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The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has gained a lot of prestige in recent years noting that the element of production of the showcase has improved along with the respective quality of the entries and that makes it quite interesting in terms of the track that ultimately ends up representing the country. There has been renewed interest in the competition from foreign songwriter and producers and that has really managed to get the local individuals to up their game and improve in order to beat their counterparts from abroad and dominate the festival themselves. It is quite intriguing that the last two winning entries have featured Maltese songwriters but this time round in 2012, it was only one third of the full team with This Is The Night by Kurt Calleja reaching the final. In the meantime, one of the artists who has come forward to the editorial board at escflashmalta.com is none other than Rachel Verzin who confirmed that she will be vying to enter the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

At this point in time, this portal has confirmed a number of artists who will be submitting including CorazonStefan GaleaMarilena GauciDanica Muscat, Domenique, Kaya, and Gloriana Arpa Belli respectively. The young artist came to prominence during this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza where she performed the track Dell L-Istilel composed by Dominic Cini also known as Minik and penned by Stephen Baldacchino, with whom she seemed to have worked with also on her Malta Eurovision Song Contest entry according to social networking website Facebook where she stated 'a huge thank you goes out to Dominic Cini and Stephen Baldacchino! Couldn't be happier with the final product.' Rachel herself is ecstatic about the whole project remarking to escflashmalta.com that she would like to go a step further because the experience garnered from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, an eight place finish showed her that she is good at what she does. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days with regards to the submission process of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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The twenty-first edition of the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was organized on The Granaries in Floriana more than three weeks ago with many somewhat surprised at the final result as announced by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber whose sheer professionalism shined throughout the whole evening broadcasted on NET Television. In the lead up to the competition, many had been talking about who the eventual winner would be and our poll is somewhat reflecting that opinion once more although it is to be noted that most of the votes for Deborah C and her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna came from Gozo, the Maltese sister island from which, the performer comes from. According to the readers of escflashmalta.com though it seems that it is the only point of agreement with two stars emerging out of their shadows to take centre stage finishing in second and third place in our poll, despite somewhat finishing in the second part of the top ten in the official results as revealed exclusively by this media outlet, the morning after the competition.

In a quick analysis of the results, it seems that the first major winner is none other than the eighteen year old; Danica Muscat whose reputation in the industry is quickly starting to precede her. She gave a masterful performance of the song Indipendenti penned by Cher Vella to the music of her father, Philip. Overall, the track finished in sixth place but our readers seem to believe that it should have been the one to challenge Deborah C for the victory noting the eventual runner-up; Marilena Gauci with the song Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop could only manage seventh place in our poll. The statistic is somewhat extremely intriguing when one notes that the experience of the two performers is somewhat similar with Danica having a slighter edge having been to Italy on the show Io Canto on Canale 5 and thus gaining the opportunity to perform with some of the most well known names in the Italian music industry whilst receiving advice from world wide stars in the form of James Blunt as acknowledged in our recent exclusive interview. Both performers will be submitting tracks for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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The second biggest winner in the poll seems to be the rather unknown Rachel Verzin whose sheer talent evolved quickly on stage as she gave a rousing performance of the track Dell L-Istilel composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. This was the first ever nationwide competition for Rachel and it almost did not happen when the backing track played and stopped in the first couple of seconds. Remaining calm and relaxed though, she performed with confidence, enough to earn her eight place with the jury on the evening. The actual third place was given to Domenique with the song Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella which ended up in fourth place within our poll meaning that the people somewhat agreed with the official placing that the young, upcoming performer achieved during the evening. Another notable mention when taking this poll into consideration is the result achieved by Julie Pomorski with the song Għidli Int written by Augusto Cardinali which finished in fifth place as opposed to the tenth place result given by the jury on the night. A stunning performance left several people blank and it seems that her comeback has hit the right note already. The opinion in the poll only reflects the opinion of the readers and not of the editorial board behind this website.

