Emil Calleja Bayliss
The first phase of the ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ has been conducted this morning, from the total of eighty-eight (88) songs submitted in the established category, fifty (50) made it through to the live phase that will be held in front of the judges next weekend. Out of these fifty songs, twenty entries will make it through to the final stage of the competition. The jury of the first phase was made up of: Noel Magri (Malta Music Awards Organizer and Former Maltasong Member), Mikaela Attard (Won the Best New Artist at the MMA 2010), Clint Spiteri (Lead Singer of Dolls For Idols), James Cassar (Events Organizer) and Elaine Muscat (Guitarist & Critic). Here is the list of the final fifty songs.
Agħtini Idejk - Anna Azzopardi (Renato Briffa/Alfred E. Baldacchino)
Aħwa Lkoll - Gillian Attard (Domnic Cini/ Rita Pace)
B'Rieda Ta' L-Azzar - Mike Spiteri (Ray Agius)
Bik u Mingħajrek - Raisa Piscopo (Rita Pace)
Dil-Qalb Kbira - Marilena (Philip Vella/Joe Chircop)
Eklissi - Sachelle Schembri (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace)
Eternita' - Janice Mangion (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace)
Fjamma - Deborah C (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
Ġens Qalbien - Anna Azzopardi (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)
Għad Fadal Għada - Silent Shout (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
Għolli Jdejk 'il Fuq - Romina Mamo (Philip Vella)
Ġrajjietna - Alexandre Muscat (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace)
Ħajjitna - Klinsmann Coleiro (Paul Abela / Joe Chircop)
Ħajt Tal-Kenn - Neville Refalo (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)
Inkun Dak Li Jien - Joseph Refalo (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)
Int Biss - Valentina Farrugia (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
Int Tkun Hemm - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella)
Ir-Ruħ Tat-Tejatru - Audrey Marie (Rita Pace / Deo Grech)
Kamra Vojta - Joseph Refalo (Miriam Christine / Rita Pace)
Kien Ftit Wisq - Marilena Farrugia (Elton Zarb / Ally)
Kif Nista - Anna Maria Grima (Philip Vella)
Kliem Li M'Għedtlek Qatt - Danica Muscat (Mark Debono / Christopher Azzopardi)
Kollox Mill-Qalb - Tiziana Calleja (John David Zammit / Paul Callus)
Kull Meta - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Marlon Chircop)
Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella /Joe Chircop)
Kuraġġ - Rita Pace (Rita Pace)
L-Għanja - Clive Muscat (Glen Vella / Deo Grech)
Liberi - Nadine, Luisana & Charlotte (Philip Vella)
Mal-erbat irjieħ - Deborah C (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)
Malta Ġrajjietna - Nadine & Fiona (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
Meta Jikkalma L-Mewġ - Mark Tonna (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)
Missjoni Impossibbli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)
Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Ray Agius / Alfred C. Sant)
Pajjiz Sovran - Kim Grech (Kaya / Paul Ellul)
Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
Qalb Li Tħobb - Danica Sammut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace)
Raġġ Tax-Xemx - Francesca Borg (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)
Saltna Fis-Sliem - Amulet (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
Sinjali - Bernice Camilleri (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)
Skont id-Daqqa ż-Żifna - Albertine u l-Qamha (Dominic Cini / Giovann Attard)
Stenbaħt - Eemer Spiteri (Philip Vella)
Tagħna L-Isbah Zmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C. Sant)
Tħobbni Kif Jien - Geordie (Philip Vella / Christopher Azzopardi)
Tiegħi Biss - Mattei Curmi (Kaya / Dorian Psaila)
Tlaqt Bla Kliem - Walter Anthony (Rosman Pace)
Tul Iż-Żmien - Ina Robinich & Dominic (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)
Ulied Maltin - Cynthia Attard (Miriam Christine / Rita Pace)
Umani - Clive Muscat (Anthony Camilleri / Rita Pace)
Viva Il-Ħajja - Cherylis Camilleri (Kaya / Joe Chircop)
Xtaqtek taf - Simone Gauci (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)
The contest has another category, that of the 'New Talent' were the fifteen entries submitted will be heard for the very first time live in front of the jury. Out of the the fifteen entries submitted, ten will make it through to the televised phase were the best three songs will go through to the finals in September at the Graneries in Floriana. The three finalists will be chosen through a mix of tele-vote and jury votes. Here are the fifteen entries:
Bla Kliem - David Mario Fenech (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)
Eħlisni Illum - Jurgen Manicalo (Dominic Cini / Kyle Sammut)
