be entwined within. Ishmael Grech is singing to his female companion that it will be somewhat impossible for their love to continue to blossom and this is because certain situations might strain their general dependency and ultimately, their love would be the first to suffer. The title of the track could be translated very swiftly into Mission Impossible and the relation between the adventurous tune and the title is definitely a particular idea of a James Bond movie. Despite the ever growing concern that things are not going to end up well between the two, the male performer gives into the idea that he will never give up and will continue trying because they promised that they would be there for each other till the end of time. Ishmael Grech is one of the youngest performers in the local music industry but surely, he could develop into one of the most notable names because he brings about a certain edge to each performance that is not seen too much. At twenty years of age, he brings about already a previous participation in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having taken part back in 2010 with the track Abjad u Iswed composed by Philip Vella and penned by Rita Pace. 

Having a look at the individuals behind the track, it is to be noted that the composer brings about one of the most successful records ever in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest with Philip Vella composing the music for five entries in the renowned event, those coming in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 respectively apart from coming extremely close earlier this year with the track Pure performed by Claudia Faniello. On all of the respective occasions, the lyrics were penned by Gerard James Borg but then again, when writing for this competition, his usual collaboration with singer/songwriter Rita Pace comes into force once more. It is to be noted that the track 1964 which Philip composed with the lyrics of Mark Amaira was the one which broke the two straight wins of Mark Spiteri Lucas and Joe Chircop pushing him in second place in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2009. In the meantime, the lyricist of this track is of course, Rita Pace who last year was also part of the competition as a vocalist and a songwriter ultimately coming out with a trophy for penning the lyrics to the track Eternità for Janice Mangion to the music of Mark Scicluna. She is a veteran in the industry and will continue to impress the listeners in the years to come as she continues to write music and lyrics. You can listen to his entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvuIpNj8LFw

Studies have shown that one way of relaxing is through the medium of music and what better way to listen to the joyous sounds of your very own language. One of the competitions which still promotes Maltese through song is none other than the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and thus still gives about a flavour of identity. The competition has somewhat gained prestige through the number of iconic tracks that have come out performed by some of the most notable names in the local music industry including none other than those of Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Annabelle, Eleanor Cassar, Amber and Mike Spiteri amongst others. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza represents the change that the local music scene is currently encountering especially due to the fact that there is a brand new guard of artists coming up and they are quickly gaining credibility even in foreign waters. Their promotion is important for both the competition and the country and that is why Media.Link Communications are working extremely hard to make sure that this years' edition, the twenty first in total will turn out to be a major success like last year when a number of new innovations were taken up.

escflashmalta.com along with the committee behind the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has the opportunity to give you weekly updates of the latest tele-voting figures which are constantly updating following a televised reminder during the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and which airs every Tuesday night on NET Television. At the helm of the lists there has been somewhat a surge in votes and some people are cementing their positions but that does not mean that it cannot be exciting in the long run. Nevertheless, however minor the changes, we aim to bring you the latest tele-voting sheet from the competition which will be featuring the most notable names in the industry, those competing in the Established Category. The tele-voting in this category will ultimately result in a separate award as had been decided by Charles Stroud, a former Chairman of the Committee a couple of years back. The current standings are as follows;

01. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)

02. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

03. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

04. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)

05. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)

06. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

07. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace)

08. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

09. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras)

10. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

11. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

12. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

13. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

14. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

15. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali)

16. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

17. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

18. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

19. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

20. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

The votes for the Teenage Category will somewhat prove to be more important noting that the three (3) finalists that will be making it through to the final night of the competition set for the 18th September 2012 at The Granaries in Floriana, will be relying on 40% Tele-Voting with the appointed Jury having a 60% say in the final outcome. The decision to mark a professional marking by a set of musically trained professionals is much more important to make sure that the three that make it to the final stage are the ones who deserve to be there because they prove to be superior to the others. These are the current standings in the tele-voting which will serve as only a 40% indication to the top three (3).

