24 September 2017

On the 17th and 18th April 2015, at the Republic Hall in the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the Public Broadcasting Services will be staging ‘Amber in Concert - Warrior’, a spectacular event which will serve as a farewell concert to Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Joined by a 40-piece orchestra, inaugurated in December during ‘A Night at the Theatre’, under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela, composer of “Could It Be?” (Eurovision 1991), “In a Woman’s Heart” (Eurovision 1996) and “Another Summer Night” (2001), Amber will have the opportunity to perform several songs LIVE whilst accompanied by a variety of supporting artists, all of whom are instantly recognisable in the local music scene.

Joe Cutajar (Eurovision 1972), Franklin Calleja (Malta Eurovision 2013, 2014, 2015), Kurt Calleja (Eurovision 2012), Gianluca Bezzina (Eurovision 2013), Christabelle (Malta Eurovision 2014, 2015), Gaia Cauchi (Junior Eurovision 2013), Federica Falzon (Junior Eurovision 2014), Luisana Bartolo (Malta Eurovision Backing Vocalist 2012), Ivan Grech (Lead Singer of WinterMoods) and the Southville Dancers have all been given supporting act roles.

If you have not yet obtained your tickets for the event, and do not want to miss this event, then make sure to visit the official website of the Mediterranean Conference Centre. ‘Amber in Concert – Warrior’ tickets for the 17th April are still available, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services only added this date, after the high demand on the previous standalone date. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: tvm.com.mt

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On Saturday 4th April, the Grandmaster's Suite at the Hilton Hotel played host to Sanremo Junior Malta 2015, a national selection process in which a panel of professional judges selected three (3) artists from three (3) different age brackets, to represent Malta in Sanremo Junior 2015, held on the 15th April 2015 at the Ariston Theatre in Italy, whilst accompanied by an orchestra.

Albert-Lauren Agius and Christina Magrin, students of Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy as well as Isaac Mercieca, student of Pamela Bezzina at Vocal Booth Studios have won their respective categories and the opportunity to represent Malta at Sanremo Junior 2015. Apart from the category winners as chosen by the panel of professional judges, there were also prizes given to the public choice, as chosen by the public viewers on television, and the audience in the hall, as well as the categorical results chosen by a special kids jury, whose results did not bear too much difference from those of the professional panel of judges.

Professional Jury

Category A1: Albert-Lauren Agius with "E’ la Mia Vita"

Category A2: Christina Magrin with "Mamma Knows Best"

Category A3: Isaac Mercieca with "Clown"

 

Public Choice Award

Chanelle Cardona with "And I'm Telling You"

 

Televoting Award

 Albert-Lauren Agius with "E’ la Mia Vita"

 

Kids Jury

Category A1: Martina Cutajar with "Let It Go"

Category A2: Christina Magrin with "Mamma Knows Best"

Category A3: Kelsey Farrugia with "Strange Birds"

The show, hosted by Elaine Saliba with the support of magician Gwylim Bugeja was broadcast directly through Television Malta (TVM), not only incorporated a total of twenty-five (25) participants, but also featured a number of highly acclaimed guests amongst which Kurt Calleja, Monia RussoDestiny Chukunyere, Laetitia Amodio, Karl Luke Schembri, Kylie Meilak, Sebastian Calleja, CentreStage Academy, St Michael Foundation and winner of Holland’s Got Talent 2014, Amira Willighagen. Sanremo Junior is organised by Societs Kismet srl and is turning six (6) this year. The selection process in Malta is led by Antonella Vassallo of Stand Out Events. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Sanremo Junior Malta, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Janice Mangion, an exceptional female vocalist, whose emergence onto the local music circuit was established through "L-Isfida", a talent show which brought together the three artistic disciplines; singing, dancing, and acting, in hope of finding a true all-rounder. Since then, she has never looked back and has gone onto reach the latter stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, apart from making the finals of the Summer Hit Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

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The second guest of the evening is, Julie Pomorski, also a female singer, whose ascent to notoreity was during the 2004 L-Għanja tal-Poplu, emerging victorious with the song "Żewġ Qagħqiet" written by Augusto Cardinali and Giovann Attard. Since then, she has put her name forward to compete in a number of local music competitions including the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Summer Hit Song Contest and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is fair to say that she has a contemporary look and sound, making her a truly all-rounder from an artistic point of view.