Ejjew Nieqfu - Angelica Portelli (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)
Flimkien - Anne Marie Gauci (Miriam Christine/ Rita Pace)
Għalina Tnejn - Chantelle Farrugia (Carlo Fenech / Joe Julian Farrugia)
Int U Jien - David Mario & Svetlenne Marie (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)
Kull Maħluq - Mikaela Bajada (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)
Kważi Qatt - Michela Galea (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Keith Zammit)
L-Għażiż Ħija - Maria Spiteri (Anthony Spiteri)
L-Identita' - Mandy Micallef (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
L-Istorja Tagħna - Michela Dalli (Dominic Cini / Keith Zammit)
Mill-Ħolm Għar-Realta - Maria Carabott (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Callus)
SOS - Jessica Cachia (Philip Vella)
Storja - Daphne Xuereb (Miriam Christine / Rita Pace)
Tiġġudikax - Shannon & Whitney (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace)
Source: KKI Committee
Jazzin’it up is a concert that targets all those jazz music lovers who are in need of some jazzy vibes during the coldest month of winter. This jazz concert, which is being organized in collaboration with the Casino Maltese, will feature Malta’s leading jazz trumpeter Adrian Brincat more known as Ir-Russu together with three other pioneers in the jazz music scene: Mro. Dominic Galea on piano, Joe Bibi Camilleri on percussion and Simon Sammut on bass. And a touch of feminism will be added by the jazzy talented singer Claudette Pace.
It will take place on Saturday, 26th February 2011 at 20.00 hours in the renowned Ballroom Suite of the Casino Maltese situated in Valletta’s Republic Street. The idea of Jazzin’It Up! was conceived following ir-Russu’s award with distinction of a Diploma in Jazz by the London College of Music. It is now high time for Adrian to give something back to the public by a concert of his very own.
Jazzin’It Up! will in fact take the audience through a 90-minute journey of jazz standard tunes transposed in different jazzy styles including bebop, swing, funk, latin and cool jazz. Adrian Brincat is a full-time soloist trumpeter with the Armed Forces of Malta Band and has been invited to participate in a good number of concerts organized by several entities including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a familiar face on local television.
Tickets are now out for the price of €8 only. Tickets can be bought from Café Jubliee of Valletta and Gzira or by phoning on ticket hotlines 9942 2291 or 7906 4311. For more information, one can visit Adrian Ir-Russu Brincat fan page on Facebook .
Source: Press Release
Kumpanija Teatru Rjal will be once again preparing a great show for those who love musicals and those who love modern music with a different touch.The show will actually be divided in two parts. The first part of the show will feature ‘Moulin Rouge’ live in concert with some of the best local talent taking the stage to perform in one of the most popular musicals whilst the second part of the show carries the name – Pop Goes Gregorian – as some of the most famous pop songs will be given a new touch and will be interpreted in a Gregorian style.
The cast for this show includes; Kurt Calleja, Debbie Scerri, Lawrence Gray, Neville Refalo, Nadine Axisa, Mark Tonna, Dominic Cini, Clifford Galea, Vittorio Gauci, Laura Bruno, Ina Robinich and Ivan Debbatista amongst others. The spectacular show will take place at the Catholic Institute Theatre on Saturday the 26th of February 2011 at 7.30PM and another performance will be held the following day on Sunday the 27th of February 2011 at 6.30PM. Tickets are available from www.istitutkattoliku.com and from the booking office or the bar of the Catholic Institute on the following telephone numbers: 21238429/21242551. One can also buy the tickets from Pawlu Testa travel by phoning on 21/27223340.
Source: Press Release
The most anticipated annual summer event, the 2011 Farsons Great Beer Festival kicked off last Friday and will be on till the end of the month. Each and every year the festival brings together some of the best local stars along with upcoming artists that entertain the crowds present for the ten days festivities at Ta’ Qali. All those in attendance can enjoy the entertainment offered on both the main stage and the rock stage whilst sipping down their favourite beer.
The Beer Festival manages to bring together the two main areas of the local music scene, as one finds a mix of music that varies from pop, rock and alternative – the mix includes the singers who are more associated to local contests to singers and bands who their main focus is hitting the radio airwaves. This amalgamation manages to attract different crowds to the beer festival and that is the reasons why the festival is a huge success, each and every year.
