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In recent years, the national language of the Maltese Islands has been promoted through various mediums including that of song and in fact one of the leading festivals which promotes local talent is none other than the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza organized under the hospice of Media.Link Communications. Over the years, the winners of the local spectacle have went on to bigger and greener pastures and this years' edition will surely be the same for the eventual winner who will be known on Monday 19th September 2011 when the event takes place on the Granaries in Floriana. The annual music competition will be heading into its twentieth year and therefore, the organizing committee is working really hard in putting up a spectacular show, somewhat better than recent years to accommodate the grandeur.

This years' edition which will be hosted by Charles and Elaine Saliba is being lead up with a programme entitled 'Indifest' which in turns airs every Tuesday following the evening news. In the past couple of weeks, viewers have been treated to singers from the 'Established Category' and the 'Teenage Category' but only another two weeks in the series, one would note that we are now nearing the end. This evening, the acts who will be performing their entries playback but in full are none other than the group Silent Shout with the song 'Għad Fadal Għada' composed by Chan Vella and penned by Alexia Schembri as well as Albertine u L-Qamħa who will be singing the song 'Skont Id-Daqqa Iż-Żifna' composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Giovann Attard. From the latter category and will be performing live is none other than the young Angelica Portelli who will be bidding to make it amongst the final three with the song 'Ejjew Nieqfu' composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop.

In the meantime, the guests for this evenings' showcase are somewhat large in number because there will be two present. First up will be none other than the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest representative Claudette Pace whom in 1999 had won with the song 'Ejjew Nippruvaw' and also, another Eurovision Song Contest representative in the form of Miriam Christine who won the event back in 1998 with the song 'Nistaqsi', just two years after her foreign appearance. Also joining in during the programme will be the resident 'Vogue Dancers' who will be doing another scintillating choreography. A number of prizes will also be given away to the lucky people who have been voting for their most favourite song. So this evening after the evening news on NET Television, tune in to Indifest presented by Charles & Elaine Saliba.

Source: KKI Committee

One of the major showcases in the local music industry is surely the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and this is because it promotes not only the talent of our artists but it does it within Maltese, the official language of the country. This weeks' update with regards to the tele-voting is surely a pinnacle especially when noting the fact that it has been a month since the official voting began and that is why momentum is quite strong. The showcase is being promoted through the summer programme 'Indifest' which is hosted by Charles and Elaine Saliba, who will serve as the comperes on the final night, Monday 19th September 2011. Each and every day, through NET Television and the KKIMalta channel of youtube, you can hear the clips of the competing entries and then make your choice and vote for your favourite.

Kicking off with the teenage category which is somewhat very much more important in this regard noting that 50% of the result that will see three finalists making it to the stage of the Granaries in Floriana. The votes are coming in at at even faster rate now and that is something that we have been very much encouraging because the votes are needed especially in this particular section as already mentioned. Below you can see the current placings for this category but of course, we are still very much in the early stages of the competition moving in within the third week.

1st Place: David u Svetlene - Int u Jien (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - 52102023 (+3)

2nd Place: Jessica Cachia - SOS (Philip Vella) - 52102028 (-1)

3rd Place: Angelica Portelli - Ejjew Nieqfu (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop) - 52102021 (-1)

4th Place: Daphne Xuereb - Storja (Miriam Christine / Rita Pace) - 52102029 (-1)

5th Place: Michela Dalli - L-Istorja Tagħna (Dominic Cini / Keith Zammit) - 52102026 (+1)

6th Place: Michela Galea - Kważi Qatt (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Keith Zammit) - 52102025 (+1)

7th Place: Maria Carabott - Mill-Ħolm għar-Realta' (Mark S Lucas / Paul Callus) - 52102027 (+2)

8th Place: Ann Marie Gauci - Flimkien (Miriam Christine / Rita Pace) - 52102022 (-3)

9th Place:
Mikaela Bajada - Kull Maħluq (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - 52102024 (-1)

10th Place: Shannon u Whitney - Tiġġudikax (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - 52102030 (+/- 0)

Moving onto the Established Talent category, I am proud to note that the influx of votes in the past two weeks has been phenomenal so make sure to keep phoning because the prestigious winner of this category will be receiving a separate trophy awarded the most popular person within the voting portion of the competition. The full final result is determined through a Jury vote, one which is different in each and every phase. The update brought to you below is the result at the current moment. All results are subject to any changes in the very near future.

