22 July 2017

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 2016 at 21:00 CET on F Living, and will air in the lead-up to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, where Malta will be represented by "Walk on Water", with vocals provided by Ira Losco. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: F Living, Deo Grech

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Earlier today, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) revealed that following discussions with three major international record labels, Warner Music Sweden has been chosen to release “Walk on Water” on all major digital platforms such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Amazon.

“We are thrilled to be releasing Ira’s song worldwide’, said Robert Skowronski, A&R and Product Manager at Warner Music Sweden, adding that “Ira is an exceptional singer, and we think this is a very strong song not only for Eurovision but also for commercial release. We look forward to working with her over the next months and of course to her visiting Stockholm for Eurovision itself”.

Malta’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter also being the lead vocalist as chosen by a professional panel of judges, and also the public, will be competing in the second half of the 1st semi-final on the 10th May.

Ira Losco is currently on a 3-country promotional tour which will take her through Latvia & Russia for massive pre-party gatherings which also feature a number of participants from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as well as Armenia, where she will be appearing on a number of talk-shows, and also doing a press conference or two. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. 

Source: PBS / TVM / Allen Venables

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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 evolving into’, commented Claudio Faniello, in light of her new release, the follow-up to “Miles Away”, a song which she co-wrote with Ryan Magro.

In support of “You Said”, a music video has been launched, which could be seen on her YouTube Channel, along with any other previous original material. Claudia’s music is available on all digital stores; including Amazon and iTunes, as well as streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer, courtesy of CAP-Sounds, a Record Label based in Germany, whose distribution is handled by Universal Music Germany. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Claudia Faniello (Facebook, Twitter)

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Through the 8 o'clock news bulletin, the Public Broadcasting Services gave the first airplay to "Walk On Water", an original song co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter of which was chosen as the representative through the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which took place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre back in January. Reception thus far has been extremely positive, with the bookmakers instilling a positive outlook on Malta's chances for success at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

From an objective point of view, "Walk On Water" is a modern pop song, with hints of dance and soul, not too different from the genres scaling the charts all over the world at the moment, noting the relevant success of acts such as Sigma and Emeli Sande. The highlight of the song, apart from the rousing beat, is the last minute which features soaring vocals.

The music video, features the female singer/songwriter in various outfits, accompanied by a male dancer most of the time in several locations in Malta and Gozo. It is very well produced, and adds an aura of professionalism towards the effort that the people behind Malta's participation in the international competition is putting. We urge you to support Malta, and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / TVM / Eurovision.tv

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Gerard James Borg, one of Malta's most successful songwriters, responsible for penning the lyrics for no less than 6 competing entries in the Eurovision Song Contest has recently been involved in a project, a new single entitled "Revolving Doors" featuring Hallgrimur Oskarsson as the composer, and Johanna Gudrun (Yohanna) as the lead vocalist.

Yohanna, the runner-up in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with "Is It True?" and recipient of the maximum 12 points from the Maltese Tele-Vote and Professional Jury, has kept a rather low profile since trying to return to the international competition back in 2013, noting that she gave birth in October 2015. 

Her comeback single "Revolving Doors", is a beautiful ballad, with hints of country, which soars into true vocal depth. On the other hand, Gerard has focused his creative talent on novels, and thus far it seems that he has been truly successful, noting the release of two best-sellers; "Sliema Wives" and "Madliena Married Men".

You can listen to the song, whilst also following the lyrics through the video below, as we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Yohanna (Official Facebook Page)

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Saturday, 12 March 2016 12:25

Malta: A Date Attached to Ira Losco and #WOW

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At the end of January, Ira Losco was chosen by the professional jury, and the public-at-large as the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with "Chameleon", an original song she co-wrote with Howard Keith, Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg, collectively known as Talkback.

Just a couple of days later, it emerged that the Public Broadcasting Services, in discussion with both Ira Losco and Howard Keith, that revisiting the song was an option, and indeed it was revealed that "Chameleon" entered in a tight race with another nine (9) original songs, which would be judged by numerous local and foreign experts.

Just days ago, a new cover photo on the Eurovision Song Malta page on social media website Facebook was uploading with the symbol and three letters, #WOW. It might be an acronym but the blood is boiling and tensions are rising as expectations soar. Ira Losco and her team are currently filming the music video, getting ready to submit the final package during the Heads of Delegation Meeting this Monday and Tuesday.

She is expected to also appear on Xarabank on Friday 18th March, a day following the release date slated for Thursday 17th March 2016. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Song Malta

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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, this album has a mature sound with honest lyrics which reflect the last 2 year journey the band have been on.