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One of the competitions which proudly promotes upcoming talent as well as the Maltese language as a leading form of communication through the world of the arts is the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and for the very first time this year, there were a number of changes brought in to the competition, one of them being the 60% Jury and the 40% Tele-Voting split in the Talent Żagħżugħ portion of the competition as well as the addition of LIVE backing vocals to have that special something to the song both the aforementioned category as well as that featuring the Talent Stabbilit. Both were introduced through two members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team who fought the conservative fight for change in the competition. Taking into account the former, there was one artist who took the risk to try and impress the present jury of the evening, that being none other Ludwig Galea, Mandy Micallef Grimaud, Mike Spiteri and Matthew Calleja. Live backing vocals have become common especially in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the fact that when going abroad, the rules and regulations state that all the vocals have to be performed live to the best possible ability. 

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The track which indeed had the live backing vocalists on stage was Mill-Bidu Nett, a composition of Elton Zarb with lyrics by Rita Pace and a performance by Francesca Scerri who entered the competition for the third time. Nevertheless, despite a good performance, they succumbed to thirteenth place, just outside the top ten. It is quite intriguing how much the prerecorded backing vocalists have an effect on the final performance, with none other than the winner Deborah C coming to mind noting that her track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop had four backing dancers with head mics which mimed throughout the whole performance to the pre-recorded backing track which was over-masking most of the track itself. In fact, escflashmalta.com has engaged a vocal coach who wished to remain nameless and remarked that Deborah C usually has a better voice however the song is a bit low for her, it sits almost all the way through in her lower register so her voice is not sounding as pleasant as it should.

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Many people have put a cloud on this victory as they believe that the interpretation given by the performer was not worthy of a winner despite other strong performances during the evening. Still, the jury does take everything into account and that is the most likely reason why Deborah was crowned as the winner of the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza joining the likes of fantastic live performers such as Miriam Christine, Amber, Mike Spiteri, Annabelle, Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Nadine Axisa, Kaya, Roger Tirazona and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. Nevertheless, it is always worth pointing out that the addition of live backing vocalists will surely be well accounted for in the future should it continue. Stay tuned for more news on escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks along with features with regards to some of the leading competitions in the Maltese Islands.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:35

Exclusive: Full Results of the KKI 2012

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been well adapted not only to promote the best in local talent but also the language with the competition remaining the only particular background for Maltese, one of the main items which many can identify to be heritage. The pace of the festival went smoothly except for a small minor glitch during one of the latter entries which prompted an immediate restart and ultimately a great response from the audience. The Established Category featured performances from twenty acts in total with a variety of genres well represented whilst the Teenage Category features a total of four entries this time round because of a tie in third place in the second phase of competition which was televised through the programme Indifest as hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber who were also the comperes for the evening. In the end, the winners of each respective category were agreed upon by the jury panel made up of Mike Spiteri, Ludwig GaleaMandy Micallef Grimaud and Matthew Calleja

It is important to point out that the introduction of the mychoice.pn award was a welcome addition with the online voting racking in multitude of votes from all over the country whilst the tele-voting has always kept things on edge. The top three results were resoundingly met with applause especially as Domenique with the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella was the first announced in third place, followed by Marilena Gauci and her song Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop and then finally a content and surprised Deborah C with the anthemic Jekk Nużaw Moħħna penned by Joe Chircop to the music of Mark Spiteri Lucas. In the meantime, when it comes to the teenage category, the jury played a pivotal role in selecting the track Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop therefore making Joe Chircop, one of the most decorated men in the competition alongside Mark Spiteri Lucas who together also went onto tele-voting with Deborah C and the aforementioned Jekk Nużaw Moħħna as well as the mychoice.pn award which went to Roseanne Cordina with the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. Below you can note the full result, an escflashmalta.com exclusive.

