Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 1985

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The Third Editon of the Festival Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza - 1985 This year the Organising Committee decieced to do the Festival early and not in September, because for the week celebration they plains several activities, like drama, concerts, Rock Operas and shows like Ħajrilliberta‘85 and Kulturrartna’85. for the 21 Anniversary from the day Malta came Independent in 21 September, 1964.

So Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza - 1985 was held on between Wednesday 31 July 1985, Thursday 1 August and Friday 2 August, 1985 at the Assembly Hall at the University at Tal-Qroqq, today we known it as Sir Temi Zammit Hall

Organising Committee

The organizing Committee under the Chairman ship of Charles A.Bellia, issued the regulaitions of the festival, the other members where Charles Stroud, John Camilleri and Doris Stroud. There where submitted 38 songs, and it was very hard for the Jury [ ? ] to heard the songs in the eliminatory phase too chose 24 songs and after they chose again 16 songs for the Final. The teem of the Festival was:- Biex Nerġgħu ngħixu Liberi.

The Festival

As we taught this year the Festival held on Friday 2 August, 1985 this time in the Assembly Hall at the University at Tal-Qroqq. other night held on Saturday 3 August, 1985. And it was another great success Festival that year, and year after year would be strong and build a good reperution with singers, Authors, Composer and the public ingeneral.

In this editon the Festival was speed on three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The trupp of the Majorettes open the Festival and was involved in the Grand Finale Closing of the Festival.

There was 24 songs and from them 16 songs passed for the for the final night held on Sunday 4 August, 1985.

For this Festival the Committee’ agian think to issued a cassette with this songs with a production of Tony Scott and prepare a souverner program with the lyrics of the songs, and photos of the singers taken part, the compers of the Festival where again Hector Bruno and Maria Mintoff and Christine Calleja.

Singer Marie Louise Sammut Ghigo got her X’Jiswa censored by Xandir Malta when the Festival was showed on TVM on 17 August,1985.

The Song Festival

Here are the 16 Finalist Songs featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyricist Composer
01 Rene Cutajar Għal Malta Libera Joe Tanti Victor Cutajar
02 Jo Naudi Fil-Liberta Jo Naudi Jo Naudi
03 Ralph Dougall Titbiegħed John B Dougall John B Dougall
04 Benny Grima & Tonia Grima L-Iżjed Ħaġa Għażiża Benny Grima Benny Grima
05 Adelina Attard Għajta Kotrana Charles Mifsud Carmelo Zammit
06 Spectrum Rivoluzzjoni Ino Busuttil Mario Caruana
07 Rene' Vella Sedqa u Paċi Paul Falzon Albert Attard
08 M'Louise Sammut Ghigo X'Jiswa Anthony Vella Victor Cutajar
09 Incorvaja Sisters Żmien Ir-Rebbieħa Edwin Vella Edwin Vella
10 Victor Cutajar Agħtuna L-Liberta Victor Cutajar Victor Cutajar
11 Merga L-Għajta tal-Liberta' Paul Falzon John B Caruana
12 Lucienne Spiteri Biex Nerġgħu Ngħixu Liberi Jo Naudi Jo Naudi
13 Martin Gauci Għatx Għal Liberta' Martin Gauci Martin Gauci
14 Edwin Vella, Antoinette Il-Mulej Rebaħ Qlubna Edwin Vella Edwin Vella
15 Tanya Camilleri Sliem Fil-Liberta' Paul Falzon Paul Falzon
16 Michelle Refalo Ningħaqdu Ningħaqdu Jo Naudi Jo Naudi
17 Tessie Farrugia Patriotti Edwin Vella Edwin Vella
18 Vince Fabri Malta - Jien u Int Flimkien Vince Fabri Vince Fabri
19 William Mangion Imut il-Ward u Tibqa' t-Tama Profs. Joe Friggieri Frank O'Neil
20 Nathalie Farrugia Liberta' Fis-Sliem Gaetano Vella Spiru Zammit
21 Frederick Camilleri Jien Naf Bniedem Frederick Camilleri Frederick Camilleri
22 Brian Muscat Irrid Futur - Indipendenza Brian Muscat Brian Muscat
23 Frnk O'Neil L-Aħħar Mewġa Profs. Joe Friggieri Frank O'Neil
24 Agens Cassar Bħal Ħolma Amadeo Cassar Amadeo Cassar