The schedule on the Main Stage for this year’s Beer Fest is the following:
- FRIDAY, 22nd JULY 2011 - ROC-A-TAC ~ CHARLES CAMILLERI ~
- SATURDAY, 23rd JULY 2011 - ~ CRUZ ~
- SUNDAY, 24th JULY 2011 - CASH BAND ~ ~
- MONDAY, 25th JULY 2011 - ~ ~
- TUESDAY, 26th JULY 2011 - ROC-A-TAC ~ ~
- WEDNESDAY, 27th JULY 2011 - ~
- THURSDAY, 28th JULY 2011 - ~ ~
- FRIDAY, 29th JULY 2011 - REFLEX 80s PARTY ~ ~
- SATURDAY, 30th JULY 2011 - ~ ~
- SUNDAY, 31st JULY 2011 - ~ ~
The schedule on the Rock Stage for this year’s Beer Fest is the following:
- FRIDAY, 22nd JULY 2011 - ~
SATURDAY, 23rd JULY 2011 - ~
- SUNDAY, 24th JULY 2011 - JUULS REGGAE FT ONE LOVE ~ ~
- MONDAY, 25th JULY 2011 - ~ ~ ~ ~
- TUESDAY, 26th JULY 2011 - ~ BNI ~ 12TH ODE
- WEDNESDAY, 27th JULY 2011 -~ THE CREEPERS ~
- THURSDAY, 28th JULY 2011 - ~ ~
- FRIDAY, 29th JULY 2011 - ~ ~ PLAN ZERO
- SATURDAY, 30th JULY 2011 - ~ ~ A DAY TOO LATE
- SUNDAY, 31st JULY 2011 - ~ ~
In recent months, a new project commenced with international album reviews set to take prominence on ESCflashmalta over the next couple of months. The sixth compilation of tracks will be a number of hymns in Maltese. These hymns were specifically written to commemorate the 50th Anniversary from the death of Malta’s national poet – Dun Karm. Mro. Dominic Galea composed some of the finest music to accompany ten of the most iconic poems in Maltese literature. These are accompanied by four of the best local artists which include; Mary Rose Mallia, Il-Bayzo, Doreen Galea and Lawrence Gray along with Martina and Keira Galea as well as the University Degree Plus Choir.
The Main Four Singers have tones of experience in the local scene and one considers all four of them to possess four of the most beautiful voices when it comes to songs being sung in Maltese. All four of them have participated successfully in a number of local festivals whilst both Mary Rose Mallia and Il-Bayzo are known for their iconic parts in Malta’s most popular Musical ‘Gensna’. Their distinctive voices make all the hymns sound so beautiful and whilst hearing the CD album you cannot overcome the sense of pride and patriotism with every word sung.
Album Title: Għanja – Poeżiji ta’ Dun Karm
Surely the best thing about this album is that the composer manages to keep compliment the words of these poems with the delicate music but at the same time manages to keep the focus on the words – something which possibly proves to be the cherry on the cake for this. The ten tracks on the album are all distinctive both in music, themes and also interpretations by the singers and the choir respectively. The singers’ vocals are pitch perfect, beautifully sung and delivered with deep emotion.
Although the mellow sounds might not be everyone’s cup of tea it is still worth a listen as some of the melancholic sounds reflect the strong and patriotic themes in these poems. Each and every hymn recounts a particular story whilst the strings, the piano, the flute and other sounds makes every story comes to life. In every possible way this album is surely a way which will help all the students studying the local poet understand what he meant in these ten poems.
Tracks to look out for:
'' by Mary Rose Mallia - Hands down this must be the stand-out track of the album. The perfect vocals of Mary Rose Mallia come into perfect harmony with the music and the lyrics dedicated to Holy Mary. The melody in this hymn takes different twists and turns as the song develops until it reaches it climax. The music is somewhat extraordinary with some beautiful sounds that make this soft heartfelt ballad the track to listen to – making this track one which possibly even Dun Karm would have been proud to listen to.
'' by Doreen Galea, Martina & Keira Galea - Doreen Galea’s voice blended with the two voices of the children make this track distinct more than the others. The three voices contrast well with each other and symbolize that no matter what our age is in life we are always waiting for that something special that will change our life in some way or another. This ends with all the voices and harmonies coming together at the end of the last verse symbolizing the unity of life.
It is surely a collector’s item and something every person who enjoys listening to some good music has to have. Every person who enjoys poetry, local heritage and has a sense of pride in his country surely must own this CD album. It is fascinating how the poems which were written a number of years ago still sound relatively contemporary thanks to the music by Mro. Dominic Galea who manages to strike the perfect balance between the laid back contemporary feel and Mediterranean sounds that make this album one of a kind.
