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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, “See You Later, Alligator” sung by Kaya & Michela Galea, was clearly a highlight with sultry vocals and plenty of drama for the public to enjoy. On the other hand, during the 2nd act, which was purely based on the songs of the 1974 winning group from Sweden, it was all about “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” sung by all the ladies who were a part of the show.

A notable mention to the Children’s Choir, directed by Neville Refalo, whose harmonies and skills were clearly showcased throughout the entirety of the show.

The lead vocalists are essential and prominent in every show of Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, but one has to point out that they were supported by three (3) female backing vocalists; Marie Claire, Abigail Critien and Michela Galea all of whom played a role in ensemble performers, with the latter performer also having a duet with Kaya during the first act.

The rising star, winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2014, is currently also starring as a resident backing vocalist during The Entertainers, a variety show which airs every Saturday night on NET Television. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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On Saturday 26th September, the 6th edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest took place at the City Theatre in Valletta, signalling the beginning of a new trend for the European Capital City of Culture 2018, with two (2) events in a short space of three (3) weeks occurring just a couple of metres away from one another.

The local competition, featuring a total of 20 participating entries, 19 of which qualified on merit, and 1 which won the right to compete following the triumph in last years' tele-voting, all competed for six (6) different trophies; 1st, 2nd, 3rd as chosen by the professional jury, 1st in the Duet Phase, first 1st in the Maltese Song Phase, and 1st in tele-voting.

Hosted by Deo Grech, under the hospices of F Living Channel, who will be airing the competition on Saturday 3rd October at 8:30 pm, the event went without a hitch, noting that each participant gave his utmost on the stage, rewarding the audience present with an eventful evening. The professional members of the jury was made up of; Norman Cristina, Josephine Ebejer Grech, Natasha Turner, and Rosman Pace, all of whom have a background in music, whether in composition or lyrics.

Televoting Award: "Dangerous" (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

Best Duet: "Bounce Back" (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea & Janvil

Best Maltese Song: "Għanja" (Walter Vella / Mark Attard / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Michela Galea

3rd Place: "Amour" (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat

2nd Place: "Bounce Back" (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea

1st Place: "Tabula Rasa" (Augusto Cardinali / Julie Pomorski / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 16 participants who made this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Deo Grech, as well as F Living Channel namely, Karl and Romina Bonaci for their continuous support. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living, escflashmalta.com

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:53

Malta: Charity Song features Ensemble of Stars

In the past couple of years, charity has been one of the most pivotal aspects in the creation of a state, which while somewhat limited in resources, is not lacking in generosity, with record funds being targeted and achieved every year. "L-Istrina" is the most important charity event, with funds given to various organisations.

As a means of supporting this noble gesture, a theme song is recorded, and what is intriguing is that several familiar faces make an appearance, all in the face of charity. This year, the song is entitled "Int Min Int", and is composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Giovann Attard with production entrusted to Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions.

"Int Min Int" features the vocals of; Amber (ESC 2015), Dominic (MESC 2015), Renato (ESC 1975) , Ina Robinich, Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 2013), La Barokka, Mary Spiteri (ESC 1992), Mary Rose Mallia, Noel Zarb, Georgina (ESC 1991), Janvil (MESC 2005-2006, 2009), Josmar, Iona Dalli (MESC 2015), Lawrence Gray (MESC 1998, 1999, 2001-2004, 2010, 2012, 2015), Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Deborah C (MESC 12-14).

We urge you to watch, and donate during this year's edition of "L-Istrina" as it is aired on Television Malta, ONE Television, NET Television, F Living and Smash Television during the traditional "Boxing Day", otherwise also known as the 26th December, the day following Christmas. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: L-Istrina (Official Page)

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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjunction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, interviews and a lot of laughter. Ray Attard, is joined by Debbie Scerri, 1997 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as hosts and are known to welcome a number of personalities from all walks of life. The programme kicks off at around 13:30 CET and finishing at about 17:30 CET, meaning around four hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

In aid of Puttinu Cares, this is a special broadcast of the weekly programme, featuring a large number of well known vocalists, including none other than; Janvil, Victorio Gauci, Kurt Calleja, Federica Falzon, Krista Spiteri Lucas, Ludwig Galea, Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Neville Refalo. Other guests will include; Stellina, Ruth Frendo and William Chetcuti together with the Toni Busuttil whose humor will definitely be required. This afternoon's edition of Sibt Familja will also feature various human interest stories of people who got help from the Puttinu Cares organisation. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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Saturday, 21 December 2013 13:02

Malta: Eurostars Embracing the Christmas Cheer

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, music, interviews and just pure family fun. Ray Attard, and Debbie Scerri, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative act as hosts and welcome a number of diverse personalities to the programme, which is about two and a half hours long, kicking off at 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, on NET TV.

