Kantamagħna - First Edition - 2019

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Kantamagħna – A singers’ Festival

Kantamagħna 2019

On Saturday 23 November 2019, the very first edition of Kantamagħna – A Singers’ Festival, took place at the Astra Theatre in Victoria, Gozo.

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.

Submissions

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.

Category

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:-

No Singers Songs Age Placing Video
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
06 Elisa Buttigieg Hallelujah 10
07 Kaitlyn Vella Believe 12
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:-

No Singers Songs Age Placing Video
01 Carol Ann Camilleri A Thousand Years 13
02 Hannach Elkekli Hello 15
03 Alicia Azzopardi Purple Rain 14
04 Elisa Andrea Muscat Fejn Tħobb il-Qalb 14 Runner-Up
05 Martha Tonna Proud Mary 15
06 Julia Azzopardi Sway 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:-

No Singers Songs Age Placing Video
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

The Winners

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.

Jury

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.

Intervall

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'

Comperes

The festivals was presented by well know radio presenter Joe Tanti and Miriam Debono Curmi

DCapitals Band

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