L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015

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Launching of the 39th Edition

L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015

On Thursday 15 January 2015, Dr Toni Sant, Artistic Director of the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, launched the 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu which will be held on Saturday 21 March 2015 in Sir Temi Zammit Theatre at the University of Malta. Dr Sant said that the Centre for Creativity will start working with the organizing committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu so that the Festival continues to flourish for the benefit of the Maltese song.

Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman Mr Jason Micallef attended the occasion and announced that L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be an integral part of the activities of Valletta 2018. Moreover, as Chairman of One Productions, he said it is to his great satisfaction that for the past previous years, the festival was transmitted live on One TV, although he believes such an event should have a place on the national station.

L-Għanja tal-Poplu Chairman Mr Carmelo Schembri thanked Dr Sant, Mr Micallef and the Malta Arts Fund for their help. He also thanked PBS Chairman Mr Tonio Portugese for resuming the broadcasting of l-Għanja tal-Poplu on the national station; the transmission of the festival's final night on 1 April, and a further live weekly programme about the festival on Radju Malta 2. Mr Schembri also thanked composers, authors, musicians and singers for their works throughout the history of the festival.

Mr Tony Micallef made an intervention about his experience in the media as a follower of L-Għanja tal-Poplu and as media co-ordinator for this edition.

The evening included some music too. Karen Debattista sang 'Jien Ma’ Naħdimx’, L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 winning song, and Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi and Lajks group performed songs from past Għanja tal-Poplu editions.

The Poster

Designed by Jimmy Grima, the poster for this edition shows a scene of Valletta, the place where the festival started from. It also shows a boat, which symbolizes the progress made from year to year while the musician symbolizes the importance of live music during the festival. The red colour symbolizes the Maltese song's boiling blood, an action which in three short minutes reflects history, arouses emotion and produces a local melody.

Organizing Committee

President: Fr Maurice Mifsud
Chairperson:Carmelo Schembri
Secretary: Alexia Cutajar Conti
Co-ordinator: Noel D'Amato
PRO: Josephine Ebejer Grech
Co-ordinator PBS and Media: Tony Micallef


Participants were advised that they do not need to enter into cost of recording studio for preliminary phase. A simple clear recording accompanied by a live instrument is enough. Then, the song may be recorded in a studio only if it proceeds to the final. Submissions cost €25 and two tickets for the final night are given with each application.

Submissions for the festival L-Għanja tal-Poplu were collected on Friday 23 January at YTC, Merchants Street Valletta between 10:30 and 11:45 and between 19:00 and 21:00.


L-Għanja tal-Poplu trophy is detained for a year by the author/composer of the winning song. Participants placing first, second and third received trophies and a reward of €1,000, €600 and €400 respectively. The best singer-songwriter was awarded with a trophy and €500. Trophies were also rewarded to the song with the best social theme, to the singer with the best interpretation and to the best young talent.

105 song were submitted for consideration in the preliminary round. Due to the high number of entries, the preliminary round was split in two. On Saturday 24 January, 2015 a panel of 5 judges selected 35 songs for the first phase of the preliminary round. Jury members were: Michael Bugeja, Dorothy Bezzina, Justin Galea, Charles Flores, and Mro George Debono.

Preliminary Round

Here are the 35 Songs featured from the First Phase of the final:-

No Songs No Songs No Songs
01 Assedju 13 Għad Jiġi Żmien 25 L-Għawdxija
02 Bandla 14 Ġismi 26 Ma Nafekx
03 Battibekk 15 Ħamiema Bajda 27 Mannikin
04 Bit-Tlikki Tlikki 16 Illum Jien Pensjonant 28 Min Taħseb li Int
05 Ċans Ieħor 17 Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss 29 Missier
06 Charlie l-Artist 18 Il-Malti 30 Niftakarna
07 Darbtejn Insiru Tfal 19 Inħobbhom ma’ Nistax 31 Normali
08 Dawn L-Għajnejn 20 Insejt 32 Pjan
09 Dellu Tqil 21 Insejt Ngħix 33 Tgħallimt
10 Fejn Marru t-Tfal 22 Is-Sinjur 34 Titkellimx
11 F’Ilsien in-Nies 23 Jien u Int 35 Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl
12 Ġamri r-Raħħal 24 Lampa Stampa

Second Phase

On Saturday 31 January 2015, the 16 finalists were selected.