01. Aħna ż-Żagħżagħ - Maria Debono (Kaya / Joe Chircop)

02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

03. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri)

04. L-Ewwel Imħabba - Darlene Sammut (Kaya / Rita Pace)

05. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

06. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa)

07. Noli - Natalya Galdes (Rita Pace)

08. X'Sar Minnhom - Mikaela Bajada (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

09. Ftakar Fl-Imħabba - Jade Amber Muscat (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

10. Niftakar Fik - Derrick Schembri (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

Source: KKI Committee, GO

Every decade brings about a host of new artists within any music scene and it has to be noted that in Malta, there has been a growing concern with regards to the upcoming talent but nevertheless, one of the best examples in terms of showcases that talent is seriously moving onto an even more positive role than before is the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which in its respective twenty first edition represents the next generation of artists, the ones that will ultimately be making up the numbers in competitions and events in the next couple of years. It has to be noted that some of them have already worked their way into other national events on a junior level and that is what makes them distinct but then again, there are others who are literally new yet bring about a stunning vocal ability that has to be praised throughout. The next entry which will be further analysed and competing in the aforementioned competition is the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Deborah C. It has to be noted that this year, Media.Link Communications have worked extremely hard to make sure that all of the respective entries receive as much exposure as possible and that is why, promotional videos of each track was shot and uploaded through viral website, YouTube whilst analysis of the tracks is then also being given through escflashmalta.com so that people would look at the people involved within the song in itself. 

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a competition which is organized in commemoration of the day that the country achieved Independence from the British Government and therefore, it is somewhat expected that some of the entries will do their best to speak about the values that the nation has transpired throughout the years whilst also speaking about the residents who have shown true courage in order to preserve their identity even through hard times. In fact, the title in itself would translate into a message towards the people If We Use Our Mind. Apart from looking things from a historic perspective, it is also to be noted that the track deals with more current issues such as the problems with the economy all around the world which Malta has not had to face due to the fact that the leadership was well fixed to deal with the respective issue. The positive message of the song will surely transpire well in the long run and that is why, the juries so the track fit to celebrate the festivities well in the long run. Deborah C calls on the people of the Maltese Islands to make sure to make the right choice when need be, so that the country would continue heading into the right direction. Having a look at the man behind the lyrics, it is to be seen that the individual is Joe Chircop, a man who does not need a lot of introduction in this competition having successfully competed with winning entries in two occasions; Dan Hu L-Mument in 2007 sung by Kaya and Ivan Borg and Flimkien Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 interpreted by Is-Sitta. He was also the winning of the teenage category last year on the twentieth anniversary of the competition with the track Ejjew Nieqfu sung by Angelica Portelli.

In the past five editions of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, singer/songwriter Mark Spiteri Lucas has managed to finish at the top of the table twice, those coming in 2007 and 2008 as mentioned above whilst also finishing as the first runner-up in 2009 with the track Lilek Biss performed by Kaya. Nevertheless, the man has firmly entered the record books of the competition noting that apart from those two victories, he was also the individual to pen the track for the first major success of Ira Losco, a winning song entitled Fejn Staħbejtli with lyrics by Paul Ellul. Apart from the success he has achieved on the stage of The Granaries, he was also a second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track She Gives Me Wings by Klinsmann Coleiro with lyrics by Rita Pace. The vocals on this track are being provided by Deborah C, a woman who is quickly garnering a name for herself in the local music industry noting that this is her third participation in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza following Pandora in 2008 and Fjamma in 2011, both winning the tele-voting portion of the competition. She also made it through to the finals of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track You Make Me Go (Uh Uh) alongside the vocals of Leila J. You can listen to her entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: escflashmalta.comKonkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

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

In the hands of the right people, talent can be considered as one of the most notable assets that an individual can have but then again, the method of exposure has to be worked out in the possible way with artists looking as their most viable options in the music industry which when it comes to Malta is somewhat extremely limited. One of the venues where such talent can be exposed is surely the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and in fact, there have been a number of such individuals who have only sent in tracks to this competition or rather have created a bond due to the fact that it represents the best of the Maltese language and therefore, one of the prime elements of the national identity. Media.Link Communications have set out to promote such an aim and therefore, they are succeeding when such artists come forward and this is surely the case with the next artist, Laura Bruno whose entry Kemm Xtaqt written by Frederick Camilleri is also being analyzed. This particular artist has been around for quite some time but has been selective of where she would like to expose her vocal prowess at yet her return to the scene is surely encouraging. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.

