Mużika Mużika 2021

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Mużika Mużika - Festival Kanzunetta Maltija is a Maltese-language song contest produced by Festivals Malta. The first edition was held in 2021 and it was won by Glen Vella singing the song Ħarsa Biss written by Philip Vella and Joe Julian Farrugia.

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First 35 songs chosen for Mużika Mużika – Festival Kanzunetta Maltija

The first phase of Mużika Mużika – Festival Kanzunetta Maltija has come to an end as the first 35 songs have been selected from the 148 submitted. These songs were chosen after careful deliberation from an experienced jury and the votes were tallied in the presance of a notary from the office of the Notary to Government. In the next phase, the artists will interpret these 35 songs in front of a different set of jurors, while accopanied by a backing track. In this phase, 20 songs will be chosen to take part in the semi-final of the festival which is being held between the 18th and 20th March 2021 at MFCC Ta’ Qali. The Mużika Mużika Board wishes to thank all of those artists who have shown interest in this festival.

List of songs that went through the first phase in alphabetical order

The Songs

No. Songs Passed
01 Aħna l-Maltin
01 Aħna t-Tnejn
02 Binti
03 Duħħan
04 Fjamma
05 Għada jisbaħ ukoll
06 Għajjejt inhobb
07 Għal dan il-lejl
08 Għażiż
09 Ħajti ngħix għalik
10 Ħarsa Biss
11 Ħudni Lura
12 Id f'Id
13 Ieqaf ftit
14 Il-kitarra u jien
15 Int biss
16 Jaħasra tgħidulniex
17 Jien mill-ġdid
18 Kelma bejn tnejn
19 Kompli tbissem
20 Kontra r-Riħ
21 L-ewwel Jien
22 Lil Binti
23 Memorji
24 Miegħek biss
25 Min Jaf?
26 Muftieħ
27 Naħseb Fik
28 Sinfonija ħiemda
29 Ta' Ftit Kliem
30 Tbissimli
31 Teżor
32 Tista'
33 Vizzju
34 Wara x-xita
35 Warajk

Semi-finalists for Music Music - Maltese Song Festival

The organizing Board of Mużika Mużika – Festival Kanzunetta Maltija on Thursday 3rd December, 2020 tonight announced the twenty semi-finalists who will be taking part in the festival that will be broadcast on Television Malta between 18th and 20th March 2021.

On Wednesday evening the festival enter in its second phase, as the 35 participants presented their song live, accompanied by a backing track, in front of a professional jury different from that of the first phase. Following a jury deliberation, the 20 songs that will compete in the semi-finals next March have been selected, and been announced on Thursday 4th. December, 2020.

The Minister José Herrera reiterated that the Maltese Song Festival offers a great and interesting opportunity for Maltese and Gozitan artists. This is a festival that celebrates Maltese talent as well as the Maltese language that we cherish so much as Maltese and Gozitans. This Festival will be one of the biggest festivals in the year 2021 and I am proud that the Ministry through Festivals Malta is organizing this.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Raymond Bugeja, congratulated all the semi-finalist participants. We are so proud of our talent at this prestigious festival! This is a festival that is reaching a high level of talent and standard.

The Board of Mużika Mużika – Festival Kanzunetta Maltija, Festivals Malta and the Ministry for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government would like to wish all the semi-finalists well. More information on the songs, singers, composers and authors will be available on in the coming days.

The twenty semi-finalist songs that will be taking part in Music Music - Maltese Song Festival in March 2021 (in alphabetical order):

The 20 Finalist Songs (Running Order)

