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Through their online news portal MaltaRightNow, Media.Link Communications issued the names of the finalist entries, and their respective performers for the 2015 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Following an unspecified number of submissions, as received on the 17th July 2015, a professional panel of judges whittled down the entries, choosing those which reflected the saying 'music to their ears' before coming up with 40 songs, all of which were re-interpreted with LIVE vocals by their respective artists. At the end of this process, the 20 finalists were selected.

In the lists below, there are two (3) singers with more than one (1) entry, and the song which has an asterisk (*) next to their name will either have to be given to another performer, or else be withdrawn from the competition, and thus replaced by the 21st entry in the original list of results. At this stage of the competition, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in order to find out what will happen with the final list of participants for the 2015 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Taqsima Kantanti Stabbiliti

Dment li Malti Ħaj (Ray Agius / Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina

Għal Dejjem (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone (*)

Ħdejk (Philip Vella) - Joseph Refalo

Ħolm tat-Tfal (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Laura Bruno

Insellimlek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

Int u Jien (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - Ana-Maria Grima

Kelma Bejn Tnejn (Andrew Zahra / Rita Attard) - Michela Dalli

Kun Imbierek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Ingrid Vella) - Simone Gauci

Kuraġġ (Analise Mifsud) - Analise Mifsud

Ma Jien Xejn (Marco Debono / Rita Attard) - Mandy Tabone

Ma Ninsa Qatt (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

Miegħek Malta Independenti (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Cherise Attard

Nann (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

Onestà (Frederick Camilleri) - Laura Bruno (*)

Orrizonti (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone

Pinokkju (Chan Vella / Kevin Tanti) - Neville Refalo

Primadonna (Clinton Paul / Stephen Baldacchino) - Rita Pace

Rivali (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

Teżor (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kurt Cassar

Tħalluħx (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Domenique

Żmien Sabiħ (Joe Formosa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Antonella Rapa

 

Taqsima Kantanti Ġodda 

Bix-Xejn (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

Fis-Seba' Sema (Cyprian Cassar / Rita Pace) - Nicole Borg

Għandi Ħolma (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Francesco Pio Attard) - Mikaela Bajada

Iċ-Ċinju (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

Il-Leħen Li Hemm Fik (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Sarah Micallef Muscat

Jien (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Naomi Busuttil

Lampa Stampa (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette

Miskin (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette (*)

Opportunità (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Marlon Bianco

Sabiħ (Chan Vella / Rita Pace) - Rebecca Bilocca

Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006).

Source: MaltaRightNow, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)

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Paul Ellul, a renowned local lyricist, has compiled all song lyrics in written between 1991 and 2013 along with some other poems in a new book, "Fejn Staħbejtli". The chosen title is a reflection of the most well known song ever written by the aforementioned Ellul, with singer/songwriter Ira Losco being the recipient winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001.

It will be officially launched on the 17th January 2015, at Sir Temi Żammit Hall in the University of Malta with live performances by Gillian Attard, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Nadine Axisa, Cherise Attard, Roseann Cordina, Mark Tonna, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Roberta Cassar, La Voix Academy Choir and Debbie Scerri. The latter, will also be hosting the evening, with Mark Spiteri Lucas set to accompany each performance on the keyboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuBz940gpSc

The 400-page publication, with original designs, may be obtained at the end of the evening, with proceeds going directly to the Millennium Chapel in Paceville. Entrance to the event, being organised in conjunction with KSU, Għaqda tal-Malta - Università, Outlook Coop, APS, and Copyserv is strictly by invitation, which may be requested by sending an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Paul Ellul (Fejn Staħbejtli)

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On the 31st January, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be receiving entries for the 38th edition of the illustrious competition, in hope of finding a track to succeed Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, with vocals provided by Cherise Attard, as the winner. The organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu has decided to introduce a number of brand new regulations including a financial reward for the winner of the singer/songwriter accolade as well as the top three (3) as chosen by a panel of judges.

The 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help of the Malta Arts Fund and in collaboration with Studio 7. Authors, composers, singers and musical groups wishing to participation can find all the required information through the Official Website, or the Official Facebook Page. The renowned local competition which has been given a true facelift in recent years is also being given a brand new visual identity in 2014 with emerging artist Darren Tanti responsible for a new logo, one which encompases the idea of live music and singing, elements of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition which differs from the International Festival of Maltese Song and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the simple reason that it promotes the singer/songwriter along with the use of traditional forms of music whilst also giving prime importance to the lyrics. The event, slated for the 15th March 2014 was officially unveiled to the general public and the media during a gathering held at the Manoel Theatre. There was one main change in the regulations, one which will see songwriters having no limit to the amount of songs they could have in the final stages.