First and foremost, the title in itself could be easily translated into I Wish but that could refer to practically anything especially without a particular context and therefore, we have looked into the song at greater detail and length so to speak. This has to be a track which features a heavy social theme about the individual once more which seems to be a central focus for most of the story-lines in this years' entries of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. From what I have managed to gather, it seems that a particular person, someone who could either be identifiable through a friend or family or even though a criminal role in society has not had everything go his way and therefore, Laura performs as if that love would erase the wrongdoing done with the possibility of heading into a jovial era, one which is very much different to what has been encountered until this point in time. What is so different about this song than most of the other tracks in this years' competition is the fact that Laura shows a lot of facial expressions throughout the whole performance and that shows that she would really be putting a lot of emotion, something which seemed to have been witnessed by the judges of the second phase of the jury who heard her perform the track live and therefore, giving it the proper showcase it deserved. As already mentioned before, the track is performed by Laura Bruno and the songwriter is Frederick Camilleri and technically, both of them do not need too much of an introduction with their experience in the industry.

The performer of the track has already participated in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on another occasion, that being in 2005 with the track Il-Bogħod Mid-Dlam but then again, it is also to be noted that Laura has tried to enter the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on multiple occasions, eventually making it through to the semi-final stage in 2009 with the track Something About You. It has been noted on several occasions that she has a very particular vocal timbre which has to be specifically adhered to even in terms of the songs that she performs. For many years, the main venue for exposing her talent has been none other than the Christmas Pantomime along with Pawlu Testa which has featured a host of celebrities throughout the years including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Julie and Ludwig as well as national final stars such as Leontine, Ina Robinich and Minik. In the meantime, the composer is somewhat a veteran in the world of local music having worked with the likes of Alison Ellul and Fabrizio Faniello in the past amongst others with a host of tracks in the Għanja tal-Poplu competition as far back as 1996 actually. One important thing to note is that Frederick Camilleri is a leading writer, not only of songs but even of other things including plays such as Spiru Cefai and leading television dramas such as Gawdenz Bilocca. You can see the official video of the song just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for more updates in the coming days.

Source: escflashmalta.comKonkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wlLGgt-weg

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has firmly established itself as a leading competition in the local music scene with the culture calender singling out the occasion as one of the main days in which the national language of the country is promoted through the medium of music. In fact, it is to be pointed out that the showcase is only one of two which promotes the respective language and will surely remain popular as the years go by due to the fact that the long list of participants represents the positive outcome of the industry. There aren't many things which could be said to be common between the likes of Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono but one of them is surely that they have all been crowned winners of the event since it returned way back in 1997 following a break of ten years. Those who have gone onto finish in high placings have also established their position amongst the elite going onto represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest for example. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, three (3) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Georgina who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1991 alongside Paul Giordimaina with the song Could It Be securing sixth place before returning as a composer in 1992 for the track Little Child, then as a backing vocalist for This Time performed by William Mangion in 1993 and finally as a composer for the track Another Summer Night which represented Malta in 2001. Also joining Georgina was Janvil who has most notoriously finished in the runner-up position at both the Malta Eurosong as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2DVZq1LDlc

As one could note above, this will be quite a special week actually because there will be not two (2) people from the established category but three (3) and this is due to the fact that there was a particular week in which the programme was not broadcast due to a holiday. This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Roseanne Cordina who will be performing the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. The second guest during the evening who will also be competing is Corinne Caruana who is set to perform the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace. 

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

The third track to be performed during the evening will be the one by Danica Muscat who is also a returnee from last years' competition. She will be performing the track Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. The entry to be performed this evening is Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Sarah Bonnici. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeD4O8iQB9o

The programme will as always have a special guest or two and escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that NET Television has managed to attract none other than Natasha and Charlene back to the world of television as they intend to comeback for a special appearance tomorrow having been past winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, first time in 2004 with the song L-Arka Tal-Liberta' and second time with the group Is-Sitta performing the song Iva Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 respectively. They have not appeared since the 2009 Malta Eurosong and this will be their first major television performance in three years. In the meantime, another former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will also be present tomorrow with Nadine Axisa dropping in for a special performance having just officially gone in hiatus from local competitions a couple of weeks back. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqtsxN0gJc4

The subject of music represents universality and what better way to celebrate such an important talent such as vocal prowess through a bond which could only be created by siblings. The local music industry has had a fair share of individuals who have joined forces together through the means of music noting substantially people such as Natasha and Charlene as well as the Micallef trio featuring Richard, Wayne and Michelle respectively. It has to be noted that both have been part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past, each leaving their mark on the evolvement of the competition so to speak. Media.Link Communications have greatly acknowledged all type of artists throughout the years with the appointed jury notably voting for the best entries and ultimately performers whether they are competing as soloists, duets or even groups. Following the trio that was presented last week, attention is turned to a duet between a brother and a sister, Dario and Grecia Bezzina who will be performing the track Se Nibda Jien composed by Dario Bezzina himself with lyrics written by none other than singer/songwriter Rita Pace. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.

