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On the 10th December 2013, the Catholic Institute in Floriana will play host to the launch event of a brand new compilation album which aims to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas; the gift of giving. All the proceeds made from this record will be given directly to one of the most recognised charities in the country, that being; Id-Dar tal-Providenza.


The compilation album features a range of well known vocalists, including a series of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Morena (2008), Ludwig Galea (2004), Mary Spiteri (1992), Debbie Scerri (1997) Chiara (1998, 1999), Georgina & Paul Giodrimaina (1991), Mike Spiteri (1995), Miriam Christine (1996) and Renato (1975). On the other hand, there are several artists who have been close to becoming representatives; Eleanor Cassar, Janvil and Richard Edwards.

A launch concert hosted by popular television host, Angie Laus is being organised at the Catholic Institute in Floriana with tickets being resered on a first come, first served bases. It is wo'rth pointing out that the compilation album, produced beith Andrew Zammit at Tone Studios will not be available for a fixed price and will always be against a donation. All of the money collected will donated to the charity announced beforehand.

In order to hear snippets of the songs found in the album, make sure to visit the official website of this project where you will also learn several interesting details about the singers who have been included within the project. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and help support such local events in the music calender. More news from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the Eurovision Song Contest this throughout the week.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News

On Friday the 11th of october, the local council in collaboration with the secretary of parliament and other organizations shall be organizing an activity called Festa Kultura. This will take place at 19:30 in the Ħal Balzan Square. Several cultural activities will take place during this feast making it a very entertaining night for all ages.

There will be stands which will showcase the food and culture of several countries such as Italy, Spain, America, Turkey, Somalia and  Eritrea. Apart from that, there will also be some of the leading artists in the industry including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Ludwig Galea amongst others. In the meantime, people will also recognise the likes of traditional music known as Għana and other attractions such as Alegria Dance Company, In Guardia Parade and much more. 

escflashmalta.com encourages the public to attend, enjoy the celebrations and respect the cultural heritage that the town of Ħal Balzan is proud to offer on behalf of Malta. On the other hand, stay tuned in to this portal as all the latest news about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will all be published in the coming days, weeks, and months!

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News

In 2011, the Public Broadcasting Services issues a rule which stated that no representative from the past three years could enter the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, it was extended to the artists who had honoured the country in the previous five years in both 2012 and 2013, with one vocalist always granted permission to return as every year wore down. During the evening news bulletin, last night, Keith Demicoli revealed that this is one of the rules which have been completely dismissed by the host broadcaster with only Gianluca not permitted to submit an entry.

The four vocalists who will benefit from this change in particular are; Chiara, Thea Garrett, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja who all represented Malta in the past five years with varying degrees of success. It is important to denote that three have also submitted their willingness to return to the competition should they be offered the right song with only one opting to remain out of the fray. Thea Garrett who flew to Oslo, Norway with the song My Dream composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Sunny Aquilina failed to get through to the final, finishing in twelfth place but made a number of contacts which have also led to the release of a couple of songs. She has subsequently moved to London where she is perfecting her vocal technique at a renowned music academy.


Chiara, the female vocalist who represented Malta on three occasions, the last of which being with the track What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen is currently signed to an Icelandic Record Label whose interests in the Eurovision Song Contest go deep considering that each artist that represents the Scandinavian country is represented by them. At the moment, Chiara has just unveiled her latest single, a cover of the hit song 9 to 5 in a duet with Hera Bjork who also went to the international competition. Chiara would jump at the chance to do it again should she have the absolutely perfect song. This is something that she stated on Euromix, hosted by Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta earlier this month.


Glen Vella is a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and one has to denote that he won the national selection relatively quickly, having participated as a soloist on only three occasions in total. His winning entry, One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan was a decent effort but nevertheless, lacked that special quality which would have taken it into the final at the international event. It is true that he missed out only by one (1) point but nevertheless, I was never too keen on the actual song itself. He has spoken about returning time and time again and was also present in Sweden earlier this year where he was invited to perform by fans of the event.


