29 March 2017

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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89 submissions have been sent in to the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, as stated in a statement published by the organising committee of the local music competition, which airs on F Living. Over the next couple of days, a shortlist of 45 entries, from which the final 17 entries are chosen will be made public on the Official Facebook Page of the Summer Hit Song Contest, and escflashmalta.com through the main portal, and the social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Even though the competition will feature 18 different acts, 1 has already been given the greenlight to proceed, having been given the opportunity to compete as a result of the Public Choice Award given in 2014. As a matter of fact, Rita Pace & Audrey Marie will be competing in a duet for the second consecutive year. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest

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On the 21st March, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place at Sir Temi Żammit Hall, at the University of Malta, under the stewardship of Ryan Borg and Angie Laus. Broadcasted LIVE through Radju Malta, with guest commentator Tony Micallef, and airing on Television Malta 2 on the 31st March, the competing entries bore an intriguing mixture of recurrent social themes, some which relate to the masses, and others which are more individually specific.

Karen DeBattista, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song "Jien Ma Naħdimx" composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace was the special guest at the beginning of the evening, to a rapturous applause. Later on, another special guest, albeit a singer/songwriter, Philip Vella was presented with the 'Għanja Li Tibqa' Award for his multiple participations in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, performing a medley of iconic songs, including, "Marija", "Kemm Jien Beżżul" and "Fil-Każ Grazzi".

A professional jury, which included the likes of Joe S Grech, Paul Abela, Paul Buhagiar and Albert Marshall went for mature numbers, songs which embody a strong message, either musically or lyrically, yet at times difficult for the general public to comprehend. The aim is to challenge the perception on issues which people rarely discuss in public, including sexual abuse, re-introducing prisoners into society and quarelling.

Best New Talent: "Niftakarna" - Abstract Acoustic Duo (Gabriel Cassar)

Best Singer/Songwriter - Mark Cachia for "Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl"

Best Social Theme: "Ġismi" - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

Best Interpretation Award: "Battibekk" - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss u Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Third Place: "Battibekk" - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss u Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Second Place: "Ċans Ieħor" - Raquel Galdes (Daniel Paul Farrugia, Norbert Borg)

First Place: "Ġismi" - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 16 finalists, for being so cooperative in organising the promotional campaign which included a series of interviews, and also presentation of entries. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

'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.

Debbie Scerri, a female vocalist, whose experience in the local music industry has flourished since winning the 1997 Malta Song for Europe with the song "Let Me Fly" written by Ray Agius, finishing in 9th place at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland. She has since then taken part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the International Festival of Maltese Song, apart from representing the country in a number of foreign competitions, as well as touring. In recent years, she joined the project 'Animae Gospel Choir' led by Pamela Bezzina and Glen Vella, to much success. She is also a dedicated television host, having fronted the Spiteri Lucas Entertainment productions; "Sas-Sitta", "Sibt Familja", and "Se Niżżewġu".

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Ina Robinich, the second guest of the programme this evening is also a skilled female vocalist, who gained positive repute following her masterful interpretation of the song "Wellidni" composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Deo Grech. The song went onto win L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2004, amidst a flurry of discussion, noting that the subject was extremely fragile, and still is. Ina would perform in groups, duets, and solos, going onto reach the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the Summer Hit Song Contest on more than one occasion.

The third guest is Veronica Farrugia, a skilled actress, known for her current portrayal of the character 'In-Nanna Carla' in the television drama 'Iċ-Ċaqqufa'. The fourth and final guest of the evening is Josette Sciberras, a fashionista and wife of renowned Maestro Dominic Galea. 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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'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.

Marie Claire, a third year student at the University of Malta who has gained notoreity by virtue of following a career in the local music industry, is the first guest of the programme. The female vocalist, a finalist in the Junior Song for Europe, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, and the Summer Hit Song Contest, was also a backing vocalist to "Take Me Far" alongside Grecia Bezzina and Karen DeBattista, at the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She cites every experience, as a positive one, and is looking forward to continue growing in the music scene, having recently joined Ironic PR & Artist Management.

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The second guest of the programme is Ruth Frendo, a television personality, associated with paranormal activity, as well as the Editorial Head of 'Gwida', Malta's most successful tabloid magazine. The third and final guest is Stephanie Zammit, a female model, having been crowned Miss Malta a couple of years ago, as well as a lead vocalist of the group, Baklava, who have been through to the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on more than one occasion, most recently in 2011 with the song "Moondance" which had come second in the public vote.

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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Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer-songwriter who has twice represented Malta in Europe's most favourite music competition, recently made an unexpected guest appearance on Xarabank, discussing the personal struggles faced with drug addiction. During the courageous interview, he spoke about the strength that he had to find from within, and as a result, his return to the love of music, the creation of a new song, "Walking Away".

Co-written with Noel Borg and Philip Vella, the emotional ballad has truly touched the hearts of many and will be officially launched tomorrow, during Ħadd Għalik on Television Malta. Following the performance, the song will be made available on all legal platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and is in the distribution abroad by Universal Music including major promotional campaign in Germany where his production company CAP-Sounds is based.

Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. 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: CAP-Sounds

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Warrior”, composed by Elton Zarb, to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca (Muxu) with vocals provided by Amber, has been given an extensive revamp, in preparation for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to take place in Vienna, Austria on the 19th, 21st, 23rd of May 2015.

In a Press Conference, held at the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Creativity Hub, the female vocalist, Amber was visibly overcome with emotion, as she introduced the final product, which the gathered media had long been waiting for, in anticipation. The new version of the song, worked on by Manolito Galea, Elton Zarb, Gordon Bonello, Arturo Pellegrini and Kevin Abela, will be the final version, as sung in front of millions of people.

“Warrior” is about dealing with the difficult challenges in life, and having the strength to overcome obstacles. The preview video is extremely faithful to every word of the song as the interpretation represents the changing mood from negative to positive. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: tvm.com.mt/eurovision

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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.

Mark Tonna, a male singer/songwriter, who is considered a veteran of the local music scene, requires no introduction, having been a finalist in most national competitions; Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, The International Festival of Maltese Song, and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. His most recent appearance, back in 2013, at the International Festival of Maltese Song, saw him finish in second place with the song "Poeta Bla Kliem", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss, missing out on victory by just a mere 3 points.

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The second guest on the show, is also a singer/songwriter, but a female one, and a pioneer in country music. I am referring to Marisa D'Amato, a former Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, and a radio broadcaster, aiming to promote country music to the masses. The third and final guest for this week is Natius Farrugia, co-host of the Summer Hit Song Contest and also Mayor of Zurrieq. His love towards the local music scene and the Eurovision in general, has been well documented throughout the years, and as a result, has always been on the forefront of promoting artists who strive to succeed.

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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Back in November, following the successful duties as host nation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, "Warrior" composed by Elton Zarb, to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca (Muxu) with vocals provided by Amber, was selected as Malta's entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Since then, with the support of Arturo Pellegrini, Manolito Galea, Kevin Abela, Gordon Bonello and composer Elton Zarb, the music of the song has been re-worked, or rather strengthened, in order to give the song more depth. This brand new version, along with the accompanying music video will be officially launched on Monday 9th March at 16:00 CET at the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Creativity Hub.

In a first for Malta in recent years, the music video does not have an accompanying storyline, with the song being the sole focus, noting that every lyric was taken into consideration to assure that the graphic is fully representative. Given the fact that there were a lot of special effects, including items being smashed, most shots were taken with just one taken, with no manoeuver space. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: tvm.com.mt/eurovision

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