17 August 2017

Ben Camille and Valerie Vella will be hosting the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Valletta, Malta on the 20th November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Ben Camille, started out as a model, before turning his attention to acting taking on a lead role on the popular television series “Strada Stretta”. In recent months, following his successful hosting of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, he has also been asked to host the television programme, “Twelveto3” taking over from Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist, Corazon Mizzi.

On the other hand, Valerie Vella is a seasoned female host, having been asked to host the national final for the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, the most recent being in 2011, been the spokesperson giving out the points and also serving as the Head of Press in one of the Advisory Teams that had been appointed to oversee Malta’s participation.

We're not done yet though, as the hosts of the red carpet and the opening ceremony will be none other than two female actresses whose star has been on the rise in recent years: Taryn Mamo Cefai and Larissa Bonaci. We are more than sure that they will be up to the task at hand.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and Malta’s participation with Christina Magrin and her entry “Parachute”.

Source: PBSJuniorEurovision.tv

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Parachute”, with music by Florent Boshnjaku, lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca and Christina Magrin was officially released last night on Television Malta (TVM) following the 8 o’clock news bulletin and very soon after also on the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Apart from hearing the song for the very first time, the general public also had the opportunity to view the preview video produced by V Squared, in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Services. Shot in just one take, it follows a similar pattern to Kiesza’s “Hideaway”, but the output itself could not be any different, sporting a fantastic backdrop of the Grand Harbour, and also bits and pieces of Valletta. 

The song itself is a delightful number, featuring a tropical beat which lends itself well to the fast pace pop number. Christina’s signature vocals are ever so present in the song’s highlights, reaching high notes at the beginning, in the bridge and then also at the end. We would like to wish Christina Magrin all the very best of luck as she represents Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and urge all of you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: PBS

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:57

MESC 2017: The Public Will Have a Major Say

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John Bundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, has recently given an interview to the local newspaper “Illum”, stating that ‘the song belongs to the people, and therefore the people will select it’ which in all likelihood means that the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be decided mostly through a public vote.

The rules and regulations, yet to be officially published but expected any day should highlight a different approach to Malta’s participation in the international spectacle, aiming to improve upon recent results.

In 2016, Ira Losco was under scrutiny on continous occasions, starting off with the change in song and then the participaion expenditure. That said, “Walk on Water” finished in a stunning 4th place with the juries, before tele-voting saw her fall down to 11th place, still very credible considering that Malta’s best result was an 8th place finish in 2013, achieved by Gianluca Bezzina and “Tomorrow”.

Previous artists who have represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest owing to a 100% public vote included: Chiara in 2005, Fabrizio Faniello in 2006, Olivia Lewis in 2007 and Chiara in 2009. That said, the jury and the public have agreed on several occasions, the most recent being with Ira Losco in 2016, and Amber in 2015. Malta would have had different winners in 2013, and 2014, as the winners of the Pubic Vote where Kevin Borg, and Jessika.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2017 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Illum

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Parachute”, composed by Florent Boshnjaku and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, will be the song that Christina Magrin will perform on behalf of Malta at this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Valletta. The song, along with the promotional video will be made public during the 8 o’clock news bulletin this Thursday. 

Malta will be playing host to the international spectacle for the 2nd time in three years, having finished in 1st place as a result of an excellent performance by Destiny Chukunyere at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song, “Not My Soul”, also penned by Muxu and composed by Elton Zarb.

On the 20th November, the Public Broadcasting Services in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union will be hosting no less than 16 delegations, apart from Christina Magrin and her team, but in the days leading up to the main event, there will be several events held around Valletta, including an opening ceremony hosted by actress Taryn Mamo Cefai at the Manoel Theatre.

All this information was made public by John Bundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services during an interview with Antonella Vassallo on the popular daytime magazine programme, Twelveto3. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Twelveto3, PBS

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Franklin Calleja, second runner-up at this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and an artist who profile has risen in a relatively short amount of time owing to his incredible vocal skills has just released his first radio single, “Let You Go”, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca.

This is the second time that the trio have worked together as a unit, having previously been responsible for his success at Malta’s leading competitive event, “Little Love”. “Let You Go” is written in a significantly different genre that what people have come to expect from the talented artist, merging a thumping bass, with an ethnic sounding brass instrument.

It is new, it is different and it works. In a supporting music video, produced by Fade in Media, Franklin is scaling the heights and having fun with the song, something that he does not normally do, noting that he tends to feel very emotional as he tackles a ballad.

“Let You Go” has amassed a stunning number of views through social networking website Facebook, but it has also made an impact on the local radio stations, making Malta’s Top 10 on 89.7 Bay. We urge you to listen to the song below, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Franklin Calleja (Facebook, Twitter)

Franklin - Let You Go

Here's the music video for my new single guys... Enjoy!

Posted by Franklin Music on Monday, 29 August 2016

Janice Mangion, one of Malta’s leading vocalists, a solo singer in her own right, and also a member of the Animae Gospel Choir has recently launched her debut single, an r’n’b soul ballad with a pulsing beat entitled “Burnin”, composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

In the initial stages of the creative process, Janice sought a meaningful message, one which helps those who find themselves in moments of despair, thinking that their faith has abandoned them completely. This, accompanied by her soulful voice creates an exceptionally beautiful song. Aiding in the recorded was the talented Angela Spiteri who provided a strong backing vocal.

“Burnin”, which is available from streaming and purchase on all major digital platforms has been released through CAP Sounds, a record label based in Germany with full distribution handled by Universal Music Germany. Manfred Holz of the aforementioned company stated ‘Janice has an incredible vocal range which we are proud to represent, and we believe that “Burnin” showcases her talent in the best possible way’. 

In support of the single, which was officially released on Friday 23rd September, Janice Mangion and her team, led by Marc Calleja Bayliss of Ironic PR & Artist Management thought it best to work on a lyric video, commissioning visionaries Angie and Duane Laus, with the result officially made public on Thursday 29th September.

You can steam or purchase the song, or else view the lyric video through either Janice Mangion’s Official Facebook or Twitter pages or else on: http://janicemangion.believeband.com.

Janice Mangion would like to thank everyone who has supported the release of this song from day one, and would like to thank her team of sponsors, and also the media outlets who have been in touch to help in any way. 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

"Burnin" - Lyric Video

Whoa! :O HERE it is ♡ Months of hard #work and labour is now #online ♫ "Burnin", composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss

Saturday, 01 October 2016 15:45

KKI 2016: Dario Bezzina Emerges as the Winner

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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

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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

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Thursday, 18 August 2016 18:16

KKI 2016: The Songs through to the Final Phase

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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

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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.

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