It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina.
Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below.
24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa
Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese
Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar
01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
Source: NET Television, escflashmalta.com
In the aftermath of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, the attention of the local music scene quickly turns to the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, another music competition which features original songs in Maltese, capping a successful series of months for our national language.
This year’s edition of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be returning back to it’s home-base on The Granaries in Floriana, noting that 12 months ago, the festival was staged at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, something of a rare occasion.
23 entries will be sung on stage, but prior to that, there are still some eliminatory phases which need to be held, first starting off with the “Talent Żgħażugħ” category from which 3 songs will be chosen through a mixture of tele-voting (40%) and expert jury voting (60%). Those competing are as follows:
3 songs have also been shortlisted with the “Talent Stabbilit” category yet will be requiring the full support of the public at home, noting that during the second phase of the competition these songs originally ranked between 21st and 23rd. Those competing are as follows:
The rest of the field, therefore 20 in total features acts who have taken part in other national competitions such as the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” and also “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Jr”. Those competing are as follows:
On the right hand side to each competing entry, there is a number which duly corresponds to the televoting portion of the competition. In the “Talent Stabbilit”, the televoting winner is handed out as a seperate award, but the other sections have different rules and regulations as stated above. This year’s “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be taking place on Monday 19th September, and is organised under the auspices of Media.Link Communications. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: NET Television
This Friday, the 8th July will be a special day in the local music calendar as Joseph Barber Bonavia, known to many as a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest is organising a get-together in the form of a party, with music from the international competition all night long.
Several artists from the local music scene, most of them having been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, or else a national music competition will be attending, interacting with the fans and performing some of their most iconic original songs, along with a couple of covers, some being rather well known.
The line-up for this event includes:
- Deborah C (MESC 2012-2016)
- Kaya (MESC 2000, 2010, 2012)
- Raquel (MESC 2014-2016)
- Stefan Galea (MESC 2016)
- Marie Claire (KKI 2008, 2013-2016 – BV MESC 2012)
- Dario Mifsud Bonnici (MESC 2016)
- Rutger (KKI Jr 2015)
- Claudia Faniello (MESC 2006-13)
- Ryan Axisa (SHSC 2015)
- Lyndsay (MESC 2015)
- Destiny (JESC Winner 2015)
This event, aptly titled ‘Eurovision Party 2’ is being supported by OGAE Malta, as well as escflashmalta.com who have always been on the forefront of covering news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Joseph Barber Bonavia, escflashmalta.com
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.
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.
Source: escflashmalta.com / Spiteri Lucas Entertainment
Between Friday 8th and Sunday 10th January 2016, at the St Vincent de Paul Theatre, the 4th edition of the Singer Stage International Festival, organised by Kaya (Priscilla Giordano Psaila) took place. This year's edition was divided into no less than five (5) different categories, with a total of thirty five (35) participants from Malta, and another ten (10) participants from Estonia, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and Poland.
All the participants had the opportunity to sing two (2) songs, one during the 1st two nights, and the other during the 2nd night, with a panel of international judges passing their verdict. Making up this aforementioned panel of international judges were; Tolga Gurdil, Irina Stamenovski, Stanislaw Zielinski, Sandi Vovk and Guillermo Albelo.
Category A: 5 to 8 years
1st Place - Rihana Azzopardi - 266.90 points
2nd Place - Amy Pace - 265.60 points
3rd Place - Valery Savchuk (Estonia) - 255.70 points
Best Future Singer - Krista Sujak
Category B: 9 to 10 years
1st Place - Martina Cutajar - 244.91 points
2nd Place - Martina Abela - 236.82 points
3rd Place - Elisa Muscat - 207.72 points
Best Simpathy - Luana Schembri
Category C: 11 to 12 years
1st Place - Kayley Cuschieri - 269.70 points
2nd Place - Christina Magrin - 269 points
3rd Place - Polina Davydova (Russia) - 265.70 points
Best Promising Singer - Shania Borg Lebrun
Category D: 13 to 15 years
1st Place - Titti Girardi (Italy) - 259.40 points
2nd Place - Aleksandra Vovk (Slovenia) - 258.20 points
3rd Place - Bradley Debono - 248 points
Best Interpretation - Stamenovski Radica (Turkey)
Category E: 16 years over
1st Place - Laura Gonzalez (Spain) - 243.20 points
2nd Place - Wiktoria Sikorska (Poland) - 227.30 points
3rd Place - Bradley Gomez - 225.50 points
Best Technique - Luana Ciantar
Grand Prix Winner of Singer Stage 2015
Magdalena Chołuj (Poland) - 277.20 points
All the winners of each respective category were given a free recording session by Dominic Cini at D Studios, whilst the winner of the Grand Prix was given a free set of song lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. Previous Grand Prix Winners of the Singer Stage International Festival have included; Shieradye Micallef (2012), Destiny Chukunyere (2013) and Aidan Jay Drakard (2014). We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene, and aspiring young artists
Source: Press Release
On the 11th December, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 153 entries, a shortlist of 49 entries has now been published through the official website.
A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realize that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 10, 12, 15), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Deborah C (MESC 12-15), Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 07-13), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-15), Domenique (MESC 11, 13, 15), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13, 15), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13-15).