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The third and final guest who will be accompanying Deo Grech this evening is Lara Dimech, recently part of the annual charity event Rockestra, having had the opportunity to perform "I Love Rock and Roll". Apart from being a talented singer, she is also a brilliant actress, having had lead roles in television dramas such as "Katrina" and "D.R.E.A.M.S", both of which air through channels run by the Public Broadcasting Services.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

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"Escape", composed and produced by Carlo Gerada, lyrics by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), and mastered by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios, with vocals provided by Stefan Galea, is currently receiving airplay on all major radio stations, whilst supported by a music video, one shot and directed by Angie Laus, Duane Laus, and Marlon Polidano on behalf of WE Media.

The music video was shot entirely at So City Club, Paceville courtesy of Graham Testa. The location fits perfectly with the theme and genre of the song, thus making it a dance floor filler in order to appeal to various teenagers, whilst highlighting a new direction in Stefan Galea's career. The setup of the music video is very diverse, thus making it unique and special. It portrays different characters in the club scene, with a spectacular team of break-dancers, choreographed by Peter Ray Portelli (Waterfall Dance Company).

Stefan is currently busy performing live acoustic gigs with his guitarist Kurt Aquilina (Maltese representative at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2014) on various TV shows. At present he is being vocally coached by Gillian Attard from La Voix Academy and Alison Ellul where he is also, currently busy preparing for his trinity guildhall voice examinations. 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: Press Release

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On Saturday 4th April 2015, Malta will be selecting three (3) contestants for this year’s edition of Sanremo Junior, an annual singing competition, held in Italy, for talented children between the ages of six (6) and fifteen (15). The event set to take place at the Grandmaster's Suite at the Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by Elaine Saliba, former hostess of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and will be aired directly on Television Malta (TVM).

Split up into three (3) different categories, twenty-five (25) artists will be moving into the spotlight, hoping that they get the opportunity to showcase their talents twice, once in Malta and once in Italy.  Should they succeed in achieving this feat, they will not only perform at the Ariston Theatre, but also with an orchestra, an unforgettable experience. Below you will find the names of the artists, as well as the cover songs which they will be competing with.

Section A (6 to 9 years)

Leah Cauchi (It’s Oh So Quiet)

Martina Cutajar (Let It go)

Albert Lauren Agius ( E’ la mia vita)

Kacet Azzopardi (Regalero un sogno)

Martina Galea Loffreda (Mi sei scoppiato dentro al cuore)

 

Section B (10 to 12 years)

Aidan Jay Drakard (Se Brucarse la Citta)

Christina Magrin (Mamma Knows best)

Chanelle Cardona (And I’m Telling You)

Haley Azzopardi (I Who Have Nothing)

Nicole Hammett (Phantom of the Opera)

Nicole Frendo (Turning Tables)

Demo Galea (My Kind of Love)

Thea Aquilina (That’s Life)

Shania Borg (Un Amore Cosi Grande)

Kayley Cuschieri (Upside Down)

Milena Bianco (Adagio)

 

Section C (13 to 15 years)

Victoria Sciberras (This is a man’s world)

Ramona Mifsud (Rise like a Phoenix)

Martina Micallef (I’m not the only one)

Aidan Cassar (Love me harder)

Isaac Mercieca (Clown)

Kelsey Farrugia (Strange Birds)

Nicole Camilleri (I am changing)

Kimberly Zarb (Il mare calmo della sera)

Michaela Agius (Nella Fantasia)

Nevertheless, the public at home and at the venue will also get the chance to watch and listen to a variety of guest acts such as; Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the song "This Is The Night; Destiny Chukunyere, Kylie Meilak, Sebastian Calleja, Karl Schembri and Laetitia Amodio, winners of their respective categories in Sanremo Junior 2014; Amira Willighagen, winner of Holland's Got Talent in 2014; Monia Russo, a female singer who accompanied Povia at Sanremo 2009; Alec Carter, a talented pianist; Gwilym Bugeja, a professional magician and choreographies provided by St Michael Foundation and Centre Stage Dance Academy.

Should you wish to attend the event, you may send an email to Antonella Vassallo on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Muscat on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in Sanremo Junior 2015, as one hopes that the success of Destiny Chukunyere in 2014 is replicated once more.

Source: Sanremo Junior (Official Facebook Page)Television Malta

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The Maltese representative has been busy with her preparations for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and the team behind her has been working hard in making the 2015 experience a positive one. Amber is working hard with her vocal coaches, lyricist and composer in making sure that she delivers a strong performance on stage. 

A lot of rumours have spreading around about Amber’s presentation and something which always catches the attention of a lot of people is certainly the outfit for the final night. The whole team behind the song has been working hard in improving on every sector and has taken each and every comment on board to ensure that the song has the desired visual impact needed to impress on the Eurovision night.

Something that a number of people criticized during the final night back in November was that her outfit was too common and far too dark especially with the general setting of the stage for the song. In fact after a number of consultations with industry professionals, the team is working on making sure that she will impress with what she would be wearing on the actual night.  In a recent interview, Amber quoted saying that she will be a true warrior. 

