The Malta Independent 1 June 2023, Thursday
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'Sabiħa’ is the winning song at Mużika Mużika's third edition

Sunday, 26 March 2023, 09:12 Last update: about 3 months ago

The song 'Sabiħa' performed by Gianluca Bezzina, which was composed by Philip Vella and written by Joe Julian Farrugia, has won the third edition of Mużika Mużika.

The third edition of Mużika Mużika ended after three nights of Maltese music. This year, the festival had a total of around 300,000 viewers across the three shows and around 6,500 attendees.

The song 'Jekk Mhux Int', performed by Drakard and Lisa Gauci, written by Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed by Cyprian Cassar, ranked second, and the song 'M'hawnx Bħalek', performed by Jasmine Abela, written by Philip Vella and composed by Glen Vella, ranked third. During the festival, Maestro Ryan Paul Abela was also recognised for Best Musical Arrangement, and Jasmin Abela won the Best Interpretation award. 


Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government, Owen Bonnici, said that the Mużika Mużika festival celebrates the beauty of the Maltese language.

 Minister Bonnici expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in making this event an unforgettable experience and especially to those who achieved success in this edition.

 "We are determined to continue building on these achievements to provide extraordinary experiences for Maltese and Gozitan families while also providing opportunities for our artists and composers," Minister Bonnici said.

Festivals Malta Chairman Aaron Zahra said that he is extremely satisfied with the festival's great success. "Festivals Malta has once again exceeded all expectations. We saw a production of the highest level, which could not have been possible without the hard workers at Festivals Malta, the team of technicians, collaborators, and artists who worked hard for several months to make this festival a success. As the national agency for festivals, we are committed to continue raising the level of our festivals and events to reach new goals every year. Now it's time to continue working on the upcoming summer festivals; we have an exciting calendar of events that will surely appeal to everyone's tastes."

 "Through Mużika Mużika, Festivals Malta is investing in our heritage by enriching the repertoire of Maltese music with a contribution of 20 new songs every year. This makes me proud because Festivals Malta is being an ambassador for our beautiful language. I would like to thank everyone who in one way or another contributed to this festival", added Festivals Malta CEO Annabelle Stivala.

Mużika Mużika Chairman Raymond Bugeja said, "The level of the songs was phenomenal this year. The commitment and professionalism of the artists, composers, and authors were evident throughout the festival. The Maltese talent is truly astounding, and we really have something to be proud of."

Artistic Director Paul Abela said: "We had a spectacular show during the past three days. The standard keeps rising every year, and I could not be prouder of this year's talented singers, composers, and authors. I wish to congratulate all the artists, especially this year's winner. I will anxiously await the next edition, which will surely be a phenomenal one."

The winning songs are:




Singer: Gianluca Bezzina

Composer: Philip Vella

Author: Joe Julian Farrugia

Monetary Prize: €20,000




Singer: Drakard u Lisa Gauci

Composer: Cyprian Cassar

Author: Emil Calleja Bayliss

Monetary Prize: €10,000




Singer: Jasmine Abela

Composer: Glen Vella

Author: Philip Vella

Monetary Prize: €5,000




Arrangement: Ryan Paul Abela

Singer: Mark Micallef Costa

Composer: Mark Micallef Costa

Author: Mark Micallef Costa




Singer: Jasmine Abela

Composer: Glen Vella

Author: Philip Vella


The monetary prizes will be presented in a separate ceremony later on.


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