"Inside You" is now available for sale in digital retailers, and also directly from the band through their Official Facebook Page, where you may also stay up to date with all their latest news as it becomes available. We urge 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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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, stalwarts in finding and promoting talent, is excited to launch a new opportunities in 2016, "The Entertainers Singing Challenge", which will feature no less than 32 solo singers between the ages of 11 and 15 years. This will be airing during “The Entertainers”, a Saturday night variety show on NET Television, hosted by former Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up, Janvil.

For the next 8 consecutive weeks, each participant will be interpreting a song from their own repertoire, whilst accompanied by the resident band, led by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. 16 will get through to the next phase, as chosen by a professional jury (80%) and sms voting (20%). In the end, the former will be getting the most important role in picking the winning act, as a new panel of professional judges will be responsible.

05th March: Miguel Bonello, Amy Marie Borg, Kelsey Farrugia, Raquel Seguna

12th March: Samira Cauchi, Cyrine Amri, Jahel Cardona, Cledia Micallef

19th March: Nicole Falzon, Kayley Cuschieri, Demi Galea, Nicole Hammett

26th March: Rachel Lowell, Hayley Azzopardi, Kimberly Zarb, Nicole Frendo

02nd April: Thea Aquilina, Thea Bianco, Charisse Ann Vassallo, Mardy Farrugia

09th April: Sidney Rose Henwood, Michela Pace, Aidan Jay Drakard, Eliana Gomez Blanco

16th April: Victoria Sciberras, Kylie Meilak, Shaian Debono, Ilenia Camilleri

23rd April: Chanelle Cardona, Thea Gauci, Gail Attard, Kira Copperstone

A cash prize is to be won by the final winner, whilst the winner of the tele-vote in the 1st televised portion of the competition will also get an original song, music and lyrics. 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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Friday, 19 February 2016 10:19

GħTP 2016: Rules and Regulations Published

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The 40th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, will be undergoing a radical change, as it will be merging with the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, with the support of the Creative Space, The Malta Council for the Arts, and the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). The aim of this re-branding is to ensure that the local music scene, and most particularly, the Maltese language flourishes further.

Those who will be lucky to make it to the final shortlist will have the opportunity to be accompanied on stage by the Public Broadcasting Services Orchestra, which made it’s official debut a couple of months back, under the leadership of Maestro Joe Brown, and Maestro Paul Abela.

Each submission, not longer than 3 minutes and a half, will be received at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Offices at 227, Merchant Street in Valletta, against a payment of €30 on the 19th April 2016. The committee will also give 2 complimentary tickets to the artist who submits a song. Following in the footsteps of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be staged at ‘Pjazza Teatru Rjal’ in Valletta.

It is also worth noting that another innovative change is that the event will be organised on two evenings, on the 7th and the 9th July. The idea is to have a semi-final and a final, as opposed to just a one-nighter event. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: għanjafest.com

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In 2014, Nadine Axisa released "Velvet", a twelve track collection of original songs in smooth jazz style. Since the launch of the album, the veteran female singer has kept herself rather busy both locally and overseas.

She performed in "A Night of Modern Jazz" (May 2014), Perugia (July 2014), the Italian Jazz Festival in Berlin (December 2014), 'SONGS' (January 2015), and the Mediterranean Literature Festival (August 2015), among others. Her most recently performance was in Frankfurt in December 2015 at the European Cultural Days of the European Central Bank.

The album received favourable reviews including a four star review on the UK's Jazz Journal. Moreover, it was featured on local and international radios; the latter include virginiamusic.eu (a radio station dedicated to female jazz vocalists, Netherlands); 'Mainly jazz' on Alive 107.3fm, UK; RTP Play which is Portugal's official radio station and Channel Radio, UK.

On the 11th and 12th March 2016, Nadine will be performing the album 'Velvet' in its entirety at Robert Samut Hall Floriana, accompanied by four excellent musicians who will bring a wealth of experience to this performance.

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For those who are already familiar with the album tunes, the event will be an opportunity to listen to the tunes interpreted by different musicians, with slight but effective and engaging changes to the arrangements. For Velvet first timers, it will be a night of smooth jazz tunes, fresh and relaxing melodies; an exquisite infusion of swing, latin and ballads.

Nadine will be accompanied by Joe Debono (piano), Oliver Degabriele (double bass), Joseph Camilleri (drums) and Walter Vella (saxophone and flute). These four jazzmen have studied their own discipline; they hold a track record of recording and performing with various artists both locally and internationally.

In order to obtain tickets for the event, costing €14 (or €12, early bird) please visit www.ticketline.com.mt, 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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