The Malta Folk Song Contest 1973
The Malta Folk Song Contest was due to the birth of many Maltese songs today, after so many years have played and bring much nostalgic moments.
This festival was held only three times in 1973, 1974 and in 1976. This festival was organized by Jove Enterprises and organizational board was formed by John Portelli , Joe P. Portelli, Vanni Pulé and Mary Anne Xuereb that time was his girlfriend, now his wife.
This festival was organized with the coperation of the Malta Government Tourist Board and Maltese Programmes fan Club of Canada in conjunction with the travel agency Alpine Travel under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Joseph Cassar B.A. LL.D.
The purpose of this folk festival to promote local writers to those of the original songs Maltese.
The winner of the festival had the opportunity to go to Canada to sing maltese emigrants. While the first two songs are recorded on a disc also classified.
For this festival were submitted a total of 47 song of which 15 of them were selected for the final. And this first edition was held on 17 November 1973 in the Chameleon Hall of the Hotel Corinthia at Ħal Attard.
John Portelli Joe P Portelli Vanni Pule Mary Anne Xuereb
Here are the 15 Songs featured in the final:-
|01||Claire Anastasi||Il-Lift tal-Barrakka||George Stevens||Joe Tanti|
|02||Valerie Navarro||Ma Nafx Għaliex||Valerie Navarro||Valerie Navarro|
|03||Enzo Gusman||It-Tfajla ta’ l-Irdum||Alfred C. Sant & Margaret Grech||Ray Agius|
|04||Renato Micallef||Int u Jien Flimkien||Frank O'Neill||Frank O'Neill|
|05||The Checkmates||M’Hemmx Għalfejn Ħafna Kliem||Frank O'Neill||Frank O'Neill|
|06||Monica Cremona||Leħen Fi Rdum||George Zammit||Ineż Lombardo|
|07||Mary Rose Mallia||Rajt||Joe Tanti||Joe Tanti|
|08||Marika Bugeja||Bi Tbissima||Valerie Navarro||Valerie Navarro|
|09||Carmelo Borg||L-Art Imwiegħda||Paul Caruana||Paul Caruana|
|10||Greenfields||M’Għadekx Tara||George Stevens||Joe Tanti|
|11||Carmen Vella & Martin Vella||Iż-Żernieq||George Stevens||Paul Caruana|
|12||New Courey||Ir-Raħal||Evarist Bartolo||Joe S.Grech|
|13||Sħab||Profeta||Michael Zammit||Godfrey Vella|
|14||Joe Agius & The Songstress||Maskri||Joe Agius||George Cassola|
|15||Tony Camilleri||Il-Karozzin||George Stevens||Joe Tanti|
The Orchestra was composed by eleven eliments under the direction of Mro. Anthony Chircop the members were Joseph Corrado flute, Spiridione Azzopardi OBOE, Andrew Colerio Bass Clarinet, Tony Pace Guitar, Tony Zammit Bass, Alfred Demicoli drums, Edmond Joseph Zarb piano, George Spiteri, Joseph Galea, Armando Abela and Guido Mamo violins.
|01||Joe Agius & The Songstress||Maskri||Joe Agius||George Cassola|
|02||Tony Camilleri||Il-Karozzin||George Stevens||Joe Tanti|
|03||Carmelo Borg||L-Art Imwiegħda||Paul Caruana||Paul Caruana|
• Festival Best Singer was Mary Rose Mallia with the song Rajt and she win the flight for Canada.
In the Presentation the trophies where presented by the Ministry of Education and Culture Dr. Joseph Cassar, B.A. LL.D and Mr John Pollaco the chairman of Malta Government Tourist Board.