26 August 2016

Malta: Opportunity of a Lifetime for Youngsters

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, producers of the television programme ‘The Entertainers’ on NET Television have recently announced that they will be organising the 2nd edition of The Entertainers Singing Challenge whereby young singers, and adolescents will be showing off their vocal skills whilst accompanied by the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro Mark Spiteri Lucas. The amended rules and regulations denote two (2) different categories; A (singers between 9 and 12 years old) and B (singers between 13 and 16 years old). Each of the participants will be asked to perform a song of his choosing in front of a panel of expert judges who will be responsible for 100% of the final result. A seperate prize will be given to the winner of the SMS vote. The singers who get through to the final phase of “The Entertainers Singing Challenge” might be asked to trake part in any events organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment or any other entities. The idea is that opportunities increase. For more information about participation, send an email to


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KKI 2016: The Songs through to the Final Phase

In the aftermath of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, the attention of the local music scene quickly turns to the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, another music competition which features original songs in Maltese, capping a successful series of months for our national language. This year’s edition of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be returning back to it’s home-base on The Granaries in Floriana, noting that 12 months ago, the festival was staged at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, something of a rare occasion. 23 entries will be sung on stage, but prior to that, there are still some eliminatory phases which need to be held, first starting off with the “Talent Żgħażugħ” category from which 3 songs will be chosen through a mixture of tele-voting (40%) and expert jury voting (60%). Those competing are as follows: 01. “Illum” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Sarah Camilleri (5230 2090) 02. “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Shaun Zaffarese (5230 2091) 03. “Kantali Waħda” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Matthias Brancaleone (5230 2092) 04. “Pittura” (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) – Cynthia Zaffarese (5230 2093) 05. “Tama” (Dominic Cini / Alison Ellul) – Christabelle Cuschieri (5230 2094) 06. “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) – Roberta Sacco (5230 2095) 07. “Bejn Ħalltejn” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila / Clifton Casha) – Kylie Grixti (5230 2096) 08. “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Josuel Grech (5230 2097) 09. “Jien Min Jien” (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) – Sherona Debono (5230 2098) 10. “Mhux Bħal Darí” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Charlene Mercieca Magro (5230 2099) 3 songs have also been shortlisted with the “Talent Stabbilit” category yet will be requiring the full support of the public at home, noting that during the second phase of the competition these songs originally ranked between 21st and 23rd. Those competing are as follows: 01. Speċjali (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) – Aidan Cassar (5230 2051) 02. Jien Lilek Irrid (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) – Jillianne Camilleri (5230 2052) 03. Xemx fiż-Żerniq (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Janice Mangion (5230 2053) The rest of the field, therefore 20 in total features acts who have taken part in other national competitions such as the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” and also “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Jr”. Those competing are as follows: 01. “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) – Dario Bezzina (5230 2070) 02. “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) – Dorcas Debono (5230 2071) 03. “Fjura Li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) – Laura Bruno (5230 2072) 04. “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) – Grecia Bezzina (5230 2073) 05. “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Danica Muscat (5230 2074) 06. “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) – Dominic & Ina (5230 2075) 07. “Wasal Iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Neville Refalo (5230 2076) 08. “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Dwett (5230 2077) 09. “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri lucas / Joe Chircop) – Kaya (5230 2078) 10. “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) – Domenique (5230 2079) 11. “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) – Sebastian Calleja (5230 2080) 12. “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Clive Muscat (5230 2081) 13. “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) – Kurt Galea (5230 2082) 14. “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Joseph Refalo (5230 2083) 15. “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Odessa Ann Green (5230 2084) 16. “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) – Karen DeBattista (5230 2085) 17. “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) – K4 (5230 2086) 18. “Riħ Mil-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) – Jessica Magro (5230 2087) 19. “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Sarah Bonnici (5230 2088) 20. “Saltna Fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) – Amulet (5230 2089) On the right hand side to each competing entry, there is a number which duly corresponds to the televoting portion of the competition. In the “Talent Stabbilit”, the televoting winner is handed out as a seperate award, but the other sections have different rules and regulations as stated above. This year’s “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be taking place on Monday 19th September, and is organised under the auspices of Media.Link Communications. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: NET Television You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP – FKM 2016: Youth and Experience Triumphant

On the 7th and 9th July, the semi-final and grand final of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted on stage by Sean Buhagiar and supported off stage by comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask, and Gilbert Camilleri, not to mention the tidbit interviews conducted by Josephine Ebejer Grech prior to each entry, with the lyricists. The evening was a true celebration of our national language, through the medium of song, noting that special guests included none other than: Kantilena, the second runners-up of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2012 who have recently published their debut album; John Bundy, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 1995 with “Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws”, a song written by Martin Attard and Ecca Muscat, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with “Ġismi”, a song written by Matthew and Mark Pellicano. A professional jury heard the songs on multiple occasions, before given the chance to listen and view each competing entry live on stage, and at the end of the evening, the results were as follows; Best Teenage Talent: Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk” – Jurgen Xerri (Paul Ellul, Glen Vella) Best Singer/Songwriter: Corazon Mizzi for “X’Se Jsir? Best Social Theme: Paul Ellul for “Ta’ Billejl Best Interpretation: Il-Biża’ u Jien” – Nadine Fenech (Rita Pace, Pamela Bezzina) Third Place:Mellisni” – Mikaela Bajada (Joe Chircop, Mark Spiteri Lucas) Second Place: Ta’ Billejl” – Neville Refalo (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas) First Place: X’Se Jsir?” – Corazon (Corazon Mizzi) On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 144 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene. Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP – FKM 2016: 12 Acts Chosen for the Final

On the 7th July, a truly hot summer’s evening, 18 credible performers took to the stage of Pjazza Teatru Rjal as participants of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. This year, under a different light and perspective was the fact that 17 of the 18 songs were accompanied by the PBS Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and the co-ordination of Mro Paul Abela. The result was exceptional, and here’s to hoping that the festival will continue to grow in the same manner in the years to come. The participants knew that at the end of the evening, their fate rested completely on the weight of five professional jury members, who aim was to reduce the field by 6. Their selection was made, and 12 acts have now been chosen to compete in the final. 01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo 02. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri 03. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis 04. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat 05. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada 06. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique 07. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech 08. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine 09. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa 10. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon 11. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono 12. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri Hosted by Sean Buhagiar, and supported off stage by the comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask and Gilbert Camilleri, the evening was organized to extreme professionalism, even incorporating the special guests into the thematic use of Maltese, noting that the Gozitan band ‘The Travellers’ were on hand to provide the public with some of their original work.  Be sure to tune into TVM this Saturday 9th July for the grand final of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. We would like to wish all of the acts a very Good Luck! Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Opportunity of a Lifetime for Youngsters

KKI 2016: The Songs through to the Final Phase

GħTP – FKM 2016: Youth and Experience Triumphant

GħTP – FKM 2016: 12 Acts Chosen for the Final

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