Teenage Category

01. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop) - 208 points

02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi) - 192 points

03. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) - 176 points

04. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri) - 164 points

 

Established Category

01. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - 388 points

02. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 368 points

03. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 337 points

04. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - 314 points

05. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - 304 points

06. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points

07. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri) - 292 points

08. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - 282 points

09. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 275 points 

10. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali) - 274 points

11. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - 271 points

12. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace) - 256 points

13. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace) - 237 points

14. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant) - 229 points

15. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) - 225 points

16. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) - 221 points

17. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras) - 205 points

18. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg) - 189 points

19. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 177 points

20. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 176 points

escflashmalta.com had the opportunity like in the past two years to speak to the winning artist and composer of the track, this year being none other than Deborah C and Mark Spiteri Lucas respectively. The Gozitan singer who is currently reading for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Malta is extremely happy with the victory stating she indeed 'did not expect it' and ultimately adding that it was even more positive to note that the 'jury and the public agreed unanimously' on the track which they have worked hard to present. She thanked all of the people who supported her from Gozo and Malta as well as her entourage for making this a possibility. Speaking to the composer of the track, he told us that since 2001, he has managed to finish on top on 'five different occasions' making this his 'third victory in six years'. He notes that it was a combination of teamwork which saw to the fact to break records in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza making this the first entry 'to win both the public and jury vote within the same year'. The editorial board would like to congratulate all of the respective winners and better luck next time to all those who tried and did not succeed this time round.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:15

KKI 2012: A Stunning Spectacle Tonight

Mike Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Tarcisio Barbara, Claudette Buttigieg and Kaya could all note to have at least one thing in common and that is being winners of the elite Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been organized by Media.Link Communications for a numerous number of years, noting that this years' edition will be the twenty-first in total and fifteenth consecutive one as a matter of fact. The committee behind the competition led by Mark Azzopardi and including members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team have worked hard to include a number of innovations in the past two years noting the beginning of a seating area which would definitely keep the audience at bay as well as the official preview videos for each track to help aid in terms of promotion. There is stiff competition this evening, featuring twenty acts that will be leading the way in the Established Category and another four acts who will compete in the Teenage Category as revealed last week on Indifest as shown on NET Television.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted on The Granaries in Floriana by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and will be featuring guest performances by Mike Spiteri who returns as last years' winner as well as Kurt Calleja and his band who represented Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit never managing to make it through to the final stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, it has to be noted that there will be a number of awards that will be given out this evening including the online voting which has been ongoing through mychoice.pn, the tele-voting through the clips which have been put online and on NET Television throughout the summer and also the jury voting as chosen by Media.Link Communications. The latter two will be important for both categories with a separate award for the Established Category for each and a combined vote for the Teenage Category which will feature 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting. escflashmalta.com would like to wish everyone the best of luck and invite the people to attend or tune into NET Television at 20:30 CET to watch the proceedings unravel live.

Teenage Category

01. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

03. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa)

04. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri)


Established Category

01. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

02. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

03. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras)

04. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) 

05. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

06. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

07. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

08. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)

09. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)

10. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

11. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

12. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

13. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace)

14. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

15. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

16. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

17. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali)

18. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

19. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

20. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, My Choice, escflashmalta.com

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:30

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Flimkien'

The editorial board of escflashmalta.com wanted to spice up things just a tad with regards to the feature that was taken on board and thus instead of working the way through the songs in their respective order as they will be performing later on during the day, they were presented starting from the last entry and indeed, the final one will actually be the first to perform. Whenever one does not succeed, then giving up is not the option even though it might sparkle at a certain outlook. There is a certain amount of luck which each individual can utilize without even knowing when the timing is right and this could be said for the next performer, Kristen Camilleri who will be performing the track Flimkien composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. This was one of the three entries that eventually got through to the competition following the withdrawal of three of the qualified entries by Domenique and indeed, it has been an intriguing ride noting that this track features in the top five of the tele-voting portion of the competition, having done so from the early stages. This year, each track received the same amount of promotion through official videos as posted on YouTube and also reviews as published on escflashmalta.com daily for the past couple of weeks.

Teenagers have one of the most pivotal roles in the country and it is unequivocally important that their challenges in terms of goals for the future are met with great respect, dignity and praise at times with the shaping up of the future owed to them most of the time. The country will be dealing with stern challenges but then again, together, everything can be dealt with a relative pace and thus, one has to start acting as soon as possible to make sure that things get back to normal and ultimately succeed in continue creating a positive world which the people will continue living in. Kristen Camilleri is one of the newcomers to the local music scene noting that this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is well adjusted including acts which have already garnered a name for themselves and others which are looking for that shining moment which would make or break their careers. Nevertheless, Kristen has already accomplished quite a lot having studied under classical soprano, Gillian Zammit and starring in shows such as Dr.Seuss - The Musical put on by Masquerade Theatre Arts School. In recent months, she was also the backing vocalist for three entries at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and she is set to star in the upcoming edition of D.R.E.A.M.S which will be airing every Wednesday night on Television Malta.

