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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjunction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, interviews and a lot of laughter. Ray Attard, is joined by Debbie Scerri, 1997 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as hosts and are known to welcome a number of personalities from all walks of life. The programme kicks off at around 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, meaning around two and a half hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

Playing against each other are Annabelle Debono, a former backing vocalist to Vodka sung by Morena at the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as Alan Fenech, a well respected actor currently starring in Iċ-Ċaqqufa, the most followed television series in Malta. Light entertainment continues with a string of successful hit songs played by a live band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Those performing this week are none other than former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Neville Refalo.

The VIP interview conducted by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas will be with none other than the well known singer/songwriter Joe S Grech of the group New Cuorey. It is worth pointing out that all the music during the programme will be played LIVE as led by the gentleman mentioned above. Other attractions include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models as well as comedian, Toni Busuttil. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about programmes such as Sibt Familja on NET Television, which aims to promote the local music scene and give the general public entertainment.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment


Published in Local Music News

Indifest, hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber on NET Television returns for a fourth episode this evening following the initial success of the past three weeks in which a total of nine entries from this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza have been presented. Viewers have the opportunity to select their favourite tracks from both the Established and Teenage Category whilst watching the programme or during the rest of the day as clips could be seen either on television or online. Media.Link Communications and escflashmalta.com are working together in several areas in order to promote the competition in the best possible way noting that it remains as the leading showcase for the Maltese language through the medium of song. The programme starts at 20:30 CET.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been noted to feature a mixture of young and newfound talent which definitely represents the future of the local music scene. In this evenings' programme, first up is Danica Muscat with the track L-Ewlieni composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. Experience is key with the young female performer having been at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. Joining her from the same category are Mauro and Kim with the song Gloria written by Rita Pace. It is important to denote that the male vocalist in this duet had also been a finalist at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2007, winning the ticket from a talent show which discovered new artists.


Kimberly and Lyann are a female duet competing in the teenage talent portion of the competition and will therefore have to perform their entry live for the very first time. The song entitled Kliem Maġija is composed by Minik to the lyrics of Lyann. As has been the case in the first couple of episodes, there will be two special guests, both of which are vocalists; the first one being Annabelle Debono, a former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the other being Lyndsay, a judge during the live phase of the competition as well as a chart topping artist. Annalise Ellul who was a guest during the first programme will oversee her dancers as they occupy the role of resident guests. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)


Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:26

KKI 2013: Juries to Select First Finalist

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)


Media.Link Communications takes pride in promoting the local music scene henceforth why they organise the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, a competition in which vocalists have to perform original songs in their respective mother tongue. Ira Losco and Claudia Faniello, two of the most notable stars at the moment both started from this competition before going onto release more material and many will hope to follow in their footsteps. Media.Link Communications in accordance with the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza worked to include a wildcard into the competition, one which would be granted through a singing competition entitled Passport 2 Indifest held on Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment.

The recipient of the wildcard last year was Simone Gauci with the track Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit, finishing in a respectable mid-table position. It is worth pointing out that the first finalist selected last week was none other than Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest as well as a second round qualifier in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Today the semi-final featured Marie Claire Attard Bason, a Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist in 2009 with Ma Rridx Ninbidel and Letizia Seychell who was a contestant in the show Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montestin.

The first performance of the duel was done by Letizia Seychell who gave her very own rendition of Kieku Taf? originally sung by Corazon during L-Għanja tal-Poplu competition in 2006. Marie Claire Attard Bason followed with her rendition of the song Ħallini Inħobbok originally performed by Georgina during the Festival Kanzunetta Maltija 1999. The jury as last week was composed of Annabelle Debono, former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as Janvil, runner-up of the 2005 Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Neville Refalo, multiple finalist in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the end, it was Marie Claire Attard Bason who won the hearts of the judges and will thus face Karen DeBattista. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the result is unveiled next week.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)


The inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza way back in 1983 proved to be quite the successful affair noting that some of the most established names in the local music industry put their names forward to take part and therefore, following such interest, the showcase continued for a couple of years before stopping in 1987 due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, it would return ten (10) years later and the aim did not change noting that the importance of the Maltese language in song remained the most prominent element in the competition as renowned performers threw their hat into the ring and did their best to achieve victory. There were a number of those who would ultimately be successful including Ira Losco, Miriam Christine, Claudette Pace, Annabelle Debono, AmberClaudia FanielloLawrence Gray, and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. The competition is being organized for the twenty-first year and things have changed quite a lot in the past couple of years with a brand new Chairman, Mark Azzopardi discussing a number of new ideas alongside the rest of the committee. One of the most intriguing changes has surely been the introduction of preview videos which could be seen through viral website, YouTube. Exposure is key to any competition and thus with the videos along the weekly programme, Indifest, the local audience would get the chance to support local talent in the best possible way.

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a host of talent noting that there are a number of newcomers as well as individuals who have been rightfully earning their place in the local music industry. Apart from meeting three (3) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last week, the programme had the pleasure of welcoming, Jan Cortez who most recently topped the local charts on 89.7 Bay alongside Carlo Gerada whom escflashmalta.com spoke to as part of our coverage of upcoming talent in collaboration with the most popular radio station in the country whilst the second guest was a female who won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and who goes by the name of Amber. The performer is quickly taking in a lot of praise following performances with Kurt Calleja as well as Joseph Calleja in events which are completely different from each other, those being the Eurovision Song Contest and a classical concert.


For the fifth programme of Indifest, Mark Azzopardi, the Chairman of this years' committee for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza returns as producer alongside Lisa Libreri who has taken up the role of co-producer in the past four weeks. The role of producer is quite important to make sure that the television programme Indifest reflects the aim of the competition itself. In the past couple of years, things have not been so much in sync at times but this time round, things are relatively different so to speak. The programme which is broadcast live every Tuesday night is presented by Ronald Briffa, this years' male host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and Christine Haber, multiple host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In this weeks' edition, it is imperative to note that the acts competing in the Established Category who will be making an appearance are none other than Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Se Nibda' Jien composed by Rita Pace and penned by Dario Bezzina as well as Deborah C who will be performing her song Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop.


The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is always looking to promote brand new talent and that is why the Teenage Category has always been promoted in the past couple of years. Week after week, there is a live performance by one of the ten competitors and frankly this is quite important due to the fact that 60% of the final vote will be based solely on this performance with members of the jury looking at the performances and marking the tracks as they please. This weeks' entry is none other than L-Ewwel Imħabba composed by Kaya, penned by Rita Pace and then performed by Darlene Sammut. People who will be watching the show this week will be pleased to know that the special guests will be none other than former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Annabelle as well as former Eurovision Song Contest representative Ludwig Galea. Both bring about history within the event and the local music scene in general and thus should be a great addition to the multiple guests which have been making appearances in recent weeks. So tomorrow night on NET Television at 20:30 CET, make sure to tune into another programme of Indifest.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com