1st Place: Deborah C - Fjamma (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg) - 52102001 (+/- 0)

2nd Place: Klinsmann - Ħajjitna (Paul Abela / Joe Chircop) - 52102015 (+/- 0)

3rd Place:
Norbert Bondin - Int Tkun Hemm (Philip Vella) - 52102004 (+1)

4th Place: Silent Shout - Għad Fadal Għada (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - 52102016 (-1)

5th Place: Nadine, Luisana u Charlotte - Liberi (Philip Vella) - 52102011 (+/- 0)

6th Place:
Ana-Maria Grima - Kif Nista? (Philip Vella) - 52102006 (+7)

7th Place: Nadine u Fiona - Malta Ġrajjietha (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - 52102007 (+2)

8th Place: Audrey Marie - Ir-Ruħ tat-Tejatru (Rita Pace / Deo Grech) - 52102009 (-1)

9th Place: Albertine u l-Qamħa - Skont Id-Daqqa Iż-Żifna (minik / Giovann Attard) - 52102008 (-3)

10th Place: Marilena Farrugia - Kien Ftit Wisq (Elton Zarb / Ally) - 52102017 (-2)

11th Place: Anna Azzopardi - Agħtini Jdejk (Renato Briffa / Alfred E Baldacchino) - 52102019 (+6)

12th Place: Tiziana Calleja - Kollox Mill-Qalb (John David Zammit / Paul Callus) - 52102013 (-1)

13th Place: Danica - Kliem Li M'Għedtlek Qatt (Mark Debono / Christopher Azzopardi) - 52102005 (-3)

14th Place: Marilena Gauci - Dil-Qalb Kbira (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 52102014 (-2)

15th Place: Mike Spiteri - B'Rieda tal-Azzar (Ray Agius) - 52102012 (-1)

16th Place: Neville Refalo - Ħajt tal-Kenn (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - 52102003 (-1)

17th Place: Valentina Farrugia - Int Biss (Paul Abela / Joe Julia Farrugia) - 52102002 (+2)

18th Place: Rita Pace - Kuraġġ (Rita Pace) - 52102018 (-2)

19th Place: Mark Tonna - Meta Jikkalma l-Mewġ (A Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - 52102020 (+/- 0)

20th Place: Janice Mangion - Eternità (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) - 52102010 (-3)

Source: KKI Committee, GO, Media.Link Communications

Throughout the years, the Maltese Islands have been hailed as being prolific for their musical attributes actually with the art of vocal prowess taking over from sports for example. Once more as we hail into the middle part of the year 2011, things continue to improve within the local music industry as studios are now being built and managements are being devised in an attempt to regulate the system in the best possible way. Through the commercial radio station, Bay 89.7, the best possible songs from the modern local music industry are playlisted and counted down in the form of a top ten by none other than the well known individual Nathan D.

Due to the fact that a number of songs went down in the past week, they have now left the chart completely and the only entries within the top ten to go down this week are two; the first one coming at position number #10 in the form of Joseph Armani featuring none other than the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Glen Vella with the remake of the popular song 'Ain't Nobody'. This leaves this song in the bottom echelons and therefore exiting the chart. In the meantime, the only other track which seems to be losing support is that of Airport Impressions entitled 'Retro Star' which now has hit position #4 having managed the top spot for a total of three weeks not too long.

The entrance of a number of entries within the chart last week has seen quite a flurry which have gone up actually. At the lower end of the chart, the first one to have moved up in the past week comes from locally renowned band Saving Alexis entitled 'High On July' which now hits #8 but just a position above it at #7, there marks another popular club artist in the form of JJoy who is hitting the airwaves with 'King of the Night'. The anthem has been receiving a lot of support from venues where dancing all night long is somewhat arbitrary. At the higher end of the chart, in position number #3, one particular artist, a resident of the United States of America being Mikaela continues to rise with the song 'Hear Me Out' whilst at position number #2 comes pop artist Lyndsay and the song 'Love Sick' which is quickly turning out to be one of her most successful tracks.

