The Malta Independent 22 May 2019, Wednesday

Young Singer wins Ghanja tal-Poplu – Zghazagh

Malta Independent Saturday, 21 May 2005, 00:00 Last update: about 5 years ago

Brooke Borg, who is 13 years old, recently won L-Ghanja tal-Poplu – Zghazagh with the song Maz-Zifna tat-Tfal written by her brother Brendan and composed by Doreen Cardinali. Brooke was accompanied by the group Glitz with choreography by Alistair and Melanie.

This was the time this festival, which has been developed specifically for younger singers, was held.

In second place was Xi Dwejjaq sung by Bianca Casha (written by Rita Pace and Jacqueline Cassar). This song also won the best social theme category as well as the public vote for best interpretation.

Third place went to Jessica Magro who sang Tolleranza (written by Keith Zammit and Andrew Zammit).

The competition started off with 80 songs which were then short-listed to 30. Another judging panel then chose the 15 finalists.

The judges were Prof. Manuel Mifsud, Vince Fabri, Ramon Casha, Isabelle Gatt and Martin Gauci.

The festival, presented by Julie Pomorski, Owen and Daniel, will shortly be shown on Education 22.

The double album CD of the festival is on sale at leading music shops, as well as from YTC, at Lm6.50.

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Brooke Borg has been appearing on TV with her older brother Brendan since the age of four in programmes such as Kikki Riki, Hip Hip Hurrey, Waw on One TV and Bum Bum il-bieb and Kidz Kwizz on PBS.

The first programme Brooke presented by herself was Little Ones on One TV, when she was just six years old.

Two years ago, she was the host of Krejon on PBS and this year she is presenting Tinu, which has also been launched as an educational CDRom.

As a singer, Brooke has won several local and international festivals such as Ruma Piccole Stelle d’Europa in which she not only came first but also won the Premio Simpatia with the song Angeli (written by Augusto Cardinali). Four years ago, she took part in the Golden Magnolia in New Orleans, with the song Sweet Child (again written by Augusto Cardinali), where she won an award for best interpretation.

Italian composer Alberto Flavio Fulgoni and lyricist Dora Vuolo wrote a song for Brooke called Quadretto which was chosen for Microfono D’Oro which will take place on 4 June in Modena.

Six months ago Brooke got together with her friends Alana Paola Bondin, Anthea Dimech, Zoe Camilleri and Bernice Parnis to form the singing and dancing group Glitz. All the choreography is by Alana Paola Bondin, who is only 12 years old.

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