On the 7th and 9th July, the semi-final and grand final of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted on stage by Sean Buhagiar and supported off stage by comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask, and Gilbert Camilleri, not to mention the tidbit interviews conducted by Josephine Ebejer Grech prior to each entry, with the lyricists.
The evening was a true celebration of our national language, through the medium of song, noting that special guests included none other than: Kantilena, the second runners-up of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2012 who have recently published their debut album; John Bundy, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 1995 with “Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws”, a song written by Martin Attard and Ecca Muscat, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with “Ġismi”, a song written by Matthew and Mark Pellicano.
A professional jury heard the songs on multiple occasions, before given the chance to listen and view each competing entry live on stage, and at the end of the evening, the results were as follows;
Best Teenage Talent: “Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk” – Jurgen Xerri (Paul Ellul, Glen Vella)
Best Singer/Songwriter: Corazon Mizzi for “X’Se Jsir?”
Best Social Theme: Paul Ellul for “Ta’ Billejl”
Best Interpretation: “Il-Biża’ u Jien” – Nadine Fenech (Rita Pace, Pamela Bezzina)
First Place: “X’Se Jsir?” – Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)
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 144 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
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final have been made public. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.
The professional jury for this phase of the competition was comprised of: Adrian Mamo, David Azzopardi, Martina Caruana, Miriam Cassar, Noel D’Anastas and Vince Fabri. The semi-final phase of the competition is set for the 7th July where all the 18 participating entries will be interpreted #live with the PBS orchestra. Out of these, 12 will then be chosen to compete on the 9th July during the final.
“Bħal Tifla Żgħira” (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) – Maria Cassar
“Ħabta u Sabta” (Andy Muscat / Mark Scicluna) – Andy Muscat
“Ħallejt Il-Passi Wrajk” (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri
“Ħanini” (Walter Micallef) – Walter Micallef
“Id-Dieher” (Augusto Cardinali) – Neville Refalo & Graziana Axisa
“Il-Biża u Jien” (Rita Pace / Pamela Bezzina) - Nadine Fenech
“Is-Sinjur” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna) – Cherylis
“Jien Biss” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Dominic Cini) – Dorcas Debono
“Ma Ninsiex” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Augusto Cardinali) - Deborah Dalli
“Mellisni” (Joe Chircop / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Mikaela Bajada
“Ngħidlek” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Miriam Christine) - Miriam Christine
“Pupa tal-Plastik” (Paul Ellul / Marco Debono) - Domenique
“Ta’ Billlejl” (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas) – Neville Refalo
“Tama” (Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13 / DJ Mac / David Leguesse) – Shyli and Jasmar ft. Kapitlu 13
“Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Pamela Bezzina) – Michela Dalli
“Waħdi Miegħek” (Ingrid Vella / Kaya) – Graziella Vella
“Xagħar Twil” (Ingrid Vella / Mark Laurence Zammit) – Denise Spiteri
“X’Se Jsir?” (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon
L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.
Glen Vella, a male singer/songwriter who requires no lengthy introduction, having amassed considerable a positive reputation over the years, and as a result, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the local music industry, was Malta’s representative in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “One Life”. He tried his luck once more, in two different scenarios, the first being in 2014 as a songwriter for the song “Love Will Take You Home” sung by Franklin Calleja, which managed a respectable 7th place, and the second as a lead vocalist with the song “Breakaway” co-written by Simon Gribbe and Kevin Borg. The male vocalist also plays an instrumental part in the Gospel Choir, Animae and has recently taken on the position as Director and Tutor at Vocal Troupes.
Nadine Axisa, a veteran female vocalist, who has taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a total of nine (9) entries, the most recent being Once In a Lifetime composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Mario Farrugia and performed in a duet with Clifford Galea. She has recently made a much anticipated return to the local music scene, albeit within a new genre, Jazz. Looking back to 2006, Nadine had already experimented with this style but nevertheless, compiling an album of original material is another story. “Velvet” which is available for purchase in local record shops as well as iTunes has been well received by the industry.