This week only marks one new entry in the form of Andre featuring IM under the running title 'Can't Be Friends' which now scales at position number #9. This is the only new entry this week but it manages to encompass the current public vibe in music. Still a number of non-movers are still very much viable with position numbers #6 and #5 belong to none other than Ivan Filletti and the song 'Wheels' as well as Carlo Gerada Feat. Scott Walker & Chess with 'Never Meant'. At the top of the chart for the second week running are the group Funk Initiative whose single 'Paris' continues to gain airplay and popularity. Hear the whole show below.

Source: Bay Radio

One of the most prestigious showcases for local artists within the music industry is surely the annual edition of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' which in turn is organized under the hospice of Media.Link Communications. The Maltese language has been somewhat left to deteriorate in recent years and this is one of the two remaining music competitions that promotes the language in terms of music. The artists to have come up of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' have gone onto become leading individuals of the scene including; Claudette Pace, Ira Losco, Miriam Christine, Mike Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Eleanor Cassar, Claudia Faniello and Amber who co-incidentally all ended up being winners of the renowned competition. There was a sort of ascension in the past that whoever did well in this festival would go onto do well at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and following the victory of Amber, she made it with two songs to the semi-final stage hence pointing out the issue well.

Nevertheless it is important to note that in the lead up to the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza', the committee agreed that they should let an artist garner access to the competition through a reality programme held through 'Sas-Sitta', another showcase which airs on NET Television every Saturday afternoon. This project known as 'Passport 2 Showbiz' is now nearing the final stage of the competition with the last four contestants fighting it out to get access to the competition amongst the twenty (20) finalists. Noting the importance of this stage, there will be 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting in each duel, with two (2) facing off each other each week. This Saturday will see Cherise Attard performing the song 'Ma Ninsik Qatt' originally performed by Nadine Axisa singing off against Simone Gauci with the song 'Poeżija' originally sung by Sammy Bartolo. The performances will be live alongside the Spiteri Lucas Band and the vote of the judges will be the one with the most say including residents; Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004) and also Maria Abdilla who is the vocal coach of Ylenia Vella, the backing vocal of Kurt Calleja.

The 2011 edition of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' featured quite an interesting set of songs actually with renowned performers such as Audrey Marie Bartolo, Mike Spiteri, Klinsmann, Janice Mangion, Deborah C, Nadine & Fiona, Marilena Gauci, Neville Refalo, and Anna Azzopardi amongst others. Two of the names finished in the top three with the second position going to a new act to the music scene being Albertine with the song 'Skont Id-Daqqa Iz-Zifna' written by Dominic Cini and Giovann Attard. 'Sas-Sitta' begins at 14:05 CET and finished at 18:00 CET with numerous games, guests and pure entertainment. Stay tuned to more about the local music competition through as the official collaboration goes into a third year.

Source: Board of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, La Lumière

The Maltese local scene is always gaining strength and despite the fact that the "Ghanja tal-Poplu" lost a bit of that magic flare, it is still a festival which a local should follow because the competition is still quite strong and the songs within the showcase present the very best of the Maltese local scene. Our language is the main ingredient of our identity and therefore we should not be scared to make use of it.

Last years' edition was won by former Eurosong participant Corazon who joined well known local artist Walter Micallef in an incredible duet entitled "Tal-Ahhar" which in turn you can view here. This years' musical showcase will be taking place on Saturday 27th November within the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Phoenicia in Floriana. The participants within this festival have to express themselves in original songs written with the Maltese language. As stated in the regulations, the participants may be singer/songwriters, musical groups or authors/composers who select a group to interpret their song with acoustic instruments preferably. People who are interested in submitting an entry for this festival must first read the regulations here and then of course submit the songs on Monday 25th Monday at the Y.T.C in Valletta. All proceeds from this festival will be going to the Richmond Foundation.

Source: Malta Council for Culture and the Arts

Going back a couple of years, a local would surely remember the annually held "Ghanja tal-Poplu" festival which was a showcase of local talent within the Maltese language as previewed in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. This year, the organising committee of the festival has decided to retain the aspect of live music but singers could have worked with other composers and authors who would have to promote their entries through a live medium.

