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Malta: Charity Song features Ensemble of Stars

In the past couple of years, charity has been one of the most pivotal aspects in the creation of a state, which while somewhat limited in resources, is not lacking in generosity, with record funds being targeted and achieved every year. "L-Istrina" is the most important charity event, with funds given to various organisations.

As a means of supporting this noble gesture, a theme song is recorded, and what is intriguing is that several familiar faces make an appearance, all in the face of charity. This year, the song is entitled "Int Min Int", and is composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Giovann Attard with production entrusted to Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions.

"Int Min Int" features the vocals of; Amber (ESC 2015), Dominic (MESC 2015), Renato (ESC 1975) , Ina Robinich, Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 2013), La Barokka, Mary Spiteri (ESC 1992), Mary Rose Mallia, Noel Zarb, Georgina (ESC 1991), Janvil (MESC 2005-2006, 2009), Josmar, Iona Dalli (MESC 2015), Lawrence Gray (MESC 1998, 1999, 2001-2004, 2010, 2012, 2015), Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Deborah C (MESC 12-14).

We urge you to watch, and donate during this year's edition of "L-Istrina" as it is aired on Television Malta, ONE Television, NET Television, F Living and Smash Television during the traditional "Boxing Day", otherwise also known as the 26th December, the day following Christmas. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: L-Istrina (Official Page)

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Welcome to a new initiative by escflashmalta.com. Given that a lot of our readers are not Maltese, on a monthly basis, we will be reviewing two songs in Maltese so as to encourage more and more of our foreign readers to listen to them and still understand the meaning behind them. We believe that language should not act as a barrier when it comes to music, hence, our reviews in English for songs in Maltese ought to facilitate one’s encounter with such songs. The choice of such songs is purely personal and any opinions expressed do not necessarily resonate with those of the editorial team. Also, do not bother to suggest any songs you deem fit to be dealt with in future posts.

Tema  ̓79: Composer Mro Paul Abela, Writer, Ray Mahoney 

Its first debut was in the 70s, in the rock opera Ġensna (literal translation: Our Nation), first held at Ħaġar Qim, one of the megalithic temples still standing in Malta. The number, 79 refers to the historic date of 1979, when the British military base left Maltese shores and following whole centuries of colonisation Malta finally conquered freedom.

The children, dressed in white and red represent a symbol of a resurging Malta, the old lady crippled by centuries of foreign rule now experiencing rejuvenation under a local ruling. Previous rulers are seen nodding at the audience, following one another in sequential order, hinting that the musical is reaching an end now that Malta is free. The song may be interpreted as a medley for it is delivered by all main singers, including Renato, Chaterine Vigar, Mary Rose Mallia,  Paul Giordimania, Bayzo and John Cutajar.

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The introductory lyrics give way to a whole series of vocabulary that derives from the natural world. The Rose (il-warda) is seen sprouting from the bramble (għollieq) and thirsty dry thorns (xewk għatxan), symbolising the revival of Malta, represented by the flower. Even the clouds (is-sħab)  seem saddened by the bitter fate of Malta, an evident use of the technique known as pathetic fallacy, whereby the weather conditions are influenced by the mood of the protagonists, in this case a whole nation. 

Minn bejn l-għollieq musfara

minn bejn ix-xewk għatxan

il-warda l-għajn li tara

lewn ħamran fl-għelieqi u l-qigħan.

Minn bejn is-sħab imnikket

Minn bejn iċ-ċparijiet

The birds (għasfur, singular) are now singing with joy and their song (il-għanja) will be everlasting, now that their country is free. Moreover, the wings (il-ġwienaħ) of the free (meħlusa) Maltese are now seen reaching the skies, heading towards the sun (ix-xemx), which could also be understood as a reference to all Maltese who died as martyrs, who can rest for real now that Malta is free. The Maltese flag (il-bajda u ħamra) is implied by the mention of the its two colours, the white (abjad) and the red (aħmar) respectively, and just like the cheerful bird song, it never ends (ma tintemmx), indicating a persistent nation that keeps on fighting till the end., whatever the hurdles along the way. 

Il-għanja qatt ma jsikket mis-smewwiet

l-għasfur sajjied

[...]

u l-ġwienaħ tal-meħlusa

jittajru lejn ix-xemx

[...]

Il-bajda u ħamra nbusha

bħalha m’hemmx li ma tintemmx

Such a patrotihic theme can never feel complete without a reference to God (Alla), which follows at the very end of the song, in a prayer-like manner, implied by the address from all Maltese encouraging Him to have a look upon (ħares fuqna) a nation that is finally free (qed jgħix mill-ġdid).  

