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Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:01

GħTP 2015: Interview with Ta' Verna Folk Band

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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 two is the Ta' Verna Folk Band, and their entry bears the name "L-Għawdxija", a song which has been composed and penned by Augusto Cardinali.

This is the second participation for the "Ta' Verna Folk Band", having previously made it through to the 2013 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song 'Bit Tof... Ma Tofx...", composed by George Bonello to the lyrics of Rita Pace. First of all, could you please introduce the members of the band, and secondly, what inspired you to make a return?

We are seven members at Ta’ Verna Folk Band but in some circumstances they will join us some special members for the occasion. As members, the folk band will be formed by ten musicians and singer for The festival Ghanja tal-Poplu that are to be:

Audrey Bartolo - singer

George Bonello - piano accordian

David Sammut - Flejguta

Johnny Saliba – Mandolin

Paul Rapa - Piano

Augusto Cardinali – Folk Guitar

Michel Refalo – Baxx

Raymond Bonello – Acoustic Bass Guitar

Joe Bonello – Zafzafa

Teddy Spiteri – Tamburel

David Bonello – Percutions

The idea was that we wanted to point out the public through song to don’t continue losing what is precious to us the Maltese.

“L-Għawdxija”, written by Augusto Cardinali 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 song itself is a contrast between what is traditional and the modern life style. While praise is given to Island of Gozo, also felt the fear that everything was once traditional, today seems to lose his sense. How many that is aesthetic, moral and rural. Both from outside and inside. Small prick conscience, so afraid to inheritance of priceless island dear to us. We should always remember, that somehow changing, ever again be as it was. So once lost forever.


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 a fact that there is some controversy regarding the lyrics because not everyone will agree, but we have to appreciate that the message of the artist because at  the end by the day it expresses the real life of the modern world of  today  that we are living in, and we wrote this song  to remind the  people that we are destroying  gradually  the good things being around.

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

Every song has the message that wants to convey, hence, we urge you to come and enjoy our Maltese music on the 21 March, 2015 at Sir Temi Zammit Hall.

Last modified on Monday, 29 January 2018 22:40