WATCH: The song “Mhux kulma jleqq deheb” wins l-Għanja tal-Poplu Festival
“Mhux kulma jleqq deheb”, (“Not All That Glitters is Gold”), a song sung by Michela Galea, has won the Festival “L-Għanja tal-Poplu” (“Song of the People”) that was held yesterday evening at the Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta. The Festival is a celebration of Maltese song.
On a summer’s evening with temperatures slightly cooler, the Pjazza Teatru Rjal held the 42nd edition of this Festival which aims to profile the quality of Maltese song.
First place went to the song “Mhux kulma jleqq deheb” sung by Michela Galea, words by Emil Calleja Bayliss and Renato Briffa’s music. The song reflects that sometimes appearances are deceptive and something that seems to glitter may in reality be greatly different. It also emphasises that to achieve success one has to be dedicated to work towards achieving one’s targets.
Second place went to “Mhux kif ħsibt” interpreted by Dwett, while third placed was “Allura” sung by Philip Vella.
Among other awards, the meritorious “L-Għanja li Tibqà” went to Maestro Paul Abela for his contribution spanning 50 years on the Malta music scene. In yesterday’s Festival finals, Abela, together with Maestro Joe Brown, directed the Malta Concert Orchestra made up of 40 musicians. The audience greatly enjoyed interpretations by Georgina and Roger Tirazona of excerpts from songs composed by Paul Abela over the years including very well known songs like “Kemm hu sabiħ”, “Tfajjel ċkejken”, “Tema” and “L-Aħħar Bidwi f’Wied il-Għasel”.