The third and final guest this week will be none other than Paul Ellul, a songwriting legend, having written countless hits for the a number of established performers, amongst them; Nadine Axisa, Neville Refalo, Danica Muscat, Marilena Gauci, Graziana Axisa, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Roger Tirazona, Debbie Scerri and Mark Tonna. This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. 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: F Living
Paul Ellul, a renowned local lyricist, has compiled all song lyrics in written between 1991 and 2013 along with some other poems in a new book, "Fejn Staħbejtli". The chosen title is a reflection of the most well known song ever written by the aforementioned Ellul, with singer/songwriter Ira Losco being the recipient winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001.
It will be officially launched on the 17th January 2015, at Sir Temi Żammit Hall in the University of Malta with live performances by Gillian Attard, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Nadine Axisa, Cherise Attard, Roseann Cordina, Mark Tonna, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Roberta Cassar, La Voix Academy Choir and Debbie Scerri. The latter, will also be hosting the evening, with Mark Spiteri Lucas set to accompany each performance on the keyboard.
The 400-page publication, with original designs, may be obtained at the end of the evening, with proceeds going directly to the Millennium Chapel in Paceville. Entrance to the event, being organised in conjunction with KSU, Għaqda tal-Malta - Università, Outlook Coop, APS, and Copyserv is strictly by invitation, which may be requested by sending an email here. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.
Source: Paul Ellul (Fejn Staħbejtli)
ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity. Following a much anticipated return, this week, the programme will be welcoming, Glen & Pamela from the Animae Gospel Choir.
Glen & Pamela are veterans of the local music scene, despite being relatively young. The male counterpart had the opportunity to represent Malta at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "One Life" written by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, whilst also coming close to yet another successful venture with the song "Breakaway" written by Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe. Pamela is the vocal director of the Animae Gospel Choir, and was also a backing vocalist for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2011.
"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.
Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7, Chris Agius (Photograph)
Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including artists such as former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello (2001, 2006) and Miriam Christine (1996). With a spectacular range of promising talent, the local music scene in Malta continues to evolve, and there is a general feeling that talent is to be promoted on the international circuit.
During the end-of-year competition, aptly titled "Erseb Goes Christmas", the organisers revealed that a number of all-rounders would be given the opportunity to represent Malta in various international competitions. La Voix Academy under the tutelage of vocal director, Gillian Attard was the most successful in terms of students who acquired these tickets, managing 16 out of the 18 possible slots. The other 2 students are successfully taught by Glen Vella, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative, and Audrey Marie Bartolo, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
Ti Amo Onesti (Romania)
Gianluca Cilia (La Voix Academy)
Naolene Borg (La Voix Academy)
Lake Pearls (Macedonia)
Mariah Nicola Vella (La Voix Academy)
Jahel Cardona (La Voix Academy)
Riona Degorgio (La Voix Academy)
Kelsie Borg (La Voix Academy)
Shania St John (La Voix Academy)
Baltic Voices (Lithuania)
Michela Pace (Audrey Marie Bartolo)
Eila Mangion (La Voix Academy)
Kylie Meilak (La Voix Academy)
Kelsey Farrugia (La Voix Academy)
Kelsey Bellante (La Voix Academy)
Aire Nuevo (Spain)
Sarah Farrugia (La Voix Academy)
Danika Cutajar (Glen Vella)
Jilliane Camilleri (La Voix Academy)
Star Dest (Czech Republic)
Christina Magrin (La Voix Academy)
Rachel Lowell (La Voix Academy)
Veronica Rotin (La Voix Academy)
On behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, we would like to wish all the 18 participants, the very best of luck in their endeavours abroad, hoping that they will not only shine as artists, but bring back trophies to Malta, ensuring that the talent which is being cultivated continues to grow. A round of applause goes to Erseb Productions, and the Vocal Directors for ensuring that such opportunities are available for the personnel who will make up the future local music scene. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Erseb Productions
In 2013, male singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, made a much anticipated return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Needing You" co-written with Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. In a surprise first runner-up finish, the singer/songwriter stated that while he will not be making a return as a singer, he would dabble into songwriting. He kept to that promise, and submit "Breakaway", a track co-written with Simon Gribbe, for former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Glen Vella.
