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Rapturous applause, widespread acclaim and a performance compared to the ones given at the Academy Awards was given earlier this afternoon by Gaia Cauchi who will be representing Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start, co-written alongside Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. Malta's return to the event following abseentism of two years was very much felt in the music industry but the Pubic Broadcasting Services sought to right a wrong and return before it was too late.

The event, slated to commence at 19:00 CET, airing on TVM2, will be taking place in the capital city of Ukraine, that being Kiev features a total of twelve (12) countries with Malta singing in the penultimate position between The Netherlands and Russia respectively. Apart from the vocalist, and the songwriters who are all part of the delegation, the Public Broadcasting Services are represented by Daniel d'Anastasi, Anna Dalli, Anton Attard and Maxine Pace who are the Head of Press, Assistant Head of Delegation, Head of Delegation and Spokesperson respectively. You could watch her performance from the Dress Rehearsal earlier this afternoon just below and also follow escflashmalta.com's running blog with guest commentary by Daniel Testa, Sophie DeBattista and Trevor Fenech.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIyNvY9eiyg

It has come to the final week before the final announcement of the twenty finalists of this year’s Malta Eurovision. A number of artists are aspiring to make the return to Malta’s top show whilst others are hopeful that they manage to reach the showcase for the very first time. The excitement is running high amongst all the participants and as we had in to the final week, the artists behind the seventy songs that got through are meeting the Xarabank crew in preparation for next Friday’s show.

Today, a number of newcomers were asked to attend the PBS Creativity Hub for an audition behind closed doors. The singers called in for the auditions are singers who are either completely new to the music scene or else relatively new to the local scene. This was surely done to ensure that the twenty finalists chosen are vocally capable of delivering a live performance. The ones who were not called in should not think that their chances are slim though, because they all stand the same chance of getting through as the rest.

escflashmalta.com was in contact with Anton Attard, the Chief Executive Officer, and the mind behind the last three editions of the Malta Eurovision and the person who aided Malta’s return to the top ten after seven years thanks to Gianluca’s ‘Tomorrow’. In a statement with the website he stated: “We have called for these new artists, to ensure that the final list is made of competent artists who are able to deliver live.” Twenty songs are expected to make it through to the first show on Friday, with fourteen qualifying to the finals on Saturday.

In the meantime it is important to remind you that the final twenty will be announced on a special edition of Xarabank, on the 29th of November. Like last year, it is expected that the singers will get the opportunity to showcase the first few seconds of their song; the audience will get a taste of what to expect before hearing the song in full. From then on the preparations will go in full swing for this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision which will take place on the 7th and 8th of February. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Anton Attard (PBS CEO), escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsL5MU5bRWw

Published in Local Music News
Monday, 30 September 2013 23:00

FiKM '13: Major Promotional Campaign Kicks Off

As from today, the International Festival of Maltese Song will start garnering some traction as all of the artists will be gearing up for a series of promotional activities which will see them participate in a variety of television programmes, kicking off with TVPM and Kalamita, hosted by Corazon and Alfred Zammit on TVM and ONE respectively. It is important to denote that apart from a series of interviews, each artist will get the opportunity to perform the track in front of the audience watching at home for the very first time.

Apart from television though, make sure to catch the competing entries even on Radio with programmes such as Kanzunetti Maltin (92.7 ONE Radio), Pinna Mużika (RTK Radio), Breakfast Show (Radju Malta) and Lejn il-Festival (Radju Kottoner). Any means of promotion is necessary for the promotion of a local music competition which is returning following several years of absence in order to make the general public aware of its comeback, basically. escflashmalta.com will also be interviewing all of the artists competing in the International Festival of Maltese Song along with playing the respective entries. As from next week, following a major server update set forth for the 10th October, we anticipate to get a full schedule on how to promote each of the respective acts, kicking off as from the 11th October.

  • Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)
  • Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)
  • Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)
  • Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)
  • Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)
  • Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)
  • Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)
  • Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • 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 escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: International Festival of Maltese Song (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 17:22

FIKM '13: Finalists Revealed on Television Malta

Over the past couple of days, escflashmalta.com has been dominated with news from within the local music scene and predominantly the International Festival of Maltese Song, due to the fact that the elite competition is returning following an eleven (11) year absence. Despite the relatively low amount of submissions, the quality has proven satisfactory and the jury found it extremely difficult to select the fourteen (14) songs which were just revealed by John Bundy on his television programme Ma Bundy. Fourteen entries (14) which represent the local music scene and another fourteen (14) which represent the foreign music market are set to encompass the International Festival of Maltese Song in the years to come.

As the lists of both the local and the foreign finalists could be seen below, one has to remember that the date set forth for the actual competition is the 9th November with the venue being the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. Details with regards to promotion of the songs is set to be revealed in due course although it is expected that Television Malta, ONE Television, Radju RTK and escflashmalta.com will be amongst those who will be playing the songs and possibly also get the artists' comments. Glancing through the list, one could see a mixture of upcoming and experienced talent, something that might have been missing from other local competitions as of late. The editorial board would like to congratulate the vocalists, composers and lyricists for making it through to this stage of the competition whilst also thanking those who tried their hand and did not succeed on this occasion.

  • Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)
  • Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)
  • Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)
  • Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)
  • Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)
  • Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)
  • Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)
  • Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Arġentina – Veronica Sardana - No IIores por mi Argentina (cover version of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina)
  • Belarussja – Aleksandra & Konstantin (former Eurovision singers’04) - Kotsiky Viarrovyia
  • Belarussja – George Koldun  – Through the Light
  • Bulgarija – Niki Manolov (finalist Bulgarian Final for Eurovision’08) – Po Dobre (Better) 
  • Greċja – Christos Kaliatsas (Xfactor ’08 Greece) – Touch You 
  • Ġermanja – Bella Vista - Fremd Aber Doch vertraut (German version of Sal-Aħħar, Fabrizio Faniello)
  • Ġermanja – Mave O’Rick – Whiter than White
  • Italja – Federica Marinari – 3 Volte Amore
  • Moldova – Ray Gligor – Lonely Nights, Lonely Dreams
  • Renju Unit – Ilona – Love ‘s Like a loaded Gun
  • Rumanija – Aurelian Temisan – Stay With Me (English verision of Stay with me, Croatia ESC 2000)
  • Rumanija – Lavinia Steriopol – Nadie Como Tu 
  • Spanja – Ely Qurbrlo – Io Ce Credo
  • Turkija – Melih Sengul – Bir Ask (One Love)

In the first phase of the competition, the jury was composed of; Frederick Zammit, Noel D'Anastasi, Tony Micallef, Melda Micallef, Charlo' Lautier and George Cremona whilst in the second phase of the competition, the jury was composed of; Antoinette Falzon, John Bundy, Joyce Grech, Etienne Schembri, Josephine Ebejer Grech, Madelline Farrugia, Siro Camilleri and David Muscat. 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 escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FIKM '13 (Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

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escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of revealing the number of submissions for the International Festival of Maltese Song 2013 reached sixty-two (62), a positive start to an event which was last held eleven (11) years ago. Interest amongst the established artists within the local music scene was extremely high with submissions coming from the likes of Deborah C, Miriam Christine, Lawrence Gray, Janvil, Jessika, Roger Tirazona and Hooligan. Thirty (30) entries were selected by a panel of music professionals for the second phase of the competition in which some of the artists were called to a live performance at the St James Cavalier.

escflashmalta.com had the pleasure to speak to Deo Grech, the individual responsible fo Public and Media Relations about the songs that were submitted and eventually made it through. He explained that 'the session was quite smooth running and a general positive vibe could be felt. All judges looked satisfied with the overall level of the submitted entries. Lyricists wrote about a wide variety of themes and some even dared challenge taboos too'. The fourteen (14) entries that will make it through to the final of the International Festival of Maltese Song will be revealed on the programme Ma' Bundy on Television Malta on the 18th September.

