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Local society has somewhat become infatuated with using the English language as a main source of dialogue which is definitely a positive for the upcoming generation as they head into a world which mainly uses the language. Nevertheless, Maltese is a national form of speech and writing and it is stunning that competitions like the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and L-Għanja tal-Poplu still support music written in Maltese because original tracks are already hard to come by and this is the manner which could still support one of the core elements of a national identity. This years' edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu officially commenced yesterday and escflashmalta.com is in a position to exclusively  reveal that 38 entries have been submitted.

Philip Vella, Janvil, Corazon, Walter Micallef, Ina Robinich, Kaya, Eleanor Cassar and Glen Vella could all list themselves as winners of the renowned competition throughout the years with more recent participants being Grecia Bezzina and Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 semi-finalist; Janice Mangion. Last year, L-Għanja tal-Poplu received around 42 entries and therefore, one could denote that despite the drop, the amount of submissions is roughly around the same. Should the quality be somewhat similar, then the people are clearly in for a treat. The finalists are expected to be released within the next couple of days whilst the competition is set to take place on the 20th April 2013 at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and ghanjafest.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: YTC, Għanja tal-Poplu Committee, escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:07

Exclusive: Zoe Alexis speaks to escflashmalta

One of the most anticipated national finals this season seems to be the one taking place in Ireland and this is due to the fact that it is somewhat wide open with the artists gathering endorsements from renowned personalities in the entertainment industry to garner public acknowledgment and indeed, support. Zoe Alexis is one of the five artists competing for the right to represent the country in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest having been selected by mentor and songwriter; Niall Mooney to perform the song Fire which he co-wrote alongside Lauren White and Willie Weeks. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to have a chat with her prior to the actual final which is taking place tomorrow evening.

Ireland has managed to come out on top at the Eurovision Song Contest on an astonishing seven occasions, but nevertheless, the last time that this happened was way back in 1996 with Eimear Quinn and her track The Voice which had followed the success achieved by Dana, Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington. Looking back at what each of the winning entries presented to the competition, do you think that you can bring something different and which of the artists mentioned above do you most admire?

I definitely feel I can bring something different to the Eurovision. I love to give my audience a real show and I want to give Ireland a pop star; everything from my song and style is exciting, young and different. The Irish Eurovision entry I admire the most has to be Niamh Kavanagh. I love her voice and her performance still to this day is one of my favourites.

As per the selection process established by the Irish broadcaster, RTE in recent years, you were sought by a mentor, in the form of Niall Mooney. Now, this songwriter has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions already whilst he has made it through to selections in Europe as well, so his experience might have swayed you to take up this showcase. What was the initial idea behind competing in the Late Late Show Eurosong and what could you tell us about your entry The Fire which is co-written by Niall Mooney, Lauren White and Willie Weeks?

I was very excited and humbled when I was first approached. It’s been an amazing experience so far and I can only imagine what it would be like to go to Sweden if selected. Fire is an all-round great pop track. It is something the younger and older audience will like. I believe this this song has the ability to do well in Ireland and across the world. Not one person I’ve meet has been able to get the song out of their heads. It is everything and more I could have hoped for in a song!

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

For the past two years, Ireland has received a lot of international attention from the media due to the fact that Jedward had taken the role of representatives but nevertheless, this proved to be quite a positive element with a younger demographic somewhat intrigued about the growth in popularity with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest. What did you make of the performances of Lipstick and Waterline and did you believe that it was the right choice for the jury and the public to select them on two consecutive years?

I think Jedward were great. They really opened the door to the pop world in Ireland. Although I think it would have been nice to have another act given a shot the second time round they still performed well and gave it everything.

During the performance of your entry Fire, you will be joined on stage by two experienced performers, in the form of Donna McCaul who was the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 alongside her brother Joe as well as Nikki Kavanagh who was the first-runner up of the Eurosong competition with the song Falling, two years ago despite having won the support of the regional jury. I have no doubts that the presentation will be of the highest standard with such professionals around but what advice have they given you in the lead up to the evening?