Sir Temi Żammit Hall, the venue which has played host to recent editions of L-Għanja tal-Poplu saw to the success of Cherise Attard with her song Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul with the first runner-up being Dorothy Muscat with the track Signor Si composed by Sammy Galea to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia and the second runner-up being Rita Pace with her self-composed entry Pupazz, penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Another innovative element incorporated in the results is a cash prize which is set to be given to the first, second and third place finishers. As has been the case in recent years, the competition will be aired both on radio and television. escflashmalta.com is proud to support the event, and moreover to support a local music competition which aims to promote Maltese as a national language and one which could also show diversity in the art of music. In order to download a copy of the rules and regulations for the 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu taking place on the 14th March 2014 at the Sir Temi Żammit Hall, please visit the official website of the competition. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

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Franklin Calleja, Claudia Faniello, Jessika and Davinia were all part of the set-up at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the latter actually being the second runner-up. They will all be coming together on stage once more during Echoes, a live street concert in aid of Puttinu Cares on Friday 16th August from 21:00 CET onwards. It is important to denote that the list above is only part of the line-up with other special performances including Kristina Casolani who performed during this years' Isle of MTV and Cryptic Street, winners of the Best New Act at the Bay Music Awards 2012.

On Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, both Claudia and Davinia have made the cut with their most recent releases; When It's Time co-written with Errol and You Are My Home composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt Mercieca. The evening is set to be hosted by Cherise Attard, recent winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul as well as Joseph Barber who is one of the most influential figures in Safi when it comes to organisation. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com urges everyone to attend and be generous. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

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Maltese, the national and co-official language of Malta and somewhat the most popular in terms of daily communication noting that English plays a major role within several roles of the work place and education amongst other things. Last night, this language was given utmost importance through the medium of song noting that nineteen (19) original tracks were presented to an audience to highlight the respective use in a competition known as L-Għanja tal-Poplu. This annual showcase will soon be turning forty and therefore has a vast heritage with ample followers, both from a musical and a lyrical point of view. The evening was conducted by Frank O'Neill, a former finalist as well as Valerie Vella, former host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The event will be shown on ONE Television next Saturday but in the meantime, we can let you know the results of the evening nevertheless.

KulTural, winners of L-Għanja tal-Poplu in 2012 were the opening act last night as they reminded people what their entry Malta Tiegħi sounded like but nevertheless, the idea of having them open was well respected by the audience present as they joined the long list of winners to have graced the stage along the years. The organisation was spectacular and the respective committee alongside Robert Cefai and Norman Hamilton as representatives of the World Association for Festivals and Artists deserve all of the possible praise. The interval act as people awaited the final results was offered by a flamenco dance group known as Alegria and the finalists themselves who performed a medley of well known songs.

The committee has always been proud to recognise the talent of local artists and therefore, a special award was given to Sunny Aquilina, lyricist of The One That I Love and My Dream for his contribution to the local music scene. The committee have always put a lot of emphasis on the language and therefore, lyrics are always of the essence in this competition and this was seen within the choice of the jury for the evening, composed of scholars within the linguistics and literary field. Nevertheless, other individuals from the music and television industry who were present were none other than Joe Vella, the Radio 101 Disc Jockey and former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza judge along with Tony Cassar Darien, a brilliant actor known for several roles on television and the stage.

  • Best New Talent: Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)
  • Best Singer/Songwriter - Sylvan Borg for Il-Maltin Bil-Politika Mehdijin
  • Best Social Theme: Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard / Mark Scicluna)
  • Best Interpretation Award: Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)
  • Third Place: Pupazz - Rita Pace (Rita Pace / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Second Place: Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Sammy Galea / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • First Place: Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Congratulations to all of the winners of the awards on Saturday evening but also to the other competitors. The editorial team at escflashmalta.com would like to send their special wishes to none other than Emil Calleja Bayliss who wrote the lyrics to two entries performed during the evening, one being Għal Dejjem performed by Marie Claire Attard Bason to the tune of Mark Scicluna and the other one being Pupazz performed by Rita Pace who also composed the music. The latter was the recipient of the second runner-up position. It is surely another stepping stone.

