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Tonia Grima

Tonia Grima nee` Sultana, born on 4 June 1956 at Victoria, Gozo. She was the youngest of 4 daughters of Anglu and Fortunata.

At Gozo she used to take part in Carnival and do acting, also was part of a singing group called Free. She was also was a part of The Aurora Folk Group and also sang with the choir of the Cathedral Church of Gozo. Off all these acting was my passion, she used to act at the Aurora Theater and also at the Oratory Don Bosco at Victoria, Gozo. she always did a main part while acting.

1972 met Benny and on the 8 August 1976 they got married at the Cathedral of Gozo. Benny comes from Malta, so she moved to Malta. It took her quite a long time to settle at Malta, but when they moved from Msida to Naxxar, she was happy, as at Naxxar she felt that she lives at Gozo. That was in January 1982 when they moved to Naxxar.

1977 had Reuben (DJ Ruby) with whom she was very close Reuben was born at Victoria Gozo and baptized at the Cathedral of Gozo.

1978 had Simon. He was born at St.Lukes hospital and baptized at Ta`Xbiex church. Simon was a drummer; singer and he would have been a great musician. He also used to do acting at school. Simon passed away on the 10 September 1992. He had meningitis. With Simon part of me has gone. On May 1992 I felt that something bad was going to happen to someone of the family and in July this feeling got worst and brought me to look upon our children. Remember that in July 1992. she took photos of Reuben and Simon so that she will have some photos of them as young lads. Honestly Tonia still feel bad and feel angry in herself. But we must have faith in God. He only knows what our future is. We have an angel in heaven.

Benny had a group The Rookies and in 1977 and 1978 this group done 2 records “Hija” and “Lura Malta” she sang in the chorus of both songs and in both songs was almost at the end of the pregnancy in one with Ruby and in the other with Simon. Both songs were written by Benny.

In1983 Benny, Tonia, Reuben and Simon used to go singing all over Malta and Gozo as a family. In 1985 started the duo Benny and Tonia and the group The Rookies finished.

In 1988 Benny and Tonia have sang the song Forza Malta dedicated to the national football team of Malta. This song was composted and written by Benny.

Benny and Tonia have performed in England, Ireland, Germany, America and Canada. We had invitations to go to Australia, but to go there it means that we have to leave our job behind for about a month as Australia is so far away, while when we went to sing in other countries we only stayed for a week or less. Regarding Australia Me, Benny and the children went there in 1983 and I have been there 2 other times on my own for the wedding of my sister’s children.

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Now a days Benny and Tonia do a living only on singing. They also have their own recording studio and they record their own cd`s and do everything themselves. Tonia creates the cover of the cd`s, while Benny composes and writes the songs, plays the music and do the mastering of the cd`s. It’s a job that they both like.

Tonia was a radio DJ with RTK Radio for 15 years. Miss the radio but life goes on.

Tonia love country music.she have about 1000 country music cd`s. Maltese music is also attached to my heart.

Some of my hobbies are reading (true stories and books by John Grisham), baking cakes and decorate them and all sorts of handcraft.

In late 2013 Tonia wrote a cookery book called Cooking My Way. Tonia`s wish is to meet Daniel O’Donnell, Dolly Parton or Al Bano (impossible or not!)

This year 2015 it will be the 30 years anniversary singing as Benny and Tonia

See also

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