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#InTheMood with Leone Goes Pop

Englisch: 7 days on from the Leone Goes Pop concert, and the event is still pretty much the talk of the town. Everywhere you go, people are still speaking about it; about the music, about the singers, about the decorations, the animators and of course, about the Leone Band!

7 days on and we are coming to terms with what actually happened last Saturday in Independence Square – It-Tokk – home to the most successful of concert bands in Gozo. It-Tokk has hosted all of the 7 editions and so it has done this year as well – of course – with the audience overflowing and pouring into the surrounding streets where in the lack of organized seating, it just went wild, straight into a mood of partying and dancing.

Yes! The seated ones (surpassing a thousand) were swinging on their chairs, while the standing ones (who no one dared trying to count them) could be seen dancing the night. People were dancing in Republic Street; they were dancing in the corner next to the narrow streets; they were dancing closer to the fish market; they were dancing anywhere… simply because everyone was in the mood.

DANUSAN (Daniel and Sander) set the right tone from the beginning when they started animating the show. That is how we got to know that the production was ‘international’ by far more than the national flags that flew above the audience. We had people from Greece, from Poland, Ireland, the UK, Italy, France and South Africa… and those were at least, those who spoke up. Of course we had people coming over from Malta and our most beloved and loyal supporters.

the Leone Band secured another successful production of its trademark pop concert. After almost two hours non-stop, the audience was still craving for more – something with the Leone Band pledges to do – on July 22 in Marsalforn.

In this setting, the Leone Band found its place on the huge stage and as the TVM cameras started recording, it kicked off the 7th edition of Leone Goes Pop. It had a very varied and entertaining line-up balancing well between showpieces for the band and sung numbers. The opening tune was the theme Brazil which set the mood and spirit of the upcoming World Cup finals in Brazil. Then, the Leone Band started Santana, a portrait and continued with Shakira’s Waka Wakasung by Raquela and Wake Me Up sung by Chris Grech. The next band item was Buongiorno Italia, featuring a number of popular Italian songs, that was followed by Sway, sung by Raquela and conducted by Assistant Conductor Josef Debrincat, following a mock ‘injury’ by Colin Attard. More comic relief came with the rendition of Viva Malta during which the comperes lent their microphones to the members of the audience who stood on its feet as it cried “Malta!!!” Raquela came with another contemporary hit; Titanium, while Chris Grech teamed up with soprano Claire Caruana and excelled in a smashing hit by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe, Barcelona.

Leone Goes Pop Album IconThe Leone Band continued with a Beatles medley before Chris Grech was again partnered, this time by Raquela in the immortal song Un Estate Italiana to the delight of many many Italian-football fans who sang wholeheartedly “Notti Magiche…” The final showpiece for the Leone Band was In The Miller Mood – the medley that branded the whole concert, but not only that. This was the medley that raised the bar for the Leone Band. With its rendition, the Leone Band earned more honorable respect amongst band aficionados. Everyone who is into this kind of business knows pretty well how this piece is not everyone’s piece of cake. It might have not been the Leone band’s own piece of cake a few years back, but with – over and above – a decade of experience as the forerunners in contemporary band music has seen the Leone Band making quantum leaps ahead in quality, style and grace.

The concert was officially rounded up with a rendition of We Are The World, during which singers Chris Grech, Raquela and Claire Caruana were joined by a chorus of young children in their football kits spreading the message that sporting events such as the one we are ushering, are there to unite us in one voice, one heart and one soul.

With that little bit of sentimental emotion, the Leone Band headed into a final party as Emi Vella on saxophone started the familiar theme, David Portelli on the trumpet sustained it and Mario Vella, Kurt Azzopardi and Josef Schembri confirmed it on the steel tanks that it was time for partying mode with Carnival de Paris(and fireworks), Volare (and 2 metres balloons) and again Brazil (and Brazilian dancers (sic!)).

The ambience, the spectacle, the company… everything that was present in It-Tokk was conducive to sheer entertainment and the audience was so pleased that contrary to what customarily happens on such occasions, the audience stayed there in the square when the concert was over.

Thanks to a great team of volunteers and a selection of generous sponsors who show their trust in the Leone product and put their money where their mouth is, the Leone Goes Pop was an incomparable success. Thanks to Citadel Insurance, Farsons, Puma-Errea, Ta’ Dirjanu, Dukes Café, Arkadia, Palazzo Antonin, Café Royal, Café Jubilee, Vassallo Jewellers, Visions Opticians, Red Café, David's Bakery, AEL Car Rentals, the MTA, the Ministry for Gozo, the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government and the Victoria Local Council, the 7th edition of Leone Goes Pop becomes another feather in our cap that we can righteously flaunt.

We had been asking our audience to choose its favourite colours and fly them high, and that is what we, the Leone Band would be doing – sporting the Leone Goes Pop as the colour that distinguishes us and sets us apart, and fly it higher and higher, setting the mood for more successes to come!

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