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 escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FIKM '13 (Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwN_6W5HrJc

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:27

Malta: HoD Firmly Denies Vote Rigging Claims

The Mirror, a leading tabloid in Great Britain went on record publishing an article which disputed the results of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which saw to the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops on behalf of Denmark. One focus point within the story seems to be on Azerbaijan and Malta though with the latter noted for having awarded the eastern country, the maximum twelve (12) points in each of the past four years. An executive responsible for this years' edition of the international competition who wished to remain unnamed stated that jury members were bribed with 'enough money to live off for a year' but nevertheless, claims have been rubbished by Head of Delegation, Anton Attard.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with Anton Attard throughout the day with regards to the allegations and he has denied the claims stating that 'in the past four years, the jury has only awarded Azerbaijan with one set of twelve points, which therefore shows that it has been the public vote monitored by the European Broadcasting Union which has led to the twelve points on each respective occasion'. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat which finished in eighth place, the nations' best result since 2005. Tabloids in the United Kingdom have been following up the story following comments made but their 2013 representative; Bonnie Tyler who only managed nineteenth place with her entry Believe In Me. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, The Mirror

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN3d_V7KVLE

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:30

Exclusive: FIKM '13 Committee Receives 62 Entries

The committee responsible for the organisation of the International Festival of Maltese Song would like to notify all the respective applicants and music enthusiasts that a total of sixty-two (62) entries were submitted for the first edition in eleven (11) years. On the 12th and 13th September, a panel of seven (7) judges from within the local music industry have been appointed to listen to the submissions and select the best thirty (30). A second panel of judges will listen to those thirty (30) entries either live or playback according to the reputation of the involved vocalist. From there on end, a total of fourteen (14) artists will be announced to take part in the competition.

Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com supervised the submission process as part of the open call for media issued by the committee in the past couple of days. Amongst the artists who have entered, there are a number of high profile individuals including none other than; Lawrence Gray, Mark Tonna, Deborah CJanvil, JessikaHooligan, Roger Tirazona, Danica Muscat, Romina Mamo, Domenique, Neville Refalo and last but not least, former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine. The turn-out is as expected and should the first edition upon return prove to be successful, more entries will be submitted in the coming years. The finalists for the International Festival of Maltese Song will be revealed on the programme Ma' Bundy on TVM on the 18th September 2013.

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 escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Sources: escflashmalta, International Festival of Maltese Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwN_6W5HrJc

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:00

FIKM 2013: Submissions Are Being Received Today

The organising committee of the International Festival of the Maltese Song 2013 is officially receiving submissions at the music room within the St James Cavalier between noon and five o'clock. It is important to remind all aspiring songwriters and artists that no entries will be accepted after the deadline. Once all of the entries are submitted, a panel of professional judges will be on hand to select the best thirty (30) entries whose vocalists enter a second round, one in which they will have to perform live in front of a second panel of judges from which fourteen (14) entries will be selected. The finalists will be revealed on the 18th September.

Lawrence Gray and Georgina Abela, two leading figures in the local music scene were the last two winners of the International Festival of Maltese Song eleven and twelve years ago respectively as they gave sterling renditions of their entries Eklissi (Philip Vella / Godwin Sant) and Fomm il-Vjolin (Andrew Zahra / Deo Grech). Several artists, composers, lyricists and producers have professed their love towards the local music industry and therefore have supported the return of a competition which was deemed prestigious and on par with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. During the final, which is set to take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on the 9th November, all of the fourteen (14) entries will be accompanied by a band led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. The show will also be broadcast on television through TVM and TVM 2 respectively.

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.

Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com will be on hand to follow the submission process in the hope of unveiling some of the artists who will be putting their entries forward. Stay tuned to this portal throughout the day for more of the latest updates about the International Festival of Maltese Song as soon as they become available, live from the St James Cavalier. We have just been informed that in the second phase, the established artists will not be informed to perform live as opposed to upcoming artists.

  • Roger Tirazona
  • Cherylis Camilleri
  • Dario Bezzina
  • Marie Claire Attard Bason
  • Stefan Galea
  • Neville Refalo
  • Geordie De Bono
  • Domenique
  • Lawrence Gray
  • Renato Briffa
  • Dorcas Debono
  • Josef Tabone
  • Gloriana Arpa Belli
  • Estelle Fenech Imbroll
  • Karen DeBattista
  • Ina Robinic
  • Jason Scerri
  • Jessika
  • Paul Abela
  • Andrew Zahra
  • Miriam Christine
  • Danica Muscat
  • Janvil
  • Marlon Chircop
  • Augusto CardinalI
  • Kurt Galea
  • Deborah C
  • Romina Mamo
  • Hooligan

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Published in Local Music News

The organizing committee of the International Festival of the Maltese Song 2013 is launching the official logo for this year’s edition. The logo portrays the concept and the corporate identity of the festival and marks the return of this much-anticipated event in the calendar of our national cultural events.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.

The final will be held on 9th November 2013 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (Valletta). Fourteen songs in the Maltese language will compete in the category for local artists, while other fourteen artists will compete in the category for foreign participants with songs in any of their country’s official languages. Winners will be chosen through a mixture of a panel of 8 music expert jury and the public opinion through a televoting which will count as the ninth member of the jury. A Public Opinion Award will be handed separately to the winner of the televoting. During the final night, all songs will be performed live and accompanied by a nine-piece band under the musical direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. The final night will be transmitted live on TVM and TVM2, while various repeats will be aired on other local and international stations from the country of origin of the foreign participants.

Local songwriters and artists are reminded that the committee will be receiving submissions on 11th September 2013 at the music room of St James’ Cavalier(Valletta) between noon and 5pm. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. The committee announces that the selection will take place in two phases. A panel of professional jury members will select 30 semi-finalists who will make it to the second round. We would like to make it a point that Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com will be present on submissions day to follow the events as they unfold and keep the readers updated with the last minute exclusive news.

On Saturday 14th September 2013 the 30 semi-finalists will perform their entries in front of a different panel of professional jury members. During this phase, singers will perform songs on the half playback track. All artists are kindly requested to spare the 14th September 2013 morning and afternoon from any other commitment as singers who will not be able to make it for the semi-final will be automatically eliminated from the competition. The fourteen (14) finalists will be announced on the 18th September 2013 through social media, television and news portals. escflashmalta.com will be one of the media outlets carrying the news of the fourteen (14) finalists. Make sure to visit the Official Facebook Page for the International Festival of Maltese Song for all of the latest updates and news items about the competition.

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. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

Published in Local Music News

Davinia, second runner-up at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt Mercieca was a special guest on the television programme; TVPM hosted by Corazon and Peter Carbonaro yesterday afternoon. Apart from performing three cover versions with pianist Paul Giordimaina, Davinia also gave a short bi-lingual interview to Corazon, the hostess of the programme. In this interview, she spoke about the positive effects of her third place result at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She added that she would love to participate once more and therefore, escflashmalta.com is proud to reveal that Davinia might very well be the first finalist in next years' edition.

Davinia is currently promoting her latest track entitled You Are My Home which is written by the same aforementioned songwriting duo. The official video accompanying the track was exclusively revealed on escflashmalta.com earlier this week. The track is currently being played on all of the local radio stations whilst also getting broadcasted abroad in countries such as The Netherlands amongst others. It is yet unknown what the selection format will entail noting that Anton Attard, Head of Delegation possibly wanted to re-invent the way the song and artist are chosen. Nevertheless, participation was confirmed just days after the eighth place result achieved in Malmo, Sweden. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: TVPM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xtX__KB_w
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