L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2021
Launching of the festival
L-Għanja tal-Poplu (2021) 45 Edition. A strong partecipation for the 45th edition of The People's Anthem.
The L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee thanks the Maltese song artists for their great interest in the festival as a total of 178 songs were received for the first phase of the L-Għanja tal-Poplu eliminatory - Maltese Song Festival, now in its 45th edition. The jury has a tough job selecting the 40 songs that will qualify for the second stage of the semifinals.
The songs presented in the first phase had to be accompanied by an instrument or two. This will allow the jury to better judge the basic words and melody. As last year, in the first phase the jurors are paying more attention to the words, with the aim of improving the lyrics of the Maltese song. Therefore, at the beginning of last February, the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee organized a webinar in collaboration with the Department of Maltese of the University of Malta, for Maltese song artists. At the webinar, ideas on how to improve songwriting were discussed. The speakers were Professor Manwel Mifsud, Mr. Trevor Zahra, Dr. Michael Spagnol, Ms. Leanne Ellul and Ms. Sephora Francalanza.
The second round of the selection, the semi-finals, will take place in mid-May. This time the accompaniment of the songs must be similar to that desired in the final production and a singer can sing up to one song. Afterwards the finalist songs are announced.
The final evening of the 45th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be held on the 7th of August 2021 in Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the musical accompaniment of the Malta Concert Orchestra, always according to the health rules. . This will be the fifth time that the Malta Concert Orchestra, composed of 40 musicians, will be accompanying the singers live in L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Maltese Song Festival.
This festival is organized by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu committee in collaboration with the Malta Concert Orchestra and Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Għanja tal-Poplu is assisted by the Malta Council for the Arts and the Valletta Cultural Agency.
Rules of the Festival in Maltese
The rules of the festival in Maltese can be found 
- Organizer: Fr Maurice Mifsud
- Chairperson:Carmelo Schembri
- Secretary: Alexia Cutajar Conti
- Co-ordinator / P.R.O: Noel D'Amato
- Member: Mark Grech
- Assistant Adminstrator: Anton Miceli
Announced the 41 semi-finalist Songs
For the eliminatory phase of the 45 Edition of l-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, entered the Malta Song 178 song. 40 of them have passed to the semi-finals.
Ths songs was heard by a professional five members jury. Now the next step was that other jury heard and chose the best of 40 songs, heard them live with recorded music.
The 41 Songs who passed for the the Semi-Final in Alfabetikal order are:-
|04||Bla Ħafna Reċti|
|08||Erbgħa u Għoxrin Siegħa Sorveljanza|
|11||Għada Jisbaħ Ukoll||X|
|13||Grazzi Alleluljah Ammen|
|17||Is-Sirena Li Welldet it-Tama||X|
|25||Meta l-Lupu Jkun bil-Ġuħ||X|
|26||Meta Nirkeb il-Ħolm|
|27||Min Bagħtu Dan l-Għannej?||X|
|29||Musmar Ġdid Jaqla’ l-Qadim|
|38||Trid Tkun Int|
|41||Xtaqt Sejjaħtlek Pa|
The selection of the sixteen finalist songs from eighty songs was made by two professional juries composed of
The Finalist Night of the 16 Finalist Songs
On Saturday 7 August, 2021, the L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2021.
The Finalist Night Running order of the 16 Finalist Songs
On Saturday 7 August, 2021, the L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2021.
The running order is this:-
- The draw was held infront of Notary.
On Saturday Night the Jurys for the Final Night where: Jurys for the final Night where:-
Chairperson Jury chairman was Carmelo Schembri, assisted by Alexia Cutajar Conti (Secretary of the Committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu Festival in the presence of Notary Paul Callus who certified the all result.
This year festival comperes will be the Actor Presenter Ray Calleja.
The Malta Concert Orchestra band of Pjazza Teatru Rjal made by an ensemble of sixteen musician under the direction of Mro.Joe Brown and Orchestra c-ordinator Mro. Emanuel Spagnol accompain all the singers, these ensemble was made by:-
- Violins 1st. Antoine Frendo, Volodymyr Baran,Augusto Quintano, Christabelle Scerri, Edwina Cini, Berenice Zammit, Roberta Schembri, Graziella Mizzi
- Violins 2nd. Diane Vella, Odile Micallef, Krista Fenech, Romina Bugeja, Stefan Cassar, Mattea Sammut
- Violas Myriam Haidom, Brian Agius, Anna Zammit
- Cello Gilmour Peplow, Stelios Pittas, Kevin Psaila
- Drums Melchior Busuttil
- Percussion Luke Abela
- Bass Guitar Ryan Abela
- Electric Guitar Jonathan Camilleri, Evan Plumpton
- Piano Carlo Bugeja
- Keyboards 1 Josef Farrugia
- Keyboards 2 Abigail Brown
- Trumpets Alex Bezzina, Martin Cooper, Justin Azzopardi
- Electric Alto Lino Pirotta
- Sax Alto James Cummings, Lino Pirotta
- Tenor Sax Joseph Muscat
- Horn Josef Camilleri, Aron Borg
- Trombone Jonathan Abela, Daniel Zammit
The special guest this year, was the winner of the 2020 edition Marilyn Aquilina who sing the 2020 winning song, ‘’ Jien u Int .
|No||Singers||Songs||Lyrics||Composer||Video - Youtube|
|01||Sean Borg||Fuq l-Ixkaffa||Philippa Naudi||Bettina Muchmore||(Click for Video)|
|02||Haley Azzopardi||Is-Sirena Li Welldet it-Tama||Paul Ellul||Mark Spiteri Lucas||(Click for Video)|
|03||MeadowStrings||Niftakar||Mario Camilleri||Magdalene Farrugia||(Click for Video)|
|*||Best Singer-Songwriter||MeadowStrings||Niftakar||(Click for Video)|
|*||Best Interpretation||Dario Bezzina, Grecia Bezzina||Il-Bajtar Sar||(Click for Video)|
|*||Social Theme||Mark Laurence Zammit||Se Nirranġaw||(Click for Video)|
- Marie Claire Cremona (Desgin for Poster, Programm and Cd)
- Geoffrey Buhagiar (Photograpy)
- Danjeli (Mastering of cd)
- TheTinkShop.com (Duplication of Cd)
- Bestprint (Publication of Festival Programm)
- Alka Ceramics by Paul Haber (Trophies)
- Alfie Fabri (feature)
- Tony Micallef (Radio Programm 'Kliem u Kant')
- Emotive Media (Fliming and editing features)