27 June 2017

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Ira Losco, chosen by a panel of professional judges, as well as the general public as Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, has been the main recipient of the coverage encompass the international spectacle in the past couple of days and weeks. As the event nears closer, we are proud to continue a distinguished time honoured tradition in inviting a number of artists from the local music industry to share their views and opinions about the competing entries on each of the 3 evenings. During the 1st semi-final, we are proud to welcome: Karen DeBattista, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with “12, Baker Street”, written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss and also winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with “Jien Ma Naħdimx”, written by Mark Scicluna and Rita Pace and Claudia Faniello, a two-time 1st runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest,…
On the 30th and 31st January 2015, the Catholic Institute in Floriana played host to "Abba, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll" produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Ample media coverage was given to both evenings due to an impressive line-up, one which included none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Debbie Scerri (1997) and Ludwig Galea (2004) whilst also featuring Dorothy Bezzina, Neville Refalo, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Krista Spiteri Lucas, Antonello Persiano, Redent Falzon, Janvil, Kaya and the participation of the Dancel Dance Studio. All the acts were accompanied with the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro Mark Spiteri Lucas. As the title suggests, the show was divided into two (2); “Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Abba”, with both genres attracted a sold-out audience, all of whom were ready for a fun-filled repertoire of classics, most of which they would know by heart. During the 1st act,…
Friday, 01 January 2016 15:02

2015: Reviewing a Successful Year in Music

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Every year brings with it a number of events, festivals and lots of new material that many appreciate and play over and over throughout the year. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com decided to have a look back at the main highlights of 2015, the year in which no Malta Eurovision festival was held because it was held back in late 2014 but other annual competitions keeping the singers busy such as; l-Għanja Tal-Poplu, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the Summer Hit Song Contest and for the very first time a singers competition for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. There were quite a number of events that kept our site busy and also our readers on the lookout for the next event. The year surely started in full swing for Amber who after winning the right to represent Malta in November of 2014, a lot of work was done to ensure that the…
Stunning! One word, commonly used as a phrase to describe perfection. Somewhat rare that I use such language, for those who have come to know me, believe that I am difficult to please. Last night at Rockestra, an annual event held under the auspices of the Office of the President of Malta in support of the Malta Community Chest Fund, I used this word a mere 3 times; for the collective Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, and then for the powerhouse female vocals of Julie Zahra and Raquela. Raquela, a stand-out artist, whose talent has been showcased time-and-time again on the national stage, having been in the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2013 as well as Teatru Unplugged 2013, was the highlight of Rockestra in 2014, performing a duet of "Say Something" with Konrad Pule, originally by A Great…
In Malta, excitement was somewhat contained for the latter months of 2014, with both the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the space of a fortnight. Nevertheless, as this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place over three (3) evenings next week, we have called upon Deo Grech to assess the entries which will be presented in this year's competition. He has not only given his opinion, but also compiled together the points of his panel of guests, some of which have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. Deo Grech is the host of "The Celebrity Night" on F Living. Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta - "I Want Your Love" It’s a pity that the very first song we’re going to listen to at this year’s Eurovision is this track from Moldova. It could have done really well if…
Corazon, a female singer/songwriter who has captivated the local music industry with clean-cut vocals, a crisp diction, and social themes which were thought unforgivable to perform, gave a concert at the Casino Maltese, to an intimate audience of less than 300 people. Musically directed by Dominic Galea, featuring Carlo Bugeja on synthesizer, Walter Vella on flute and saxophone, Simon Sammut on Bass, Jimmy Bartolo on guitar and Samuel Attard on drums and percussion, the show was given life thanks to a specific script, one which supported each given song, as penned down by Trevor Zahra. Mario Micallef, responsible for the artistic direction, and also host, managed to gel the evening together with his with, charm and decadence. Corazon, on point vocally, as always, made it a point to launch two brand new songs, both during the first act of the evening. "Prosit tal-Programm" and "Xelin", whose lyrics have underlying meanings…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:22

2014: Another Year Filled With Successful Stories

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Every year brings with it a number of events, festivals and lots of new material that many appreciate and play over and over throughout the year. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com decided to have a look back at the main highlights of 2014, the year that saw two Malta Eurovision Song Contest competitions, the annual competition l-Għanja Tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest and also the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta. There were quite a number of events that kept our site busy and also our readers on the lookout for the next event. The year started off with Firelight emerging victorious at the Malta Eurovision with their song ‘Coming Home’, the band came together for the Eurovision Song Contest but looked beyond the festival. The Micallef siblings came together along with their friends and gave us the country folk…
Sunday, 30 November 2014 18:22

Discovering Malta: the Magic of Gianluca Bezzina

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What is the Eurovision Song Contest all about? Apparently it is only a song contest with a nationalist side, but I would like to tell you how this worked for me. I am a Spanish guy with a university level education. Until May 2013 my knowledge about Malta was reduced: a small island south of Italy and one of the countries members of the European Union. Little else. Yes, I also knew that its capital is Valletta. Then on 16th May 2013 I was reading some paperwork in front of my TV set at home. It was showing the second night semi‐final of the Eurovision Song Contest. At some point a song called my attention and I put my eyes on the screen: I saw a smiling young guy singing a rather cute (and fresh) song. When it ended I found out that the singer was called Gianluca, the song…
Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:55

Malta: Awe Inspiring Local Tune for August

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And here we are, presenting to you all another monthly Maltese awe-inspiring tune. Riflessi (Reflections), sung by Karen DeBattista and composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss is my next choice following Tema 79, reviewed in July. This song participated in last year’s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Although it did not make it to the very top, it was surely a magnificent stepping stone for DeBattista, following her triumph in this year’s Għanja tal-Poplu with Jien ma Naħdimx (literally, I don’t work). The song’s vocab at the very beginning is predominantly marine and this reminds me of the first seconds of another successful song penned by Calleja Bayliss, Poeta Bla Kliem (Lost Muse), with words like nixxiegħa (spring), ilma (water), fond (depth) and riflessi (reflections) all related to water. She finds herself stepping in this spring without managing to catch a glimpse of her own reflection, an…
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:12

Malta: Davinia Shares Sizzling Tunes for July

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present a monthly blog written by Davinia, a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, and currently one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Since emerging onto the local music scene back in 2011 with "Bottled My Teardrops", a number #1 hit on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, she has been working in the studio night and day, doing what she enjoys doing the best. With her latest single "Ouch!" composed by Carlo Gerada with lyrics by Matthew Mercieca, Davinia has managed to peak at number #3 whilst maintaining a top ten position for more than a month, signalling that she is still well into form with a bright future ahead. July!! What a busy month it has been, especially with the seasonal plans to move to the United States of America.…
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