This interview generated loads and loads of interest and Amber was heard saying ‘off air’ that the team got the inspiration from ‘Xena the Warrior Princess’ hence the reason why she is working daily on her fitness routine, in order to look the best possible way. It seems that the team of designers will be taking a modern take on the warrior princess’ costume as they clearly want to highlight that Amber is a good warrior who is there to inspire others.

Whether the outfit is the best way to highlight this is yet to be seen but it is surely something on the right track. Malta and its people have proved to be warriors over the years, decades, centuries and it is believed that Maltese history will be taking the forefront for Malta’s visuals on stage with numerous sights and locations. Amber is going to be Malta’s gladiator in Vienna and she will truly represent Malta, its history and its beliefs by one dynamic performance.

No matter what the result would be, Malta this year is being represented by a strong independent woman with strong beliefs who loves ghost hunting and judo… one would never know but these two hobbies can surely come in handy in Vienna. Maybe she will have the opportunity to communicate with Mozart’s spirit who will give her some guidance in order to secure herself the victory whilst she fights her way thanks to her judo skills against some of the competitors.  

Update: On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Amber and the Maltese delegation the best of luck for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. We trust that the team is surrounded by the right individuals in ensuring that Amber's outfit and stage presentation is of high caliber. Those who were left wondering whether Amber will be ghost hunting in Vienna and using her judo skills against them, rest assured she will definitely be focused on the task at hand. For yet another year, we have brought you a light article for April Fools Day - always good to have a laugh on such days.

One thing is for sure, Amber will be Malta’s true warrior in Vienna as she will dress, look and act like one. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

On the 21st March, Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta was the backdrop for this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition with 16 talented acts, whose lyrics inspired those present in the hall, and those who will be watching on television in a couple of days, noting that the event will be airing on TVM2 on the 31st March.

This week, Deo Grech is welcoming the artists who finished in the top positions; Ecca Muscat, who was the winner with the song "Ġismi" written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano; Raquel, the first runner-up with "Ċans Ieħor", written by Norbert Borg & Daniel Paul Farrugia as well as Rita Pace, the second runner-up with "Battibekk", written by Emil Calleja Bayliss, Paul Attard and Rita Pace.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

At the end of 2014, the jury and public agreed unanimously that "Warrior", written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca with vocals provided by Amber, would represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. The journey is heading into it's final stages, as the female vocalist has been busy with the music video launch, the release of the digital single on iTunes and Spotify, and most recently the recording of the postcard.

The introductory clip, shot by the host broadcaster of the international event, ORF is split up into two parts, the first part set in the silent city of Mdina, Malta's former capital city, and the second part set in the picturesque town of Zell Am See, a ski resort in Austria. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta

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It is fair to say that musicians have a yearning to record an album while active in the music industry, and although this feat is not easy to achieve, it is not impossible. This statement is echoed by several, but most recently by Nadine Axisa, a veteran female singer whose work in the festival circuit has been well documented throughout the past twenty years. “Velvet”, a subtle name which evokes a sense of peace and tranquility is the name that the female artist chose to name her debut album, a collection of 12 original songs, all of which are ‘jazz-infused’.

12 months on, and Nadine Axisa is still riding high on the positive critical acclaim received, so much so, that the project has led to the release of a music video, this time for the song “Stormy Night” with music and lyrics by Kris Spiteri. The professional cut is mainly based on the sound, rather than theatrics and hence, one could see a cluster of musicians, well representative of those who were involved in the production of the song. We urge you to watch the music video below, purchase a copy of the album through iTunes, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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Andy Shaw, a skilled 14-year old male singer/songwriter whose breakthrough appearance was at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a special guest, and Gaia Cauchi, a female singer/songwriter best known for winning the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start" co-written with Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), have decided to share their mutual love towards music, by recording "Love Me Like You Do", a song from the highly acclaimed motion picture 'Fifty Shades of Grey' as a duet.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Cyprian Cassar at Tenishia Studios, the release of "Love Me Like You Do" is supported with a monochromatic music video, specifically created by Joseph Agius to reflect the lyrical context of the song. "Love Me Like You Do", written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Ali Payami and Tove Nilsson is an emotional ballad which would be best described as synthpop, originally interpreted by British female singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding. 

As a duet, Andy and Gaia gave the song a completely different feel, altering the meaning of the lyrics ever so slightly, encompassing the true meaning of friendship, rather than staying loyal to the lustful meaning, as exhibited in the original version. 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: Press Release (Ironic PR & Artist Management)

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