A Christmas CD compilation by the name of Ħelu Bambin was launched during a concert at the Catholic Insitute in Floriana that featured some of Malta’s most well known singers.
Essentially picking up where the 2011, Christmas single Ħelu Bambin left off, the concept now has been expanded into a full-length album.
The album seeks to convey the true spirit of Christmas to the Maltese people, namely that this is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and that this event is much more important than the commercial aspect that is given way too much focus.
It is this sentiment that had inspired the single released two years ago, and its writer, Fr Gorg Ocar Buttigieg, has been working hard ever since to complete this collection of songs that represents what christmas is truly about.
As one expects, the featured songs are all based around a religious aspect. There are 21 tracks in all, including three originals. The rest are popular international songs for which Maltese lyrics inspired by the true meaning of this great feast have been purposely written.
The list of singers featured on the CD is rather extensive, and includes many top names from the local music scene, among them Chiara, Enzo Gusman, Georgina, Ivan grech, Ludwig Glaea, Mary Spiteri, Kike Spiteri, Corazon, Miriam Christine, Andrew Zammit, Charles Dalli, Charlot Bartolo, Debbie Scerri, Morena, Chorus Urbanus, Deborah G, Eleonor Cassar, Luisiana Bartolo, Janvil, Nadine bartolo, Paul Giordimaina, Renato, Richard Edwards, Victorio Gauci and Michelle Mifsud.
The message is is quite evident throughout the album, such as for example on O Siġra tal-Milied which tranforms the original version’s pagan aspects into a monument of the Lord, not just a tree under which we plaece our gifts, but a reminder that the Messiah is about to be born.
In similar fashion, the words to Qniepen Ġmiel have been altered to retain the real person inspiration behind the character of Santa Claus who is more or less the personification of the materialistic aspectt that has taken over Christmas.
The CD can be collected against a doantion form Emmaus in B’Kara and RTK Studios Blata l-Bajda.
All proceeds will go toward Id-Dar tal-Providenza.