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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style. Since the Eurovision Song Contest is now just a month away, the programme has taken a different twist, as entries competing in this year's musical extravaganza in Vienna, Austria are being reviewed by some of the most recognisable faces in the local music industry.

Tonight! Georgina, a female artist, and veteran, who was the first to represent Malta in English at the Eurovision Song Contest, while performing "Could It Be" in a duet with Paul Giordimaina, will be joined by Lawrence Gray, the male singer/songwriter who loves the international music competition and came twice close to representing Malta, finishing in second place in 1999, and 2003. They will be joined by 'Eurovision Time' hosts; Roderick Azzopardi Custo and Andrew Zahra, whose show will be kicking off in a couple of days time, in anticipation for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Vienna, Austria. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 13 March 2015 11:57

GħTP 2015: Interview with Michela Dalli

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received. in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number eight is Michela Dalli, and her entry is entitled "Charlie' L-Artist", penned by Rita Pace, to the music of Andrew Zahra.

In the public eye, you have been seen as an artist who does not shy away from a challenge, and as a result juggle the art of singing with acting. It is no mean feat, but thinking out loud, which do you view as your strong suit, and would you pick one over the other?  

Both give me great satisfaction and I can never ever choose between the two. Singing gives me the joy of expressing myself and acting gives me the pleasure of playing different roles. I will surely treasure past experiences, I have met so many talented people and my love for music and acting has grown thanks to these unforgettable opportunities. I would like to thank those who made and are still making my dreams come true.  

 “Charlie l-Artist”, composed by Andrew Zahra, with lyrics by Rita Attard is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses? 

The lyrics are so meaningful and relate to France’s worst terrorist attack; The sad and tragic news of artist Charlie Hebdo and colleagues that was targetted by the French satircal weekly magazine. This sad news has definitely shocked the world. The song also focuses on how Satire effects others feelings, for some satire is like medicine, it either inspires, releases tension  and makes a person feel better or on the other hand it can really offend a person.

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception? 

I believe that it is actually very important that lyrics in such a festival have to be controversial, different oppinions make songs even more interesting . My entry 'Charlie l-Artists' definitely causes controversy for the fact that many believe that there should be total freedom of expression in arts especially in a democratic country, others believe that there should be moderation and arts should not hurt others feelings, on the other hand there are those who take satire so seriously that have the courage to destroy other people's life!  But why would anybody actually kill somebody over mockery? 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

I would like to thank all those who support local music and local talent. I urge all of you reading this to come and watch this festival, 'l-Ghanja tal-poplu' is surely one of the most prestigious festivals in Malta. I am sure all of the contestants are working hard.

Published in Local Music News

Il Volo, an operatic-pop trio, comprising of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble have just been revealed as winners of the 2015 Sanremo. Their song entitled "Grande Amore", written by Francesco Boccia and Ciro Esposito managed to beat stiff competition from pre-competition favourite, Nek and his song "Fatti Avante Amore", written by Nek, Luca Chiaravalli, Andrea Bonomo and Luigi Fazio.

As a result of their overwhelming victory, with initial reports stating that they managed to win both the televoting and the professional jury, Il Volo will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest. It is has also been confirmed that "Grande Amore" will be their entry, having also successfully international exposure, peaking at number #1 in Malta's Official iTunes Chart.

Once more, would like to thank a select number of people who offered their time to contribute as guest bloggers during the 2015 Sanremo including; Audrey Marie, Karen DeBattista, Andrew Zahra, Marilena Gauci and Brooke. We urge you to stay tuned for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: RAI

Published in Sanremo

In 1951, following the aftermath of the Second World War, it was decided that a music competition was to be held, eyeing to strengthen the economy and lighten up the mood. It is quite remarkable, that the same competition, Sanremo, is still running strong in 2015. During the course of the next 5 days, Italy will not only be showcasing the best their local music scene is known to offer, but will also provide lots of entertainment, even courtesy of foreign guests.

With such a strong following in Malta, has enlisted the support of five celebrities in Malta, all of whom are familiar faces in the music industry, who will help assess the quality of the songs, and also the vocalists, in what has been coined the most reputable line-up for the Sanremo Music Festival in years.

During the first night (10th February), the dubious honour will be given to Audrey Marie Bartolo, a female vocalist from Gozo, who has made it through to the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Summer Hit Song Contest on multiple occasions, whilst also having had the opportunity to participate in the Malta Eurosong competition back in 2010 with “Good Intentions” written by Rita Pace and Miriam Christine.

During the second night (11th February), the chosen celebrity blogger is Karen DeBattista, another female vocalist, who requires no introduction, having been a finalist in the Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the latest esition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song “12, Baker Street”. She gained fame and credibility for her triumph in the 2014 L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song “Jien Ma Naħdimx” written by Mark Scicluna and Rita Pace. She is a signatoree of Ironic PR & Artist Management.