Kurt Calleja was the surprise package of the year 2012 despite having managed to earn a reputable fan base following his second runner-up finish at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. Following his participation within the international competition with the song This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, which saw him reach the final and finish in twenty-first place, Kurt returned to Malta and tried to launch a proper music career. His follow-up single, that entitled Boomerang was a massive success, picked up on 89.7 Bay and earning him a double nomination as Best Solo Artist at the Bay Music Awards and Best Male Artist at the Malta Music Awards. Nevertheless, launching his album Love On Mars has proven difficult despite a successful launch concert.


Whilst Chiara, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja could possibly throw their hat into the ring, there might be some unfinished business with former representatives; Fabrizio Faniello and Olivia Lewis. The male vocalist who represented Malta on two occasions in 2001 and 2006 respectively has just won the third biggest music competition by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. On the other hand, Olivia, representative of 2007 signalled her return by making it through to the final of the International Festival of Maltese Song, the second biggest music competition in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Public Broadcasting Services.

Source: escflashmalta.com


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The Granaries in Floriana is one of the largest outdoor venues which the country can provide and has recently played host to the annual summer concert given by Joseph Calleja alongside a series of guests including; Gianluca, Zucchero, Rebecca Ferguson, Tenishia and Riccardo Cocciante. Over the next four days, a flurry of activity is set to encompass the scene in celebration of Independence Day which is celebrated on the 21st September. Miss Roberta, Chiara and Airport Impressions are the three acts included in this evenings' line-up and preparing the public for tomorrows' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which features twenty (20) original songs in Maltese along with a couple of special guests such as; Gianluca and Deborah C.

Kicking off the proceedings at around 18:30 CET is none other than Miss Roberta who had previously accompanied Fabrizio Faniello during his performance of the self-penned I Do at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2006. Following in her footsteps will be none other than Chiara who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, finishing in third place with The One That I Love in 1998, in second place with Angel in 2005 and in twenty-second place with What If We in 2009. The act set to bring the curtain down is Airport Impressions, made up of Errol, Johann, Chris and Steve, who in turn are currently busy preparing for the release of their sophomore studio album later on this year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: NET Television


Published in Local Music News
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:06

Malta: Chiara Striving to Succeed in New Genre

In a recent interview with Frederick Zammit during the programme Euromix on Radju Malta, three time Eurovision Song Contest representative Chiara spoke abour her past and present endeavours in the music industry as well as her family including her father and daughter. Throughout the years, Chiara has maintained her status as one of the most elite vocalists in the country, always trying to be contemporary in her musical choices. As a resident singer on the popular game show, Ħadd Għalik, she performed cover songs which suited her vocals but are not in the genre that many had grown accustomed to. It was this particular style of music which helped her land her record deal with Hands-Up Music.

Chiara, represented by Hands-Up Music, an Icelandic record label has just collaborated with Hera Bjork, the 2010 vocalist on behalf of Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest on a cover version of the track 9 to 5 originally by Dolly Party. They performed it together for the very first time during an event where they were both invited within Germany. It will not be the only time though considering that they will be heading to Paris, France in December for another show. During the course of the interview, Frederick Zammit also asked Chiara about her upcoming plans as a solo artist to which she revealed that she is currently working on her new single, which will be featuring water and female sirens, more commonly known as Mermaids. She is co-writing this track alongside her manager.


Many have enquired about the possibility of Chiara returning to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest when the ban which prohibits her to submit is ultimately lifted. In a diplomatic manner, she stated that 'never say never' but added that unless she listens to something which ultimately blows her away, she will not be returning to the event. Chiara's last participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 was quite disappointing as her entry What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen could only muster up thirty one (31) points to finish in nineteenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months for all of the latest news about the local music industry and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sources: Frederick Zammit (Euromix), Chiara Official Facebook Page


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In 2009, Chiara represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time with the track What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen achieving a disappointing result. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that it was the beginning of something new for the female vocalist as she signed a record deal with an indepedent label based in Iceland with which she has already released three singles including; Forget Forgetting Me, Żarbun and 9 to 5, the latter being a duet with Hera Bjork. This evening, she will be giving an exclusive interview to Frederick Zammit on the radio programme; Euromix which airs on Radju Malta between 20:30 and 22:00 CET.

Since returning from her third participation within the international competition, the female artist has gone for a completely different genre, so much so that she even altered her image. The vocals are nevertheless very much present despite the dance music as the tracks have somewhat all been reworked in a Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive manner. During the interview, Frederick Zammit, a notable personality synomous with the world of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malta will be discussing the terms of the record deal, the controversy creaed by her last solo single, motherhood and mermaids! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about artists from within the local music scene!

