World Popular Song Festival

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The World Popular Song Festival, also known as Yamaha Music Festival or unofficially as the "Oriental Eurovision", was an international song contest held from 1970 until 1989. It was organised by the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. The first edition took place on the 20, 21 and 22 November 1970 with 37 participating countries from all continents. The concert was cancelled in 1988 due to the illness of the Shōwa Emperor; the final year was a charity concert for UNICEF, after which the contest was formally ended. All the editions with Maltese participation took place in the Nippon Budokan Hall in Japan.

Here is a full list of the Maltese participation:

Days Month Year Stage Singer/s Songs Author Composer
20, 21, 22 November 1970 Grand Final - OPA Edwin Galea Fejn Tidħol l-Imħabba Clemente Zammit Victor Zammit
25, 26, 27 November 1971 26 Nov - 2nd Semi-Final Jon Lukas Id-Dinja Llum
17,18,19 November 1972 18 Nov - 2nd Semi-Final Mary Rose Mallia Id-Dinja Tagħna
15, 16, 17 November 1974 15 Nov - 1st Semi-Final Carmen Gusman & Enzo Gusman World Of Sunshine
14, 15, 16 November 1975 15 Nov - 2nd Semi-Finali – 16 Nov, Grand Final - OPA Mary Spiteri Go On
19, 20, 21 November 1976 19 Nov – 1st Semi-Final Joe Cutajar It’s Take Off Time

• In 1973 Malta did not take part in the Festival.

• From 1977 onwards Malta did not take part.

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