L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2022

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Launching of the festival

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu (2022) 46 Edition. A strong partecipation for the 46th edition of The People's Anthem. The 46th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – a festival of songs in Maltese, will be held at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta on Saturday 30th July 2022 with the participation of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela. Submissions for this festival can be sent online from Friday 25 February till Friday18 March 2022 and the finalists will be announced by the 24th April. Authors, composers, music bands, singers and singer-songwriters are invited to participate in this popular festival with songs addressed to the Maltese public.

Rules of the Festival in Maltese

Full details on the regulations and the organisation of the festival can be found online at www.ghanjatalpoplu.org/regolamenti-2022 . L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta and Valletta Cultural Agency.

Organizing Committee

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 40 semi-finalist Songs

For the eliminatory phase of the 46 Edition of l-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, entered the Malta Song 131 song. 40 of them have passed to the semi-finals. The 40 Songs who passed for the the Semi-Final in Alfabetikal order are:-

No. Songs Passed
01 Baxx u Għoli
02 Bejn il-Ħbieb x
03 Bewsa
04 Biss Jekk Inti Trid
05 Ċempilli
06 Destin
07 Fejn Hi
08 Festa tal-Kartapesta x
09 Fil-Kexxun x
10 Fis-Skiet
11 Ġungla tal-Konkrit
12 Gaġġa tad-Deheb
13 Ħelu Manna x
14 Ħin Misluf
15 Ibda Mil-Lum
16 Ieqaf Ftit
17 Il-Ħuta L-Kbira x
18 Illejla x
19 Immorru
20 Intbaħt x
21 Ismi x
22 Jekk Ma Nkunx Jien
23 Kannizzata
24 Kjaroskur
25 Klikk x
26 Kont Barrani x
27 Ma’ kull sekonda x
28 Mhux Biċ-Ċajt x
29 Monokrom
30 Mr X x
31 Munita b’Żewġ Uċuh
32 Niġġudikaw
33 Pellegrin (Lil Oliver)
34 Qalb ta’ Qalbi x
35 Qatt Ma Wasalt
36 Ritratt
37 Sottospeċi
38 U Ijwa x
39 Xemgħa x
40 X’Kien Liebes

This result was confirmed by the notary.

The second phase of the selection is the semifinals, when the singers will sing their songs live with recorded accompaniment.

The semifinals of the People's Song 2022 festival were held in the Friggieri Hall inside the Valletta Design Cluster. Jury members listened to 40 songs sung live and selected from 131 songs submitted for this edition.

Jury

The selection of the sixteen finalist songs from eighty songs was made by two professional juries composed of:-

Notary Paul Callus confirmed the results at each stage.

The 16 Finalist Songs

On Saturday 30 July, 2022, the L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2022. They are in alphabetical order.

No Singers Songs Lyricist Composer
01 Graziana Victoria Axisa Bejn Il-Ħbieb Kevin Tanti Chan Vella
02 Daniel Sammut Festa tal-Kartapesta Alfred C. Sant David Joseph Sammut
03 Alexia Micallef Fil-Kexxun Lon Chircop Lon Chircop
04 MARA Ħelu Manna Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella
05 Sarah Micallef Muscat Il-Ħuta l-Kbira Rita Pace Augusto Cardinali
06 Neville Refalo Illejla Emil Calleja Bayliss Mark Spiteri Lucas
07 Ryan Grech Intbaħt Ryan Grech Ryan Grech, Matteo Depares
08 Marija Bellia Ismi Iona Dalli Marija Bellia
09 Dominic Cini Klikk Etienne Micallef Dominic Cini
10 Martina Fenech, Esther Spiteri Kont Barrani Etienne Micallef Mark Spiteri Lucas
11 Karen Debattista, Daniel Muscat Caruana Ma' Kull Sekonda Paul Ellul Karen Debattista
12 Rita Pace, Tikka Banda Mhux Biċ-Ċajt! Rita Pace Luke Vella
13 Philip Vella Mr X Joe Julian Farrugia Philip Vella
14 Mark Spiteri Lucas Qalb ta' Qalbi Mark Spiteri Lucas Mark Spiteri Lucas
15 Eliana Gomez Blanco U Ijwa Etienne Micallef Eliana Gomez Blanco
16 Mireille Rose Borg Xemgħa Philip Vella Philip Vella

The Festival Night the Running Order Finalist Songs

On Saturday 30 July, 2022, the L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2022. They are in alphabetical order.