96 - Francesca Bonanno
Alive - Jasmine Abela
All Around The World - Deborah C
Bare Your Soul - Chaya Fenech
Battle Zone - Kurt Cassar
Beautiful - Lyndsay
Brave - Andre Curmi (Dre)
Breaking Point - Cherylis & Mikhail (Dwett)
Breathe - Cherylis
Can't Let Go - Jessika
Castle - Danica Muscat
Chameleon (Invincible) - Ira Losco
Dancing In The Rain - Francesca Borg
Empty Hearted - Domenique
Exceptional - Jean Claude Azzopardi
Falling Glass - Corazon
Feeling Alive - Kelly Ann Mintoff
Fire Burn - Dominic
Fireworks - Iona
Flashing Lights - Raquel Galdes
Flawless - Franklin Calleja
Frontline - Danica Muscat
Go Beyond The Shore - Paul Cuschieri
Golden - Brooke
Gone - Nazio Rotin
Higher - Q
Hush Hush - Jessika
I Love You - Dario Mifsud Bonnici
I Won't Surrender - Franklin Calleja
Kingdom - Christabelle
Light Up My Life - Stefan Galea
Lighthouse - Kimberley Cortis
Little Love - Franklin Calleja
MI-MI-MIND - Neville Refalo
Paper Boats - Joseph Portelli
Reaching - Panama Band (Simaria)
Right Here With You - Sarah Crystal
Rule The World - Aidan Cassar
Someday - Klinsmann
Tell Me What You Wanna Do - Julienne Liberto
That's Why I Love You - Ira Losco
The Flame - Jessika
Tonight - Kyle Mangani & Maxine Pace
Under The Sun - Daniel Testa
Victory - Amy Agius
Without You - Kaya
Young Love - Maxine Pace
Your Kiss - Malcolm
You're Beautiful - Lawrence Gray
Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-up thus far comprises of several newcomers. Well, the journey to find Amber's successor has officially begun! We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: PBS / TVM
Kaya (otherwise known as Priscilla Psaila), has recently been in touch with the editorial team at escflashmalta.com in order to reveal that her students; Amy, Rihana and Elisa finished in 2nd place with "Tre Bambole", an original song composed by the aforementioned Kaya, with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi, and Shaian Debono finished in 1st place with "Nessun Dorma" at the 'Cantagiro Music Festival' in Italy, in which Malta was taking part in for the second consecutive year.
In the senior portion of the competition, Phylisienne Brincat finished in 2nd place, ahead of Graziella Vella in 3rd place, the latter also being a student of Kaya. Success is ingrained in music where Malta is concerned and a positive outlook is definitely on the cards as these young performers grow to make up the local music scene. Last but not least, Singer Stage Academy was awarded with a prize for presenting excellent talent during the competition. On behalf of the editorial team, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, and urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about such international events.
Source: Kaya (Official Press Release)
Following a series of successful music productions in the past years, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment is back in town with yet another spectacular music production not to be missed by one and all. “BEATLES and OLDIES in Concert”, the latest addition to Spiteri Lucas Entertainment’s already impressive portfolio of spectacular productions to date, will be staged on Saturday 24th January at 19.30hrs and Sunday 25th January 2015 at 18.00hrs at the Catholic Insitute Theatre, Floriana.
This production promises to be an entertaining show for all the family and will surely give its audience the opportunity to relive the excitement and great memories of post war music and its protagonists. Act One will feature hit tunes from some of the most legendary artists of all time such as Cliff Richard, Bill Haley and the Comets, Charles Aznavour, Sandie Shaw, The Supremes, Claudio Villa, Paul Anka, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamon and Elvis Presley.
The second part of the show will pay tribute to one of the most popular and successful bands of all time – The Beatles. Twenty hits including “She Loves You” “Eleanor Rigby”, “Love me Do”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Ticket to Ride”, “Let it Be”, “The Long and Winding Road”, “Something”, “Can’t Buy me Love”, “Obladi Oblada”, “Yellow Submarine”, and “All You need is Love” amongst others will be interpreted by some of Malta’s best performers.
For this musical show, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment has assembled a highly talented cast with the likes of Amber fresh from her success in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Ludwig Galea, Dorothy Bezzina, Debbie Scerri, local Elvis tribute artist Redent Falzon, Ivan and Krista Spiteri Lucas, together with Neville Refalo who is also responsible for a 40 strong children’s choir that will also perform in this show. Other singers taking part in the show include Kurt Cassar, Abigail Critien, Julie Pomorski, Maria Abdilla, Michela Galea and Kaya.
All artists will be accompanied by a live seven piece band under the direction of musical director Mark Spiteri Lucas who is also responsible for all musical arrangements to be performed throughout the show, while Celaine Buhagiar and her Dancel Dancers are responsible for Choreography. Kurt Spiteri Lucas is responsible for technical direction while Ludwig Galea is responsible for artistic direction.
Part of the proceeds from the show will go to Id-Dar tal-Providenza. Book online on www.istitutkattoliku.com or www.activemalta.com. Alternatively you can buy your tickets from the Catholic Institute Theatre Booking Office: 21 238 429, Catholic Institute Bar: 21 242 551, or phone on Hotline: 9989 668, 9946 8429. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Press Release
“In and Out of Love” written by Gorgi and Erik Rydmark, with vocals provided by Kaya, is currently competing for the right to represent Switzerland in the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The local singer/songwriter, a three time qualifier to the selection process in Malta, where she found success 14 years ago, finishing in 3rd place with the song “Our Love” composed by Alfred Zammit to the lyrics of Cynthia Sammut, did submit entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014-2015, failing to pass the first hurdle.
In recent weeks, Kaya was competing in this year’s edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in a duet with one of her students, Nicole Brincat. Their entry “Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon” composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, mustered enough points to finish in a respectable 4th place. This was one of the most disappointing results for the veteran performer who had previously been part of the winner’s circle on no less than three occasions.
Switzerland is currently on the look out for potential entries to represent them at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Vienna, Austria. Their online portal, organised by SRF will eventually see to the selection of 3 potential entries, who will be competing along with the choices of the French (RTS) and Italian (RSI) broadcasters. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.