The result was extremely respectable, finishing in third place, behind "Warrior" sung by Amber and "Rush" performed by Christabelle. Spending Christmas in Sweden, Kevin is busy working on new songs with Starlab Publishing, and reaping the rewards of earlier work in the year. You might remember that "Sweat" by Japanese sensations TVXQ/Tohoshinki peaked at number #1, but now their latest studio album has become the best selling studio effort of 2014. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
After an amazing show, we got to know who will be the 14 (fourteen) competing in the Maltese National Final tomorrow evening. There are some of the qualifiers which were a bit of a surprise to see them go through to the next stage, but after tonight's performances, we can say that all the acts did brilliantly and it was a wonderful show.
At the end of the evening, there were 6 eliminated acts; Lyndsay, Iona Dalli, Raquel, Domenique, Danica and Corazon. People in the venue were surprised at the outcome, noting that there were seriously surprised to see Danica and Raquel miss out on a place in the final. The only explaination for this, is to ensure that there is diversity in terms of genres.
At the post-showcase press conference, Head of Delegation and Public Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard congratulated the qualifiers, whilst thanking the other 6 acts for their contribution to an extremely high standard.Following the draw of the first and last slots in the running order, the producer came up with a finalised version of the draw, one which you may denote below.
01. "Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)
02. "12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
03. "Once in a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)
04. "Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
05. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani)
06. "Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella)
07. "Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
08. "It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)
09. "Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)
10. "Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)
11. "Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)
12. "Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)
13. "The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)
14. "Something in the Way" - Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek)
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the 14 qualifiers, and the 6 non-qualifiers for putting up a great show. We urge you to stay tuned even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Just a quick reminder, that during the Final, a LIVE report will be conducted by Clifford Jo Zahra, who was at the venue during the semi-final.
On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Glen Vella.
Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?
It’s a very catchy tune. The style is upbeat and makes you feel good. Certainly you can dance along to it.
In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?
I am a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and after the experience of 2011 it was my dream to one day take part in this great spectacle again. I hope that my dream will become a reality with this song!
Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?
I believe that many talented singers have been sent to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest over the years. They have enjoyed their chance to represent the country and always to the best of their abilities and the audience has always appreciated their efforts. I really hope so!
If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?
There are so many other good songs in this year’s competition that it would be unfair to choose one!!
Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?
I have recently embarked on an exciting new project at Vocal Booth Studios. I am director and tutor of Vocal Troupes. The aim behind Vocal Troupes is to teach different techniques that are necessary for singing in a group which are different to individual singing.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
Your support and love means a lot to me! I hope you like my song and that I am able to repay your loyal support with a great performance. Wish me luck!
On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest within the Marsa Shipbuilding, host venue of this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts will have the opportunity to perform on an incredible stage, one which has been specifically designed and create for the international competition. Earlier this afternoon, the running order of the semi-final was made public.
With the Public Broadcasting Services having already drawn Lyndsay in slot number #1 and Ekklesia Sisters in slot number #2, during the initial meeting held earlier this month, it was down to the producers to select the rest of the running order, hoping to create a mixture of genres, aiming to keep the public entertained. A quick glance at the list, one would realise that wherever the genre is seemingly similar, they are grouped in a specific manner.
1. "Home" – Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)
2. "Could Have Been Me" – Iona Dalli (Philip Vella)
3. "Still Here" – Franklin (Alexander Rybak)
4. "Rush" – Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)
5. "Fandango" – Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
6. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani)
7. "12, Baker Street" – Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
8. "Something in the Way" – Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek)
9. "Breakaway" – Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)
10. "Stop Haunting Me" – Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)
11. "Take Me As I Am" – Domenique (Biglert / Schneider / Jangklev / O’Connor)
12. "The One That You Love" – Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)
13. "It’s OK" – Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)
14. "Close Your Eyes" – Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
15. "Secretly" – Corazon (Corazon)
16. "Beautiful to Me" – L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)
17. "Warrior" – Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)
18. "Chasing a Dream" – Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
19. "Once In a While" – Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)
20. "Love & Let Go" – Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella)
Just a quick reminder that you may still purchase tickets for the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest by visiting the ticketing portal, Ooii. The prices are €10 (Gold Circle), €20 (Platinum Circle) for the semi-final, and €20 (Gold Circle), €30 (Platinum Circle) for the final. In the latter round of the competition, 14 acts through from the 20 competing in the semi-final will fight for the right to represent Malta in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Vienna, Austria. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: PBS / TVM