O Alla ħares fuqna

dal-ġens qed jgħix mill-ġdid

The song is extremely synonymous with Mary Spiteri (Malta Eurovision singer in 1992 with Little Child) due to an immaculate cover version of the song. In fact she also delivered Tema  ̓79 during Ġensna in Concert in 2009 (http://youtu.be/-S0vdSBfGPg).  However, very recently, in 2014, Ira Losco has also given a flawless cover version of the song during the second concert version organised by Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjoni Nazzjonali (FĊN).

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Bulebel in Żejtun is currently hosting the annual Beland Music Festival with a variety of spectacular concerts taking place over a period of 9 days, entertaining various crowds. Following their coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest last night, attention remains on a similar scene with Four Decades of Pop taking place later on this evening. The line-up which includes several artists who have already been a part of the international spectacle mentioned before hand will have the opportunity to sing LIVE with the Beland Band under the direction of Mro. Ray Sciberras. 

Carlo Borg Bonaci will be the host for the evening whilst some alternative form of entertainment will also be offered by the Paul Curmi Dance Company. The vocal line-up includes; Olivia Lewis, Glen Vella, Chiara, Mary Spiteri, Ozzy Lino, Eleanor Cassar, Neville, Alexia, Gillian Attard and the La Voix Academy. We urge you to attend the event at Bulebel in Żejtun and remind you that entrance is FREE but any donations made will be given to Puttinu Cares, one of the most respectable charities in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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CAP-Sounds, a record label based in Germany and distributed by Universal Music, known for publishing most of the entries that Malta has sent to the Eurovision Song Contest has prepared a special surprise for all fans of the international competition. escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that the company has been busy speaking with artists, songwriters and label executives about getting the rights to each of the songs that represented Malta in the past, from the first ever entry in 1971 to the most recent one in 2013.

Unfortunately, despite all their efforts, some songs are missing either due to unclear legal issues or personal reasons but that should not marr the cloud of the compilation album, the second ever to be put on disc and digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. It is a must have collection for all fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, and of course, of Malta’s participation in the international competition. This compilation includes none other than; Marija l-Maltija (1971), L-Imħabba (1972), Could It Be (1991), Little Child (1992), This Time (1993), Keep Me In Mind (1995), In a Woman’s Heart (1996), Let Me Fly (1997), The One That I Love (1998), Believe ‘n Peace (1999), Desire (2000), Another Summer Night (2001), 7th Wonder (2002), On Again ... Off Again (2004), I Do (2006), Vertigo (2007), Vodka (2009), What If We (2009), My Dream (2010), One Life (2011) and This Is The Night (2012).

A further suprise by CAP-Sounds are the inclusion of four (4) bonus tracks, all from this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello), One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) and Because I Have You (Amber) all making the final cut. escflashmalta.com would like to thank Manfred Holz, owner of CAP-Sounds for taking up such an initiative, one which we had been personally hoping to happen for a very long time. Stay tuned for more of the latest news.

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On the 10th December 2013, the Catholic Institute in Floriana will play host to the launch event of a brand new compilation album which aims to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas; the gift of giving. All the proceeds made from this record will be given directly to one of the most recognised charities in the country, that being; Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

 

The compilation album features a range of well known vocalists, including a series of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Morena (2008), Ludwig Galea (2004), Mary Spiteri (1992), Debbie Scerri (1997) Chiara (1998, 1999), Georgina & Paul Giodrimaina (1991), Mike Spiteri (1995), Miriam Christine (1996) and Renato (1975). On the other hand, there are several artists who have been close to becoming representatives; Eleanor Cassar, Janvil and Richard Edwards.

A launch concert hosted by popular television host, Angie Laus is being organised at the Catholic Institute in Floriana with tickets being resered on a first come, first served bases. It is wo'rth pointing out that the compilation album, produced beith Andrew Zammit at Tone Studios will not be available for a fixed price and will always be against a donation. All of the money collected will donated to the charity announced beforehand.

In order to hear snippets of the songs found in the album, make sure to visit the official website of this project where you will also learn several interesting details about the singers who have been included within the project. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and help support such local events in the music calender. More news from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the Eurovision Song Contest this throughout the week.

Source: Press Release

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Friday, 19 October 2012 01:29

MESC 2013: Who Is The One To Beat?

As the preparations for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest are underway with the composers, authors and singers finalizing their entries, the common public have already started discussing who they think is the clear favourite to succeed Kurt Calleja in Malmo, Sweden. Big names from the local radio industry have been mentioned throughout but attracting them to the local competition is always challenging but if any of them submit and make it through to the finals they will surely stand a good chance to do well and possibly win.