During the third night (12th February), our special guest will be none other than male songwriter, Andrew Zahra, whose songwriting credits include “Fomm il-Vjolin”, winning entry of the International Festival of Maltese Song in 2001, “L-Arka tal-Liberta” winning entry of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2004 and “Stejjer”, a fan-favourite entry during the International Festival of Maltese Song in 2013, amongst others.

During the fourth night (13th February), the tapped special guest will be none other than Marilena Gauci, a female vocalist whose first ascent to fame came back in 2004, when she represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the Young Talent Team. Since then, she has made it through to the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest on multiple occasions, as well as reaching the first runner-up slot at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza twice, and also reaching the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest twice. She is a signatoree of Ironic PR & Artist Management.

During the fifth and final night (14th February), Editor-In-Chief Marc Calleja Bayliss, and special guest blogger, Brooke. The female singer/songwriter whose hit songs include “Fairytale”, “Bingo”, “Young and Free” and “Love Not War” is currently based in the United Kingdom, but has always made positive headlines in Malta, especially having been recognised by both the Bay Music Awards and the Malta Music Awards, on multiple occasions.


Annalisa Scarrone - Una finestra fra le stelle

Malika Ayane - Adesso e qui

Marco Masini - Che giorno è

Chiara Galiazzo - Straordinario

Gianluca Grignani - Sogni infranti

Nek - Fatti avanti amore

Nina Zilli - Sola

Dear Jack - Il mondo explode

Alex Britti - Un attimo importante

Biggio & Mandelli (I soliti Idioti) - Vita d'inferno

Moreno - Oggi ti parlo cosi

Bianca Atzei - Il solo al mondo

Raf - Come una favola

Lara Fabian - Voce

Grazia Di Michele & Platinette (Mauro Coruzzi) - Io sono una finestra

Il Volo - Grande amore

Anna Tatangelo - Libera

Nesli - Buona fortuna amore

Irene Grandi - Un vento senza nome

Lorenzo Fragola - Siamo Uguali

Nuove Proposte

Serena Brancale - Galleggiare

Giovanni Caccamo - Ritornerò da te

Kaligola - Oltre il giardino

KuTso - Elisa

Enrico Nigiotti - Qualcosa da decidere

Rakele - Io non lo so cos'è l'amore 

Amara - Credo

Chanty - Ritornerai

All the LIVE blogging will be done through the Official Accounts on Facebook and Twitter, so whilst urging you to stay tuned to as the main portal, we hope that you will follow our comments throughout the rest of the week, and also share your opinion on the songs competing in Sanremo. The winner of the ‘Campioni’ will also have the first right of refusal to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.


Published in Sanremo

L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition, known to breathe life into the music industry, officially takes on a new dimension as of today, as 16 entries out of the original 105 submissions, will be part of the 39th edition of the competition. It has been a rigorous selection process, involving 5 professional jury members, whose first task was to shortlist the best 35, out of which they had to bring down by half, once more.

As a music competition, L-Għanja tal-Poplu prides itself with presenting the song-titles, composers and authors first, prior to making an announcement with the respective performer of the song. This is due to the fact that the singer could be altered from the demo version to the final version, as stipulated by the rules and regulations issued by the organising committee. The names of the artists will be confirmed in the coming hours. 

Battibekk – Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Bit-Tlikki Tlikki - Christabelle Curmi (Clifton Casha, Carmel Dalli)

Ċans Ieħor - Raquel Galdes (Daniel Paul Farrugia, Norbert Borg)

'Charlie' l-Artist – Michela Dalli (Rita Attard, Andrew Zahra)

Darbtejn Insiru Tfal - Jeffrey Scicluna (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

Dawn l-Għajnejn - Ana Maria Grima (Rita Attard, Siobhan Vassallo)

Fejn Marru t-Tfal? - Michela Galea (Rita Pace, Renato Briffa)

Ġismi - Ecca u Pell (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

Illum Jien Pensjonant - Joe George Micallef (Alfred C. Sant, Joe George Micallef)

Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

Il-Malti - Mario Debono (Mario Debono)

L-Għawdxija - Ta' Verna Folk Band (Augusto Cardinali)

Min Taħseb li Int? - Teddie Zammit (Teddie Zammit)

Niftakarna - Abstract Acoustic Duo (Gabriel Cassar)

Pjan – Simone Gauci (Ingrid Vella, Augusto Cardinali)

Waqt li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl - Mark Cachia (Mark Cachia)

The 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place on the 21st March 2015, within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta. The renowned local music competition not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several worldly topics. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu (Official Facebook)

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

'The Celebrity Night' is the new Saturday night show which will be broadcast at 20:30 on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off a couple of weeks ago, revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Christabelle,  a female vocalist, who gained notoriety as a result of her first runner-up finish in the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Rush", written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, is clearly on a high, and the most current guest on this evening's programme. She will be joined by another female guest, Angie Brown, a legendary singer/songwriter from South London, whose hit singles include "Took My Love" and "I'm Gonna Get You", the latter of which she performed on The Voice UK just a couple of months ago.

