21 October 2017
ESCflashmalta Team

ESCflashmalta Team

In a press release issued through netnews.com.mt, the organising committee of the ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ issued the names of the finalists, their song-titles and also their respective songwriters for this year’s edition which is set to take place on the 19th September.

 

As always, this year’s festivities which will be taking place just a couple of days prior to Independence day features a number of established names in the music industry, all hoping to take home the top prize. There are also several newcomers, all hoping that this will be their big breakthrough. Last year the winning participant was Dario, with the song “Se Naslu Żgur”, composed and penned by Ray Agius.

5230 2051 – “Nistaqsi” – Marie Claire (Andrew Zammit, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2052 – “Ideal” – Marlon Bianco (Philip Vella)

5230 2053 – “Fil-Qrib” – Sarah Bonnici (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2070 – “Ftit Ħin” – Francesca Borg (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2071 – “Żagħżugħ Kuraġġ” – Mirko Bugeja (Clinton Paul, Stephen Baldacchino)

5230 2072 – “Triq Waħda” – Sebastian Calleja (Dominic Cini, Joe Julian Farrugia)

5230 2073 – “Storja ta’ Suċċess” – Cherylis (Glen Vella, Paul Ellul)

5230 2074 – “Ħabib Għalliem” – Michela Dalli (Andrew Zahra, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2075 – “Minn Wara l-Ħasira” – Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna, Rita Pace)

5230 2076 – “Xwejħa” – Dorcas Debono (Dominic Cini, Joe Julian Farrugia)

5230 2077 – “F’Idejna t-Tmun” – Michela Galea (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2078 – “Illum Naf” – Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2079 – “Polz Iħabbat” – Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2080 – “Tiegħek” – Estelle Imbroll (Mark Scicluna, Joe Julian Farrugia)

5230 2081 – “Mirja tad-Destin” – Mauro Kitcher (Dominic Cini, Clifton Casha)

5230 2082– “Jien Maltija” – Danica Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss) 

5230 2083 – “Għal Ftit” – Joseph Refalo (Francesco Grech, Rita Pace)

5230 2084 – “Pass ‘il Bogħod” – Roberta Sacco (Andrew Zahra, Clifton Casha)

5230 2085 – “Frott il-Ħidma” – Victoria Sciberras (Philip Vella, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2086 – “Ugwali” – Graziella Vella (Kaya, Ingrid Vella)

5230 2087 – “Titkellem bis-Sinjali” – Maria Christina Desira (Kaya, Christoper Azzopardi)

5230 2088 – “Eliżir” – Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul)

5230 2093 – “Bħal Fjura” – Nicole Falzon (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2094 – “Ċans tad-Deheb” – Chanelle Galea (Philip Vella, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2096 – “Infallibli” – Nicole Micallef (Cyprian Cassar, Rita Pace)

As you can note above, each song has been allocated a tele-voting number. The song which gets the most votes will be given a seperate public opinion trophy, noting that the final result of the competition will be decided by a panel of professional judges. The 25 entries chosen were at first divided into two categories, Talent Stabbilit, and Talent Ġdid. They will all compete on the same playing field as one major category. On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish everyone all the very best of luck. Stay tuned to this portal, even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: netnews.com.mt

On Saturday 2nd September, the 41st edition of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted by Clifford Galea, Sarah-Lee Zammit, with comic interludes provided by Aiken Buhagiar. Introducing each entry by virtue of their songwriters, and then a postcard which featured the artists in different surroundings, the 18 songs were performed, accompanied by the 40-strong member Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mro Paul Abela, and Mro Joe Brown. 

The evening was a true celebration of music, with each participant putting forward an original song in Maltese, our national language, and one of Malta’s two official languages. The evening also had the inclusion of two special guests, kicking things off with the Kinetic Dance Studio who performed a routine to new music composed and arranged by Sean Vella, as well as Mary Rose Mallia, an iconic female artist who is celebrating her 50-year anniversary in music. At the end of the evening, the following awards were given out. 

Best Recording: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’)

Best Singer/Songwriter: “Min Jaf” – Ryan Grech (Ryan Grech)

Best Original Song: “Narak Kuntent” – Odelsie Camilleri (Odelsie Camilleri)

Best Interpretation: “Ritratt” – Monica Said (Philip Vella)

Third Place: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’)

Second Place: “13, Strada Stretta” – Dario u Grecia Bezzina (Dario Bezzina, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

First Place: “Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat mas-Silġ” – Jessica Magro (Pamela Bezzina, Paul Ellul) 

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 131 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

Have you heard? ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ is back for a 3rd consecutive year. Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have recently announced that they have extended the application date for interested male or female singers as soloists, duos, trios or even groups, by just a couple of days. The deadline is now set for Monday 7th August.