The subject of romance has somewhat become predominant in the local music industry especially when dealing with the likes of Maltese lyrics but then again, this is quite a different type of subject, going against the norm and coming up with something which is outside of the typical box. The title of the track can be translated into I Am Going to Start and it deals with a particular individual, which one can identify with personally who is not giving up for what he believes in and will continue to go against the will of the people in charge for the sake of being right and in favour of the positive and correct way of doing things. The track is performed between two and therefore, it is somewhat quite notable that it is seen more as a conversation. Nevertheless, the topic does not change and they continue debating that the individual should always hold his head up high as long as he is in the clear. The composer of the song as mentioned above is none other than the male singer and it is to be recorded that Dario has not really been writing for a very long time with his first track coming back in the Għanja tal-Poplu of 2009 having written the song Kamra Bla Ħitan before penning the music to the song Tal-Komma Twila for his sister in this years' Għanja tal-Poplu with lyrics by escflashmalta.com editor Emil Calleja Bayliss. Rita Pace is the woman behind the lyrics of this years' entry and she has already been mentioned on countless occasions in this years' analysis having penned quite a hefty amount of tracks in the competition.
 
Her success in the local music industry has come mostly as a songwriter despite being a veteran singer. The most notable successes which she has are surely a third place finish in the Malta Song for Europe competition in 2007 having written the lyrics for the song She Gives Me Wings performed by Klinsmann and composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas whilst also coming in third place just last year having written the lyrics for the song Eternita' performed by Janice Mangion and composed by Mark Scicluna. The performers of this song need not be introduced having already made their way in the local music scene with Dario Bezzina first stepping out of the 2004 edition of the Junior Eurosong with the song Eviva L-Mużika missing out by just one point prior to making it through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as the Malta Eurosong. Grecia Bezzina on the other hand has had less experience but is quickly rising to the occasion having been in the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the semi-finals of the Malta Eurosong as well as finishing as the runner-up in this years' edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu. She was a backing vocalist to Francesca Borg in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest as well. You can see the official video of the song just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for more updates in the coming days.
 

Studies have shown that one way of relaxing is through the medium of music and what better way to listen to the joyous sounds of your very own language. One of the competitions which still promotes Maltese through song is none other than the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and thus still gives about a flavour of identity. The competition has somewhat gained prestige through the number of iconic tracks that have come out performed by some of the most notable names in the local music industry including none other than those of Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Annabelle, Eleanor Cassar, Amber and Mike Spiteri amongst others. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza represents the change that the local music scene is currently encountering especially due to the fact that there is a brand new guard of artists coming up and they are quickly gaining credibility even in foreign waters. Their promotion is important for both the competition and the country and that is why Media.Link Communications are working extremely hard to make sure that this years' edition, the twenty first in total will turn out to be a major success like last year when a number of new innovations were taken up.

escflashmalta.com along with the committee behind the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has the opportunity to give you weekly updates of the latest tele-voting figures which are constantly updating following a televised reminder during the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and which airs every Tuesday night on NET Television. At the helm of the lists there has been somewhat a surge in votes and some people are cementing their positions but that does not mean that it cannot be exciting in the long run. Nevertheless, however minor the changes, we aim to bring you the latest tele-voting sheet from the competition which will be featuring the most notable names in the industry, those competing in the Established Category. The tele-voting in this category will ultimately result in a separate award as had been decided by Charles Stroud, a former Chairman of the Committee a couple of years back. The current standings are as follows;

01. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)

02. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

03. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

04. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)

05. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

06. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)

08. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

09. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

10. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras)

11. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

12. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

13. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

14. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali)

15. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

16. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

17. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

18. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

19. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

20. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

The votes for the Teenage Category will somewhat prove to be more important noting that the three (3) finalists that will be making it through to the final night of the competition set for the 18th September 2012 at The Granaries in Floriana, will be relying on 40% Tele-Voting with the appointed Jury having a 60% say in the final outcome. The decision to mark a professional marking by a set of musically trained professionals is much more important to make sure that the three that make it to the final stage are the ones who deserve to be there because they prove to be superior to the others. These are the current standings in the tele-voting which will serve as only a 40% indication to the top three (3).