On today's edition of the programme, as has been the case in other weeks, there will be lots of entertainment including from renowned and upcoming artists; Neville Refalo, Amelia Hope, Ludwig Galea, Janvil and Ivan Spiteri Lucas, all of whom will be accompanied by a band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. It is worth noting that a special one-to-one interview will be an exclusive with former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist; Domenique.  Despite the team of the Pantomime at the Catholic Institute being responsible for last weeks' antics, it is well worth noting that Toni Busuttil returns for another week with his hilarious comedy sketch. Other attractions include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more promotion of Sibt Familja.

Source: Press Release

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Saturday, 09 November 2013 17:45

FiKM '13: PBS Airs the Final Night This Evening

Tonight! An evening to remember, because following an absence of eleven (11) years, the International Festival of Maltese Song is set to take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.  The event, which is set to be hosted by Debbie Scerri, Renato, Mary Rose Mallia, Lawrence Gray and Alfred Zammit is set to be broadcast live to audiences across the country through Television Malta and Television Malta 2. The International Festival of Maltese Song is technically, the second biggest competition on the Maltese Islands, following to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, it goes without saying that the Public Broadcasting Services in line with the organising committee is pulling out all the stops for a show stopping event.

escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to attend a couple of rehearsals and could honestly be extremely positive towards the outcome of the event on television this evening with the shots, and the staging all in place for a wonderful extravaganza. The venue, which has played host to several past editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the last of which was back in 2011, won by Glen Vella and his entry One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has an intimate feel with brilliant acoustics. For local and foreign fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, the event will surely be pleasant to watch considering that former representatives; Miriam Christine (1996), Renato (1975), Georgina Abela (1991), Debbie Scerri (1997), Olivia Lewis (2007) and Aleksandra & Konstantin (Belarus 2004) will be out and about.

 (52302001) Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

 (52302002) Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

 (52302003) Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

 (52302004) Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

 (52302005) Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

 (52302006) Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

 (52302007) Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

 (52302008) Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

 (52302009) Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

 (52302010) Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

 (52302011) Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

 (52302012) Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

 (52302013) Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

 (52302014) Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FiKM (Official Page on Facebook)

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escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition. Janvil and Hooligan are the thirteenth act and they will be performing the song Mikrokożmu composed by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard.

Without a shadow of doubt, both the names Janvil and Hooligan are known with the public for many reasons. Janvil is more associated with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and people will definitely remember Hooligan with his summer debut song Originali Bħali which was a huge hit on the Maltese airwaves. Prior to this collaboration for the International Festival of Maltese Song, were there any plans to take part in a local competition together and if not, how did this particular song come about?

As Such we have another song, “You” as mostly known, which Hooligan showed the interest to Mix again with the New Title “Whom you With” from the latest MMA winning Album. Original plans were to collaborate together surely not for festivals though opportunity came up and Happily enough Hooligan excepted for the first time.

The public have always seen Janvil and Hooligan as solo artists. Both of you have participated in festivals, albeit maybe the former more than the latter but nevertheless, how do you prepare for each showcase as individuals and what do you intend to achieve with this performance?

In fact I’m guiding hooligan through this as it’s his first time and had no idea what a festival takes. Obviously this is just a part of our venture as we are working on some other materials to be released in the Future.

When the International Festival of Maltese Song is mentioned, one might think of ballad or up-tempo songs, but with this collaboration, featuring the roaries twenties and a hint of rap, all in Maltese, makes it truly an intriguing entry. How was the groundwork for the melody laid out and could you take us through the creation process? 

The Composer Augusto Cardinali and Author Giovann attard believes a lot in this genre when it come to writing me songs including myself. As one can notice that this style is in again and in my opinion is always in fashion like flowers in bathrooms we thought of having a newly modern production and that is where we thought of introducing Hooligan. So it’s nonsense when we say that Maltese songs are always same style with some ideas work and good production will have the right recipe.

