WATCH: Philip Vella wins 43rd edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu
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Report: Antonia Micallef
Veteran singer-composer Philip Vella of Mellieha has won the 43rd edition of the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival of Maltese song with the song Il-Verita’. The finalist songs were accompanied by a live orchestra at the Pjazza Teatru Rjal.
Il-Verita’ was interpreted by Philip Vella who also wrote the lyrics.
The song relates to a situation in which everyone, at one time or another, was a victim of a lie. At times, many people may have hurt others with a lie. The song suggests that when we use the communication means we tell the truth so that we are trusted.
Sixteen songs participated at the Saturday final evening of the Għanja tal-Poplu festival after being selected from 111 submissions. The finalist songs, judged by a team of Maltese personalities, were accompanied by the Malta Concert Orchestra composed of 40 musicians under the direction of Conductors Joe Brown and Paul Abela.
The song ‘Tfewwaħ’, interpreted and with lyrics by Cherylis, placed second and also won the award for best singer-songwriter.
‘Minn Kajfas Għal Għand Pilatu’ interpreted and written by Rachell Lowell was third. The song also won the award for the best original song.
The best interpretation award went to Janice Mangion with the song ‘Għadu Mhux il-Waqt’.
Singers Mike Spiteri and Hooligan were honoured with the award ‘Gieħ l-għanja li tibqa’ as a recognition for their contribution to the Maltese song. The festival was transmitted live on TVM2.