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Renato Micallef
,was born on the 19th November 1951. He is popularly known as Renato, and is one of Malta's most successful singers. His full name is Nazzareno Alessandro Micallef Garrett. Renato has been active in the Maltese music scene since the age of 12. And take part in many local Festivals with his sister Helen Micallef.

Renato has toured North America, Australia and the United Kingdom where his website claims he won an award for Singer Of The Year in 1980.

In 1975, he represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest,[1] finishing in 12th place with Singing this Song. In 1990, he represented Malta again in the Cavan International Song Festival in Ireland, with the song Our Little World of Yesterday, which won 1st prize.

Micallef begun his career as a resident singer with his band Eclipse at the Preluna Hotel's exclusive nightspot The Skyroom in Sliema in the Seventies. His band included Joe Camilleri 'il-Bibi iż-żgħir' on percussion, Godwin Cachia on synthesiser and Mario Said on bass guitar.

He has also hosted his own television and Radio including the popular Separju on Super One Radio and also toured with Shirley Bassey, one of his favourite singers. His very expressive performance of the song Mitna Ghalxejn (We Died in Vain) from the rock opera Ġensna (Our People), music by Paul Abela and lyrics by Ray Mahoney, has won him national acclaim. His vinyl releases include Schubert's Ave Maria and Int u Jien, with music arrangement by Godwin Cachia. Micallef had an earlier vinyl release in 1977, with L-Istorja ta' Toni and Ġejja l-Banda, with backing vocals provided by Doreen Galea and the Galea Sisters. The musical arrangement was by maestro Anthony Chircop.

Renato is still active in the music scene.


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