No Singers Songs Lyricist Composer Video
01 Mark Spiteri Lucas Qalb ta' Qalbi Mark Spiteri Lucas Mark Spiteri Lucas (Click for video)
02 Mireille Rose Borg Xemgħa Philip Vella Philip Vella (Click for video)
03 Neville Refalo Illejla Emil Calleja Bayliss Mark Spiteri Lucas (Click for video)
04 Ryan Grech Intbaħt Ryan Grech Ryan Grech, Matteo Depares (Click for video)
05 Sarah Micallef Muscat Il-Ħuta l-Kbira Rita Pace Augusto Cardinali (Click for video)
06 Marija Bellia Ismi Iona Dalli Marija Bellia (Click for video)
07 Daniel Sammut Festa tal-Kartapesta Alfred C. Sant David Joseph Sammut (Click for video)
08 Dominic Cini Klikk Etienne Micallef Dominic Cini (Click for video)
09 Eliana Gomez Blanco U Ijwa Etienne Micallef Eliana Gomez Blanco (Click for video)
10 Graziana Victoria Axisa Bejn Il-Ħbieb Kevin Tanti Chan Vella (Click for video)
11 Alexia Micallef Fil-Kexxun Lon Chircop Lon Chircop (Click for video)
12 MARA Ħelu Manna Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella (Click for video)
13 Rita Pace, Tikka Banda Mhux Biċ-Ċajt! Rita Pace Luke Vella (Click for video)
14 Martina Fenech, Esther Spiteri Kont Barrani Etienne Micallef Mark Spiteri Lucas (Click for video)
15 Philip Vella Mr X Joe Julian Farrugia Philip Vella (Click for video)
16 Karen Debattista, Daniel Muscat Caruana Ma' Kull Sekonda Paul Ellul Karen Debattista (Click for video)

Information

The final evening of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2022 will take place on Saturday 30 July at Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the participation of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela.

The sixteen finalist songs were selected from 131 songs entered for this edition.

The jury this year will be composed of a popular jury as well as an expert jury. Special prizes will be decided by an expert jury.

From this year, the award for best performance will be called the Enzo Gusman Award for Best Performance. Ms. Carmen Gusman met with the members of the committee and was very happy with this decision and expressed the wish that this award will continue to be given every year.

During July the song videos of the songs will start appearing on television and on social media and Youtube. In addition, the songs will be published on Spotify, Itunes and other music platforms.

Tony Camilleri (l-Għannej) will be the special guest and Valerie Vella will be presenting this evening inside Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

Comperes

This year festival comperes will be the Actor Presenter Valerie Vella.

Tickets can be obtained from www.ticketline.com.mt. More information can be found at www.ghanjatalpoplu.org

This festival is organized by the voluntary organization L-Għanja tal-Poplu in collaboration with the Malta Concert Orchestra and Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by the Malta Council for the Arts and the Cultural Agency for Valletta. More information is available at www.ghanjatalpoplu.org.

Special guests

The special guest this year, was the winner of the 2021 edition Sean Borg who sing the 2021 winning song, Fuq l-Ixkaffa.

Winners

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composer Video - Youtube
01 Alexia Micallef Fil-Kexxun Lon Chircop Lon Chircop (Click for Video)
02 Marija Bellia Ismi Iona Dalli Marija Bellia (Click for Video)
03 MARA Ħelu Manna Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella (Click for Video)

Other Winners

# Prizes Winner Song Video
* Best Singer-Songwriter Marija Bellia Ismi (Click for Video)
* Best Interpretation Alexia Micallef Fil-Kexxun (Click for Video)
* Social Theme Joe Julian Farrugia Mr X (Click for Video)

External links

L-Għanja tal-Poplu Festival Editions
* 1970s: 01 (1973) - 02 (1974) - 03 (1975) - 04 (1976) - 05 (1977) - 06 (1978) - 07 (1979)
* 1980s: 08 (1980) - 09 (1981) - 10 (1982) - 11 (1983) - 12 (1984) - 13 (1985) - 14 (1986) - 15 (1987) 
* 1990s: 16 (1990) - 17 (1992) - 18 (1993) - 19 (1994) - 20 (1995) - 21 (1996) - 22 (1997) - 23 (1998) - 24 (1999)
* 2000s: 25 (2000) - 26 (2001) - 27 (2002) - 28 (2003) - 29 (2004) - 30 (2005) - 31 (2006) - 32 (2007) - 33 (2008) - 34 (2009)
* 2010s: 35 (2010) - 36 (2012) - 37 (2013) - 38 (2014) - 39 (2015) - 40 (2016) - 41 (2017) - 42 (2018) - 43 (2019)
* 2020s: 44 (2020) - 45 (2021) - 46 (2022)