The third personality to feature this week is none other than male singer/songwriter, Kurt Calleja who knows all too well the pressures of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having taken part on three occasions, before eventually winning the ticket in 2012. His entry "This Is The Night", co-written with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås was a surprise winner, yet also won the hearts of Europe when  it qualified to the final in Baku, Azerbaijan. This week's final personality is Andrew Zahra, a composer who requires no introduction whatsoever having been responsible for songs such as "L-Arka tal-Libertà", "Fomm il-Vjolin", "Stejjer", "Topsy Turvy" and "Let it Shine".

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs tonight at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living, Press Release
Published in Local Music News has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition. Miriam Christine is the eleventh artist and she will be performing the song Stejjer composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia.

Mid-Nineties, Miriam Christine was starting to leave an impact within the local music scene, reaching the finals of the Malta Song for Europe on two consecutive years, in 1995 and 1996 respectively. During the latter year, the upbeat In a Woman’s Heart composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant was selected as Malta’s entry in Oslo, Norway and once abroad, managed to garner tenth place. Would you have done anything differently whilst abroad as you look back on the experience and do you believe that you were too young?

It was an amazing experience, and a music and life lesson too. I have such beautiful memories of that year which I will carry with me forever. I do believe that I was very young when it all happened. I was not able to make certain decisions myself and I definitely did not agree on  quite a few things that were decided on my behalf, like the costume design and choreography. Having said that I do believe that everything happens for a reason in our life. Thanks to the Eurovision I made a lot of friends, and so many opportunities came my way, like various concerts abroad, awards and recording sessions. I do not regret anything. 

Your comeback into the local music scene has been seen as relatively successful, managing to win a local music competition, the Malta Hit Song Contest with your own composition, Alone Today prior to reaching the final stages of the Malta Eurosong with another self-penned song entitled Mama. What was the main reasoning behind your comeback and what are your current plans for the near future?

I love to write songs and perform. That is always the main reason behind any music venture I get involved in. I do however believe that sometimes, it's best to take a little break to recharge the batteries and refresh ideas. Hence the reason why sometimes I seem to disappear. It is a very exciting time at the moment for me. I am eagerly waiting the final night of the Festival Kanzunetta Maltija. I am in the finishing stages of a new music project where I contributed as a singer on a chill-out album. I am also preparing to shoot a new TV programme where I am the main host together with another three local celebrities. And I am working on new music material which hopefully will be released next year. I am at a very happy place at the moment.

Unless the records are mistaken, this is your sixth participation within the International Festival of Maltese Song, having also been part of the line-up during the event won by Lawrence Gray and his entry Eklissi, eleven (11) years ago. It seems that you had been close to being a regular at the showcase, and have also shown your support to the competition by virtue of participating within the submission process. Do you have any fond memories which you would like to share?

I have always loved this Festival. I think my fondest memory was when I participated for the first time in 1995 (my composition Int Tajtni Idek). The show was held at the amphitheater in Ta Qali. I loved performing there with a live band, and for the first time, singing one of my compositions on such a big stage at only sixteen years of age. The cherry on the cake was actually placing third! I will never forget that special night.

Stejjer composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

The songs starts off as a ballad, but then evolves nicely into a soft-rock song. I adored it from the first time I heard it. The melody is strong and the lyrics are so moving. The song is about all the stories that are written in time during a long, loving relationship between two people. It describes the hopes, dreams, experiences and memories that two people build together. I dedicate it to my loving parents who this year celebrated their 40th year of marriage.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

It definitely has a place within our local music industry. I had been secretly hoping for its comeback for many years. It was such a pity when they stopped organizing it. There is a big lack of songs in our beautiful Maltese language, and there is no other way to put it: the Maltese and Gozitan public love Maltese songs. I know this because I continuously meet local people who keep mentioning some of my Maltese songs, and saying how much they love listening to them. I really wish and hope that the Festival Kanzunetta Maltija is back for good.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

As always, I would like to thank all the lovely fans who keep supporting us local artists, our music and our dreams. Without your constant support, I would not be able to find the inspiration and the will to continue pursuing my music dreams and projects. Thank you all. Big hug.

Published in Interviews is proud to announce that the organisers behind the International Festival of Maltese Song have devised a running order which accentuates the features of each entry. This competition is returning to the local music scene following an absence of eleven years and in theory and fact becomes the third song competition to promote Maltese as a national language through the medium of song. A total of fourteen (14) entries made it through the initial judging phases including artists who have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on a couple of occasions, apart from even being at the Eurovision Song Contest. There will be a series of awards given on the night of the competition and therefore, all will be hoping to give their all.

The International Festival of Maltese Song is taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Saturday, 9th November 2013. Tickets for the event can be obtained from the venue booking office as from today, and have been reasonably priced in order to accomodate to everyone's needs. The competition is set to kick off at 19:30 CET with fourteen (14) local artists and fourteen (14) foreign artists taking to the main stage. The editorial board of would like to encourage everyone who has music close to their heart to attend the International Festival of Maltese Song and support this venture as it was supported when it was the jewel of the music industry.

Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: International Festival of Maltese Song Committee

Published in Local Music News