01. Aħna ż-Żagħżagħ - Maria Debono (Kaya / Joe Chircop)

02. L-Ewwel Imħabba - Darlene Sammut (Kaya / Rita Pace)

03. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi) 

04. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri)

05. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

06. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa)

07. Noli - Natalya Galdes (Rita Pace)

08. X'Sar Minnhom - Mikaela Bajada (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

09. Ftakar Fl-Imħabba - Jade Amber Muscat (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

10. Niftakar Fik - Derrick Schembri (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

Source: KKI Committee, GO

Miriam Christine, Annabelle Debono, Ira Losco, Amber, Mark Tonna, Claudette Pace, Eleanor Cassar, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and most recently Mike Spiteri all have something in common and that is, that they have all managed to overcome their respective obstacles to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the most notable competition which promotes music in the Maltese language. Several of the individuals mentioned above were still up and coming when they managed to achieve the feat and therefore truth be told, the showcase helped them achieve the status and regard that they hold in present times. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza first took place in 1983 but following four years, it had to be stopped in 1987 before making an even more successful return in 1997. Last year, Media.Link Communications appointed a brand new chairman, Mark Azzopardi who alongside his team including two members of the escflashmalta.com editorial board helped re-invent several aspects of the competition to make it more attractive both to the individuals concerned within the tracks and the audience watching. There has been a lot of exposure given to the acts in the past two years noting that this year, preview videos were shot for the very first time and could be seen through viral website, YouTube.

 

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a host of talent noting that there are a number of newcomers as well as individuals who have been rightfully earning their place in the local music industry. Apart from meeting three (3) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. The programme last week did not take place because of a national holiday so to speak but then again the week before, there were two special guests with a huge connection to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza noting that Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) has finished as the runner-up twice and also win with the track Dan Hu L-Mument in 2007. On the other hand, the second guest was Janice Mangion who had an extremely positive year reaching third place in the last edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Eternità and then reaching the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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For the seventh programme of Indifest, Mark Azzopardi, the Chairman of this years' committee for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza returns as producer alongside Lisa Libreri who has taken up the role of co-producer in the past four weeks. The role of producer is quite important to make sure that the television programme Indifest reflects the aim of the competition itself. In the past couple of years, things have not been so much in sync at times but this time round, things are relatively different so to speak. The programme which is broadcast live every Tuesday night is presented by Ronald Briffa, this years' male host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and Christine Haber, multiple host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In this weeks' edition, it is imperative to note that the acts competing in the Established Category who will be making an appearance are none other than Marilena Gauci who will be performing the track Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop as well as Kristen Camilleri who will sing the track Flimkien composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.
 
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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is always looking to promote brand new talent and that is why the Teenage Category has always been promoted in the past couple of years. Week after week, there is a live performance by one of the ten competitors and frankly this is quite important due to the fact that 60% of the final vote will be based solely on this performance with members of the jury looking at the performances and marking the tracks as they please. This week, the turn goes to Natalya Galdes who will be performing the track Noli written by singer/songwriter Rita Paca. In the meantime, as always, there will be two guests and this week, Indifest will be meeting up with 1991 Eurovision Song Contest representative Georgina as well as multiple finalist and former second runner-up of the Malta Song for Europe and also first runner-up of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Janvil. So tonight on NET Television at 20:30 CET, make sure to tune into another programme of Indifest.
 
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Throughout the years, there has been a lot of talk on solo artists to join forces and create what is known as the dream team with a powerful backing track aided by sublime harmonies and ultimately a performance which would impress the judges but never could one have thought of the massive possibilities that such an idea would create. When it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, as a leading competition organized in Maltese on behalf of Media.Link Communications, it is to be noted that there have been a number of winners from a group and also as a duet but never as a trio which the next act is proving itself to be actually featuring Ivan DeBattista, Claire Caruana and Neville Refalo. The track that they will be performing is entitled Mhux L-Ewwel Darba and it is composed by none other than Augusto Cardinali and penned by Giovann Attard, another team who are rarely seen not together in the mus industry. The translation of the track would ultimately say Not The First Time. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries, a decision taken up by Media.Link Communications at the board of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.

 
The last track to be analyzed in this series dealt with romance and then again, it has become one of the most common subjects in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past couple of years noting that they have managed to achieve some successful results alongside ones of national interest. Nevertheless, the song brought forward this time round could not be any different noting that the focus of the song is the individual and the life he has to endure so to speak. A human being has to show his true colours and fight for what he believes in true but then again before doing just that, he has to find himself and a place in the world and that is exactly what Neville, Claire and Ivan are singing about. They act out most of the track giving it an extremely dramatic feel which somewhat complies perfectly with the music. Looking at the songwriters behind this track, one would notice that the composer is Augusto Cardinali whose first appearances in the music scene were a comedic singer having worked with the likes of Joe Demicoli amongst others but in these past couple of years, he has focused on writing songs and was a second runner-up with the track X'Inhu L-Mewġ performed by the female in this group actually, Claire Caruana but he is known to write a number of tracks for specific artists time and time again. 
 
