02 October 2016

Malta: Janice Mangion Lifts Lid on Debut Single

Janice Mangion, one of Malta’s leading vocalists, a solo singer in her own right, and also a member of the Animae Gospel Choir has recently launched her debut single, an r’n’b soul ballad with a pulsing beat entitled “Burnin”, composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the initial stages of the creative process, Janice sought a meaningful message, one which helps those who find themselves in moments of despair, thinking that their faith has abandoned them completely. This, accompanied by her soulful voice creates an exceptionally beautiful song. Aiding in the recorded was the talented Angela Spiteri who provided a strong backing vocal. “Burnin”, which is available from streaming and purchase on all major digital platforms has been released through CAP Sounds, a record label based in Germany with full distribution handled by Universal Music Germany. Manfred Holz of the aforementioned company stated ‘Janice has an incredible vocal range which we are proud to represent, and we believe that “Burnin” showcases her talent in the best possible way’.  In support of the single, which was officially released on Friday 23rd September, Janice Mangion and her team, led by Marc Calleja Bayliss of Ironic PR & Artist Management thought it best to work on a lyric video, commissioning visionaries Angie and Duane Laus, with the result officially made public on Thursday 29th September. You can steam or purchase the song, or else view the lyric video through either Janice Mangion’s Official Facebook or Twitter pages or else on: http://janicemangion.believeband.com. Janice Mangion would like to thank everyone who has supported the release of this song from day one, and would like to thank her team of sponsors, and also the media outlets who have been in touch to help in any way. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene. Source: Press Release "Burnin" - Lyric Video Whoa! :O HERE it is ♡ Months of hard #work and labour is now #online ♫ "Burnin", composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss


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KKI 2016: Dario Bezzina Emerges as the Winner

It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina. Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below. 24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa 23rd place: “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Josuel Grech 22nd place: “Saltna fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Amulet 21st place: “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) - Dominic u Ina 20th place: “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Dwett 19th place: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar 18th place: “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) - Domenique 17th place: “Riħ mill-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro 16th place: “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Joseph Refalo 15th place: “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) - Roberta Sacco 14th place: “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) - Kurt Galea 13th place: “Fjura li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) - Laura Bruno 12th place: “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Sebastian Calleja 11th place: “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono 10th place: “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) - K4 09th place: “Vittorja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese 08th place: “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat 07th place: “Wasal iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Neville Refalo 06th place: “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Clive Muscat 05th place: “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) - Grecia Bezzina 04th place: “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici   Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar   03rd place: “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) - Karen DeBattista 02nd place: “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kaya 01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene. Source: NET Television, escflashmalta.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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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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