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Song Arranger Televoting Passed to Final Video
01 Christian Arding Għajjejt Inħobb Rita Pace Gilbert Camilleri Aurelio Belli 50615201 X (Click for Video)
02 Ian J Vella (Janvil) , Jade Marie Vella Binti Roberta Magri Richard Micallef Ryan Paul Abela 50615202 live / music video
03 Christina Magrin Int Biss Mark Scicluna Mark Scicluna Ryan Paul Abela 50615203 (Click for Video)
04 Avenue Sky Kompli Tbissem Andy Muscat Glen Vella Aurelio Belli 50615204 X (Click for Video)
05 Kantera Band L-Ewwel Jien Joe Julian Farrugia Elton Zarb Aurelio Belli 50615205 X (Click for Video)
06 Janice Mangion ft. George Curmi il-Puse' Teżor Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar, Mark Scicluna Ryan Paul Abela 50615206 X (Click for Video)
07 Michela Galea Tbissimli Emil Calleja Bayliss Mark Spiteri Lucas Ryan Paul Abela 50615207 (Click for Video)
08 Franklin Calleja Warajk Etienne Micallef Dominic Cini Aurelio Belli 50615208 X (Click for Video)
09 Bernie & Pod Ħudni Lura Ivan Farrugia Bernard Bonnici Aurelio Belli 50615209 X (Click for Video)
10 Raquel Galdes Briffa Vizzju Aidan Cassar Aidan Cassar Ryan Paul Abela 50615210 X (Click for Video)
11 Fabrizio Faniello Fjamma Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella Ryan Paul Abela 50615211 X (Click for Video)
12 Charisse Ann Vassallo Għal Dan Il-Lejl Emil Calleja Bayliss Mark Spiteri Lucas Aurelio Belli 50615212 (Click for Video)
13 MJAW Tista' MJAW MJAW Chris Role 50615213 (Click for Video)
14 Danica Muscat Għażiż Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar Ryan Paul Abela 50615214 X (Click for Video)
15 Philip Vella Il-Kitarra u Jien Joe Julian Farrugia Philip Vella Ryan Paul Abela 50615215 (Click for Video)
16 Aidan Cassar Naħseb Fik Aidan Cassar Aidan Cassar Ryan Paul Abela 50615216 X (Click for Video)
17 Ryan Grech Ta' Ftit Kliem Ryan Grech Ryan Grech Ryan Paul Abela 50615217 (Click for Video)
18 Mark Spiteri Lucas Lil Binti Mark Spiteri Lucas Mark Spiteri Lucas Ryan Paul Abela 50615218 Live / (Click for Video)
19 Glen Vella Ħarsa Biss Joe Julian Farrugia Philip Vella Ryan Paul Abela 50615219 X (Click for Video)
20 Miguel Bonello Sinfonija Ħiemda Joe Julian Farrugia Aldo Spiteri, Bradley Spiteri Norbert Camilleri 50615220 X (Click for Video)

First Day of The Festival (Thursday 18th. March, 2021)

The first day of this Festival Mużika Mużika was presented in a very good and leader by two brave presenters Keith Demicoli and Claire Agius Oldway who in a leader was very natural to present spontaneously without crypt cards in their hands.

After hearing for the first time the twentieth songs, where televoting was also open.

Towards the end of the evening Ġianni Zammit and Taryn Mamo Cefai took to the stage after working with the singers between songs.

Special Guest

There were also a special guests the group from the island of Gozo The Travellers who gave us three songs from their repertoire. Until the nine members of the jury gave their verdict.

The Jury

The Jury was composed of nine members who were: Claire Agius, Charles Saliba, Richard Grech, Jake Cuschieri, Josef Caruana, Ruth Amaira, Noel D'Anastas, Deo Grech and Joseph Chetcuti

With the jury's vote will also include the 25% percentage of televoting.

Second Day of The Festival (Friday 19th. March, 2021)

The Seond day of this Festival Mużika Mużika was presented in a very good and leader by two brave presenters Keith Demicoli and Lara Azzopardi who in a leader was very natural to present spontaneously without crypt cards in their hands.

Today's evening was duly opened by the winners of the last edition back to the year 2013 Olivia Lewis who sang the winning song of 2013 Hawn mill-Ġdid and the winning song of 1984 Forsi which was sang by Doreen Galea and Manolito Galea with a greeting to the composer Sammy Galea who left us a few weeks ago accompanied by his son Mro. Dominic Galea.

During the evening there was an act of character by Leanne Abela and connections with Gianni Zammit and Taryn Mamo Cefai.

During the evening all the participating singers sang 20 songs with famous veteran singers who had made these songs so popular to this day despite the passing of many years on them.