Here are the 16 Finalist Songs featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyricist Composer
01 Lucienne Sammut Biex Nerġu Ngħixu Liberi
02 Jo Naudi Liberta’
03 Benny Grima & Tonia Grima L-Iżjed Ħaġa Għażiża Benny Grima Benny Grima
04 Adelina Attard Għajta Kontrana Charles Mifsud Carmelo Zammit
05 Spectrum Rivoluzzjoni Mario Caruana Mario Caruana
06 Maria Louise Sammut Ghigo X’Jiswa Anthony Vella Victor Cutajar
07 Incorvaja Twins Żmien ir-Rebbiegħa Edwin Vella Edwin Vella
08 Merga L-Għajta tal-Liberta
09 Frank O'Neill L-Aħħar Mewġa Profs.Joe Friggieri
10 Agnes Cassar Bħal Ħolma
11 Tanya Camilleri Sliem Fil-Liberta
12 Micelle Refalo Ningħaqdu ..Ningħaqdu
13 Tessie Farrugia Patrijotti
14 William Mangion Imut Il-Ward u Tibqa it-Tama’ Profs.Joe Friggieri
15 Natahlie Farrugia Liberta Fis-Sliem
16 Frederick Camilleri Jien Naf Bniedem Frederick Camilleri Frederick Camilleri

The Jury

The Jury was composed bye six members [ ? ], [ ? ], [ ? ], [ ? ], [ ? ] and [ ? ] while the representative for UKAM Society of Maltese Composers and Authors was [ ?]


During the process by the jury to chose the winners, there was entertainment by Nunzio Galdes, the winner of 1984 Tanya Camilleri, and Feline Jazz Dancers who give some numbers fron the rock opera ‘Cats’and a comedy sketch by Paul Mintoff and Hector Bruno.

Winner Finalist

Here are the Winning Songs featured in the final:-

No Singers Songs Lyricist Composer
01 Adelina Attard Għajta Kotrana Charles Mifsud Carmelo Zammit
02 Spectrum Rivolużżjoni Mario Caruana Mario Caruana
03 Incorvaja Sisters Żmien Ir-Rebbiegħa Edwin Vella Edwin Vella

Other Prizes

Here are the Winning Songs ‘For Best Lyrices’ featured in the final:-

No Songs Lyrices
01 Imut Il-Ward u Tibqa t-Tama' Profs.Joe Friggieri
02 L-Aħħar Mewġa Profs.Joe Friggieri
03 X’Jiswa Anthony Vella

Here are the Winning Songs ‘For Best Music’ featured in the final:-

No Songs Best Music
01 Għajta Kotrana Carmelo Zammit
02 Rivolużżjoni Mario Caruana
03 Żmien ir-Rebbiegħa Edwin Vella
  • Trophy for Best Song:- vote by the Public:- L-Iżjed Ħaġa Għażiża - Benny and Tonia Grima
  • All Singers, Composer and authers get a certificate of partecipation in the Festival.

Gozo Talent

The stage set was made by Charles Stroud and his team, while Mario Camilleri from ITC was incharged from the lights. This edition one could say that was dominated by the Gozo talent, when:-

  • Adelina Attard win the Festival with the song L-Għajta Kontrana
  • Mario Caruana with the song Rivoluzzjoni for the Best Music
  • Tonia Grima with her husband Benny win the Best Song voting by the public with L-Iżjed Ħaġa Għażieża.

The trophies was presented by Dr.Edward Fenech Adami President of the Nationalist Party, and at the end he address to the present public.