1964 by Annabelle Debono is one of the most iconic tracks to have ever won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendendenza and later on today, she will be amongst a panel of judges selecting the first finalist for this years' edition of the local spectacle. She will be joined by former participants; Neville Refalo and Janvil whose expertise in field will definitely be a positive characteristic. The two finalists of the Passport 2 Indifest competition are none other than Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist and Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Hit Song Contest.
Both have an outstanding resumè and both are relatively young but one will get the direct qualificiation, with the other one choosing whether to submit a track within a normal process. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the country with one of the reasons being that each of the submitted entries has to be original and in Maltese. Last year, Deborah C was crowned winner with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop whilst the Passport 2 Indifest winner, Simone Gauci finished in a mid-table position with her entry Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit whilst ranking within the top five when it came to tele-voting.
Passport 2 Indifest is a concept drawn up between the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which featured two escflashmalta.com editorial board members up until last year as well Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, responsible for the programme Sas-Sitta on NET Television. Apart from the revelation of which performer will be gaining direct qualification into the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, next week, the programme will also be raising funds to help Puttinu Cares, an organization which supports families who have children suffering from cancer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard (Photograph)
Croatia will be taking part in the first semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Mižerja performed by Klapa S Mora. The decision of the track was taken by an internal panel of professional judges following an external call in which the broadcaster, HRT had already decided to go down a traditional route opting to send a klapa to the international spectacle. It is worth noting that the genre is a heritage, also recognised by Unesco, which in turn is a specialised agency of the United Nations. An official video to accompany the entry was officially published last night.
Mižerja, written by Goran Topolovac who hails from Duga Resa is supporting the tourism of Croatia in general with the video somewhat keeping the traditions alive. Marko Škugor, Nikša Antica, Leon Bataljaku, Ivica Vlaić and Bojan Kavedžija are all from different parts of Croatia and therefore makes their coming together even more interesting. They were actually selected by Maestro Mojmir Čačija and re-worked into the group they have become through producers Nikša Bratoš and Dragan Brnas who created the final version of the track. The balkan nation has never won the Eurovision Song Contest with their best result at this point in time still being a fourth place finish in 1996 and 1999 courtesy of Maja Blagdan and Doris Dragovic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Croatia in this years' international spectacle.
Alternative rock is a music genre which has rarely been exhibited within the local music scene but has somewhat been revived in recent years thanks to Bletchley Park. A four member band, made up of three males and a female and all of which play a pivotal role in the actual formation of the sound. Gianluca Pulvirenti and Mario Saliba are the guitar players, Trevor Kissaun is the bassist and Deborah Borg Brincat who plays the keyboard and also provides sultry vocals on each track. In 2012, Paul Powell and Howard Keith worked together to help produce, mix and master the debut album of the group, the one entitled My Body Fighting which was nominated for Best Album at this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards. This was not the only nomination for the group, garnering a mention in the Best Band Award as well as Best Song Award, the latter being for their debut single, Tight Red Dress.
The mindset in terms of sound has somewhat been divulged by the band when making their first album but nevertheless, they aim to stay fresh and look towards the future. The support for their debut studio album was overwhelming from both fans and critics alike and that is always an important element, especially for a group or a solo artist that is just starting out. The alternative scene might pave the way for some intriguing projects and as a matter of fact, one of the tracks on the album, bearing the name Fingers on my Face which clocks in at 4:32 has just been selected to accompany the promotional campaign of a brand new book entitled Malta's Red Light District - Strait Street, Valletta. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the local music scene whilst also having a listen to the track just below.
Source: Official Facebook Page
At a relatively young age, individuals are prone to select what they would like to carry out within their respective lifetime and becoming a vocal artist is somewhat an acquired taste. Vocal tutors with certification to show are existent in the country and one of them is surely Gillian Attard who just happens to be the main vocalist behind some of the most iconic tracks in Maltese including; Xi Darba Min Jaf and Quddiem L-Inkwatru tal-Madonna. Her latest foray into the industry is through La Voix Academy which currently houses some of the most up and coming stars that the nation has including Gaia Cauchi, winner of Sanremo Junior 2012 as well as recipient of the International Achievement Award during the 2013 Malta Music Awards.