Albeit this, though it seems that the front runner for this years’ contest is none other than last year’s second runner up Amber. Amber made a name for herself after managing to come second in the local talent show ‘ID’ and from then on she never looked back. She participate in the Malta Hit Song Contest and the year after went on to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Trid Tapprezza. The same year she made it through the semi-finals of the contest with two songs Touch Wood and Catch 22, with the latter making it through to the final stages of the competition. 

Last year, it was Amber’s second time in the contest and she captured the judges’ attention achieving a third place thanks to her power rendition of Answer with Your Eyes. From this experience onwards, Amber was presented with a number of opportunities. She was approached by PBS to accompany Kurt Calleja in Baku as his main backing vocalist. This experience gave her a taste of the Eurovision world and having carried a vital role last year, some people thing that this could be her year; all this assuming that Amber is submitting an entry to this year’s competition but if she does she will surely be the main front runner. 

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The other favourite will surely be Claudia Faniello who was last year’s first runner-up with her magical song Pure. A lot of people think that Claudia Faniello’s year was last year but if she decides to return to the competition for the eighth time expect her to return with a something strong and original. It will take something special to surpass Pure but Claudia showed what she is capable of achieving last year and few would be surprised if she manages to come back with something even stronger. So, if she returns no one should count her out, especially considering the strong results she’s had in recent years.

The return of former entrants is always possible. Fabrizio Faniello has been trying for a number of times and he has always done well. He is just one of two singers who represented Malta on more than one occasion and if he succeeds, he will emulate Chiara's feat. Other entrants who tried again after their win include; Paul Giordimaina  Georgina, Mary Spiteri, William Mangion, Moira&Chris, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. The return of some of these is remote but others have kept in touch with festivals and haven't ruled out a return. These mainly include Olivia Lewis, Miriam Christine and Ludwig Galea; if any of these return, they will surely pose a significant threat.

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Having mentioned the two main front runners one cannot forget other talented individuals who have been participating in the contest for a number of years. The finalists in recent years have all presented strong entries and none should be underestimated in such a competition. After all this is a song contest which should reward the best song at the end of the night and not a popularity contest. Two years ago, an unknown Thea Garrett won the hearts of the local public and the judges’ votes with her power ballad My Dream. So who knows, it might be someone new who can repeat the same feat, although it is not an easy one, surely it isn't impossible. 

Well, there are a lot of questions that are left to be answered, most of these questions will be answered in the upcoming days when the submissions come to a close at the end of this month but until then we have to play the waiting game. We cannot really comment either before we hear the final versions of the songs that will be submitted this year but we would like you to share your views with us on which singer, singers or bands you think should be the ones succeeding Kurt Calleja. In the meantime, keep following escflashmalta.com for all the latest updates about the local music scene.

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Recent advancements in the local music scene has seen a boom in terms of the release of new material but then again, back in the olden days, things were quite different and looking back at how things developed, one would remember that a number of individuals did not have the means that exist today and thus, had to find a way to achieve success through other methods. One of such artists who best represents the local music scene of the past is none other than Mary Spiteri who had set her sights on representing Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest during our inaugural participation. Throughout the years, the renowned performer who has been said to have the makings of a diva on more than one occasion has continued to amass popularity, one which is thoroughly deserved. 

Mary Spiteri had been performing somewhat all her life and her talent was picked up quite early by raving music critics who believed that she could make it because she showed interest and had the right qualities to do so and whilst the focus here will be on her participations in the Malta Song for Europe competition in search of a Eurovision Song Contest participation, she has also put her name forth in a variety of projects including musical Ġensna amongst others. Her very first participation in the local competition to go abroad and thus represent Malta came back in 1971 with the track Min Int (Who Are You?) which most probably finished in the top three but then again, she did not put her name forward the following year, only to return back in 1975 when Malta was preparing to take part for the third time and for the first time in English language. Her entry which bore the name Live For Tomorrow finished in second place behind Renato, missing out by just seven points.

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Ultimately, following a stint when Malta did not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, only to return back in 1991, Mary Spiteri decided to continue putting her name forth and she did in 1992 with the song Little Child composed by Georgina Abela and penned by Ray Mahoney, winning the competition quite resoundingly leaving Moira Stafrace and Mike Spiteri in second and third place respectively. The song was well received abroad by foreign judges because Mary Spiteri finished in third place behind Ireland who were represented by Linda Martin and the United Kingdom whose participant was West-End star, Michael Ball. The renowned diva does speak of her positive experience in a number of local interviews and has tried to return to the event on three occasions, the first time coming in 1995 with the song Just One Love failing to finish in the top three despite singing her heart out.

