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‘Kewkba’- The Star

All about the guy behind the light

 

Last Saturday was the day the whole of Malta, 92% of the households to be exact, gathered in front of the TV to watch the most prominent music competition in Malta, The Malta Eurovision Song Contest, in which the entry for the actual Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Ukraine in May, is chosen. This was the night the country listened to its local talent to vote for the song which would best represent Malta in a few months time. Facebook was buzzing as various groups dedicated to this contest where alight with comments on the singers, what they wore, their performance, the songs, their meaning and their sound.

Emil Calleja Bayliss - ESE MaltaESE was present too with our very own Emil Calleja Bayliss, a young, talented song writer who penned entry no. 11, ‘Kewkba’ / ˈkəʊwbʌ/ along with composer Mark Scicluna. This was a bold submission as the song was written entirely in Maltese instead of the customary English language. It was the first time in 45 years that a song in Maltese made it to the final night of the contest to represent Malta. Early attempts included both our official languages, Maltese and English. It took courage and a great team to put forward ‘Kewkba’ and by Jove did they deliver.

The singer, Janice Mangion, gave a flawless performance as she sang with her heart not only her voice. The audience in the concert hall was visibly moved by her outstanding rendition, so much so it was the only song which received a standing ovation on the night.

Janice MangionThis was Janice’s first experience competing in the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but those who follow the local music scene know her well as she has participated in many other national competitions. In addition, she forms part of the Animae Gospel Choir which is made up of the best talent in Malta including former Eurovision Song Contest participants.

Emil works within the Academic Team at ESE as the Academic Administrative Assistant. He is the first person you meet when you come to the Academic Department. He is the man you approach when you need assistance with your classes or course material among other things. He is a little OCD and keeps us, the other members of the Academic Team, on track with our paperwork and ensures our resources (as well as our desks!) are organised.

When he is not at school, Emil writes songs in both English and Maltese and has successfully competed in many local competitions even winning first place in the Summer Hit Song Contest in 2014. ‘Kewkba’ was his fifth entry in the Maltese Eurovision Song Contest, but only his second song which made it to the finals. This together with celebrating the Maltese language through song makes achieving second place an even sweeter result for him.

But let’s go back to his song which placed second at the contest losing out to the talented Claudia Faniello with her song ‘Breathlessly’ by only 452 votes. The song is dedicated to the guiding force, whether a family member, a friend, a lover, whether in person or in spirit, which is present in our lives especially during the hardest times to see us through our darkest moments. Click here to read the translation of the song https://www.facebook.com/janice.mangion.official/[…]

And click here to watch the wonderful live performance of ‘Kewkba’:

We couldn’t be happier for Emil and his team, except if his song had won of course, and we truly wish that ‘Kewkba’ goes very far to be appreciated beyond the borders of our small island nation.

About the author – Michela Formosa has been the Director of Studies at ESE since 2009 and has been active in the industry for the past 20 years both as a teacher and a teacher trainer. In addition, she was a speaker at the ELT Conferences in Malta as well as the Eaquals Conference in Malaga in 2015. In October 2015, Michela received the Inspiring ELT Professional Award 2015 at the 4th Malta ELT Conference.

 

Focus on Fluency

  • household (n) – a group of people living in the same house
  • prominent (adj) – well known and important
  • buzzing (adj) – busy and full of energy
  • alight (adj) – with excitement
  • composer (n) – a person who writes music
  • bold (adj) – brave, courageous
  • flawless (adj) – perfect, without mistakes
  • standing ovation – when people at a show or event stand up and clap for a performance because they liked it very much
  • sweet (adj) – used to show that something is very good or special

 

Michela Formosa with her family Author: Michela Formosa

About the Author:  Michela Formosa has been the Director of Studies at ESE since 2009 and has been active in the industry for the past 18 years both as a teacher and a teacher trainer. In addition, she was a speaker at the ELT Conferences in Malta as well as the Eaquals Conference in Malaga in 2015. In October 2015, Michela received the Inspiring ELT Professional Award 2015 at the 4th Malta ELT Conference.