For the second consecutive year, Malta will be taking part in Sanremo Junior and will be hoping to build on the success of the victory achieved last year. As a matter of fact, an internal jury selected four students to take on the role as representatives, and they all come from the La Voix Academy headed by Gillian Attard who is also known as Miss G. Once more, female representation is seemingly key because the chosen artists, all of which have varying ages are; Naomi Cutajar, Ilenia Camilleri, Miriana Conte and Clarissa Cauchi. During the competition in which they will be competing against a number of young artists from all across the world, they will be directed by Maestro Paul Abela and Miss Gillian Attard. The notable composer does not require any introduction having written Malta's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991, 1996 and 2001 whilst also conducting the orchestra in 1992, respectively. All of the performances in Italy will take place in the prestigious Teatro Ariston and accompanied by a live orchestra. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to wish all of the participants the very best of luck in their respective journey.
Source: Press Release
Lemons are existent for a purpose, and that is to be turned into lemonade and whilst situations might look somewhat difficult at times, one has to see the light at the end of the tunnel and encounter the issue head on. Writing is one of the stumbling blocks that an individual may face especially when it is a line of work because being original and creative takes a lot of time and dedication. Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber would like to transcend their thoughts into a script and that is why the television series D.R.E.A.M.S came into existence with a flair for music inspired by international sitcoms such as Glee and Smash amongst others. Scriptwriting is one thing but penning the lyrics to songs composed by Maestro Ray Agius is clearly another and it seems that success is always well attributed. escflashmalta.com has always been proud to support upcoming artists and this is one series which promotes the future of the local music industry. Rewind Productions in collaboration with Television Malta will be airing the nineteenth episode this evening.
Gloria (Joanne Busuttil) and Robert (Andre' Penza) are no longer married according to the recent progression of events noting that separation papers have been filed and it seems that Edward (Manuel Cutajar) is already taking advantage of the situation by virtue of asking her out on a date. Despite the reluctance, Gloria accepts on the condition that they are just friends. Celebration is definitely not a word that comes to mind in her current situation but nevertheless, Edward had other plans and it seems that she is being played big time. The audience knows a bit of the background story but nevertheless, the relationship with Cynthia (Stephanie Attard Vella) is very much difficult to understand. The truth is always revealed at one point and it seems that more will be known by tonight! Relationships in recent weeks have somewhat been extremely messy whether inclined within a family or whether developing in terms of love. The next couple to garner airtime is the one featuring Jade (Rachel Genovese) and Alex (Luke Brincat) who are keeping things at an extremely low profile.
The two absolutely hated each other at the beginning as seen when given the assignment by Carlo Francalanza (Joe Tanti) but it seems that the social issues that they both seem to be facing incorporating the element of exclusion has brought them together. Moments are hard to get and during a conversation between Alex and Jade, it seemed that things were steadily progressing until the former gets a phonecall, most likely from Gina (Josephine Fuller), his mother unless it was someone who might be spying on the whole family. The story is once more pretty much in the dark and the audience might have to wait a while until they come to know of all the details. Helen (Roberta Briffa) gave Karen (Lara Dimech) a lot of hefty information to handle especially for a teenager raising a child but despite disappointing her daughter in not giving her the name of her actual father, she is seemingly giving clues and hands her a note with some details scribbled down. Tonight! Another scintillating episode of D.R.E.A.M.S awaits on Television Malta right after the evening news bulletin at around 20:45 CET.
Source: Rewind Productions
Italy has been extremely successful since returning to the Eurovision Song Contest and it seems that the trend will indeed continue as Marco Mengoni takes to the stage in Sweden with his entry L'Essenziale which he co-wrote with Francesco De Benedittis and Roberto Casalino. Sanremo, the annual festival of music in Italy is known to be a boost in the industry but Mengoni is exceeding all expectations. His winning entry has already been certified double platinium and is at the top of the singles chart for the sixth consecutive week.