Philip Vella is the man behind the music in this particular entry providing the competition with a total of eight compositions this time round, with three lyricists in general, those being former winner Joe Chircop, his daughter Cher Vella and singer/songwriter Rita Pace. Philip won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2009 breaking the flow that was being set up by Mark Spiteri Lucas who had won it in the two years before and ultimately paving the way for two victories of Ray Agius, therefore being the only one in the last five years to have managed to break the domination of the most successful composers of the competition. Philip is an accomplished performer as well having taken part in the competition in 1999 with the track San Seksek Pro Nobis and in 2001 with the tracks Ġens B'Identita and Kieku u Kien whilst writing the music and lyrics to many other songs. The lyricist in this track is his daughter Cher Vella with whom he penned another two tracks and with whom he also made it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with, earlier this year with Lawrence Gray as the lead vocal. Watch the official video below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Presently, the world of Disney Channel has become one of the most intriguing ways of how to create professional performers through the medium of acting and then singing in shows which would air through the same respective programming network. This could surely be the idea that has been taken up by the likes of the Public Broadcasting Services whose stalwart channel, Television Malta has been highly promoting the musical drama series D.R.E.A.M.S which will be returning this upcoming autumn/winter every Wednesday night. There is sheer quality in terms of talented stars and one of them is actually competing in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the form of Analise Mifsud who is performing with the name Esilana. The track that she will be performing is entitled Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien, composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. It is to be noted that despite certain people not needing the publicity, it is vital to make sure that everyone is treated the same with Media.Link Communications and escflashmalta.com working together in making sure that each act is given equal representation in the press through online analysis of each track and even the shooting of a preview video for each as uploaded through YouTube. This is the second to last review noting that Esilana will be performing second this evening.

Ours is the Best Time would be the translation of the song and as opposed to the last couple of tracks which have been presented in our series, this is the one which comes out as a romantic journey between two young lovers which is further emphasized through the use of typical music instruments, especially a guitar solo which helps build up the general context of the track. Esilana speaks to her lover that being young is one of the best things that any being should help promote noting that the future is in their hands to control, with a metaphorical lyric on board, saying that they know what they want out of life and will continue to achieve that together as one. The performer is one of the youngest participants in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and she is one of the upcoming stars in the local music scene with many knowing her for promoting minority awareness through her lesbian role in the hit television musical drama series D.R.E.A.M.S alongside the likes of last years' Teenage Category runners-up Michela Dalli and Michela Galea as well as this years' Antoine Kayleigh. This is her second major point when it comes to music and she will surely be taking it all in when it comes to experience.

The name of the performer might be new to many but then again, the songwriters are definitely bringing up a lot of music history between them especially when taking into account that the composer, Ray Agius has been the most successful man in this festival, racking up a total of six victories including for the past two years, those coming with Amber and her track Trid Tapprezza as well as Mike Spiteri and his song B'Rieda tal-Azzar. It is also to be noted that this stage that Ray wrote two songs for the Eurovision Song Contest, these being 1995's Keep Me In Mind by Mike Spiteri and also 1997's Let Me Fly by Debbie Scerri. He has worked predominantly with Godwin Sant, by himself and also with Alfred C Sant throughout the past couple of years and this track has been co-written with the latter. In fact, Alfred C Sant co-wrote both of the songs that went to the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the track for Amber in this competition as well. His most recent achievement was the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the same female performer finishing in third place singing his track Answer With Your Eyes. You can watch the official video just below and also keep in touch with escflashmalta.com for the last analysis.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

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Monday, 17 September 2012 18:15

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Rebbiħin'

