Popular Maltese singer-songwriter Mario Debono has launched a crowdfunding campaign on local platform Zaar to help him produce NOLI, a CD collection of his best songs, performed entirely in Maltese.
Debono hopes that NOLI will give Maltese music-lovers the chance to enjoy timeless, locally-connected songs. “This is a CD collection of 18 songs written in beautiful Maltese, which are suitable for every age and have an artistic value that withstands the test of time,” he says. “While the songs are all original, fresh, and address today’s social themes, they are also built around the tonality of the Maltese language, and so are a contribution to Maltese culture.”
With a lifetime of experience as a singer and songwriter, Mario Debono is a five-time winner of the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival, has featured in multiple CDs published by YTC, and was a finalist to become the Malta entry for the 6th European Union Cyprus and Malta Song Festival. In NOLI, Debono’s original songs vary in style and explore diverse themes such as family, pastimes, fraud, refugees, faith, and the Maltese language itself, but are all intrinsically-linked to Maltese modern culture.
Joining the project’s main sponsor, Transcripta Multilingual Translations, the crowdfunding campaign aims to cover the production costs of the NOLI CD and video. The Zaar campaign’s funding goal of €3,800 will primarily be used for the recording, mixing and mastering of the songs, and the manufacture of the CDs including all photography, artwork and printing.
While some of the campaign’s funds are also required to cover the CD’s launch and the NOLI title song promotional video, Debono has pledged that any remaining funds raised will be donated to id-Dar tal-Providenza.
While backers to the campaign will be supporting Maltese music and artists, they will also receive one of a series of attractive rewards for their contribution. With just a €10 donation, they will receive a NOLI CD and booklet, and for €20, it will also be signed. With a €30 pledge, the backer’s name will be printed in the booklet and, for €40, they will also be invited to the CD’s launch event and drinks, concert, and press conference. Those who contribute €50 to the campaign can expect all the above as well as an invitation to an exclusive masterclass.
Meanwhile, companies that donate €100 will have their logo printed on the CD and cover, while, with a €150 donation, can also have a banner displayed at related events. The package also includes the company logo printed in the booklet, with a €200 contribution.
Visitors are invited to see www.zaar.com.mt/projects/noli/ to make a donation or for further information about the NOLI crowdfunding campaign.