Mużika Mużika - Festival Kanzunetta Maltija

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Mużika Mużika - Festival Kanzunetta Maltija is an annual Maltese-language song contest organized by Festivals Malta produced since 2021. It is designed to provide continuity to the long-standing Malta Song Contest in its various iterations.


In August 2020 it was announced that a new competition would be held in the name of Mużika Mużika ... Festival Kanzunetta Maltija (Music Music ... The Maltese Song Festival) will serve as a prestigious platform where local singers, authors and composers exhibit their Maltese compositions.

Past editions of this festival have lost their way over time, with songs written by international authors and composers, English language lyrics and recorded music. Thanks to this festival we would like to pay tribute to our language and our artists, by offering a solid and prestigious base where Maltese music can be played, and appreciated.

Through a live Orchestra of more than 40 musicians, a fair and rigorous selection process of the participants, as well as one of the best acoustics halls in Malta, Dar il-Mediterran għall-Konferenzi (MCC), this The festival will be giving a high level outlet for Maltese Song.

Three nights of music, with a celebration of our national language and local talent that is so abundant, this Festival will offer a proper and proper space to Maltese Song.

A history

The ‘Malta Song Festival’ dates back to a small group in 1960, where the ‘Maltese Young Christian Workers’ (YCW) organized the first music festival in the Maltese islands. Soon after, other festivals did the same, with the launch of ‘Sun for Europe’; with its winner representing Malta in the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’. This was followed by the Għanja tal-Poplu ‘People’s Song’, sponsored by the ‘Youth Travel Circle’ (YTC), which is still held every year to this day. This festival has adopted a different style, and until 2016 served as a showcase for Maltese compositions based on social themes.

The Birth of Maltese Music

The Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija (International Maltese Song Festival) was officially born in 1981, with the idea that Maltese music, together with local singers, authors and composers, would achieve international recognition. The main concept of this festival was to encourage singers from other countries to participate with Maltese compositions adapted to their style of music and language. In addition, the festival opened its doors to many local artists, as first, second and third place were always invited to compete in international festivals. There have been times where even non-winning singers have been selected, and some foreign artists have even added Maltese compositions to their CD.

Breaks and splinters

After twenty consecutive years, the Il-‘Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ was abruptly set up in 2002, to the surprise of many festival enthusiasts.

After eleven years this festival returned in 2013, and although it had a minimal budget, it was still well received by local authors, singers and composers. This return was short-lived, as the festival did not continue after that year, except once in July 2016 under the name ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’. L-Għanja tal-Poplu retained the subtitle after that edition but reverted to its previous format without any further developments towards the amalgamation of the two historical strands established by the different contests.

Grand Return

This year, with the support of Prime Minister Dr. Robert Abela and the Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Hon. Dr. José Herrera, the festival will take another turn and will return in a big way. Under the guise of Festivals Malta, the festival with the new name of ‘Mużika Mużika ... Festival Kanzunetta Maltija’ will finally have the value it so much deserves.


To re-strengthen the concept of Maltese Song


To get substantial participation from various established, emerging and emerging authors, composers and singers, and to offer an appropriate and prestigious space where they can exhibit their music


To give a proper and worthy space to the Maltese Song and to our language.


For each song submitted participants are required to include the following:

• A scanned copy of the signed statement for each singer / songwriter, composer, author (s); • A copy of the identity card from the front and back for each singer, group (s), author (s); • Mp3s with song recordings as indicated here: • Track 1 - full song recording including backing track, main singers and backing vocals; • Track 2 - half playback of the song including backing track and backing vocals, without main singer / s; • Track 3 - instrumental - backing track without main singers and without backing vocals; • A copy of the lyrics of the song; • Payment:

o Hand submissions: Check addressed to Festivals Malta; o Online Submissions: Bank transfer to the Festivals Malta account (IBAN: MT09VALL22013000000050003080132). A copy of the bank transaction must be attached to the application as proof of payment.

Songs may be submitted by hand between the twenty-eighth (28) and the thirty (30) of October 2020 between 10:00 a.m. at 4:00 p.m. at the ‘Festivals Malta’ office: Festivals Malta, 13, Europa Centre, Triq John Lopez Il-Furjana

or online on the website Festival.

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