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Monday, 30 September 2013 23:00

FiKM '13: Major Promotional Campaign Kicks Off

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

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

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

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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

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

FIKM '13: Finalists Revealed on Television Malta

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

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

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

In the first phase of the competition, the jury was composed of; Frederick Zammit, Noel D'Anastasi, Tony Micallef, Melda Micallef, Charlo' Lautier and George Cremona whilst in the second phase of the competition, the jury was composed of; Antoinette Falzon, John Bundy, Joyce Grech, Etienne Schembri, Josephine Ebejer Grech, Madelline Farrugia, Siro Camilleri and David Muscat. The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FIKM '13 (Facebook Page)

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Published in Local Music News

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

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

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FIKM '13 (Facebook Page)

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

Exclusive: FIKM '13 Committee Receives 62 Entries

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

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

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Sources: escflashmalta, International Festival of Maltese Song

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Published in Local Music News

The organizing committee of the International Festival of the Maltese Song 2013 is launching the official logo for this year’s edition. The logo portrays the concept and the corporate identity of the festival and marks the return of this much-anticipated event in the calendar of our national cultural events.The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists.

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

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

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

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

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Published in Local Music News

In 2002, the International Festival of Maltese Song was abruptly cancelled by the Public Broadcasting Services and the Government of Malta with our participation within the Junior Eurovision Song Contest two years later cited as the principle reason. It was rather unfortunate that a cultural event which promoted the official language of this small nation had to come to an end after a span of around twenty-one years with the event dating back to 1981, a time in which Malta had not been taking part within the Eurovision Song Contest.

A team of experts within the art of entertainment brought forward several proposals in order for this competition to be resurrected with the Ministry for Tourism seeing it fit to promote elements of national identity through the medium of song. Josette Hamilton, Norman Hamilton, Robert Cefai, Deo Grech and Ray Falzon alongside a representative from the Ministry for Tourism, Charlon Gouder presided over a press conference held at Isouard Hall within the Manoel Theatre last night to unveil the return of the competition. The other members of the committee are Simone Bugeja, Ignatius Farrugia and Pierre Cachia, all of which bring vital experience within several areas of the entertainment industry from songwriting to production.

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Artistic Coordinator, Norman Hamilton revealed that the return of the International Festival of Maltese Song is a positive sign for the future of the national language. He also made it a point to emphasise that the fourteen (14)  local and fourteen (14) foreign finals will have the opportunity to perform with a band of ten (10) musicians, all under the stewardship of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, Chairman of the National Orchestra. Rules and Regulations for the International Festival of Maltese Song could be obtained either through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by viewing them on the Official Website of the World Association of Festivals and Artistsescflashmalta.com is proud to announce that we will be collaborating with the organising committee in order to promote the best talent in the local music scene.

Source: Nittama (Philip Vella), Fomm Il-Vjolin (Andrew Zahra / Deo Grech)

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Published in Local Music News