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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

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 01:40

Malta: A Holy Night with Animae Gospel Choir

In February 2008 singer Glen Vella who represented Malta in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2011 with the song ‘One Life’ spoke about his dream of forming a Gospel choir to fellow singers and companions Pamela and Leontine. Instantaneously Animae Gospel Choir was a dream come true. By mid-March 2008, well-known Maltese entertainers formed the singing group as it is known today. With a lot of liveliness and never-ending rehearsals, the members of the choir have managed to put their voices and souls together to create an exceptional Gospel sounds. Animae Gospel Choir is now becoming a household name and they performed shows over-seas with immense success.

The mishmash of well-known Gospel songs together with other innovative tunes is what makes Animae Gospel Choir one of the premium musical groups in tiny Malta. The lovely harmonies produced leave a flawless impression, and together with their well-practiced moves performed throughout the songs, they persuade the audience to join in, clap and sing. Now, for the first time ever, the notorious singers and musicians forming Animae Gospel Choir are going to perform renowned Christmas Carols and sparkling Gospel Classics, during this unique season! The Christmas Shows will be on the 22nd December at St. Theresa Sanctuary, Birkirkara at 8.30pm and on the 23rd December at Good Shepherd Chapel (Taċ-Ċawla), Victoria, Gozo at 7.30pm

The Animae Gospel Choir includes a stunning list of performers including artists who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions such as Pamela, Leontine, Janice Mangion and Nadine Axisa whilst Debbie Scerri also represented the country in the 1997 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with her charming entry Let Me Fly which ranked in the top ten. The performance lasts for about an hour and a half. All takings will go to the children of St. Joseph's home in St. Venera. More details on www.entertainment.com.mt! To reserve please log on to www.biljetti.com or call 21 80 80 80. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about local events which comprise of some of the best that the local music scene has to offer.

Source: Press Release

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Published in Local Music News
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. 
 
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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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Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 18 October 2012 23:29

MESC 2013: Who Is The One To Beat?

As the preparations for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest are underway with the composers, authors and singers finalizing their entries, the common public have already started discussing who they think is the clear favourite to succeed Kurt Calleja in Malmo, Sweden. Big names from the local radio industry have been mentioned throughout but attracting them to the local competition is always challenging but if any of them submit and make it through to the finals they will surely stand a good chance to do well and possibly win.

Albeit this, though it seems that the front runner for this years’ contest is none other than last year’s second runner up Amber. Amber made a name for herself after managing to come second in the local talent show ‘ID’ and from then on she never looked back. She participate in the Malta Hit Song Contest and the year after went on to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Trid Tapprezza. The same year she made it through the semi-finals of the contest with two songs Touch Wood and Catch 22, with the latter making it through to the final stages of the competition. 

Last year, it was Amber’s second time in the contest and she captured the judges’ attention achieving a third place thanks to her power rendition of Answer with Your Eyes. From this experience onwards, Amber was presented with a number of opportunities. She was approached by PBS to accompany Kurt Calleja in Baku as his main backing vocalist. This experience gave her a taste of the Eurovision world and having carried a vital role last year, some people thing that this could be her year; all this assuming that Amber is submitting an entry to this year’s competition but if she does she will surely be the main front runner. 

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The other favourite will surely be Claudia Faniello who was last year’s first runner-up with her magical song Pure. A lot of people think that Claudia Faniello’s year was last year but if she decides to return to the competition for the eighth time expect her to return with a something strong and original. It will take something special to surpass Pure but Claudia showed what she is capable of achieving last year and few would be surprised if she manages to come back with something even stronger. So, if she returns no one should count her out, especially considering the strong results she’s had in recent years.

The return of former entrants is always possible. Fabrizio Faniello has been trying for a number of times and he has always done well. He is just one of two singers who represented Malta on more than one occasion and if he succeeds, he will emulate Chiara's feat. Other entrants who tried again after their win include; Paul Giordimaina  Georgina, Mary Spiteri, William Mangion, Moira&Chris, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. The return of some of these is remote but others have kept in touch with festivals and haven't ruled out a return. These mainly include Olivia Lewis, Miriam Christine and Ludwig Galea; if any of these return, they will surely pose a significant threat.

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Having mentioned the two main front runners one cannot forget other talented individuals who have been participating in the contest for a number of years. The finalists in recent years have all presented strong entries and none should be underestimated in such a competition. After all this is a song contest which should reward the best song at the end of the night and not a popularity contest. Two years ago, an unknown Thea Garrett won the hearts of the local public and the judges’ votes with her power ballad My Dream. So who knows, it might be someone new who can repeat the same feat, although it is not an easy one, surely it isn't impossible. 

Well, there are a lot of questions that are left to be answered, most of these questions will be answered in the upcoming days when the submissions come to a close at the end of this month but until then we have to play the waiting game. We cannot really comment either before we hear the final versions of the songs that will be submitted this year but we would like you to share your views with us on which singer, singers or bands you think should be the ones succeeding Kurt Calleja. In the meantime, keep following escflashmalta.com for all the latest updates about the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Editorials
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