Therefore, if you’re interested in having a spectacular experience of performing #live during the most popular programme on Saturday nights, while accompanied by a band, then do not waste anymore time, and get in touch with the production team. Previous winners of ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ have included Victoria Sciberras, Martina Abela, and Gail Attard, three talented girls whose talent knows no boundaries. Who will follow in their footsteps? That is yet to be seen, but it could be you!

For more information about participation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which has now been extended to Monday . We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

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Broken Unprepared” is an intriguing title for a debut single, and no one at this portal would have expected any different from Crosswalk, who first emerged onto the scene with their promotional track, “So Simple” at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Written by Boris Cezek, the song has an interesting flair to it, almost out of a musical, to be more direct, “Rent”.

Despite having formed back in 1999, as a band between two friends, Steve Camilleri Bowman and guitarist Kenny D’Ugo, 2017 seems to be a year of firsts, adding vocalists Janice DeBattista to the line-up as well as songwriter and producer Boris Cezek. In support of the release, the band have also issued a lyric video, created by Duane Laus, the same mastermind behind lyric videos of Firelight, Gianluca Bezzina, Avenue Sky, and Janice Mangion amongst others. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Crosswalk

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The 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija is going to take place on the 2nd September at Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the accompaniment of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela and Maestro Joe Brown.

This year saw 131 entries received by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee, which they whittled down to 48 semi-finalists thanks to a jury panel which consisted of Maestro Manuel Pirotta, Dr Michael Spagnol, Alfie Fabri and Joe Piscopo, after hearing the CD recordings. In the second phase, the semi-final, another jury panel, this time consisting of Vince Fabri, Christopher Spiteri, Justin Galea, Phyllis Debono, Noel D’Anastas and Frank O’Neill, picked 18 finalists, all of which will get the opportunity to share their songs, their messages to a wider audience. 

The list of finalists in alphabetical order is as follows:

13, Strada Stretta (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Dario Bezzina) - Dario u Grecia Bezzina

Antifona ta’ Mħabba (Joseph Calleja / Edward Magri) - Kapitlu Tlettax, Dominic Cini u Ina Robinich

Arani Ngħix (Andy Muscat / Cyprian Cassar) - Andy Muscat

B’Kelma (Charlie Dalli) - X-Tend

Dil-Qalb (Fleur Balzan / Paul Giordimaina) - Anna Azzopardi

Dwejra B’Tieqa Fiha (Giovann Attard / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Charlene Rae Muscat

Għanjiet (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Andrew Zahra) - Michela Galea

Ħallejt il-Ħolm Iġorrni (Mario Scerri / Brian Abela) - Amplified

Ħolqa (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Luke Agius / Julie Pomorski / Augusto Cardinali) - Julie Pomorski

Kliem Ix-Xiħ (Mark Cachia) - Mark Cachia

Li Kien Għalija (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) - Rachel Mamo

Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat Mas-Silġ (Paul Ellul / Pamela Bezzina) - Jessica Magro

Mill-Għatba ‘l Barra (Dario Bezzina) - Sebastian Calleja u Michela Dalli

Min Jaf (Ryan Grech) - Ryan Grech

Narak Kuntent (Odelsie Camilleri) - Odelsie Camilleri

Ritratt (Philip Vella) - Monica Said

Rutina Tgħallina (Xarulu) - Xarulu

Stalett (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. 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: għanjafest.com

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Born on the 30th May 1998, Sarah Bonnici is an extremely talented female singer/songwriter whose reputation in the local music scene is growing at a pulsing rate. During the past couple of months, she has been working on her sophomore single, following her debut with “Bandwagon”, written by Pamela Bezzina and Emil Calleja Bayliss back in 2015.
 
 
Breathe Your Love”, co-written by Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe is a fusion of Pop and Electronic Dance music which is surely going to get people groovin’ on the dancefloors this summer. The new single is being released by K_Records with coordination by Ironic PR & Artist Management.
 
I am thrilled to have had the chance to work on a song with Kevin Borg, one of the most recognisable names in the pop music industry” said Sarah adding that the song is “fresh, current and an absolute joy to perform”.
 