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Putting the disappointment of 1995 behind her, she found the strength to return to the competition just two years later with a beautiful ballad which was entitled Lovers Play With Words and this time round, she did hit the right notes because she returned back into the top three, in third place just behind Debbie Scerri and Catherine Vigar who had songs which were very much current during those times especially when it comes to the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest with Ireland finding victory with a sound which was quite similar. Mary Spiteri went onto speak that her time in the international showcase had passed and thus continued to perform in Malta and even abroad at times when invited as a guest but ultimately her swansong would come in the 2008 Malta Song for Europe when she qualified with two tracks, one entitled If You Believe and the other being My Last Encore.

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Mary went on record stating that she was sick the day leading up into the festival and said she would still be doing her best in order to make sure that her last performances at the Malta Song for Europe would be well appreciated by the audience which seemed to wholeheartedly support her. The end result during the evening though was in the hands of the judges when it came to qualification and Mary was omitted from the final list despite stunning performances. That would be the last time that she has performed in the esteemed event although she was also invited as a guest in the 2010 edition of the Malta Eurosong performing her Eurovision entry, Little Child as well as the Lara Fabian hit song, Adagio. We honestly hope to hear something from Mary Spiteri in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about local artists.

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The Beland community has always been the one to organize different events that help promote local talent and attract locals to their events. It all started back in 2006 with the concert Alive and from then onward they never looked back. Last year they took the initiative of organizing a week full of concerts with different number of guests throughout the week. escflashmalta.com was on site for most of the days and the crowd just got bigger and bigger with each passing day; surely something the organizers hoped for from the start. This meant one thing – the event was a huge success and when you have a successful formula you stick to it hence why the Beland Music Festival is BACK. 

The festival will open on the 12th of May and will come to an end on the 20th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will probably be better and even bigger. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. For the second straight year, the festival will take place in the Market Square in Zejtun and like last year it will take the form of an open air concert which will run for nine straight days. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.

Saturday - 12th May at 20:30

Winter Moods Live

Supporting Act: The Crowns

 

Sunday - 13th May at 10:00

Wheelspin Car Show

‘Belt l-ghannejja’ - Maltese folkloristic music (Ghana) will be performed by local folk singers and guitarists, with Kelinu Cutajar (Is-Superstar) 

 

Sunday - 13th May at 12:00

‘Belandfest’ - Marathon of entertainment with activity for all the family and many attractions including dance shows, animation teams and music performances. There will also be the mobile Blood Donation Unit to encourage people to donate blood and save lives. 

 

Sunday - 13th May at 20:30

‘Delicata Wine Night’ - Live concert by Cash & band, Planet Feed and Antz Walking.

 

Monday - 14th May at 20:30

‘Nostalgija’ - Special concert gathering most of the well-known local singers together to perform live their Maltese classics that have been entertaining the public over the last four decades. Amongst the artists taking part are Freddie Portelli, Bajzo, Georgina, Christian Arding, Bartolo Sisters (daughters of Sammy Bartolo), Tony Camilleri, Joe George and Mike Spiteri, all live with the Band of Mro. Paul Abela. 

 

Tuesday - 15th May at 20:30

‘Malta Pop Show’ - Pop concert with Malta's most famous Pop singers, including Claudia Faniello, Gianni, Richard Edwards, Fabrizio Faniello, Muxu, Christabelle, Urban Echoe, Keith Dance Studio and more. 

 

Wednesday - 16th May at 20:30

‘Think Floyd - The Definitive Pink Floyd Experience’; International Live tribute show of the legendary group Pink Floyd. 

 

Thursday - 17th May at 20:30

‘The Green Gathering’ - Exactly one month before the feast of Zejtun, all the Beland family and feast enthusiasts will meet at Market Square for this big gathering. 

 

Friday - 18th May at 20:30

Airport Impressions Live

Supporting act: Dry Connections

 

Saturday - 19th May at 20:30

‘Alive The Concert’ - A big concert with Malta's best voices, including Chiara and Glen Vella.

(UEFA Champions League final will be shown on Big Screen). 

 

Sunday - 20th May at 19:15

Zejtun Youth Mass

 

Sunday - 20th May at 20:30

‘Beland Spectacular’ - The grand closing of the week, with the Beland Band in the leading role in a live concert with a number of famous singers, namely; Mary Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Thea Garrett, Mikaela, Wayne Micallef, Eleanor Cassar and Raquela. 

One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 12th of May to the 20th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. escflashmalta.com is proud to support this event in fact aiding in the production of the 'Malta Pop Show'. Stay tuned for more information.

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