Yes I will be accompanied by Donna and Nikki. It’s a pleasure and honour to have the support of the ladies. They have helped and given me such great advice, I feel very lucky to have them on my team this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV4rQSS2K4I

There has been a lot of talk with regards to the entries competing to represent Ireland at the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and whilst it has been mixed, one could denote that there has been a somewhat positive perception. The interest in the competition seems to be growing and the mentors are taking it extremely serious. Name one of the other four entries competing against you on which would not only secure qualification for Ireland but achieve the potentially best result in years, even better than the recent eighth place achieved by Jedward?

As much as I would love to name just the one, I find it nearly impossible. The acts this year in my opinion would all qualify. Every song and act have a certain something that could be brought to the table. I think Ireland is tired of last few unsuccessful wins and this year’s contestants really show how serious we are taking it.

In recent days, it seems that you have been quite busy with rehearsals of the performance of Fire whilst in the meantime, artists from all around the country and beyond have come to your aid endorsing your participation and granting you the possibility of gaining momentum. Amongst the acts who have come to your aid, there have been Michelle Heaton from Liberty X, Niall Horan from One Direction and Niall Breslin. What can we expect out of the performance on Friday night and what does such support mean to you personally?

You can definitely expect a show and it’ll be something you won’t forget! The support means everything to me. From growing up listening to some of these artist and admiring them to now having their support is beyond anything I could ever think of and having Bressie and Niall show their support is so appreciated. I really respect these guys. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKbVhUuaD4k

One of the key moments in history for Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest was the noteworthy twelve points given back in 1993 which lead to the victory of Niamh Kavanagh with the track In Your Eyes with the nations having a successful relationship since then. This year, the country has selected a newcomer by tha name of Gianluca Bezzina to head to the competition with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. What do you make of it's chance to succeed within the second semi-final?

I think Gianluca has as much of a great chance of winning as everyone else. It really depends on what the people genuinely like but as we know all will be revealed on the night.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

That I’m so thankful for all the support you have given me and I will do everything to make you all proud.

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Published in Interviews
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:55

Exclusive: Army of Lovers speak to escflashmalta

Melodifestivalen is somewhat keeping an intriguingly low profile thus far considering that Sweden is hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, SVT is making sure that showcase is successful and as a matter of fact, viewing rates have been stunning thus far. The fourth and final semi-final will be taking place this Saturday evening and based on just the names of the artists, it will surely be a firecracker with two potential winners competing. As a matter of fact, the first are a group who barely need any introduction within a European front following their success during the nineties where they defined a distinctively different form of pop. Army of Lovers will take to the stage in Malmö Arena, the venue of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to perform the song Rockin' The Ride written by Per QX, Andreas Öhrn and Henrik Wikström.

Several individuals were somewhat disappointed when the nineties came to an end because as a decade, they had introduced a brand new genre of music, Eurodance which technically speaking was a merge between pop and dance. The noughties sought to change the meaning and indeed, the electronic sound became more predominant and groups such as Army of Lovers were somewhat coming to an end altogether yet seeing you back to compete in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen is stunning. What reignited the comeback and was is the plan that will follow?

We had a great track in the studio - written and produced by Gravitonas -  which suited Army Of Lovers perfectly. Universal Music wanted to release the track as a brand new Army Of Lovers single and then Swedish Television heard about it and the rest is history.

Turning back the years, and going back to 1991, it was the highlight of your careers or rather the first noting that your single Crucified managed to reach the top ten in at least seven countries including Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States leading to more success with the follow-up single entitled Obsession which managed to peak at number #2 in Sweden along with at least four top ten positions in Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. When coming up with the idea of Army of Lovers, did you believe that success in such a manner was possible and how was it to garner credibility and fame?

We never thought about whether we would be successful or not. We just wanted to do our own thing, our way.

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In the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen, you are set to be competing with the track entitled Rockin’ the Ride has been penned by the male members of the group alongside Per QX, Andreas Öhrn and Henrik Wikström. This is a team which has worked with Alcazar, Carola, Shirley Clamp and Robyn amongst others and thus needs no real is necessary. The focus here is the track and many people are asking what is to be expected from the song and will it has that charm that the group has been known to present over the years, considering the fact that there has been quite a long period of hiatus?

