Enzo Gusman was a popular Maltese singer-songwriter and broadcaster born on 9 August, 1947 in Sliema.
Enzo was one of a small number of Maltese performers who achieved International acclaim. In his case, this happened particularly in the 1970s when he represented Malta during various song contests and festival around the world.
Enzo started his career when he was 13……he , then, sang as lead singer with an all-Maltese band call The Boys way back in the early sixties.
In 1968 he represented Malta in the Olympiade De La Chanson in Athens, Greece. Singing a romantic ballad, Enzo was an immediate success..
Since that first success, he was also successful in the:-
World Popular Song Festival, Tokyo, Japan, Festival Internacional De la Cancion, Vina del Mar, Chile, Olympiad De La Chanson, Athens , Greece, Alexandria International Song Festival, Alexandria Egypt, Castlebar International Song Festival, Castlebar, Ireland, Cavan Inetrnational Song Festival Cavan, Ireland, Istanbul International Song Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, Festival Menschen und meer Rostock. DDR, Festival Golden Orpheus Slantchev Bryag, Bulgaria.
His Major achievement was when he won the coveted ‘First Prize’ at the Golden Orpheus Festival in Bulgaria.
Enzo was also voted Best Foreign Artist at The Cavan International Song Festival, in Ireland, and was also declared Best Interpreter at the Istanbul International Song Festival in Turkey.
Enzo was also very well received during his tours of the United States, England, Australia, and Canada. Wherever he performs, Enzo is showered with superlative comments from the press. His vocal range, versatility, personality and joyfull character are often a favourite subject with music critics and colleagues.
Enzo wrote most of his songs.
When, in 1974, he won the Malta Song Festival with the song Paċi fid-Dinja (Peace on Earth) written by himself, the local authorities decided that Malta would not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1975 Malta was represented by Renato Micallef performing Singing This Song, in Stockhlom.
A year later, in 1976, Enzo Gusman won the Malta Song Festival, again, with a song written by Ray Agius and Alfred C. Sant (Sing Your Song Country Boy / Tifkiriet Tagħna it-Tnejn) …yet, although they recorded the song in England, Malta withdrew from participating in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1995 at the open-air Theatre, Ta’ Qali, Enzo, once again won the Malta Song Festival with a song written by him himself, ‘Din Għalikom il-Ħbieb Tiegħi’ (This be for you ... my friends) sung by himself with John Bundy and Tony Camilleri.
1997 Enzo emerged victorious at the Għanja tal-Poplu (The People Song Festival) with His composition It-Teatru (The Theatre).
Enzo has released one long-playing Album Fil-Pjazza tar-Raħal, and seven CDs,Made in Malta, Simply Brilliant, The Maltese Collection, Maltin u Għawdxin, Nirringrazzja Lill-Mulej.. illi s’issa għadni għaddej and L-aħjar ta’ Enzo Gusman.
All CDs sold well, while The Maltese Collection remained in the Maltese Charts for over a year !!
Apart from singing and composing, Enzo Gusman also had a career as a broadcaster ! He commenced broadcasting with Rediffusion in 1969 , presenting The Italian Hit Parade, weekly. In 1976 joined the Voice of Friendship and Solidarity Radio Station, where he launched an intimate and interaction daily radio show entitled Bejn il-Ħbieb (Between Friends), that made him ever more popular…… In December, 1979 Enzo had emigrated to the Canada along with his wife Carmen and two daughters Johanna and Greta. In Canada, besides continuing his career as a banker , he also was a regular broadcaster on CHIN Radio Toronto.
Back in Malta, in 1991, Enzo returned his work as a singer and broadcaster….performing in most of Malta’s entertainment venues, while continuing with the daily broadcast of “Bejn il-Ħbieb” on Xandir Malta, Bay Radio, P.B.S., Radio 101, Calypso Radio and Radju Malta.
A grandfather of four, Enzo still managed to visit and spend time with family, in Canada every January and during the Summer months, eventually moving back there more permanently.
For some time, Enzo was , also, an announcer at the National Stadium at Ta’ Qali reading the line-ups before kick-off and announcing scorers etc. He also enjoys singing the Maltese National Anthem, along with the visiting country’s Anthem, before International matches !
In December 2011, Enzo was awarded a Midalja Għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.
In September 2021 he was honoured with Gieħ l-Għanja during that year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu.
Family life and death
He was married to another popular Maltese singer Carmen Schembri and together had two daughters, Johanna and Greta.
He died on Friday 17 December 2021 at the age of 74.
- Fil-Pjazza tar-Raħal
- Made in Malta,
- Simply Brilliant,
- The Maltese Collection,
- Maltin u Għawdxin,
- Nirringrazzja Lill-Mulej.. illi s’issa għadni għaddej
- L-aħjar ta’ Enzo Gusman
- Int (1966)
- Dlonk Dlonk (1971)
- Paċi Fid-Dinja (1974
- Fil-Pjazza Tar-Raħal (1975)
- Sing Your Song Country Boy (1975)
- Tifkiriet Tagħna t-Tnejn (1975)
- Awguri (1978)
- What’ So Wrong With Crying? (1983)
- I Just Cant’ Believe You’re Re Leaving (1983)
- Minn Qiegħ Qalbi
- Paċi Fid-Dinja (1974
- Paċi Fid-Dinja (1974
- Kantaw Ilkoll Flimkien (1975)
- Żepp U Greżż (1976)
- Kif Narak Kull Filgħaxilja (1976)
- I’d Love To Sing A Long Song
- Fis-Sewwa Jew Fid-Dnewwa (1977)
- Fake news about his death - 19 August 2020