Aleandro Pace Tahir
Aleandro Pace Tahir born 19 December, 1992, He is a Maltese singer-songwriter and illusionist. He grew up in the City of Cospicua and by the age of eighteen moved with his parents to Marsascala, Malta.
In 2016, he graduated from the Institute of Leadership and Management (UK). During his childhood and teenage life he studied Theory of Music and Keyboard Practice with Maestro Joseph Psaila and sat for examinations with Leicester School of Music. He classified first in Malta in Transitional Grade 4 and Intermediate Grade 5 in Keyboard Practice, and played in the LSM & BCA High Marks & Graduation Concert held at St. Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara.
In 2011, he was the frontman and keytar player for Infinite Loop band which placed 8th in Junior College Battle of the Bands. In 2013, together with his sister Andreana, Duncan Ellul and John Saliba he had the opportunity to accompany singer Frances Casha on the keyboard in the 38th Edition of the Festival L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song “Il-Bamboċċu, il-Bambinu w il-Budaj”. As a keyboardist, Pace Tahir had several opportunities to play in hotels and restaurants. He performed multiple times with Fgura Scout Group Band/Orchestra. He is a member of Romina Vella’s Choir which is continously performing at events organised by local band clubs. In 2015, he set up Pace Tahir Studio, his own personal space which he uses for recreational time to rehearse, record music and experiment on innovative ideas for performances involving musicians and singers to create mash-ups. To date he produced several music arrangements and collaborated with various talented artists, namely Deborah Calleja, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Vassallo among other artists who made use of the studio to record their covers.
Pace Tahir started singing on the stage of the Primary school where he used to attend and was encouraged by teachers to continue exploring his talent further. He received vocal coaching from late mezzo-soprano Beatrice Brockdorff, vocal tutor Glen Vella at VocalBooth Studios, choir conductor Romina Vella and soprano Gillian Zammit.
After gaining popularity in local singing festivals and fundraising marathons, Pace Tahir released his debut single “None Of Us Will See Heaven” (2012) followed by Missing You (2014) both of which he wrote and composed. Later on, he released the controversial single Iffriżajt (2017) and another original track Riddle (2017). A music video of the latter was also produced.
Throughout the years Pace Tahir received very favourable comments from local journalists such as: Ramona Portelli (Kullħadd), Evan Chetcuti (Torċa) and Chucky Bartolo (Lovin’ Malta). These showed support and promoted his music. He was invited to perform on local TV stations by hosts, namely Kevin Mercieca (Sfera, Ħilithom, Attwali on f Living), Roderick Azzopardi Custo (VS on f Living) and Alfred Zammit, Maestro Dominic Galea (Kalamita on ONE).
Pace Tahir auditioned for Strummin’ and was selected as a solo singer for Tribute to the Greats Concert (2012), What a Feelin’ Concert (2015) and also selected as backing vocalist for Let’s Dance Concert (2016). In 2018, he auditioned for X Factor Malta’s 2018 First Season and performed Grace Kelly by Mika in front of the judges namely Ray Mercieca, Alexandra Alden, Ira Losco and music industry giant Howard Keith Debono where he managed to pass on to Bootcamp while performing Scissors Sisters’ I Don’t Feel Like Dancing among other songs which were done acapella and in a group. His journey on X Factor took him to the Six Chair Challenge where he performed his rendition of Hey Ya by OutKast.
Pace Tahir comes from a multi-cultural family of magic. His Malaysian great-grandfather Anthony Tahir came to Malta as a magician with the circus who later married a Maltese. One of their children Charles Tahir inspired Aleandro from a very young age who quickly started to follow his grandfather’s talent.
Pace Tahir’s first live television appearance was at the tender age of seven where he performed a couple of tricks. During childhood he also assisted his sister Andreana as balloon vendor during magic shows that she used to do at children’s parties. By the time he felt influenced and increased interest in magic to start doing his own shows.
In 2009, he auditioned for (ID on ONE), a televised talent competition where he obtained four yeses. As a magician he had other television appearances but his highlights in magic definitely were in 2012 when he was invited to do magic slots on (Sfera on f Living) and also on (L-Imqarqċin on ONE).
Recently in 2018 he performed magic on (X Factor Malta on TVM) and in 2019 he participated and performed on (Ħadd Għalik on TVM).
Currently he performs a variety of colourful magic and music shows, primarily during children celebrations.