Source: Frederick Zammit


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Kurt Calleja, Malta's representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is looking to further his career according to a recent twitter post aimed directly at Simon Cowell, the individual behind the lucrative talent show, The X Factor. Following his victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track This Is The Night co-written with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, he represented the nation in Baku, Azerbaijan where he obtained forty-one points in a twenty-first placed finish.

Upon his return from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja found solace on 89.7 Bay, Malta's leading radio station with the release of the single Boomerang which saw him nominated as best soloist at the Bay Music Awards whilst also giving him maximum airplay. The first single off the debut album, Love On Mars proved to be the beginning of something special or so one thought noting that his follow-up tracks have not managed to garner as much attention. On a positive note though, the album was launched with a major concert in aid of the Inspire Foundation with special guest acts including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as multiple national final participant, Amber, Malta Music Awards Best Solo Artist winner, Brooke and current charting sensation, Maxine Pace. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for more news.

Source: Twitter

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Hands Up Music, the Icelandic record label known to support the nations' entries at the Eurovision Song Contest is home to two divas; Chiara and Hera Bjork who knows what it means to perform in front of an international audience. In recent weeks, the official facebook page of the label was promoting the release of a duet between the two and many people have been excited to hear the fruit of this project. As a matter of fact, the track 9 to 5, originally performed by Dolly Party was unveiled earlier today through viral website, YouTube.

9 to 5 was originally released in 1980, peaking at number #1 in the United States and Canada, whilst also managing top ten positions in Austria, New Zeleand and Sweden. The cover version featuring Chiara and Hera Bjork has been given a slight edge with a brand new mix in order for it to confine to the year in which it will be played, 2013. This is Chiara's first project following her controversial track My Żarbun which attained mixed reviews but nevertheless acquired thousands of views.

The three time Eurovision Song Contest participant had never worked with Hera Bjork before and is said to had been relishing the opportunity. As a matter of fact, the two voices came together beautifully and am sure that this will be a successful release for both ladies. Chiara last went to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with the song What If We composed by Marc Paelinck with lyrics by Gregory Bilsen whilst Hera was there in 2010 with the song Je Ne Sais Quoi co-written with Örlygur Smári. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more intriguing stories.

Source: Official Facebook Page


Taylor Swift meets Carly Rae Jepsen is the best way to describe Fed Up, the debut single of thirteen year old female vocalist, Maxine Pace who is slowly moving out of the festival circuit and into a radio friendly zone. During last nights' concert of Kurt Calleja, representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2012 with the track This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, Maxine was a supporting act. The line-up she joined was pretty impressive noting former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up, Amber.

Throughout the years, Maxine Pace showed great tenacity and talent as she took part in the pre-selections which led to Malta's participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her most spirited performance which many people thought should have definitely done better was the one of the song Toy Soldier back in 2009, a year which was ultimately won by Double Trouble performed by Francesca & Mikaela. Her debut single entitled Fed Up is co-written with singer/songwriter Ramzi who has already achieved success in the United Kingdom with his debut album Chapter One which was instantly certified Gold. The lyric video for the song was created by the production team of Where's Everybody. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News

Chiara, the female vocalist who has represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest on three seperate occasions, achieving the best result in 2005 with her self-penned entry Angel is seemingly being pushed by the international media for another bid at the Pan-European competition. Rules of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in recent years have not permitted artists which represented the nation in the past five (5) years to return and that includes Chiara whose last try came in 2009 with the song What if We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen. The lacklustre entry finished in a disappointing twenty-second position.

In recent months, the female vocalist has re-invented herself following the signing to an Icelandic Record Label and rather than releasing a variety of ballads, she seems to be focusing on dance/electro tunes which still suit her vocal range in a Donna Summer kind of way. Her latest singles entitled Forget Forgetting Me and My Żarbun have received positive and negative opinions but the international audience has been hovering towards the former. A remix of the the first has just been published under the sub-title The Digital Hoarders Dub Anthem Remix. Chiara has been keeping herself busy in the studio working on both original and cover versions, which she has been performing on the show Ħadd Għalik over the course of the past television schedule. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Ireland

Published in Local Music News
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