The author is Giovann Attard who has consistently worked with Augusto Cardinali over the years but then again, his last success in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza last year came with composer Dominic Cini for the song Skont Id-Daqqa Iż-Żifna performed by Albertine u l-Qamħa. This time round, he hopes to seek the success of what he had achieved in 2008 with Claire Caruana as mentioned above. In the meantime, the performers of the song truly deserve a round of applause for the accolades they bring in. Starting off with Ivan DeBattista who in the past couple of months has gained popularity as an actor on leading television series Salib It-Toroq but then again has also impressed in music having been in the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as a soloist in 2008 with the song Tond Jibqa' Tond composed by Augusto Cardinali and penned by Giovann Attard and also wrote the song Tar Iż-Żmien by Maria Elena & Lara Tanti Gregoraċi in the Teenage Talent section of 2009, reaching third place. Claire Caruana, a leading mezzo soprano in the local music scene has always managed to impress with her beautiful voice, making the finals of the competition as a soloist on two occasions and in a trio on another two occasions all with the same songwriters and then again, all rather high finishes as well. The last name is that of Neville Refalo who has made it to the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the past two consecutive years whilst also making the final of the Malta Song for Europe back in 2005 amongst others. You can see the official video of the song just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for more updates in the coming days.

Source: escflashmalta.comKonkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

There has been a popular saying that talent does indeed come by the dozen especially when it comes to Malta and whilst there have been glowing reviews that artists are somewhat extremely gifted in the Islands, many have not yet witnessed some of the people who call themselves stars after having appeared on certain reality television programmes thinking that they could ultimately perform amongst not only the elite of the local scene but even of the foreign one. Nevertheless, this is not the case for the next performer at hand who came out of one of such shows. I am referring to none other than the charming Corinne Caruana who is the eight performer in the series to be further analyzed as she bids in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which is swiftly moving into the twenty first edition in total. The track that has been given to Corinne Caruana composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace bears the title Dan Mhux Tmiem which easily translates into This Is Not The End. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries, a decision taken up by Media.Link Communications at the board of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.

One of the most common elements and themes in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza throughout the years has surely been the subject of relationships and romance and this is no different actually but then again, despite the subject in itself, the lyrics and the music blend extremely well together performed by the Maltese mother tongue giving it a special tinge. Success for such songs has been recorded in the past and that is somewhat the decision to take up such an element on yet another occasion. The track is somewhat open to a variety of interpretations and that could be a reason why it could become personal to different people listening to it. In my respective understanding, I see a woman whose relationship with a man is being forbidden due to an unfortunate and therefore, despite being cut short, it will never end because they will manage to overcome the difficulties and he will always be close to hold her tight just like a mother holds her new born infant. The composer behind this song is definitely not a newcomer to the local music scene noting that in a short space of time, Mark Scicluna has grown into being a notable lyricist and composer with his best known song being last years' second runner-up of the same competition known as Eternita' (Eternity) even though he has also worked with upcoming artist Karen Debattista amongst others.

Moving onto the lyricist of this track, a woman who does not really need an introduction. I am referring to none other than singer/songwriter Rita Pace who knows her way within a local competition having been competing in a variety of competitions throughout the years. The very fact of the matter remains that she does not really hold the best results in terms of an artist especially when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where she has taken originality on a different scale. Nevertheless, she is a veteran and she showed that in the past two editions of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition actually. She was part of the competition in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as a performer last year with the song Kuraġġ (Courage) and left with a trophy for penning the lyrics of the same aforementioned Eternita' (Eternity). The performer of this track is the upcoming Corinne Carauana, a girl who first came to television through the programme Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin and Christine Haber, the latter of which is also the female host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Throughout the series, her performances shined and she was though by the three judges on the panel including former Eurovision Song Contest representative Moira Stafrace that she would do well in the scene. She entered her first competition in the 2012 edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu with the song Barnuża Bajda (White Hood) but this is her debut in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. You can see the official video of the song just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for more updates in the coming days.

Source: escflashmalta.comKonkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

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