24 April 2017
Saturday, 01 October 2016 15:45

KKI 2016: Dario Bezzina Emerges as the Winner

Written by

It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina.

Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below.

24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa

23rd place: “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Josuel Grech

22nd place: “Saltna fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Amulet

21st place: “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) - Dominic u Ina

20th place: “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Dwett

19th place: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar

18th place: “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) - Domenique

17th place: “Riħ mill-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

16th place: “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Joseph Refalo

15th place: “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) - Roberta Sacco

14th place: “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) - Kurt Galea

13th place: “Fjura li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) - Laura Bruno

12th place: “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Sebastian Calleja

11th place: “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

10th place: “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) - K4

09th place: “Vittorja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese

08th place: “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

07th place: “Wasal iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Neville Refalo

06th place: “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Clive Muscat

05th place: “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) - Grecia Bezzina

04th place: “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

 

Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese

Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar

 

03rd place: “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) - Karen DeBattista

02nd place: “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kaya

01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: NET Television, escflashmalta.com

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, producers of the television programme ‘The Entertainers’ on NET Television have recently announced that they will be organising the 2nd edition of The Entertainers Singing Challenge whereby young singers, and adolescents will be showing off their vocal skills whilst accompanied by the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro Mark Spiteri Lucas.

The amended rules and regulations denote two (2) different categories; A (singers between 9 and 12 years old) and B (singers between 13 and 16 years old). Each of the participants will be asked to perform a song of his choosing in front of a panel of expert judges who will be responsible for 100% of the final result.

A seperate prize will be given to the winner of the SMS vote. The singers who get through to the final phase of “The Entertainers Singing Challenge” might be asked to trake part in any events organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment or any other entities. The idea is that opportunities increase.

For more information about participation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which is set for Tuesday 23rd August. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

Thursday, 18 August 2016 18:16

KKI 2016: The Songs through to the Final Phase

Written by

In the aftermath of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, the attention of the local music scene quickly turns to the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, another music competition which features original songs in Maltese, capping a successful series of months for our national language.

This year’s edition of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be returning back to it’s home-base on The Granaries in Floriana, noting that 12 months ago, the festival was staged at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, something of a rare occasion.

23 entries will be sung on stage, but prior to that, there are still some eliminatory phases which need to be held, first starting off with the “Talent Żgħażugħ” category from which 3 songs will be chosen through a mixture of tele-voting (40%) and expert jury voting (60%). Those competing are as follows:

01. “Illum” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Sarah Camilleri (5230 2090)

02. “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Shaun Zaffarese (5230 2091)

03. “Kantali Waħda” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Matthias Brancaleone (5230 2092)

04. “Pittura” (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) – Cynthia Zaffarese (5230 2093)

05. “Tama” (Dominic Cini / Alison Ellul) – Christabelle Cuschieri (5230 2094)

06. “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) – Roberta Sacco (5230 2095)

07. “Bejn Ħalltejn” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila / Clifton Casha) – Kylie Grixti (5230 2096)

08. “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Josuel Grech (5230 2097)

09. “Jien Min Jien” (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) – Sherona Debono (5230 2098)

10. “Mhux Bħal Darí” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Charlene Mercieca Magro (5230 2099)

3 songs have also been shortlisted with the “Talent Stabbilit” category yet will be requiring the full support of the public at home, noting that during the second phase of the competition these songs originally ranked between 21st and 23rd. Those competing are as follows:

01. Speċjali (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) – Aidan Cassar (5230 2051)

02. Jien Lilek Irrid (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) – Jillianne Camilleri (5230 2052)

03. Xemx fiż-Żerniq (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Janice Mangion (5230 2053)

The rest of the field, therefore 20 in total features acts who have taken part in other national competitions such as the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” and also “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Jr”. Those competing are as follows:

01. “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) – Dario Bezzina (5230 2070)

02. “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) – Dorcas Debono (5230 2071)

03. “Fjura Li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) – Laura Bruno (5230 2072)

04. “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) – Grecia Bezzina (5230 2073)

05. “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Danica Muscat (5230 2074)