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has always been one of the competitions to help not only promote upcoming artists but also the Maltese language hence forth why it is being organized for the twenty-first year so to speak with former winners including the likes of Mike Spiteri, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Claudette Pace, Nadine Axisa, Amber, Roger Tirazona, Lawrence Gray and Ira Losco amongst others. Strategy is key to success in any industry and being relatively young is a great aid to what the future would generally hold and this is surely the case as we unravel the third entry of the evening which is brought forward by Francesca Sciberras who will performing the track Rebbiħin composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Celestina Sciberras. Working your way to the top is one of the elements which makes talent more exciting because the public would be present to watch the performer grow from strength to strength. Media.Link Communications in collaboration with the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza have worked really hard to make sure that each act gets ample promotion hence the record of the official preview videos as published through YouTube and also an analysis of each track on escflashmalta.com respectively. 

Translating the title into English would be Winners and the track deals with the elements that the Maltese had to encounter in the past, striving to achieve what indeed was theirs all along and coming out on top as the winners. Nevertheless, one has to take into account that the lyrics seem to refer to a particular being who worked hard to achieve independence and sought to make sure that the future for the country would be enlightened with positivist ideas. Starting off with the lyricist of the track, Celestina Sciberras is a relatively unknown individual in the music industry noting that she is the mother of the performer and has decided to pen her first set of words in a song which is very much as patriotic as most Maltese people tend to be about their culture and history. The first time is always a milestone so to speak and being in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a big step for any first timer. Nevertheless, she does come into the game with one of the leading singer/songwriters in the country, Miriam Christine.

The Gozitan performer who represented Malta in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with the track In A Woman's Heart reaching tenth place at the end of the evening has continued performing but writing songs for other people as well making it to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a self penned entry entitled Mama in 2009 for example. Being a former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, she is surely giving Francesca a lot of advice with regards to her presentation tomorrow evening whilst hoping that she will be taking in the whole experience as another one in a long chain for the young up and coming singer. Francesca Sciberras has already represented Malta on an international stage being one half of the duo that went to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009 with the track Double Trouble finishing in eighth place. Nevertheless, this is her first senior major competition and will be doing her best to make sure that this path of success will continue. You can watch the performance of the track in the official video just below and we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

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Saturday, 15 September 2012 13:25

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Id F'Id'

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a reference of how much the competition has achieved through the years, noting that last year, the twentieth anniversary was celebrated with former winners including the likes of Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Claudette Pace, Nadine Axisa, Roger Tirazona, Kaya, and Annabelle Debono. This time round, there has been a lot of talk with regards to the fact that most of the participants are somewhat young and therefore represent the upcoming generation of talent in the local music industry. Moving onto the fourth entry to be performed on the night of the competition, it is the track Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit with the vocals being provided by Simone Gauci who won the right to take part in this years' edition of the prestigious festival thanks to a wildcard offered to the television programme Passport 2 Indifest through the programme Sas-Sitta hosted by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. It is pivotal to note that the success of the first edition has prompted a second competition with submissions having closed just a couple of days ago. This is one of the many changes that Media.Link Communications have introduced in 2012 in order to continue in promoting upcoming talent. With regards to promotion, it is also to be noted that official videos of each competing entry was shot and have been highly promoted through a series of analysis on escflashmalta.com in order to give people more of an insight.

The fourth track in the evening, noting that our series has catapulted through all of the entries backwards, sees an easy translation to the official song title, this being Hand In Hand. Throughout the years, the competition has gone onto promote a number of tracks which deal with the positivism of being a national in one's country as that is the best means of promotion. In fact, it has to be noted down that in this track, the lyrics delve into this particular individual who takes into account that everything has to be achieved in unison through hard work and people should join forces on each respective issue in order to deal with it better and make sure not to miss anything with more minds inclined to a particular subject. The lead performer on this track is Simone Gauci, a relatively new name to the local music industry and one of the youngest prodigies. What is quite intriguing with this artist is she brings about quite a different range managing to hit the lower notes and the early section of the higher notes with relative ease. Her sweet tone makes the lyrics sound better and overall, the quality that is emitted is somewhat impressive. She has been part of several choirs and in her sixth form experience was also part of the solo soiree amongst other things. Winning the Passport 2 Indifest competition was only the first in what seems a long line of successes that will come in the months and years to come. 