Jury members were:

The final list was announced on Friday 13 February 2015.

The Finalists

Here are the 16 Songs featured in the final. The order of songs was drawn on 20 February 2015.

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composer Video - Youtube
01 Ta' Verna Folk Band L-Għawdxija Augusto Cardinali Augusto Cardinali (click for video)
02 Simone Gauci Pjan Ingrid Vella Augusto Cardinali (click for video)
03 Mario Debono Il-Malti Mario Debono Mario Debono (click for video)
04 Michela Dalli 'Charlie' l-Artist Rita Attard Andrew Zahra (click for video)
05 Joe George Micallef Illum Jien Pensjonant Alfred C. Sant Joe George Micallef (click for video)
06 Ana Maria Grima Dawn l-Għajnejn Rita Attard Siobhan Vassallo (click for video)
07 Abstract Acoustic Duo Niftakarna Gabriel Cassar Gabriel Cassar (click for video)
08 Michela Galea Fejn Marru t-Tfal? Rita Pace Renato Briffa (click for video)
09 Jeffrey Scicluna Darbtejn Insiru Tfal Rita Pace Jeffrey Scicluna (click for video)
10 Ecca Muscat Ġismi Mark Pellicano Matthew Pellicano (click for video)
11 Denise Spiteri Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss Mark Laurence Zammit Mark Laurence Zammit (click for video)
12 Mark Cachia Waqt li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl Mark Cachia Mark Cachia (click for video)
13 Christabelle Curmi Bit-Tikki Tlikki Clifton Casha Charlie Dalli (click for video)
14 Teddie Zammit Min Taħseb li Int? Teddie Zammit Teddie Zammit (click for video)
15 Raquel Galdes Ċans Ieħor Daniel Paul Farrugia Norbert Borg (click for video)
16 Rita Pace Battibekk Emil Calleja Bayliss Paul Attard, Rita Pace (click for video)


The Comperes for the final night were Ryan Borg and Angie Laus, transmitted on TVM2 on 31 March 2015.


Special guests

During the interval, the audience was entertained by a flamenco dance group known as Alegria Dance Company and the finalists themselves who performed a medley of well known Maltese songs.

Special award L-Għanja li Tibqa' was presented to Philip Vella, (click for Video.


No Singers Songs Lyrics Composer Video - Youtube
01 Ecca Muscat Ġismi Mark Pellicano Matthew Pellicano (click for video)
02 Raquel Galdes Ċans Ieħor Daniel Paul Farrugia Norbert Borg (click for video)
03 Rita Pace Battibekk Emil Calleja Bayliss & Paul Attard Rita Pace (click for video)

Other Winners

  • Best Young Talent: Abstract Acoustic Duo for Niftakarna written and composed by Gabriel Cassar
  • Best Interpretation: Rita Pace for Battibekk
  • Best Singer-Songwriter: Mark Cachia for Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl
  • Best Social Theme: Mark Pellicano for Ġismi sung by Ecca Muscat and composed by Matthew Pellicano


Dr Toni Sant, chairman of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, presented the trophies to the winners with Carmelo Schembri, festival chairperson. Other awards were presented by Albert Marshall, Chairman of the Malta Arts Fund, and Jason Micallef, Chairman of V18 together as both organisations supported this edition.

A CD compilation containing the final songs was forwarded to local radio stations by Tony Micallef.

Special Thanks

External links

L-Għanja tal-Poplu Festival Editions
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