You will find out on February 23. "Rockin' The Ride" has been described as a merger between Gangnam Style and Swedish House Mafia which we guess sums it up pretty well. 

One of the Alexander Bard projects which many people will remember apart from this will surely be the group known as Bodies Without Organs (BWO) which had a lot of exposure at the Melodifestivalen competition having taken part a total of four times, the first time in 2005 with the track Gone, second time round with the song Temple of Love in 2006, then came Lay Your Love on Me in 2008 and last but not least You’re Not Alone in 2009. From non-qualification into the final to runner-up finishes, it was a rollercoaster ride but what did you take from each experience and what do you plan to bring as you compete this time round?

Alexander was a member of BWO but Jean-Pierre and La Camilla are participating in Melodfestivalen for the first time. Not that it makes much of a difference, we all three have lots of TV experience before and different TV shows are actually quite a lot alike. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Mp0FJsetI

If one does indeed take up the amount of studio albums that you have released into the music market, there would be four along with another one being a different type of release directed for the United States, therefore amounting to five. These were indeed followed by two compilation albums of hits which you released throughout the years and then also a remix album this comeback is seemingly getting your strong fan base excited as Army of Lovers are back with a band and also a brand new album. Would you care to tell us some details about the album and when it should be released to the market?

The album is called "Big Battle Of Egos" and is set for release in March. It will feature four brand new tracks, "Rockin' The Ride" plus three more brand new tracks and potential follow-up singles. The rest of the album is a compilation of Army Of Lovers classic hits, released for a new generation.

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Sweden and according to the bookmakers, Army of Lovers are one of the acts that is being considered as a strong contender to represent the nation on home soil yet the first task is set forth for the 23rd February in the fourth semi-final which SVT will be hosting in Malmö, the city which will indeed be the host of the international showcase. How do you view such a scenario and do you believe that a victory is possible?

Of course Army Of Lovers would be happy to compete for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest and Sweden would do well to finally send a proper LGBT act this year, like Dana International from Israel and Verka Serduchka from Ukraine before. But it is up to the Swedish TV audience to decide. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVrbps2a1o

The Melodifestivalen competition has played a major role in the Swedish charts in the past couple of years considering that it receives major promotion throughout the weeks that it takes place and ultimately ranks as more viewed that the actual Eurovision Song Contest when figures are released at the end of the year. Why do you think that the Swedish competition for the international showcase has gained such prestige and if you had the opportunity to change to suggest something to improve it in future editions, what would it be?

The problem is that the Melodifestivalen has much higher artistic standards than Eurovision. Too many countries send bad entries with crappy and unimaginative songs to Eurovision which always surprised us. Eurovision is after all an amazing opportunity for promotion of new music, so why not send the best a country can offer? 

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?
 
We love our fans, we want to be intimate with each of you, and we will always REPRESENT YOU and nobody else when we perform.
 
Source: Lionheart Music Group 

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Published in Interviews
Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:45

Exclusive: Annsofi speaks to escflashmalta.com

Countries within the Scandinavian region have been quite busy in recent weeks when it comes to their respective music scenes, hosting their national selections in a manner which is spread out in a series of semi-finals so that each artist gets equal exposure. In Norway, NRK has worked towards creating the Melodi Grand Prix in the past couple of years and with a brand new Head of Delegation in the form of Vivi Stenberg, they sought to keep the elements that have made the show successful in recent years. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak to one of the finalists, Annsofi whose entry I'm With You is written by Alexander Rybak, who won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009.

Annsofi is definitely not a newcomer to the Norwegian music scene having reached the second runner-up position in the X Factor having been mentored by the successful manager, Jan Fredrik Karlsen who was the mastermind behind Kurt Nilsen, the most successful winner of the show. Nevertheless, you are presenting yourself to the rest of the continent by virtue of taking part of this competition and therefore, how would you sum up your musical background n just a couple of sentences?

I have always loved music. One of my first memories is when I held a spontaneous concert for the passengers on my first plane trip. I cannot have been more than 3 or 4 years. As a kid, I sung in a children’s choir, and my first national TV appearance was at the 2010 edition of the program Last Choir Standing with 2005 MGP-winners Wig Wam’s Åge Sten “Glam” Nilsen’s choir. We won, and later that year I came third in the X Factor. Since that, I have – in addition to focusing on school – been working on my own songs, both in studio and on stage.

