28 July 2017

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In 2 weeks, 40th edition of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija” will be taking place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, featuring a total of 12 participants, those chosen by a professional panel of judges from the semi-final stage which is slated for Thursday 7th July. Those who made it thus far are already winners, noting that they managed to make it to the shortlist from 144 submissions, a record number. What’s different about the local music competition this year is that the participating songwriters and artists were given the opportunity to perform alongside the Orchestra of the National Broadcaster, led by Mro Joe Brown and Mro Paul Abela. It is worth noting that every participant was also given equal airtime on local television, with a coordinated promotional schedule to ensure that the messages of the songs are not only heard on the actual festival nights, but also directly from the…
Raquel, has decided to release her brand new single ‘Signs’ on local airwaves. Her brand new track is penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed, as well as produced by Andrew Zammit of Tone Studios. It is a slightly different style to what one is used to seeing Raquel singing but nonetheless, it is a style that suited the young artist. She keeps going from strength to strength and showing her versatility in different numbers, as one can ultimately hear in this acoustic track. The lyrics compliment the easy going melody, yet reflect the basic reality that in life one always has to keep moving whatever happens, there are always signs around us that lead us to the right path. If something goes wrong, just like in a game, there’s always time to find your way back on track. This sweet, yet catchy number should easily tick all the boxes…
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…
Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, stalwarts in finding and promoting talent, responsible for talent shows such as “The Teen Singing Challenge” and “Passport 2 Indifest” in the past, have decided to focus their resources on finding a talented male or female vocalist aged between 11 and 15 years, during “The Entertainers Singing Challenge”. Following an initial audition phase, the semi-final comprised of no less than 32 singers, all of whom had the opportunity to perform with the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro. Mark Spiteri Lucas. On Saturday 7th May, 16 finalists chosen through a mixture of SMS (20%) and JURY (80%) voting were made public during the variety show, “The Entertainers”, hosted by popular entertainer Janvil. The members of the professional jury who picked the talented 16 comprised of: Chiara, Neville Refalo, Conrad Briffa and David Chircop. In alphabetical order, those chosen are as follows: Thea Aquilina, Gail Attard,…
"Young at Heart", an emotional roller-coaster of words, all leading to an extraordinary climax is the right balance of pop and balladry, a comfortable zone for singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, and his co-writer Simon Gribbe. The solo single release, a first in three years for the male vocalist re-ignites a passion, a yearning for a sound which the public at home have grown to love. Since finishing as the first runner-up at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the self-penned "Needing You", Kevin Borg embarked on a songwriting journey, notching up successes in both the Asian and European markets, apart from also being responsible for the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest second runner-up "Breakaway", sung by Glen Vella. In support of the release of "Young at Heart", a music video has been produced by Brand Expo Design, or rather more specifically Samuel Agius Livori and Derston Aquilina. It has already…
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 40 songs have been shortlisted out of 144 submissions that were received at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) on Tuesday 19th April. 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. During the course of the weekend, kicking off on Friday 22nd April, a professional panel of judges set forth to listen to all of the submissions, commenting that the songs were of an extremely high level, as has been the case in recent years. From the 40 shortlisted songs, 18 will get through to the first phase of the final, set for the 7th July, and then eventually the second phase of the final, set for the 9th July.…
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 144 submissions were received on Tuesday 19th April at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) in Merchant Street, Valletta. This is a record number of original songs for the ever-growing festival which is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018. As of Friday 22nd April, the first phase of the judging will commence, with a panel of expert judges whittling down to the songs by the end of the weekend, and leaving a shortlist of potential candidates, from which a second panel of expert judges will then select the 18 qualifiers. It is expected that the names of the songs through to the final phase of the competition will be made public by the end of April,…
Deo Grech will initiate 'Eurovision Fever', a special set of episodes during 'The Celebrity Night' which celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest, and in particular, the entries in contention at this year's musical extravaganza which will be taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. This marks the 10th year, an all-round decade since the beginning of such programming from the acclaimed songwriter, and music enthusiast Deo Grech. During the series, Deo Grech who will be aided by fashion consultant and stylist Fiona Vella, will be welcoming a host of special guests, including artists who have represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, artists who have put their first foot forward and tried their luck by virtue of participating in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as well music enthusiasts who have followed the event for several years, and have a good background knowledge. 'Eurovision Fever' during 'The Celebrity Night' starts on the 9th April…
Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter who requires no introduction whatsoever, having made her mark in the local music scene by partaking in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on various occasions, finishing as the 1st runner-up in 2008 and 2012, is back with a new single. “You Said”, which she penned herself is particularly striking for its sense of emotion and ambiance, combining several elements which the people have come to enjoy in a new sound which is bound to receive a positive response. ‘I’m thrilled to release “You Said” because it is another tune which is nothing like I’ve done in the past and it talks about a situation that everyone can relate to. I have taken my time to concentrate on this particular tune which is close to my heart; I want to tell stories through my music. This is a taste of what I’ve been working on and…
Red Electrick, a male pop/rock band, made up of 5 members; Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg, Ivan Borg, Jonas Delicata, and Robert Spiteri have come back stronger than ever with their new studio album "Inside You". Launched with a bang over 2 nights on the 5th & 6th March, with electrifying shows in which the album was played in all it's glory along with a mixture of other original and cover songs. "Inside You" features 13 new tracks, which include the previously released; "Young Again", "Shake", "The Runaway" and the most recent release "Everybody's Listening". Fans can expct a different sound in comparison to the previous 2 albums, "Vine Lady" and "The Unplugged Sessions", however remaining true to the Red Electrick roots. With a list of talented musicans collaborating like Kris Spiteri on piano, Simon Vella on violin, Nadia Debono on viola, Akos Kerstesz on cello, Kevin Abela on trumpet,…

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