ESCflashmalta has been in contact with the organising committee of the festival and we can exclusively reveal the list of the finalists in the upcoming festival. Amongst the list, one could find a number of well known names within the local music industry along with other names who have become residents to this festival.


Bażar (Antonio Olivari) - Justin u Antonio
Fejn Int? (Mark Agius) - D-Seven
Hemm Dawl (Frank O'Neill) - Frank O'Neill & The Miners
Il-Palma (Natasha Turner / Augusto Cardinali) - Marie Claire Attard Bason
Indunajt (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace & Teddie Zammit
Kamra Bla Hitan (Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina
L-Għanja tal-Għażżien (Danjeli & Justin Galea) - Danjeli & Justin Galea
Lil Missirijietna (Robert Farrugia / Plato's Dream Machine) - Plato's Dream Maching
Mill-Għajnejn tat-Tifla (Corazon) - Corazon u l-Ħbieb tal-Qalb
Qabżitli c-Cinga (Charlie Dalli) - X-Tend
Rakkont ta’ Omm  (Deo Grech / Heathcliffe Balzan) - Petra Zammit
Rimors? (Vince Zammit / Charlie Dalli) - Lyndsey u Angodika
Sur Wara Sur (Antonio Olivari / Stephen Ferrito) - Tale Kwali
Tifkiriet (Teddie Zammit) - Teddie Zammit

The 35th Edition of the Festival will be taking place within the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Phoenicia on the 4th December. The participants as stated before will have to perform live. In the meantime, the winning songwriters can choose any artist to represent the nation in a festival abroad with all expenses paid thank to the World Association of Festivals and Artists whose president is none other than Norman Hamilton. In the meantime, the program Bla Agenda will be playing a vital role as the songs will be previewed through it on the 13th November 2010 whilst it will also give way to the festival for the final night. ESCflashmalta would like to wish a big good luck to all of the finalists.

Source: GTP Committee

L-Għanja Tal-Poplu, the most popular festival of original songs in Maltese, will be held on the 21st April 2012 in the Sir Temi Zammit Hall, at Tal-Qroqq. This will be the 36th edition of this festival, which aim is to keep the Maltese language alive even through the music. The organising committee invites authors, composers and music groups to participate with songs that deal with our experiences and aspirations as a nation in the world today. As in previous editions, the songs will be accompanied  live by various groups and musicians. The commitee will also be providing the services of a pianist to accompany participants if required.

The 36th edition of this festival is being promoted as ‘a leap forward in standard”, thanks to the help and assistance given by the Malta Arts Fund. L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be organised under the auspices of the World Association of Festivals and Artists (WAFA). In collaboration with WAFA and the assosciation’s chairman, Mr Norman Hamilton, the winners of the second and third place will be given the opportunity to select a singer to take part in festivals abroad. The same opportunity is being offered to the winner of the first place  together with a flight for two to any European destination The organising comittee encourages authors, composers and music groups to submit songs for this festival by Monday 13th of February, 2012. A copy of the regulations can be downloaded from or even on the ESCflashmalta home page within the Notice Board. Participants who have any queries or  want  to recieve a hard-copy of  the application and rules should write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu

The world of reality television is growing quite rapidly here in the Maltese and once again, the station heading into the right direction is Net Television  who will be holding a competition bearing the name "Passport 2 Showbiz" during the weekly show "Sas-Sitta" presented by Mireille Bonello and Ray Attard. This morning, auditions were held and the finalists have been exclusively revealed to ESCflashmalta which is always first in bringing you local news.

The acts which made it through mostly comprise of singers but luckily enough two dancers made it through the auditions phase. The judges which chose the finalists were none other than Jesmond Baldacchino who is a musician, David Chircop who is a composer and also a singer and last but not least Keith Grima who is a choreographer and a singer. The list below depicts the finalists in the way in which they will be performing.

