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Gianluca, the lead vocalist of the band Funk Initiative decided to give the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a try with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It was his debut in the competition and it could not have ended any better, finishing ahead of favourite Kevin Borg following the jury vote and garnering the second most support from the general public which is undoubtely amazing for an absolute newcomer. The young male vocalist has gone on record stating that music is more of a hobby noting that his full time profession is that of a doctor but nevertheless, the role of the former has seemingly changed following his successful result at the Eurovision Song Contest. Malta had not managed to finish in the top ten for eight years prior to Gianluca with Chiara and her self-penned entry Angel finishing in second place back in 2005. Qualification…
Saturday, 13 July 2013 10:18

Malta: July's Favourite Tunes by Ira Losco

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Jagged House has been presenting a montly blog written by Ira Losco, a former representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Around a year ago, following an extended period of time off, Ira Losco returned to the local music scene with the track What I'd Give which won her several accolades. Soon after, the launch of both the album entitled The Fire and the second single, bearing the name The Person I Am featuring guest vocals by David Leguesse. I’m currently writing this amidst crazy prep work for my next video for my Hot Summer Single Me Luv u Long Time. I’m obviously excited and slightly nervous about it there are a LOT of people on board this time…. The Bigger Picture taking care of all Direction/Production for the video of the third single…
Songs in Maltese are well received by the public and some of the all time classics in Maltese are commonly requested on the local airwaves. As time went by though the opportunities of releasing new material in Maltese faded slowly. Things took a turn for the worse, when back in 2002 the last edition of the Festival Kanzunetta Maltija took place. This festival was popular with artists across the border and year after year, every one used to be looking forward for another year of celebration of talent and Maltese music. Although in a competitive spirit, a lot of composers, authors and singers saw this as an opportunity to share their music, share their thoughts and their talents. The festival used to attract the most popular singers on the island, even those who had represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. The festival was seen prestigious and taking part in…
Saturday, 15 June 2013 15:00

Malta: June's Favourite Tunes by Ira Losco

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escflashmalta.com is proud to present another editorial piece by Ira Losco, former representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest as well as one of the most popular female singers in the Maltese Islands. Following her return to the local music scene around a year ago, it seems that everything is moving right on track with both her initial singles What I'd Give and The Person I Am proving to be major hits as well as her latest studio album The Fire which peaked at number #1 on iTunes for more than two months. Dear All, Summer is slowly creeping in and I’ve got a schedule that’s packed to the brim. I’ve also just gotten some incredible news about jet setting away again and playing amidst international stars and to huge crowds, which undoubtedly excites me!! Watch this space for more information! I’ve also started work on the NEXT VIDEO…
In the months leading up to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg was the outright favourite to the win the local competition and thus represent the country in the international spectacle which was set to take place in Malmo, Sweden. Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe was a beautiful ballad but the international judges were right to select Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca because the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 was somewhat presided by an endless amount of ballads. The result truly spoke for itself, as both performances of the semi-final and the final were met with a top ten finish, the first for Malta since 2005 when Chiara had performed the track Angel. Following the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, there were calls of impropriety over the significance of the professional…
Thursday, 16 May 2013 17:05

Malta: May's Favourite Tunes by Ira Losco

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Dear All, I can’t believe how many of you have written to me to say they loved the Beland Concert in Aid of Puttinu Cares!!! I was overjoyed to meet a lot of you at the FIRST “meet and Greet” session I’ve had since the release of The Fire and many came over to sign their copies and take pictures. It is always so heart-warming to meet the people who are fundamental towards the success story of an album….and you were all there to say hello and tell me how much you love this album!! Watch this space for more information about upcoming gigs. I’m also still impressed that for 7 …yes 7 weeks The Person I Am held the number one spot on 89.7 Bay’s Top 10, with the cherry on the cake being the entry of The Person I Am at Number 1 on Bay’s Top 30, and…
Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to Germany whose broadcaster, ARD will be represented by Cascada and the track Glorious co-written by Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas and Tony Cornelissen. Front-singer Natalie Horler and her team of producers and writers Yann Peifer (Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (Manian) have topped charts in more than 20 countries…
Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to France whose broadcaster, France 3 will be represented by Amandine Bourgeois and the track L'Enfer et Moi composed by David Salkin to the lyrics of Boris Bergman. In 2008, Amandine won “La Nouvelle Star” (French Pop Idol). The audience instantly fell under the spell of her warm and hoarse…
Stano Simor from the Czech Republic, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Sharon Vaughn from the United States represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to Spain whose broadcaster, RTVE will be represented with the song Contigo Hasta El Final (With You Until The End) co-written by Raquel del Rosario, David Feito, Juan Suárez and performed by the group, ESDM. ESDM - El Sueño De Morfeo (Morpheus’ Dream) is a Spanish pop-rock band with Celtic…
escflashmalta.com is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the last entries for the second semi-final. Attention turns to Norway whose broadcaster, NRK has been drawn in slot number #13 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled I Feed You My Love is co-written by Karin Park, Robin Lynch, Niklas Olovson with vocals provided by Margaret Berger. It's not difficult to understand why. Margaret embodies all the essential ingredients for a worldwide super star, one with the real…

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