No Singers Songs Legend Singers Lyrics Composer Arranger Orchestra Director Video
01 Janvil & Jade Marie Vella Separju Renato (Micallef) Alfred C. Sant Ray Agius Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
02 Christian Arding Fejn Tħobb il-Qalb Mike Spiteri Alfred C. Sant Ray Agius Joe Brown Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
03 Danica Muscat Kif Se Intir Danica Muscat Ray Agius Ray Agius Joe Brown Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
04 Philip Vella Il-Kuġin Ġiljan Joe George Micallef Alfred C. Sant Alfred C. Sant Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
05 Bernie & Pod Iż-Żmien Għaddej Greenfields Joe Tanti Joe Tanti Aurelio Belli Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)
06 Ryan Grech Minn Jaf Għaliex? Catherine Vigar Joe Chircop Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
07 Fabrizio Faniello Tħallihomx Mark Tonna Alfred E. Baldacchino Mark Tonna Joe Brown Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)
08 Christina Magrin Il-Kant Marbut B'Tifkira Mary Rose Mallia Alfred C. Sant Ray Agius Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
09 Glen Vella Kliem Paul Giordimaina Fleur Balzan Paul Giordimaina Aurelio Belli Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)
10 Charisse Ann Vassallo Kuluri Phyllisienne Brincat Frederick Camilleri Frederick Camilleri Joe Brown Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)
11 Michela Galea Dejjem Għal Xulxin Joe Cutajar Alfred C. Sant Ray Agius Kevin Abela Aurelio Belli (Click on Video)
12 Avenue Sky Bħal Daż-Żmien Konna Flimkien Luisana Bartolo Alfred C. Sant Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click on Video)
13 Miguel Bonello Ħammiema Bajda Pamela Bezzina Ino Mario Busuttil Mario Caruana Joe Brown Ryan Paul Abela (Click on Video)
14 Kantera Band Rajt Ma' Rajtx Tony Camilleri Paul Caruana Paul Caruana Aurelio Belli Aurelio Belli (Click on Video)
15 Janice Mangion & George Curmi Il-Puse Fomm il-Vjolin Georgina Abela Deo Grech Andrew Zahra Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click on Video)
16 MJAW Issa William Mangion William Mangion Jason Tedesco Triccas Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click on Video)
17 Mark Spiteri Lucas Għanja lil Ibni Godwin Lucas Joe Friggieri Victor Fenech Kevin Abela Aurelio Belli (Click on Video)
18 Aidan Cassar L-Imħabba Helen Micallef Albert M. Cassola Charles Camilleri Kevin Abela Aurelio Belli (Click on Video)
19 Raquel Galdes Briffa Xemx Spiro Sillato Dominic Grech Dominic Grech Joe Brown Ryan Paul Abela (Click on Video)
20 Franklin Calleja Tfajjel Ċkejken Mary Spiteri Ray Mahoney Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela Ryan Paul Abela (Click on Video)

Then it was time for the enthusiasts to know the twelve songs that were chosen by the nine members of the jury as a 75 percent presenter, plus 25 percent of the televoting.

The 12 Finalist Songs (Running Order)

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Song Arranger Televoting Video
01 Janice Mangion ft. George Curmi il-Puse' Teżor Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar, Mark Scicluna Ryan Paul Abela 50615201 (Click for Video)
02 Avenue Sky Kompli Tbissem Andy Muscat Glen Vella Aurelio Belli 50615202 (Click for Video)
03 Raquel Galdes Briffa Vizzju Aidan Cassar Aidan Cassar Ryan Paul Abela 50615203 live / (Click for Video)
04 Christian Arding Għajjejt Inħobb Rita Pace Gilbert Camilleri Aurelio Belli 50615204 (Click for Video)
05 Aidan Cassar Naħseb Fik Aidan Cassar Aidan Cassar Ryan Paul Abela 50615205 live/(Click for Video)
06 Franklin Calleja Warajk Etienne Micallef Dominic Cini Aurelio Belli 50615206 (Click for Video)
07 Kantera Band L-Ewwel Jien Joe Julian Farrugia Elton Zarb Aurelio Belli 50615207 (Click for Video)
08 Danica Muscat Għażiż Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar Ryan Paul Abela 50615208 (Click for Video)
09 Miguel Bonello Sinfonija Ħiemda Joe Julian Farrugia Aldo Spiteri, Bradley Spiteri Norbert Camilleri 50615209 (Click for Video)
10 Bernie & Pod Ħudni Lura Ivan Farrugia Bernard Bonnici Aurelio Belli 50615210 (Click for Video)
11 Glen Vella Ħarsa Biss Joe Julian Farrugia Philip Vella Ryan Paul Abela 50615211 live / music video
12 Fabrizio Faniello Fjamma Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella Ryan Paul Abela 50615212 (Click for Video)