Norway has not been one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest, holding the record for the most last place finishes in the competition, totalling to eleven with the most recent coming in 2012 by virtue of Stay as performed by Tooji. You are presenting a completely different entry for the Scandinavian nation entitled I’m With You written by the extremely talented, Alexander Rybak. What do you think went wrong with last years’ participation and what do you aim to bring, should you represent Norway?

It’s hard for me to say what went wrong. It seems like the kind of song that wins varies from year to year. But Euphoria was… well, euphoric, and it would have been difficult to beat that. I guess two out of three acts that have won for Norway, have had a violin and a touch of folk music in them, so… At least there are violins in I’m With You.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7yVtl71Eo0

As already noted, your entry is written by Alexander Rybak who just happens to be the last performer to bring success to Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest, winning thecompetition back in 2009 with the track Fairytale. There is a certain aura about the track that does make it stand out from the rest and your raspy vocals give it the needed edge to success. How did the collaboration between you and Alexander come about and are you happy with the final product that is I’m With You?

Alexander is an extreme perfectionist. There are no compromises, whatsoever. So we’re all very happy with the result. The collaboration started with Alex becoming my mentor during the X Factor in 2010. We became friends, and since then I have sung with him on a couple of Christmas concerts, and sang Baby It’s Cold Outside with him on his Christmas Tales album. Since late 2011, we’ve been working on a couple of songs in the studio, of which I’m With You is one of them.

Competing in the second semi-final of the Melodi Grand Prix must have been quite daunting considering that the public were quite disappointed with the quality of tracks presented in the first semi-final but when hearing the tracks as released on the previous Wednesday, one could not deny that the quality was set to improve and indeed, it has and this has been shown even in terms of viewing figures. What did it mean to you to make it through to the final, albeit taking that third position and do you intend to change anything for the final?

I was, of course, very happy to go to the final, and we’ve been working on every detail since the semi to make sure we’ll do our best in the final. This time, however, Alex will be present, not on stage, but in the songwriters’ area. When at the semi, he was busy with his own concert. I’ll be honoured to perform the song with him present.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

The amount of support we’ve received from abroad – even as far as from Malta – is very touching, and make me want to focus even more on the job that I am to do in the final. It would be a dream of mine to be able to perform this song to the people of Europe. Thank you, and all the best, Annsofi.

Source: NRK, Olivier Vanhoutte, Dag Solheim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t4rYXvps5I

Published in Interviews

Gianluca Bezzina is the twenty-three year old doctor who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. Despite being a relative newcomer to the competition, he has been around for the past three years as the lead vocalist of the indie/alternative band known as Funk Initiative whose debut single Paris was a smash hit on the local radio stations including a number #1 chart position on 89.7 Bay. In 2011, they were nominated for the Best Newcomer Awards at the Malta Music Awards and the Bay Music Awards respectively and this gave them the courage to continue and more singles were released including The Liberators and My Robot Monkey Army Is Better Than Yours.

Following his victory at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek, escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to chat with Gianluca about what being in the competition felt to him especially denoting that this was his debut, following in the footsteps of his sister Dorothy who was taking part for the fourth year. The video interview deals with the upcoming preparations as they head onto Malmö, Sweden where he will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final alongside a host of nations including recent winners; Azerbaijan and Norway amongst others. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Gianluca, his onstage and offstage team and the Public Broadcasting Services, the very best of luck with their endeavours.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Interviews

RTÉ, the Irish broadcaster responsible for the participation of the country at the Eurovision Song Contest has proudly renewed interest in the event following consecutive disappointing results by virtue of picking up a number of selected individuals, coined them as mentors and give them the opportunity to present their own act and entry with a public and regional jury vote representing the final result seeing to the selection of Jedward on both occasions, in 2011 with Lipstick which finished in eighth place in Dusseldorf. Germany and then in 2012 with with Waterline which despite qualification, could only managed twentieth in Baku, Azerbaijan. We have been in contact with several of our main sources about the upcoming selection process in Ireland and it seems that the line-up will be predominantly female, with the possibility of only one male, although the negotiations are still underway for about two mentors. 

