In a matter of just one year, Mużika Mużika has cemented itself as one of Malta’s favourite song competitions, particularly for its celebration of the Maltese language in musical form. Next year’s edition looks to be another blockbuster celebration of Maltese music, welcoming a number of new musical acts to the fold along with some familiar local artists. On Sunday, the 2022 semifinalists were announced after passing from an elimination phase during the live auditions.
Seven jury members judged a whopping 170 submissions, with each judge evaluating the tracks in detail and boiling it down to just 35 entries. Those entries were then performed live together with a backing track at the Valletta Campus Theatre, where 20 semifinalists were chosen.
Mużika Mużika chairman Raymond Bugeja expressed how difficult it was for the judges to choose just 20 semifinalists, going on to highlight the diversity of each and every track. The semifinalist songs are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Aħjar Hekk Inkella Agħar – Artists: MARA, Composer: Philip Vella, Author: Emil Calleja Bayliss
Bla Tarf – Artist: Kurt Calleja, Composers: Kurt Calleja, Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur and Peter Borg, Author: Kurt Calleja
Dak Kien Żmien – Artists: Mykill ft. Lyndsay and Kalakku, Composer: Michael Cini, Authors: Matthew Attard
Fittixni – Artist: Victoria Sciberras, Composer: Gilbert ‘Bibi’ Camilleri, Author: Lon Kirkop
Għal Dejjem – Artist: Norbert Bondin, Composer: Peter Borg, Author: Norbert Bondin
Ġmielek – Artist: Claudia Faniello, Composer: Philip Vella, Author: Joe Julian Farrugia
Ħlomt Li – Artists: Bernie & Pod and Fiona Cauchi, Composers: Bernard Bonnici and Matteo Depares, Author: Ivan Farrugia
Idek F’Idi – Artist: Kelly Marie Cassar Hili, Composer: Kelly Marie Cassar Hili, Authors: Janice Debattista
Il-Mużika u Jien – Artist: Nicole Frendo, Composer: George Curmi, Author: Hilda Curmi
Jien l-Artist – Artist: Cherylis, Composer: Pamela Bezzina, Author: Pamela Bezzina
Kenn – Artist: Cheryl Camilleri, Composer: Joseph Axiak, Author: Joseph Axiak
Kewkba Feġġejja– Artist: Gaia Cauchi, Composer: Elton Zarb, Awtur: Stephen Baldacchino
Mewġ– Artists: Bloodline, Composers: Glen Vella and Elton Zarb, Awturi: Edwin Balzan, Julia Balzan and Samira Cauchi
Mil-Lenti Tiegħi – Artist: Joseph Refalo, Composer: Pamela Bezzina, Author: Pamela Bezzina
Minn Taħt l-Ilsien – Artists: Avenue Sky, Composer: Pamela Bezzina, Author: Pamela Bezzina
Ossiġnu – Artists: Danica Muscat and Kapitlu Tlettax, Composer: Cyprian Cassar, Joseph Mario Calleja Authors: Joseph Mario Calleja and Emil Calleja Bayliss
Purgatorju – Artists: Oxygyn, Composers: Zack Camilleri, Janelle Borg and Luke Camilleri, Author: Kurt Abela
Tgħidlix Għalfejn – Artist: Kyle George, Composer: Cyprian Cassar, Author: Clifton Casha
Tkun ‘L Hawn Għaddi – Artists: Kantera, Composer: Elton Zarb, Author: Joe Julian Farrugia
Wennisni – Artist: Franklin Calleja, Composer: Cyprian Cassar, Author: Emil Calleja Bayliss
…but wait there’s more. The winner of Mużika Mużika l-Vjaġġ ikompli will be announced and they will join the other participants during the festival which will be held between the 24th and 26th March 2022.
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