Source: Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni, Xogħol u l-Familja, Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Malti
For the 10th consecutive year, ŻĦN Malta is proud to present another edition of the Strummin' Home concerts - Strummin' Chroma X to be held on the 7th and 8th October, 2011 at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta. The event is being organised under the Patronage of H.E. the President of Malta Dr George Abela, and all funds collected will be donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund. A 60 strong cast of guitarists is hard at work rehearsing for the annual guitar event Strummin' Home. The concert features a guitar choir which strums along to popular songs in a bid to raise funds for a local charity.
It's a colourful year for Strummin' Home. This year's edition, held in collaboration with the Alf Mizzi Foundation and entitled Strummin' Chroma X, will feature music such as "Yellow" by Coldplay, "Pink" by Aerosmith and "Nel blu dipinto di blu", a colourful way to commemorate a ten-year journey. Throughout the years the Strummin' Home concerts have aided several local charities and foundations, and this year The Malta Community Chest Fund, which has brought colour to the lives of many, will be the beneficiary.
Strummin' is also very proud to be featuring singer/songwriter/beatboxer Dana McKeon and her newest original song, especially written for the concert, entitled "Street Art"! Two hosts with a serious passion for music, Pawlu Borg Bonaci and Luke Dalli, will be hosting this very special 10th edition. The concert is also collaborating with The Sound System and Studio 7 to present to its audience a night to remember.
Source: Press Release & Facebook
Celebrity Weekends, the programme that will give promotion and host the Summer Hit Song Contest kicks off today. The clips of each of the 18 finalists that will be taking part in the contest will start airing on TV from the fourth show, after the Eurovision Song Contest. The programme will start with a trilogy of Eurovision dedicated programmes before shifting the entire focus on the Summer Hit Song Contest and other local celebrities. The programme hosted by Deo Grech and Natius Farrugia will air at 16.00 on ONE TV.
In the upcoming weeks, the finalists will be invited to perform their entries and a surprise is in store for the fans. Keeping in mind the title of the the programme, Celebrities will play an important part on this surprise.In the meantime, all the participants were given permission by the organizers to put their songs online, and by coinicidence the last few songs were uploaded in recent days and therefore it is time to share them with all local music fans.
As we have announced earlier, J.Anvil was competing in one of the up and coming international festivals that has commenced just last year – this carries the name the Golden Melody Song Festival which takes place in Cyprus. The 'Golden Melody' aims to present some of the best talent in the world within a Mediterranean Culture. Last year, the song contest took place for the very first time in Nicosia with the winner being Andreas Konstatindes.
Last year, Malta had four finalists in the selection; these included Rosman Pace, Romina Mamo, Jason Scerri and Neville Refalo. J.Anvil was the only Maltese in this year’s selection and it seems that his entry ‘Aphrodite’ was well received. This year, each nation only had one song and in fact, despite quite an impressive eight artists from Malta submitting an entry; J.Anvil was the one to have made the cut with a song composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Deo Grech.
The song ‘Aphrodite’ has done really well throughout the past days as it managed to achieve a strong result for our country. J.Anvil’s interpretation managed an incredible second place finish for Malta and the song only finished six points behind Seyran Ismayilkhanov, who won the contest for Azerbaijan with ‘Ganatsiz Melekler’. France, a well renowned country for it music richness finished in third place behind Malta. The song was written by none other than Anne-Marie David, the 1973 Eurovision winner who was in Malta recently. ‘Je N’ai Jaimes Su’ the French entry was interpreted by Fanny Egea.
The song composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Deo Grech received very positive reactions and so did J.Anvil’s interpretation. In fact the whole Maltese delegation received a great feedback from different delegations at this festivals and some of the delegations present at the ‘Golden Melody’ will be the ones that will be heading their countries in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, so that certainly augurs well for our country especially keeping in mind that 20 countries were competing for the top prizes.
Escflashmalta.com has been in contact with the Maltese team abroad and all of them are ecstatic about the great result achieved and the positive feedback. J.Anvil has been within the Malta Eurosong competition a total of four times thus far but this festival will certainly be another highlight in his career. On behalf of the editorial board and all the fans, I would like to wish all the team heartfelt congratulations to J.Anvil, Deo Grech and Andrew Zahra.
Source: Golden Melody Song Contest 2011
She has managed to come a long way – few might remember Claudia as being the shy yet bubbly teenager who made her official debut to the music industry when she took part in the talent show, hosted on Net TV called Hot Spot. Despite the fact that she did not manage to win the talent show, she still made it into the final rounds. Throughout the series, she was always known as Fabrizio Faniello’s younger sister, but just two years later she was entrusted with a song for Malta Song for Europe and despite not making it through with that particular song, the composer namely Ray Agius gave her the opportunity to perform an entry initially submitted by Olivia Lewis bearing the name "High Alert".