L'Essenziale is part of the sophomore album #PRONTOACORRERE, released by Sony Music Italy and the management think that it is best to continue promoting Marco as a versatile artist and lead in with a brand new single, the title track of the studio album. In a video chat with TG1 on Rai Uno, it was said that the decision was unanimous because an uptempo track always follows a ballad. Nevertheless, this is not just any ordinary track having been penned by none other than Mark Owen of the popular group, Take That. As a matter of fact, an English demo of the track has also been released whilst a special version of the song has also been included on the album. This Saturday night, Marco Mengoni will be one of the guests of the Eurovision In Concert alongside Gianluca. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.
Source: Rai Uno, Ilkar.blogspot.com
Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca will be performing in sixth position within the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. This was decided by the producers of the international spectacle who are working in accordance with the European Broadcasting Union in order to ensure a stunning evening filled with original music representative of each country. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.
Malta are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest managing to finish in second place on two occasions, the first time in 2002 with Ira Losco and her entry 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2005 with Chiara and her self-penned song Angel. Nevertheless, that does not mean that they are not putting their best efforts to work noting that this time round, they are seemingly giving the opportunity to Gianluca and his song Tomorrow as mentioned above. During the selection process, we had the opportunity to interview most of the finalists along with some of those who failed to make it through to the final. One of the former acts though were surely the group Scar who are well known in the country with a string of radio successes especially off their latest album, Breaking Radio Silence which included their award nominated track, White Lie. The interview with singer/songwriter Konrad Pule encompasses the past, present and the future. They competed with a track entitled Superstar.
Portugal will not be taking part in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the broadcaster responsible for the participation, RTP caught in financial struggles and issues of privatisation but nevertheless, we expect them to return in due course. The country has never managed to finish on top of the leaderboard of the international spectacle and their last two participations were non-qualification attempts unfortunately. Filipa Sousa and her entry Vida Minha did not have the appropriate draw to carry her through to the final because the song was truly magical. We had the opportunity to speak to the former representative about her participation as well as her respective career at the moment. Nevertheless, this will not be the only interview from Portugal and this is due to the fact that we also had the chance to speak to one of the contenders in the 2012 national selection, Gerson Santos with his track Redescrobrir Portugal. Unfortunately the track was not well received and did not do well in the final, only managing one (1) point but nevertheless, that does not take away from the talents of any individual.
There will also be an interview with Rene Romkes, organiser of the Eurovision In Concert. Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Lara Fabian. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the current betting odds of this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.
Source: Radio International
After last year’s concert was proven to be a great success, a group of young adults within St.Pauls’s Band club of Safi shall be once again organising this concert. One of the main organisers, Joseph Barber, willl be the presenter on the night. It shall include different singers to last year’s show, but will none the less consist of some of Malta’s greatest talent, with the most anticipated participant being Gianluca Bezzina.
This concert will be embellished with amazing voices which are familiar, particularly to viewers of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Four main vocalists will be headlining the event this time round. Danica Muscat, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, mainly known for her participation in the television programme, Io Canto on Canale 5. Glen Vella, who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the track One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Amber, second runner-up in last years' national selection with Answer With Your Eyes composed by the same team behind Glen's entry. The surprise guest of the show is surely Federika Falzon, winner of a competition in Sanremo along with the Zodiac Dancers who will provide further entertainment away from a vocal stand point.