  • Kelly Cassar & Anna Maria Grima
  • Jeanette Attard
  • Cherise Attard
  • Norbert Bondin
  • Charlene Cardona
  • Clayton Seychell
  • Gabriella Farrugia
  • Celine Agius
  • Marie Claire Attard Bason
  • Marlon Chircop
  • Kelly Rotin
  • Veronica Mizzi (dancer)
  • Michaela Bajada
  • Karen Debattista
  • Martina Farrugia
  • Michelle Attard Bason (dancer)
  • Antonella Rapa

Source: Net Television, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Frederick Zammit

For the 10th consecutive year, ŻĦN Malta is proud to present another edition of the Strummin' Home concerts - Strummin' Chroma X to be held on the 7th and 8th October, 2011 at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta. The event is being organised under the Patronage of H.E. the President of Malta Dr George Abela, and all funds collected will be donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund. A 60 strong cast of guitarists is hard at work rehearsing for the annual guitar event Strummin' Home. The concert features a guitar choir which strums along to popular songs in a bid to raise funds for a local charity.

It's a colourful year for Strummin' Home. This year's edition, held in collaboration with the Alf Mizzi Foundation and entitled Strummin' Chroma X, will feature music such as "Yellow" by Coldplay, "Pink" by Aerosmith and "Nel blu dipinto di blu", a colourful way to commemorate a ten-year journey. Throughout the years the Strummin' Home concerts have aided several local charities and foundations, and this year The Malta Community Chest Fund, which has brought colour to the lives of many, will be the beneficiary.

Strummin' is also very proud to be featuring singer/songwriter/beatboxer Dana McKeon and her newest original song, especially written for the concert, entitled "Street Art"! Two hosts with a serious passion for music, Pawlu Borg Bonaci and Luke Dalli, will be hosting this very special 10th edition. The concert is also collaborating with The Sound System and Studio 7 to present to its audience a night to remember.

Strummin' Home is a concert which fulfils the ideals of ZHN by promoting the potential of young people through working for a good cause. Strummin' Chroma X will be held on the 7th and 8th of October at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta. Find Strummin' Home on Facebook for regular updates. In the meantime tickets for Adults will sell at
10 whilst tickets for children under 12 years, groups of 10 or more and students will sell at €8.50 each. For tickets phone 79244418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Surely a show which cannot be missed!

Source: Press Release & Facebook

Monday, 26 September 2011 23:01

Malta: Ylenia Vella Triumphs


The Maltese Islands are known for their talent within the art of vocal performing noting that some of our stars have managed to perform with some of the leading global artists but what is even more impressive is the budding talent that is easily showing signs of taking over. The musical reality television programme that took place on Television Malta during the months of summer entitled 'Don't Stop Me Now' sought to promote the best of the new talent in the best possible way through various musical and non-musical challenges with host Eileen Montesin stating that artists need to grow in a number of different areas being talent and personality. The final programme of the second edition took place this evening with the winner being none other than Ylenia Vella.

On the night, the production known as 'Don't Stop Me Now' could have seen an overhaul of the result noting that the resident judging panel made up of Moira Stafrace, Ray Mangion and Catherine Mifsud were joined by guest judges Augusto Cardinali, Georgina and Mike Spiteri and all had the right to give a total of twenty points to one particular artist. There was a general consensus that Ylenia was the best this evening noting that her rendition of the song 'Halo' received the points of four judges with Ann Marie Ellul receiving the other two judges' points. This is not the first highlight of the career of the young sixteen year old noting that she has already taken part within the Junior Eurosong competition cementing her name within the younger artists' careers.

Ylenia managed to launch her career with self-compositions through this musical competition and should always remember her success on her own merits. Her debut participation with the Junior Eurosong actually came back in 2008 with the song 'I Can't Live Without You' before returning in 2009 to achieve a runner-up finish with the track 'My One True Passion' and then tried again one final time in 2010 finishing as the third runner-up with the track 'Shout It Out' which was also a favourite for victory on the night according to the readers of ESCflashmalta. The showcase on Television Malta was a stunning opportunity to promote the young artist who had already gained popularity amongst her peers and people at home. The singer seemed at ease performing the song 'Halo' this evening and she showed that she can truly own a stage owing to her years of experience.

Source: Francesca Aquilina (Image), Television Malta