Having a look at the songwriters behind this track is equivalently important because where Simone lacks in terms of experience, is brought about by them noting that Renato Briffa is one of the most notable names in the local music industry having won a large portion of awards in the foreign music scene including most recently the Universong in Canary Islands in 2010 and 2011 respectively writing the music for Come Fly With Me performed by Corazon as well as Love Was Made of Clay by Gloriana Arpa Belli, the daughter of 1972 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Helen Micallef. On the other hand, he has written tracks for the likes of Leontine and Anna Azzopardi, also making the semi-finals of last years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the retro track Unfaithful which was also penned by Keith Zammit, who has become his most trusted partner in lyrics in recent years. Nevertheless, the most recent success of the lyricist has come without the aid of Renato Briffa noting that last year, he finished in second place within the teenage category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track L-Istorja Tagħna composed by Dominic Cini and performed by Michela Dalli. Keith has also made it through to the finals of the Malta Eurosong on a couple of occasions including the track All I Need with the music of Andrew Zammit. Nevertheless, their collaboration will surely not go by unnoticed. You can listen to the track just below and keep on following escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in the days, weeks and months to come.

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KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Abjad u Iswed'

The local music scene has been somewhat disappointing in the past noting that the material released was somewhat of amateurish status but nevertheless, things are changing and Malta is currently undergoing what seems to be a cultural birth especially when noting that recording studios are on the increase with extremely professional equipment. In fact, with such a positive outcome in recent months and years, productions are even being made in the country representing foreign artists and that is what makes things so impressive. Nevertheless, the focus here is on the artist itself, one who has taken advantage of the vast opportunities that are being made available and thus would like to showcase talent through senior competitions in the Maltese Islands as already seen in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past, considered to be the most notable showcase at the moment. The girl by the name of Stephanie Zammit will be performing the song Abjad u Iswed composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. This track will be performed in the fifth position on the night of the 2012 edition of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. One of the pivotal moments of success for all of the entries competing in this years' edition of the competition is the shooting of the official preview videos which have been uploaded online through viral website, YouTube with further representation of the video given on escflashmalta.com. The committee along with Media.Link Communications thought that this is the way forward in terms of promotion.

Black and White is the translation of the title and it reflects brilliant on the lyrical element within the track itself which looks at the two colours within a metaphorical context about two ideologies which do not agree yet ultimately reflect on a whole population. The idea is that diverse opinions may be found on each subject but it is important that this is the case because otherwise it would be boring. Nevertheless, the track continues to develop even further and then ends up talking about a relationship and the reasoning between two lovers and their lack of agreement which is a beneficial aspect. The mixture of subjects is what makes this track so intriguing from the start and thus it has an edge over some of the other songs who take up their theme in a manner which is either just patriotic or about love so to speak. Stephanie Zammit is quickly climbing up the ranks of the local music industry now racking up multiple entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the group Baklava where she serves as the lead singer. In fact, last year, the track Moon Dance managed to finish in second place with the public before succumbing to sixth place in total because of the ninth place given by the Juries. Stephanie has been coming into her own vocal range as of late following a number of appearances on television including the show Clint on ONE where she had the opportunity to perform a number of acoustic tracks, sounding somewhat impeccable on each run.

The songwriters behind this track do not need too much of an introduction actually with Philip Vella having been analyzed before hand due to the fact that he has written a large portion of the track competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. He has written five tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Malta in the past including Desire by Claudette Pace in 2000, 7th Wonder by Ira Losco in 2002, On Again .. Off Again by Julie and Ludwig in 2004, Vertigo by Olivia Lewis in 2007 and also Vodka by Morena in 2008. All of the music sheets for these tracks written alongside the lyrics of Gerard James Borg who features on this track as well. They have written only a small number of songs in Maltese though including Fjamma by Deborah C last year as well as Kuluri tal-Qalb by Shirley Galea in 2004 amongst others. Their experience is somewhat important but this is going to be quite different because Stephanie Zammit is taking to the stage for the very first time as a soloist within a competition. You can listen to his entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the analysis of which only four remain before the actual competition takes place on Tuesday, 18th September 2012. 


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