This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest saw an artist rise to the occasion with Gianluca coming out as the winner with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Next month, Gianluca will be represent Malta in Sweden but prior to that he will make a special appearance at this event in particular. The concert will be divided into two sections, where in each section every singer will sing their three most successful tracks. This two hour long, taking place at the Safi Primary School on Friday 19th April, 2013 will begin at 8.30pm. Tickets can be obtained from Safi’s St. Paul’s Band Club or Local Council at the price of 8EU. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Press Release
The Cultural Ambassador for Malta, Joseph Calleja is currently one of the most prominent figures in the world of classical music, having the opportunity to give performances across the globe. Decca, the classical subsidiary of Universal Music represents the renowned tenor and has released all of his material thus far including his top three charting albums, The Maltese Tenor in 2011 and Be My Love - A Tribute to Mario Lanza in 2012 respectively. In recent years, the success of his work has led to an extremely popular profile and as a matter of fact leads to the current state of affairs, a nomination in the inaugurual edition of The International Opera Awards.
The Hilton Park Lane in London, United Kingdom will be hosting the ceremony on the 22nd April 2013 and a massive turnout is expected to ensure continuation in the coming years. Joseph Calleja is nominated for the Best Male Singer Award and the public has the opportunity to aid their loyal ambassador with a vote, by clicking on this link here. Patriot is one of the best words used to describe Calleja noting that he has always ensured the promotion of the country abroad. In recent days, a German film crew filmed the most historical sites in the capital city of Valletta and Joseph Calleja acted as the tour guide for the day. In an interview with The Times of Malta, he stated that this is not the first time that he has ensured promotion of the country and the capital whilst stating that the people 'have a duty to be ambassadors'. Earlier this year, Joseph Calleja also pledged his full support towards Gianluca and his Eurovision Song Contest entry Tomorrow. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish him the very best of luck with his nomination.
Source: Official Facebook Page
In 1973, the Youth Travel Circle organised the first edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a popular song festival in which all of the entries have to be original and specificially in Maltese. Amongst the former winners of the competition, there are several artists who have gained a solid reputation over the years including; Philip Vella, Enzo Gusman, Glen Vella, Eleanor Cassar, Janvil and Corazon. A mixture of upcoming and established performers and songwriters are to be noted in this years' competition which comprises of nineteen (19) entries in total. The shortlist was decided by a professional judging panel who surely looked at several elements including vocals, lyrics and music along with the final product altogether.
Frank O'Neill and Valerie Vella have been chosen as hosts of this years' competition as revealed exclusively by escflashmalta.com earlier on whilst Sir Temi Żammit Hall will be the venue as has been the case in recent years. Tickets which have been priced at €10 could be purchased here. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is a competition which prides itself on having live musical instruments during every performance. As a matter of fact, despite having other competitions in which original songs in Maltese are exhibited, it is the only one with such an element, thus making it truly unique. In the meantime, the committee responsible for the organisation of the local competition has also unveiled the running order of the entries as certified by Notary Dr.Paul Callus.
- Il-Gwardjan - Indri Attard (Kevin Tanti / Chan Vella)
- Anġli Bla Ġwenħajn - Romina Mamo (Deo Grech / Heathcliff Balzan)
- Ibni - Teddie Zammit (Paul Attard / Teddie Zammit)
- Għal Dejjem - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna)
- Bikja Mid-Deżert - Leanne Attard (Sylvia Caruana / Dario Bezzina)
- Bit-Tof... Ma Tofx...? - Ta' Verna (Rita Pace / George Bonello)
- Nammetti Li Ma Naf Xejn - Mistura (Antonio Olivari)
- Is-Sajjied Tax-Xatt Tax-Xlokk - Alwyn Borg Myatt (Alwyn Borg Myatt / Conrad Briffa)
- Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard / Mark Scicluna)
- It-Tweġiba - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)
- Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)
- Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)
- Il-Maltin Bil-Politka Mehdijin - Justin Galea u Banda Briganti (Keith Muscat / Sylvan Borg)
- Tinsinix - Maria Debono (Rita Pace)
- Grajja ta' Kull Żmien - Corinne Caruana (Christopher Azzopardi / Maria Azzopardi)
- Id-Dar Għal Bejgħ - Charles Dalli (Pawlu Zammit / Charles Dalli)
- Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas)
- Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Joe Julian Farrugia / Sammy Galea)
- Pupazz - Rita Pace ( Emil Calleja Bayliss / Rita Pace)