As the EuroPride Valletta 2023 event draws closer, the official anthem titled ‘We Got Pride’ has been unveiled, encapsulating the essence of this historic occasion. The song serves as a tribute to Malta’s journey in recent years, shedding light on the path towards embracing diversity and unity, regardless of one’s identity or nationality.
‘We Got Pride’ celebrates the idea that love can never be wrong. The anthem marks a shift towards societies that recognise the importance of diversity, and how our nation proudly welcomes the prospect of coexisting harmoniously. Malta stands as a testament to progress, demonstrating that diverse individuals, whether LGBTQ+ or not, can live together in harmony, strength, resilience, and mutual respect.
The mastermind behind the anthem’s lyrics, Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, explains that the song serves as a reminder of Malta’s advancements in the realm of human rights and how far the nation has come in embracing the contributions of all individuals. He emphasises that the anthem carries a powerful sentiment that resonates with the country’s collective journey towards inclusivity and acceptance.
Elton Zarb, the composer of the anthem, highlights how the music reflects the coming together of the Maltese and Gozitan people for a grand celebration in September. Zarb expresses his honour in contributing to the anthem, aiming to transmit the desires and aspirations of the people through the song while celebrating the essence of choice and freedom.
The official version of the EuroPride anthem features the voices of six prominent Maltese artists – Glen Vella, Amber, Matt Black, Brooke, Ryan Hili, and Destiny. However, the anthem is not just about these voices; it’s about the collaborative spirit that will come to life during the four days of the EuroPride celebration, involving even more artists from Malta and beyond.
Rebecca Buttigieg, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, applauded the release of the official EuroPride anthem as yet another step forward in the ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive and accepting society. She highlighted the preparations that are underway and the significance of the event, stating that EuroPride is not only a celebration of achievements but also an opportunity to advocate for rights across Europe.
Maria Azzopardi, President of the Allied Rainbow Communities, emphasised that the main goals of EuroPride Valletta 2023 are to bring together our vast and vibrant communities that proudly showcase the world how we truly are – open-hearted, welcoming, and respectful. She expressed excitement for the anthem’s release, which features various local artists coming together to symbolise the country’s dedication to love and acceptance.