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In this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, you are presenting a track entitled Mikrokożmu composed by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

The song explains that although Malta is small and limited it offers a lot what we can find in most places that the Maltese roam. Like Mixing Vegas and Dubai we have Valletta and sliema or Paceville. This is all captured in a retro beat and Rap.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

Surely in my opinion it should be the premium on all local festivals.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

First of all I would like to thank Organizers for this wonderful event. Looking so forward to it. Secondly I would like to thank all programmes who invited us to promote our songs last but not least for Escflashmalta for supporting local talent all the way. Thanks for your hard work and responsibilities; one must say not an easy job! Welldone! One last thing is that hopefully not like other times that songs will die after the festival. Please keep them Alive!

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:15

MESC 2014: PBS Kick Starts Submission Process

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, getting through to the final, and ultimately achieving the nations' first top ten result in eight (8) years, when Chiara took to the stage for the second time with her self-penned entry Angel which had finished in second place. As of today, the Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving submissions from a number of music personnel with the hope of making it through to the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Within the document entitled Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Regulations, the submission process along with anything one might enquire about is duly explained. The Creativity Hub, which just happens to be the new Head Office for the Public Broadcasting Services is where all the original entries for the competition are to be submitted with the allocate time slots being between 09:00 and 12:00 CET as well as 14:00 and 16:00 CET on Wednesday, 30th and Thursday 31st October 2013. In recent weeks, escflashmalta.com exclusively published the names of a series of artists who intend to take part within the pre-selection process including; Tiziana Calleja, Kaya, Minik, Ina Robinich, Fabrizio Faniello, Richard Edwards, Josef Tabone, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Janvil and Eleanor Cassar

Amongst those who went onto submit their prospective entries included; Malcolm PisaniJamie Tonna, Jessica Magro, Joseph Refalo, Davinia Pace and Julie Pomorski. Tomorrow, members of the editorial team will be on hand outside the Creativity Hub in order to follow the latest proceedings and try to eye out prospective artists who will be putting their name forward in hope of making it through to the biggest music event in the country, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for all of the latest news with regards to next years' competition. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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In 2010, the first runner-up at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was none other than Gloriana Arpa Belli, a relative minnow in the local music industry. Her song entitled Fil-Mużika composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Doris Chetcuti almost upset the eventual winner Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant with vocals provided by Amber with just a handful of votes deciding the final result. escflashmalta.com is in a position to reveal that Gloriana intends to make her mark by entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 framework by contributing to the submissions.

Gloriana Arpa Belli might be a relative unknown but nevertheless, her experience within the music scene should be well respected having been a backing vocalist for several notable artists including the likes of Anna Azzopardi, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant. Her genealogical background is quite intriguing as well, noting that her mother is none other than Helen Micallef, Malta's 1972 representative with her uncle being Renato, Malta's 1975 representative. This means that one day, Gloriana might continue keeping participation at the Eurovision Song Contest within the family.

Gloriana is the first artist to confirm submission into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest without having previously been a part of the showcase. At this point in time, escflashmalta.com has exclusively revealed that former runners-up; Janvil, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Tiziana Calleja and Kaya will all be trying their luck whilst veterans Nadine Axisa and Klinsmann will be opting out of the selection process. Davinia, last years' second runner-up confirmed submission on the programme; TVPM hosted by Corazon. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more EXCLUSIVE news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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In 2005, Janvil was a debutante within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, competing with the track You composed by Augusto Cardinali with lyrics by Giovann Attard. At the end of the voting, he found himself in the second runner-up slot behind eventual winner, Chiara and her self-penned Angel and future representative, Olivia Lewis with the track Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Since then, Janvil has established himself as a leading figure in the industry, going onto reach the finals of the selection process on four more occasions, the last being in 2012 with the song You Are My Life written by George Platon.

We are in an exclusive position to reveal that Janvil will indeed be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the hope of winning that coveted international ticket. In recent months, the male vocalist has been very much working on his image and those who have seen any of his performances on television, could very much agree. It seems that routines will be very much part of the spectacle should he make it through to the semi-final and eventually the final stage of the competition. The Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on the 30th and 31st October at the Creativity Hub in Gwardamangia. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more exclusive news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Bibi Cam

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