Source: escflashmalta, Għanja Fest

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First rehearsals for this years' edition of the L-Għanja tal-Poplu competition took place within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall on Thursday evening amidst tension surroundings noting that the University of Malta campus was going through council elections but nevertheless, the stage is seemingly set for another stunning showcase tomorrow night. The themes for this years' competing songs are extremely varied but it has to be noted that there are a couple of similarities in themes such as marriage and corruption for example. We do not intend to release any details of the genres or the performances themselves because the show will eventually be shown on television at a later date but we can indeed promise you that there will surely be a couple to your liking.

During the past weekend, Sir Temi Żammit Hall was filled with laughter as the Student's Fest took place under the hospice of the University of Malta Council. This weekend, it will be quite different with live music and original songs in Maltese taking centre stage. It is important to note that this years' quality is very much in the range of the previous year and given the mixture between newcomers and established performers, one could say that the first phase jury did a splendid job in their respective selection. They also noted that it was difficult to let some of the songs go especially because they felt like they had a special something in either the lyrics, the music or the vocals of a particular individual.

01. Il-Gwardjan - Indri Attard (Kevin Tanti, Chan Vella) 

02. Anġli Bla Ġwenħajn - Romina Mamo (Deo Grech, Heathcliff Balzan)

03. Ibni - Teddie Zammit (Paul Attard, Teddie Zammit)

04. Għal Dejjem - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Scicluna)

05. Bikja Mid-Deżert - Leanne Attard (Sylvia Caruana, Dario Bezzina)

06. Bit-Tof... Ma Tofx...? - Ta' Verna ( Rita Pace, George Bonello) 

07. Nammetti Li Ma Naf Xejn - Mistura (Antonio Olivari)

08. Is-Sajjied Tax-Xatt Tax-Xlokk - Alwyn Borg Myatt (Alwyn Borg Myatt, Conrad Briffa)

09. Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard, Mark Scicluna)

10. It-Tweġiba - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)

11. Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)

12. Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)

13. Il-Maltin Bil-Politka Medhijin - Justin Galea u Banda Briganti (Keith Muscat, Sylvan Borg)

14. Tinsinix - Maria Debono (Rita Pace)

15. Grajja ta' Kull Żmien - Corinne Caruana (Christopher Azzopardi, Maria Azzopardi)

16. Id-Dar Għal Bejgħ - Charles Dalli (Pawlu Zammit, Charles Dalli)

17. Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

18. Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Joe Julian Farrugia, Sammy Galea)

19. Pupazz - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Rita Pace)

There will be a number of multiple winners tomorrow night considering that apart from the top three placings which will see to performances abroad, there will also be special award given to the Best Social Theme. The opening act for the evening will be none other than last years' winning group, Kultural with the interval act set to be conducted by Alegria, a dancing troupe known for their flamenco genre. The hosting duties have been allocated to Frank O'Neill, a former participant and Valerie Vella, known for hosting the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions and you may all attend by purchasing your tickets here. We would like to wish all of the participants the very best of luck, especially to the escflashmalta.com Head of Digital Media and Head of Press, Emil Calleja Bayliss who is the lyricist behind two entries this year.

Source: Official Facebook Page, Official Website

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Saturday, 06 April 2013 03:20

Malta: GħTP 2013 Running Order Revealed

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. 

  1. Il-Gwardjan - Indri Attard (Kevin Tanti / Chan Vella)
  2. Anġli Bla Ġwenħajn - Romina Mamo (Deo Grech / Heathcliff Balzan)
  3. Ibni - Teddie Zammit (Paul Attard / Teddie Zammit)
  4. Għal Dejjem - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna)
  5. Bikja Mid-Deżert - Leanne Attard (Sylvia Caruana / Dario Bezzina)
  6. Bit-Tof... Ma Tofx...? - Ta' Verna (Rita Pace / George Bonello)
  7. Nammetti Li Ma Naf Xejn - Mistura (Antonio Olivari)
  8. Is-Sajjied Tax-Xatt Tax-Xlokk - Alwyn Borg Myatt (Alwyn Borg Myatt / Conrad Briffa)
  9. Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard / Mark Scicluna)
  10. It-Tweġiba - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)
  11. Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)
  12. Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)
  13. Il-Maltin Bil-Politka Mehdijin - Justin Galea u Banda Briganti (Keith Muscat / Sylvan Borg)
  14. Tinsinix - Maria Debono (Rita Pace)
  15. Grajja ta' Kull Żmien - Corinne Caruana (Christopher Azzopardi / Maria Azzopardi)
  16. Id-Dar Għal Bejgħ - Charles Dalli (Pawlu Zammit / Charles Dalli)
  17. Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas)
  18. Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Joe Julian Farrugia / Sammy Galea)
  19. Pupazz - Rita Pace ( Emil Calleja Bayliss / Rita Pace)
Source: Għanja Fest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU5TmUw5n8A
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Maltese as a language has been described as one of the most notorious identifiable elements and therefore, it does go to show that the music industry takes a liking to the use of the aforementioned method of speech in a number of competitions including L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The focus is on the latter due to the large amount of submitted entries every year although it has to be noted that quantity does not really mean quality. Nevertheless, most of the winners have been merited their top ranking position especially when noting that the most notable performers to come out were none other than; Eleanor Cassar, Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Nadine Axisa, Roger Tirazona, Miriam Christine, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Mike Spiteri and Claudette Pace amongst others. Garnering entry into the competition is not easy and therefore, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza thought up the idea to promote a wildcard entry which would be granted through a performance competition on television show; Sas-Sitta which airs every Saturday afternoon on NET Television with Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri as hosts.