Zoe Bohorquez is the first name which is seemingly confirmed and it seems that her mentor will be none other than Niall Mooney who is known in the Eurovision Song Contest for having co-written the tracks; Et Cetera in 2009 and It's for You in 2010. In the meantime, it is worth noting that his material has been competing all around the continent including in Malta where his track Topsy Turvy performed by Janvil managed to finish in the tenth place during the 2011 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, according to a number of insiders, escflashmalta.com can exclusively confirm that Melanie McCabe who has achieved notoriety through the British version of the X Factor is a sure thing and thus confirmed to be competing in the Late Late Eurosong 2013 special which will see someone head to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ireland. 

The other acts which are apparently in negotiations but gearing up to take up their role as contestants are Leanne Moore who is fourth favourite according to the recent betting odds and Rebecca Creighton who was also on the X Factor, having reached the live stages as part of a girlband leaving in the first couple of weeks. The latter is also seemingly confirmed but we have not received a complete green light on her participation. Thus it leaves, one spot to a male and our bet seems to be between Shane FilanDamian McGinty or AJ Lewis who have three completely different types of vocals. escflashmalta.com is closely following the Irish selection this time round and will be ready to bring you all the latest coverage so make sure to stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available or rather, as soon as it is unveiled exclusively.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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The arts have become an important sector of society in general and music in particular has a unifying element and thus, whenever an upcoming artist shows promise, promotion is definitely key and this was the case a couple of years back with Lyndsay whose road to success has not been easy noticeably working her way through to the position she has attained. As a matter of fact, following local competitions, television performances and also being a part of a group, a solo artist has been created and the release of her newly anticipated single entitled Daphne is taking place in the early day of a brand new year.

There was a lot of work done within this respective project and in fact, perfecting the song in the recording studio has only been the beginning, considering that there was also the recording of a music video which escflashmalta.com is exclusively showcasing below, produced and directed by Dirty Iris. Lyndsay goes on record to state that the track is personal, emotional, and classy but somewhat edgy in accordance to the other songs which have become part of the repertoire. Daphne is co-written and produced alongside Kenny D'Ugo and Dave Calleja who have already had a number of song success on leading radio station 89.7 Bay. 

Lyndsay is known to strive for success and this brand new single is the fruit of what is yet to come off her forthcoming album, which is her main priority at the moment. Speaking to escflashmalta.com about the track, she went onto say 'I wanted to show another perspective of myself both as an artist as well as a song writer reflecting something deeper, artistic and much more emotional from a personal point of view in which I’m sure others can actually relate to. I’m finding myself through music at this stage and I feel that I’m developing myself in my talents through this journey' before reflecting on the lyrics of the song which 'talks about the betrayal of a friend and explains how frustrating and disappointing the situation can actually be. Different people in life have inspired me to write music as well as the experiences I've been through and generally my opinions about the world.'

Lyndsay has garnered a respectable reputation in the Maltese Islands following the success of the track Love Sick which saw her nominated for Best Solo Artist at the Bay Music Awards in 2010 and 2011 as well as the Malta Music Awards in 2011 respectively, missing out to the likes of Christabelle and Mikaela. This summer, she teamed up with Dimal Multimilliarsov and released the dance tune Let's Make It Happen which was performed live during the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards, garnering radio airplay in the local and foreign music scene. In recent weeks, Lyndsay got the chance to audition for the next season of Britain's Got Talent where she performed in front of an internationally acclaimed jury and got recognised by a number of producers, hoping that this could be her ticket to achieve success in foreign waters. The music industry is evolving in Malta and therefore, the continues to satisfy the taste of the public without going out of her way and still staying true to her music. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more exclusive news.