The Final Night of The Festival (Saturday 20th. March, 2021)

The final evening for the third day was again presented with skill by Keith Demicoli with whom in the evening he had Sarah Lee Zammit along with Claire Agius Ordway and Lara Azzopardi who together presented the twelve finalist song.

Intermission

After singing the twelve the final song. came on stage a character we knew at the time Ali bubaker who came Malta from Agakisatan and embarrassed early on the presenters Kieth Demicoli when they thought it was Joe Dimech, a carater interpreted well by Giani Zammit.

A special guest of the evening was singer Emma Muscat who sang three songs, the classic L-Aħħar Bidwi f'Wied il-Għasel, her own song With Out You where she played and sang on the piano, and her success in Italy Sangria along with her dancers who filled the time until it came to announce the result.

The Jury

The Jury was composed of nine members who were: Dominic Galea, Chris Muscat, Alfred C. Sant, Olivia Lewis, Joe Buttigieg, Anna Bonnet, Gaia Cauchi, Lawrence Gray and Rachel Fabri

With the jury's vote will also include the 25% percentage of televoting.

Now it was time for the biggest important of the evening, the one who will be known the winner of this first edition of Mużika Mużika.

The Winners

The presenters began to announce the votes of how the jury voted one by one, while these also began to appear on screen and at the same time the televiers began to see the displacement done at that time until the announcement was made by the nine jury votes.

Till that time the winner wad Christian Arding with the song 'Għajjejt Inħobb'. But now it remained to be seen how the Maltese public voted by text message, where the results began to be given for each cannon from that number one to that number twelve.

With the final result the singer Glen Vella will be declared the winner of the Mużika Mużika concord with the song 'Ħarsa Biss' penned by Joe Julian Farrugia and music by Philip Vella.

During the presentation, the Minister of Culture, Hon. Dr. Jose Herrera, the chairmen of the Ray Grech contest together with Annabelle Stivala from Festivals Malta.

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Song Arranger Video
01 Glen Vella Ħarsa Biss Joe Julian Farrugia Philip Vella Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)
02 Christian Arding Għajjejt Inħobb Rita Pace Gilbert Camilleri Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)
03 Kantera Band L-Ewwel Jien Joe Julian Farrugia Elton Zarb Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)

Best Interpretation

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Song Arranger Video
01 Christian Arding Għajjejt Inħobb Rita Pace Gilbert Camilleri Aurelio Belli (Click for Video)

Best Arrangment

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Song Arranger Video
01 Miguel Bonello Sinfonija Ħiemda Joe Julian Farrugia Aldo Spiteri, Bradley Spiteri Norbert Camilleri (Click for Video)

Best Televoting Song

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Song Arranger Video
01 Danica Muscat Għażiż Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar Ryan Paul Abela (Click for Video)


Malta Song Festival editions
* 1960s: 1960 - 1961 - 1962 - 1963 - 1964 - 1965 - 1966 - 1967 - 1968 - 1969
* 1970s: 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979
Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija editions
* 1980s: 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989
* 1990s: 1990 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999
* 2000s: 2000 - 2001 - 2002
* 2010s: 2013
Mużika Mużika - Festival Kanzunetta Maltija editions
* 2020s: 2021 - 2022 
Malta Eurovision Song Contest editions
* Malta Song Festival - 1970s: 1971 - 1972 - 1975
* Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija għall-Ewropa: 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 
* Malta Song for Europe - 1990s: 1997 - 1998 - 1999
* Malta Song for Europe - 2000s: 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008
* Malta EuroSong: 2009 - 2010
* Malta Eurovision Song Contest: 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 -
Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest
* 1970s: 1971 - 1972 - 1975
* 1990s: 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999
* 2000s: 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 
* 2010s: 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019
* 2020s: 2020 - 2021 -