Claudia’s career started with her being in the shadow of her older brother who had represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2001. In the Malta Song for Europe, Claudia, the individual who idolised her brother was now competing against him, and it was surely another success for the Faniello’s. Claudia was one of the singers tipped to do well, and her debut at the Maltasong For Europe could not have started better presenting a very strong song and a brilliant presentation, but on that day, Claudia was overshadowed by her brother who managed to win his right to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time, with the song ‘I Do’.
2006 also had a positive outlook for Claudia as she managed to triumph in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song ‘Ma Nafx’. Claudia also had another song in that festival which was later withdrawn and was used as of the songs that Claudia sung in Italy during the San Remo festival activities which was another success for the budding star. In 2007, Claudia faced a storm, after Fabrizio’s disappointing result at the Eurovision, Claudia had to face critics and show that although the Faniello’s are siblings they are two different artists. The self penned ‘L-Imhabba Ghamja’ failed to make it to the final stage of that year’s Maltasong, but this made Claudia come back even stronger.
Daunting a new slimmer look, the 2008 Malta Song For Europe was an unforgettable experience for Claudia, which established her amongst one of Malta’s finest singers. The song ‘Sunrise’ showed a side of Claudia the local public were unaware of. The soft romantic ballad surprised everyone; presented with a floral length purple gown, accompanied by a piano and Claudia’s strong haunting voice won over the judges’ votes and managed a decent third from the televote. The song penned and composed by Ray Aguis ended a respectable third overall but this was not the only success for Claudia in this festival. The upbeat number ‘Carravaggio’ was something fresh, and it seemed that Claudia enjoyed singing every second of this song. The song penned by Godwin Sant and composed by Ray Aguis managed to win the runner up spot at that year’s Malta Song; resulting in Claudia winning both 2nd and 3rd place after Morena’s ‘Vodka’.
Being one of the absolute favourites to win the local Eurovision crown, Claudia ended a respectable 4th in 2009 with a ballad by the same duo that got her the runner up finish at the previous Malta Song. ‘Blue Sonata’ was another crowd favourite but the judges overlooked it's potential. 2010 saw Claudia being shortlisted in the ‘Giovani’ section in the ever popular festival of SanRemo, but unfortunately the song ‘Guardami’ failed to make it to the final stage of the competition. Still, this was definitely another experience that Claudia will cherish. Once again, in the same year Claudia was once more one of the favourites for the Malta Eurosong but even though internet polls suggested that the win was for her to take, things developed differently on the final night and Claudia ended in the 8th position with ‘Samsara’, a song penned by Gerard James Borg and composed by Philip Vella. This was one of Claudia’s worst results, but once again she got back to work; this time with the aim to accomplish her dream and finish her debut album.
With the release of the single of ‘I Hate This Song’ in early August along with the release of a professional video, Claudia paved the way to launch her debut album ‘Convincingly Better’ on the 20th of August. These are only some of the highlights from Claudia’s relatively short career, as she also represented Malta in a number of festivals abroad and managed to release another music video for the popular ‘Wild Flower’.
The once shy teenager broke from its shell and certainly moved on and developed her own sense of style. Claudia will certainly continue to ride high on the local airwaves and hopefully will soon hit the international scene too. Things look bright for the local starlet; hard work always pays off in the end.
It seems that Richard Edwards has a surprise up his sleeve to all the fans that have supported him this year and those who showed interest in his entry which is penned by himself to the music of Jan Van Dijck. Recently added photos on Facebook by some of his friends/colleagues indicated that Richard was shooting a video for ‘Finally’ and our website has been in contact with the artist where he confirmed the news and said that the video will be out shortly. If I’m not mistaken, this will actually be the first runner up entry in the Malta Eurovision to have a video accompanying it.
A number of people commented about the fact that ‘Finally’ is a great entry which would have done Malta proud at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song finished a close second with two points behind the winner, after winning the jury vote and coming in third in the public vote. After that the song received positive feedback from all the Maltese and international followers alike. Richard Edwards just confirmed through his Facebook page that he’ll be releasing the video of his ever so popular song tomorrow exclusively on Clint On One, which is aired on ONE TV on Saturday Morning. So watch out our website because we’ll put it up as soon as it is released.
Source: Richard Edwards' Facebook Page