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Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 30 December 2012 15:45

Exclusive: Opening Act for MESC 2013 Final

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has gained a considerable positive reputation in the past couple of years for offering a programme of variety across both evenings with a general competition and some intriguing special performances from a number of local and foreign guests noting the presence of artists such as Anggun, Sinplus, Ell & Nikki, Riccardo Cocciante, Blue and Marcin Mrozinski amongst others. The Public Broadcasting Services introduced the final of this years' competition in a manner that no one was expected due to the fact that the cast of popular musical drama series, D.R.E.A.M.S took to the stage and performed a medley of original songs and written by Maestro Ray Agius and penned by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa. Earlier this year, the series was renewed for a second season and therefore, Anton Attard thought it was best to reintroduce the show with the magnificent talent that the country is offering weekly on television.

For those who might not know, the series focuses on the storylines of several characters, mostly teenagers who encounter the realities of daily life on a routine basis and have to come through them in a positive manner. Unfortunately, this might not always be the case and sometimes the cobweb that is created continues to grow until it somewhat emerges into a secondary storyline. In the meantime, the most difficult situation is also explained or rather dealt through the medium of song and therefore, the presentation of the tracks in Maltese language has been music to the ears of many. Amongst the individuals who have become rather synonymous to the public are; Brandon Cutajar (Jean Pierre Cassar), Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese), Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas), Katia Demicoli (Jade Cini), Chloe Stafrace (Michela Dalli), Tiffany (Kristen Camilleri), Antoinette Balzan (Annalise Psaila) and Emma Vella (Kayleigh Cassar) amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news on the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRIj2gzDd4w

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 23:02

Exclusive: Disco Lemonade by Stefan Galea

The local music scene has been gladly undergoing a notoriety of changes in the past couple of years noting that the old guard is somewhat stepping down leaving a flock of new individuals to take centre stage and the limelight. One of the youngest artists to grace the scene in fact is none other than sixteen year old, Stefan Galea whom the audience will remember from the Junior Eurosong competition back in 2009 having competed with the self-penned Shake Up Wake Up. In recent months, he has released various tracks such as Take It Leave It, The Fittest Girl In History and Can't Wait. All of the songs were received well and this showed with regards to chart success but Stefan has evolved and so has his music. In fact, following a short break he is back with the track Disco Lemonade.

Disco Lemonade has been written by none other than Charlie Mason who has worked with some of the most prominent people in the music industry including Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus, Eric Saade and Sarah Connor. The same individual was also the producer to the track which has been described as a mixture between pop and dance with the right toppings that could make it a summer hit. Stefan Galea officially started his career at an extremely young age but he has developed his talent in a relatively remarkable way. He has also tried to enter the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Meant for More but unfortunately did not manage to make it through to the semi-final stage of the competition. In recent months, Galea has also become a notable artist managed by Maddee Dargue of A4F Music having the opportunity to perform with Ira Losco and also The Cheeky Girls whilst touring the islands. Have an exclusive listen to Disco Lemonade just below and let us know what you think. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more latest news.

Published in Local Music News

Celebrating successful representatives of the country has become an extremely important role in Malta and this was the cast last night when several individuals from the world of sport were recognised for their talent and success abroad. With the aid of Norman Hamilton, the Malta Olympic Committee organised an event last night in which music and sports were intertwined together for the pleasure of the present audience. In fact, it is worth noting that the star studded line-up included; Claudia Faniello who most notably finished in the runner-up position at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, Joseph Chetcuti who is part of the group Baklava who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, Deborah C who most notably won this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Janvil who of course was the second runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005. Nevertheless, the final performer of the evening was none other than the Greek/Cypriot Eleftheria Eleftheriou.

Eleftheria Eleftheriou represented Greece in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. She managed to reach the finals with the song Aphrodisiac where she achieved a mid-table placing. At this point in time, the renowned performer has worked her way up in the music industry in Greece, first starting out from her homeland of Cyprus where she also tried to represent the nation at the prestigious European event before then moving to the neighbouring country of Greece where she took part in the X Factor competition eventually signing a record deal with Sony Music Greece. Following some creative agreements, Eleftheria signed a brand new record deal with Universal Music Greece who ultimate proposed her to represented the Hellenic nation in the Eurovision Song Contest and as she states in our exclusive interview just below, she felt that it was the right time for her to do it. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to chat with Eleftheria Eleftheriou following her performance at the Malta Olympic Committee Sports Awards and would like to thank Norman Hamilton and Olivier Vanhoutte for making this possible.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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