Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija 1985

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The Fifth Edition of Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija – 1985. After the success of the Festival last year, The committee from the section of The Ministry of Labour, Culture and Social Assistance is organizer this second International Festival of Maltese Song, under the Minister Dr. Alex Sciberras Trigona , The Successor head of the Workers Party and Minister of Education Dr. Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici and under the auspices of Miss Agatha Barbara , President of the Republic of Malta.

The First

It was announced the result after the first eliminatory where chose the 12 songs, and then was classified in three categories.

Category A, for composers Under 30 years. Category B for composers over 30 years. Category C consist with a Social theme .

Four songs in each one, and from each one must select the best one from each category. This means that from this year there where three winners from the three categories and the priezes where all the same for every winner.


The organizational committee was composed of the following members:- Joseph N. Attard as the chairman, Robert Cefai, Domenic Vella, Jennifer Abela, Victor Laiviera, Norman Hamilton, Joe Galea and Peter Paul Ciantar. The Festival was spread on three days between Thursday 14, March, 1985, (the Festival Night), Friday 15 March, 1985, (Celebration Night), and on Saturday 16 March, 1985. (Presentation Night). And was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre at Valletta.

The Festival began on 7.30pm and also was view on MTV under the direction of Joe Galea. Tickets prices for the Festival, for the two nights , were Lm 2 and Lm 2.50. The festival was viewed on MTV and also transmitted on Radju Malta . The show began at 7.30pm and after the show there where transport for everwhere.

The Orchestra

From these year there was an expect of high livel, especially after their where new arrangment from foreigners composers. All of the singers sung live with a 56 piece Orchestra under Mro. Joseph Sammut and for the first time Mro. Paul Abela And this Orchestra was consist from the musician from the Orchestra of the Manoel Theatre and from the musican of the Armed Forces.

First Day of The Festival

In the First day of the Festival all the Maltese were present, and the foreigners singers from eleven different countries sung them in their own language. On this day all of the singers where judge by an expert jury composed by foreigner and Maltese in the Music scene.

Singers and Songs of Section A

Here are the 4 Maltese Songs in Section A featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Music Foreigner Singer Country'
01 Marthese Tanti Jien Kevin Mahoney Kevin Mahoney Dana Gillespie Austria
02 Renato Micallef & Marisa Vella Siparju Cecilia Attard Cecilia Attard Li a Linda Belgium
03 Bayzo Tbissim u Sliem Cynthia Sammut Lucia Micallef Celmente Portugal
04 Sammy Bartolo Poeżija Ray Mahoney Paul Abela Edyta Geppert Poland

Singers and Songs of Section B

Here are the 4 Maltese Songs in Section B featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Music Foreigner Singer Country'
01 Doreen Galea Leħen Fis-Skiet Josephine Zarb Josephine Zarb Zorica Fungust Yugoslavia
02 Paul Giordimaina Għanja Lill-Omm Lino Cauchi Lino Cauchi Karol Konarik Czechoslovakia
03 Joe Mallia & Mariella Azzopardi Fuq Xfar Għajnejk George Peresso George Peresso Claude Le Roux France
04 Joe Carr Il-Verita Edward Briffa Edward Briffa Panayot Panayotov Bulgaria

Singers and Songs of Section C

Here are the 4 Maltese Songs in Section C featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Music Foreigner Singer Country'
01 Mirage Komputer Alice Sant Ray Agius Anna Maria Hungary
02 X-Tend Ġmiel Vince Fabri Vince Fabri Ina Maria Federowki East Germany
03 Tony Camilleri Ħabibi L-Parrukkier Emanuel F.Attard Sammy Galea Francesco Napoli Italy
04 Joe George Micallef Ngħixu Fis-Sliem Joe George Micallef Joe George Micallef Dorota West Germany

The Winners

Here are the Maltese Songs in featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Music
01 Renato Micallef & Marisa Vella Separju Alfred C. Sant Ray Agius
02 Paul Giordimaina Għanja Lill-Omm Lino Cauchi Lino Cauchi
02 Doreen Galea Leħen Fis-Skiet
03 Mike Spiteri & Mirage Il-Verita Edward Briffa Edward Briffa

  • In Section B, Doreen Galea with Leħen Fis-Skiet and Paul Giordimania with Għanja Lill-Omm finish with the same points.

Second Day of The Festival

On this Second day it was announced the winners, and the songs was sung in Maltese and in the foreigner language, beside this the forigner singers , sung another song from there repertoire


The members of the Jury who selected the winner songs were from different counties led by Profs. Armando Moreno General secretary of FIDOF


As a prizes all got the same Lm 400 for the composer and Lm 100 for the singer beside this they win the Ċippus trophy and also the others taken part got the Ċippus Trophy as a recognition prize. This was designe by Ino Bonello. Near the cippus a musical instrument, the Maltese pound and are united together dsawn laurel wreath symbol of winning. While the others composed take Lm 50 and Lm 20 for each singer.

A Trophy for the Best Forieger Singer. A Trophy for the Best Forieger arrangment for the Best forieger song arrrangment.


On Friday 26 March, 1985 was draw a big lottery with the first prize of a car Lada with four doors for that song which get the most votes by th e public another prize was a bedroom modern style named Ultima by Pip Stores from Sliema, the public must vote for the best song by the ticket in envelope to Culture Section P.O.Box 17. Valletta. till Wednesday 13 March, 1985

Festival Comperes

The Presenters of this Fifth Edition of the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija – 1985 where Narcy Calamatta, Maria Camilleri, Ray Azzopardi, Josette Grech and Norman Hamilton.