Kantamagħna - First Edition - 2019
Kantamagħna – A singers’ Festival
The festival was presented by DCapitals Big Band in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and Distinct Homes. The main aim of this festival was to give exposure to young talent in Gozo and Malta and give them the opportunity perform accompanied by a live 18-piece big band. The band was under the direction of Mro. George Apap.
There where a good total of 48 submissions in this festival, who where judged in the eliminatory auditions by Mro. George Apap and Francesca Sciberras. down to 24 finalist songs.
24 Finalists who went through the auditions were divided in three categories:
- Category A: singers aged 9 (Born 2010) – 12 (Born 2007)
- Category B: singers aged 13 (Born 2006) – 16 (Born 2003)
- Category C: singers aged 17 (Born 2002) – 25 (Born 1994)
Here are all the contestants:
Section "A" (Singers between 9 to 12 years)
Here are the 9 Songs featured in the final Category A:-
|01||Kristen Grima||Viva Malta||12|
|02||Rachel Bonello||Time After Time||12|
|03||Benjamin Attard||Se jkolli Nemmen||11||Runner-Up|
|04||Anneka Xerri||You Raise Me Up||9|
|05||Elly Cutajar||Isn't She Lovely||9|
|08||Francesca Borg Ferranti||Valerie||12|
|09||Faith Bondin||I Will Survive||11||1st.Place|
Section "B" (Singers between 13 to 16 years)
Here are the 10 Songs featured in the final Category A:-
|01||Carol Ann Camilleri||A Thousand Years||13|
|03||Alicia Azzopardi||Purple Rain||14|
|04||Elisa Andrea Muscat||Fejn Tħobb il-Qalb||14||Runner-Up|
|05||Martha Tonna||Proud Mary||15|
|07||Alexia Micallef||Make You Feel My Love||16|
|08||Loredana Agius||Can't Take My Eyes||16|
|09||Nathaniel Attard||Marija l-Maltija||14||1 st. Place|
|10||Albert Lauren Agius||The Wonder Of You||14|
Section "C" (Singers between 17 to 25 years)
Here are the 5 Songs featured in the final Category C:-
|01||Bianca Vella||You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman||24|
|02||Paolo Micallef||New York New York||17||Runner-Up|
|03||Sarah Micallef Muscat||I Will Always Love You||24||1st. Place|
|04||Maria Spiteri||Smoke Get In Your Eyes||25|
|05||Charlene Rae Muscat||Titanium||25|
All winners, and runner-ups of the three categories were awarded trophies:
- Distinct Talent Award: Benjamin Attard
- Category A runner up: Benjamin Attard
- Category A winner: Faith Bondin
- Category B runner up: Elisa Andrea Muscat
- Category B winner: Nathaniel Attard
- Category C runner up: Paolo Micallef
- Category C winner: Sarah Micallef Muscat.
- Overall Winner: Nathaniel Attard
Overall winner Nathaniel Attard was given a one year contract with DCapitals Big Band, and the singer will have the opportunity to keep on working with the band and participate in the numerous events locally and even abroad during the upcoming year.
The Categories’ winners and runner-ups were decided by the jury who were:
The musicians of DCapitals Big Band voted for the Distinct Talent Award.
Minister for Gozo Dr. Justyne Caruana, said that it was a splendid project to give an important artistic platform to young talent, together with an excellent performance by the DCapitals Big Band.
During the time till was announce the results, there was enteraitment by singer Actor Fabian Galea who sing a 1965 song by Mro. Joseph Vella Kif Qatt Nista well know in the eights by Dominic Grech band The Tramps with a new arrangment for the band by Mro. Joseph Debrincat.
Franacesa Sciberras and Jolene Samhan sing 'September' and all the contestast sing with Fabian, Francesca and Jolene the immortal 'Xemx'
- Trumpets: David Portelli, Jason Borg and Theo Farrugia
- Trombones: Josef Attard, Oliver Sciberras, Joel Cassar
- Sax Alto: Emi Vella
- Sax Tenor: Robert Mallia
- Sax Baritone: Anthony Kitcher
- Percussion: Eugene Bajada
- Drums: Ino Busuttil
- Bass Guitar: Patrick Grima
- Lead Guitar: Mario Buttigieg
- Keyboard: Stephanie Curmi
- Conductor: Mro. George Apap