Arts Council Malta announces the launch of the video for L-Għanja tal-Poplu winner Il- Baħħ u Jien

Arts Council Malta (ACM) announces the launch of the video Il-Baħħ u Jien, based on the
song that won L-Għanja tal-Poplu Festival 2023. The video was launched at Pjazza Teatru Rjalas part of an ongoing investment by the Council in voluntary organisations, like L-Għanja tal-Poplu, which offer Maltese musicians the opportunity to express their art while showcasing the Maltese language.

The investment in L-Għanja tal-Poplu is part of the Council’s continued ’s drive to strengthen Malta’s creative and cultural ecology by providing stable support for organisations to plan ahead, grow, and develop in alignment with Strategy 2025, the national strategy for culture.

Il-Baħħ u Jien is written by Natasha Grima, composed by Charlene Grima, and sung by
Christian Arding, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2023. Ray Calleja is the artistic director for
the video. The track, which puts the spotlight on mental health issues faced by men, was an instant hit, racking up 10,000 views on social media within a few days of release. The author was inspired to write the song following “a close personal encounter with a dear one.”

“I was very shocked and saddened by what had happened to my friend. Walking in nature and writing songs helps process my emotions as part of my healing. So, while walking my dog one day I could visualise the events and internally feel the desperation people who try to die by suicide must go through. By the time I got home from my walk I had a song”, Grima said.

L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival is dedicated to original Maltese songs comprising a wide variety of genres and has been a significant platform for showcasing the Maltese language and musical talent over the years. Il-Baħħ u Jien took part in the 48th edition of the event, which saw some 40 semi-finalists present original compositions to the Maltese public.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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