06. “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) – Dominic & Ina (5230 2075)

07. “Wasal Iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Neville Refalo (5230 2076)

08. “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Dwett (5230 2077)

09. “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri lucas / Joe Chircop) – Kaya (5230 2078)

10. “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) – Domenique (5230 2079)

11. “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) – Sebastian Calleja (5230 2080)

12. “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Clive Muscat (5230 2081)

13. “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) – Kurt Galea (5230 2082)

14. “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Joseph Refalo (5230 2083)

15. “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Odessa Ann Green (5230 2084)

16. “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) – Karen DeBattista (5230 2085)

17. “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) – K4 (5230 2086)

18. “Riħ Mil-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) – Jessica Magro (5230 2087)

19. “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Sarah Bonnici (5230 2088)

20. “Saltna Fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) – Amulet (5230 2089)

On the right hand side to each competing entry, there is a number which duly corresponds to the televoting portion of the competition. In the “Talent Stabbilit”, the televoting winner is handed out as a seperate award, but the other sections have different rules and regulations as stated above. This year’s “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be taking place on Monday 19th September, and is organised under the auspices of Media.Link Communications. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: NET Television

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

On the 7th and 9th July, the semi-final and grand final of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted on stage by Sean Buhagiar and supported off stage by comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask, and Gilbert Camilleri, not to mention the tidbit interviews conducted by Josephine Ebejer Grech prior to each entry, with the lyricists.

The evening was a true celebration of our national language, through the medium of song, noting that special guests included none other than: Kantilena, the second runners-up of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2012 who have recently published their debut album; John Bundy, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 1995 with “Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws”, a song written by Martin Attard and Ecca Muscat, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with “Ġismi”, a song written by Matthew and Mark Pellicano.

A professional jury heard the songs on multiple occasions, before given the chance to listen and view each competing entry live on stage, and at the end of the evening, the results were as follows;

Best Teenage Talent: Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk” – Jurgen Xerri (Paul Ellul, Glen Vella)

Best Singer/Songwriter: Corazon Mizzi for “X’Se Jsir?

Best Social Theme: Paul Ellul for “Ta’ Billejl

Best Interpretation: Il-Biża’ u Jien” – Nadine Fenech (Rita Pace, Pamela Bezzina)

Third Place:Mellisni” – Mikaela Bajada (Joe Chircop, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Second Place: Ta’ Billejl” – Neville Refalo (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

First Place: X’Se Jsir?” – Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 144 submissions. 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

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

On the 7th July, a truly hot summer’s evening, 18 credible performers took to the stage of Pjazza Teatru Rjal as participants of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. This year, under a different light and perspective was the fact that 17 of the 18 songs were accompanied by the PBS Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and the co-ordination of Mro Paul Abela.

The result was exceptional, and here’s to hoping that the festival will continue to grow in the same manner in the years to come. The participants knew that at the end of the evening, their fate rested completely on the weight of five professional jury members, who aim was to reduce the field by 6. Their selection was made, and 12 acts have now been chosen to compete in the final.

01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo

02. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

03. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis

04. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat

05. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada

06. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique

07. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech

08. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine

09. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa

10. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

11. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono

12. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri

Hosted by Sean Buhagiar, and supported off stage by the comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask and Gilbert Camilleri, the evening was organized to extreme professionalism, even incorporating the special guests into the thematic use of Maltese, noting that the Gozitan band ‘The Travellers’ were on hand to provide the public with some of their original work. 

Be sure to tune into TVM this Saturday 9th July for the grand final of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. We would like to wish all of the acts a very Good Luck!

Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

This Friday, the 8th July will be a special day in the local music calendar as Joseph Barber Bonavia, known to many as a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest is organising a get-together in the form of a party, with music from the international competition all night long.

Several artists from the local music scene, most of them having been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, or else a national music competition will be attending, interacting with the fans and performing some of their most iconic original songs, along with a couple of covers, some being rather well known.