Kevin Borg, one of the two co-writers on the track was “impressed by Sarah’s abilities as a performer during a gig and had to work with her” continuing to say that when “the muse flowed, I knew that Sarah had to be the one to perform, Breathe Your Love”.
 
In support of the release, which officially took place on the 30th June 2017, Sarah Bonnici and her team thought it would make sense to work on a lyric video, hoping to get the song’s message across through a myriad of colours and designs. This lyric video which was launched on the 28th June 2017, was produced by Jordan DeGiorgio and Rebecca Barry on behalf of DeeMedia.
 
“Breathe Your Love” is available for purchase on all major digital stores such as iTunes, Amazon and Apple Music as well as streaming through Spotify and Deezer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
 
Source: Press Release
 
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It is no secret that following the first rehearsal, countries make amends to their respective stage performances in order to improve in time for the live broadcast, either during the first semi-final or the second semi-final unless the host country or part of the big five, cause in that case, the grand final.

Malta’s very own Claudia Faniello will be treating the audiences at the rehearsals a completely different look on Friday 5th May. It has been promised that the second outfit will be less demure, and thus showing some skin. It is following this particular rehearsal that #TeamMalta will be deciding which look to go for, and then unveil it during the jury dress rehearsal which take place on Wednesday 10th May.

I think it is important to mention Claudia’s styling team which comprises of Justin Brincat, who’s responsible for the make-up; Ritianne Borg who’s responsible for her hair, and Gaetano Busuttil who’s responsible for the custom dresses that she is wearing. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

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There are no words to describe the excellent rehearsal that Claudia Faniello gave yesterday morning as she left everyone gasping for air, breathless really. She wore a rather demure white gown, designed by Gaetano, very reminiscent of the one worn earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, giving a flawless vocal interpretation which silenced doubters, raising the bar for the acts that had to follow.

The stage, bathed in white and blue lighting oozes class and simplicity. This is rather appropriate with “Breathlessly”, a ballad penned by Gerard James Borg with a complimentary melody by Philip Vella and Sean Vella. On the screens behind her, Claudia’s face and body is projected several times, giving the performance a new lease of life, and letting the emotions flow.

Malta will be performing in slot number #4 during the second semi-final on Thursday 11th May at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine between FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska and Romania’s Ilinca featuring Alex. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Andres Putting (EBU)

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Through our social media platforms on Facebook, and Twitter, we have proudly supported Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and their weekly production of “The Entertainers”, hosted by Janvil on NET Television by virtue of presenting a collage of photo featuring the artists that would be performing during that weeks’ episode. This week, we are presenting an article to help support the programme, and encourage you all to tune into NET Television on Saturday at 8:30 pm.

The line-up will feature two singers who have just taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Raquela who finished in 8th place with “Ray of Light”, and Janice Debattista who as part of the band Crosswalk finished in 12th place with “So Simple”. They will be joined by classical soprano La Barokka, multiple ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ and ‘Għanja tal-Poplu’ finalist Marie Claire, and relative newcomer Christian Aquilina. Weekly resident performances from Michela Galea and Ivan Spiteri Lucas might be expected.

As always, there will be a dance troupe to shift away slightly from the music, and this week it will be none other than the Dancel Dance Company, not too mention the weekly one-to-one interview which will be featuring popular chef Neil Darmanin. 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 ReleaseLuciano Bianco Photography

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13-year-old, Christina Magrin is quickly becoming a household name to many after representing Malta at the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, held in Valletta, with the song “Parachute” which she co-wrote with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca and Florent Boshnjaku.

In the aftermath of that spectacular showcase, Christina has returned to her everyday life focusing on her school work, and keeping her grades in check. That said, she has also been busy in the studio working on new material with some of the world’s leading songwriters, in preparation for the release of her debut album in a couple of months’ time.

The 2nd single off the young singer/songwriter’s debut album, "Snow Globe" is co-written with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, and Cyprian Cassar, the latter of which is also responsible for both the melody and the production of the song. People had an opportunity to listen to the song on the 18th February, during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017, where Christina was a guest star.

The 1st performance of the new single was absolutely extraordinary and involved students from ‘The Voice Lab’ as well as an intense choreography by the Southville Dancers. You may view the performance below. 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, PBS (David Mallia), Christina Magrin (Facebook, Twitter)

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