As a matter of fact, there was renewed interest in the competition following the fact that last years' winner; Simone Gauci spoke positive of the experience and the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It would definitely be a coup to have a complete newcomer perform during the evening but nevertheless, the shortlist of semi-finalists in this years' Passport 2 Indifest includes two former finalists in the form of Marie Claire Attard Bason and Ana-Maria Grima whilst some others have also competed in the teenage portion of the competition including Cherise Attard, Mikaela Bajada and Dorcas Debono. Other artists who have made it through this time round have experienced performances in front of an audience with Karen DeBattista having been in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest, Cynthia Attard performing in the pre-selection stage of the 2010 Malta Eurosong, Letizia Seychell and Nicola Marie Cutajar taking part in Don't Stop Me Now. The final act to make it through was Claudio Castelletti who most recently was a backing the Spiteri Lucas Entertainment show having been scouted last year during the same competition. Passport 2 Indifest continues to unravel as the jury hear the ten semi-finalists once more and decide, who the final four should comprise of. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it takes place.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard

Sunday, 11 November 2012 14:00

Malta: Another Spectacular Event Lined Up

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have been gaining quite a positive reputation in recent years for organising shows of high prestige and ones which people talk about in the best of manner. Following their successful productions of Musicals in 2011 and 2012 respectively, they are back with yet another one which will definitely be bigger and better than what the previous two have offered thus far. In fact, running under the title name Movies In Concert, the production will be staged on Saturday 24th November at 19:30 CET and Sunday 25th November at 18:30 CET at the Catholic Institute in Floriana. No need to fret with regards to the acclaim of the cast because this will be one of the most star studded in terms of events organised this year.

The choices of the tracks that will be performed throughout the evening have been carefully made and they come from some of the most prominent movies to grace the cinemas including none other than; Footloose, James Bond Series, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Pirates of the Carribean, Moulin Rouge, The Bodyguard, Blues Brothers, Fame, Shrek, Armageddon and many others. The star studded cast which we have already pointed out includes stars from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest such as; Pamela, Eleanor Spiteri, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Nadine Axisa, Neville Refalo, former representatives at the prestigious event including; Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. It is important to note that the team of backing vocals is made up of an intriguing selection featuring newcomers and established performers such as; Amanda Friggieri, Marie Claire Attard Bason, Simone Gauci, Abigail Galea, Cherise Attard, and Claudio Castelletti. 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFsovgK7B10
 
One of the most pivotal roles in the show has also been given to Neville Refalo, who has compiled together a forty strong children's choir who will also be giving a performance during the evening. The artists will be accompanied a live seven piece band under the direction of musical director Mark Spiteri Lucas who is also responsible for all musical arrangements to be performed throughout the show, while Celaine Buhagiar and her Dancel Dancers are responsible for Choreography. This is a show which should not be missed and therefore, escflashmalta.com encourage you to book online through the official website of the Catholic Institute or by phone the booking office on 21238429, 21242551, 9989668, 99468429. Should you require anymore details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Movies in Concert is supported by: HSBC, Nexos Lighting Technology, Dermalogica, Eva Garden, Bestprint Co. Ltd, La Lumiere Photography, Sas-Sitta TV Programme, Torre Paulina, Beautique Parlour, Birkirkara, Logografix Signs and Radio 101, the official radio station of the show.
 
Source: Press Release, escflashmalta.com

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