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Sunday, 08 March 2015 17:47

GħTP 2015: Interview with Mark Cachia

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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. 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 four is Mark Cachia, and his entry is entitled "Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl", a song which he wrote himself.

It seems that the popularity of the singer/songwriter is on the rise, following the success of international acts such as Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith, noting that you are one of 6 competing in this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. What makes you stand out from the rest of the acts? 

I cannot fully answer this question as I have not heard any of the other songs yet, but I always write from my own experiences.  I believe that when a song is written from something which you have lived through it becomes more personal and thus makes the performance more special.

“Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl”, 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?

When we are at the end of a chapter in our life, we look back to the events which happened to bring this end.  We also look back at the happy moments, sad moments, regrets, etc…  My song finds a character exactly at the moment when he is about to leave and turn off the lights for the last time.  In the meantime all these thoughts come to mind, leaving this person satisfied but yet uncertain about what is going to happen next.  The song is a reflective ballad sung in the 1st person which takes the audience on a journey through the thoughts of this particular person.

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 have always been used as a means to carry a message.   L-Ghanja tal-Poplu has always provided authors a path to express themselves freely.  More than controversy I believe that most songs try to create awareness.  My entry lures the audience into a character’s mind and makes them aware of what his thoughts are. Therefore more than conrtoversy I would rather have the audience reflect on how they would feel should they find themselves in the situation that the song portays.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

My message to your readers is to always support Maltese music as it is part of our heritage, culture and identity.  I also wouldn’t mind having more Maltese songs played on our local radio/tv stations.

Last modified on Monday, 29 January 2018 22:48