The line-up for this event includes:

  • Deborah C (MESC 2012-2016) 
  • Kaya (MESC 2000, 2010, 2012)
  • Raquel (MESC 2014-2016)
  • Stefan Galea (MESC 2016)
  • Marie Claire (KKI 2008, 2013-2016 – BV MESC 2012)
  • Dario Mifsud Bonnici (MESC 2016)
  • Rutger (KKI Jr 2015)
  • Claudia Faniello (MESC 2006-13)
  • Ryan Axisa (SHSC 2015)
  • Lyndsay (MESC 2015)
  • Destiny (JESC Winner 2015)

This event, aptly titled ‘Eurovision Party 2’ is being supported by OGAE Malta, as well as escflashmalta.com who have always been on the forefront of covering news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Joseph Barber Bonavia, escflashmalta.com

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

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 artists prior to the showcase.

The running order for the semi-final on the 7th July is as follows: 

01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo

02. Ma Ninsiex (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Deborah Dalli

03. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

04. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis

05. Ħanini (Walter Micallef) - Walter Micallef

06. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat

07. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada

08. Tama (Dj Mac, David Legeusse / Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13) - Shyli, Jasmar ft Kapitlu 13

09. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique

10. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech

11. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine

12. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa

13. Bħal Tifla Żgħira (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

14. Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Dalli

15. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

16. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono

17. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri

18. Waħdi Miegħek (Kaya / Ingrid Vella) - Graziella Vella

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be held on two evenings, both of which will be transmit LIVE on Television Malta (TVM). The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

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 for the listener to take an instant liking to the song and Raquel’s voice gives it the edge the number needs.
 
Raquel is surely not a stranger to the local scene as she has reached the finals of the last three Malta Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Invisible’, ‘Stop Haunting Me’ & ‘Flashing Lights’. She also had the privilege to perform during Rockestra last year, in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. Last year, she also managed a runner-up finish in the prestigious L-Għanja Tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija with the track ‘Ċans Ieħor’.
 
We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about local musicians, and their release as soon as it becomes available.
 
You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

1944” sung by Jamala on behalf of Ukraine, 2nd with both the Jury and the Public Vote has been declared winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a record 534 points. Dealing with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars back in the 1940, the female singer/songwriter was inspired by the story of her great-grandmother who was deported to Central Asia.

Wearing a lilac dress, Jamala swept to victory with stunning vocals, showing that simplicity could sometimes be key in reaching a desired result. Well Done Ukraine! In 2nd place was Australia, and in 3rd place was Russia, the latter being the winner of the Public Vote and the former being the winner of the Jury.

Malta’s representative Ira Losco who sang her heart out on the song “Walk on Water” finished in 11th place, receiving a lone ‘douze points’ from Montenegro. Despite the mid-table result, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco for a spectacular performance on her drum and bass song, also applauding the hard working delegation. It is worth noting that she had initially finished in 4th place with the Jury but languished behind in the public vote ranking in 22nd place. In the semi-final, Malta did extremely well finishing in 3rd place, just behind Russia and Armenia.

We would also like to thanks our #guest commentators: Karen DeBattista, Claudia Faniello, Brooke Borg, Janice DeBattista, Franklin Calleja and Julie Pomorski for their support. Thank You for joining our coverage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

#WoW! It is the day of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest final, and one can definitely feel a sense of excitement in Malta, as the small Mediterranean country is through to the final after a 1-year absence.

Represented by female singer/songwriter Ira Losco with “Walk on Water”, a song she co-wrote alongside Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond, Malta will perform in slot #22 in a strong 26 participant family which will open with Belgium and close with Armenia, as had been previously published.

Once more Ira Losco put on a spectacular performance during both dress rehearsals prior to this evenings’ show noting that the professional juries in all of this year’s competing countries passed their judgement last night. It is now up to the viewers who will assess the performances based on what comes on this evening.

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Ira Losco all the very best of luck for this evening, pointing out that whatever the result, the hard work and commitment has definitely shined through.

In the meantime, we encourage you all to follow the minute-by-minute #live commentary on escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter which will feature female singer/songwriter Julie Pomorski, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2005 as well as Frankln Calleja, the 2nd runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

Page 2 of 268

Related Articles