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In the local music industry, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most coveted events to garner the opportunity to perform in, noting that it has also spurred on the beginning of some astonishing careers, including those of Ira Losco, Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine to name a few. These three though have another successful victory in hand that differs them from all the rest, and that has come during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza organised by Media.Link Communications. escflashmalta.com is a covering the event, having also been represented on the committee in the past seeing to the editions from 2010 till 2012.

Tomorrow, 3rd April, Media.Link Communications will be hosting a meeting for composers, lyricists and vocalists who wish to partake in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In recent days, there have been a lot of rumours but nevertheless, the birth of a new edition kick starts tomorrow, with a brand new committee taking over and hoping to give the competition more credibility as it used to have in the past. The most recent winner was Fabrizio Faniello with the song Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. It also successfully entered the iTunes Chart for a couple of weeks. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Facebook Page)

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Malta, a small island with a lot of talent when it comes to the arts noting several successful endeavours on foreign fronts, most recently acknowledged thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her success at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start which she co-wrote alongside Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matt Mercieca. Nevertheless, this article is about the second event encompassing the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, that being Ġensna, a rock opera written to commemorate Malta’s status as a republic, which featured some of the top artists in the scene.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate all those that took part, because the long weeks of rehearsals were pivotal to the general success of the show, as seen last night, with a strong sold out crowd taking to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre to enjoy a show which had last been staged back in 2009. I will be brief, yet detailed in my analysis in highlighting the performances of the evening, kicking off with none other than Mark Tonna, whose impeccable rendition of the different ruler was truly music to my ears. His diction was perfect, and his tone reached a certain standard which was required throughout. It seems that the singer/songwriter has been on top of his game since coming in second place at the International Festival of Maltese Song in November of 2013.

Moving on, the runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and 2012, Claudia Faniello was also truly on form, wearing a black ensemble accompanied by dark and gothic like make-up to give a sensationally emotional performance, one which saw my eyes flood with tears, something that rarely happens to me. Yet, the moment that everyone was expecting was definitely the rendition of Tema ’79 which was made famous by 1992 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri. The role was taken on by Ira Losco, regarded by many as Malta's pop/rock princess. She took to the stage stage in a beautiful long cream dress and gave a performance worthy of a standing ovation, one which she got half way through her rendition.

Other stand out performers in my sincere opinion were Franklin Calleja, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Lawrence Gray, who almost represented Malta on two occasions, those being in 1999 and 2003 as well as Ivan Grech, lead vocalist of the group WinterMoods who I do not cite as one of my favourite vocalists but was well suited to the role he was given. Performing in Ġensna is a triumph in itself, and all the cast is to be merited. I singled out performances of soloists but on behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, a big round of applause should go to the Animae Gospel Choir who accompanied almost all of the songs, the original cast who made a cameo appearance for one song and the amazing live band led by Maestro Paul Abela. Well Done!

Source: escflashmalta.com

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CAP-Sounds, a record label based in Germany and distributed by Universal Music, known for publishing most of the entries that Malta has sent to the Eurovision Song Contest has prepared a special surprise for all fans of the international competition. escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that the company has been busy speaking with artists, songwriters and label executives about getting the rights to each of the songs that represented Malta in the past, from the first ever entry in 1971 to the most recent one in 2013.

Unfortunately, despite all their efforts, some songs are missing either due to unclear legal issues or personal reasons but that should not marr the cloud of the compilation album, the second ever to be put on disc and digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. It is a must have collection for all fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, and of course, of Malta’s participation in the international competition. This compilation includes none other than; Marija l-Maltija (1971), L-Imħabba (1972), Could It Be (1991), Little Child (1992), This Time (1993), Keep Me In Mind (1995), In a Woman’s Heart (1996), Let Me Fly (1997), The One That I Love (1998), Believe ‘n Peace (1999), Desire (2000), Another Summer Night (2001), 7th Wonder (2002), On Again ... Off Again (2004), I Do (2006), Vertigo (2007), Vodka (2009), What If We (2009), My Dream (2010), One Life (2011) and This Is The Night (2012).

A further suprise by CAP-Sounds are the inclusion of four (4) bonus tracks, all from this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello), One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) and Because I Have You (Amber) all making the final cut. escflashmalta.com would like to thank Manfred Holz, owner of CAP-Sounds for taking up such an initiative, one which we had been personally hoping to happen for a very long time. Stay tuned for more of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com / CAP-Sounds

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Jagged House has been presenting a montly blog written by Ira Losco, a former representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. It has been almost two years, since the singer/songwriter decided to come back, and start teasing new material to fans of the competition. What I'd Give was a massive success and won her several accolades. Soon after, the launch of both the album entitled The Fire and the second single, bearing the name The Person I Am featuring guest vocals by David Leguesse. On the other hand, nothing beats the response towards the third single; Me Luv U Long Time, not even the fourth single, The Way It's Meant to Be.

My oh my oh my. And I thought January and February were going to be my ‘quiet’ months!! Not really. While I was in Manchester filming my latest video The Way It’s Meant To Be I got the call from PBS asking if I’d be interested in presenting the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Gianluca. That was just 3 weeks before it actually happened. I was very pleasantly surprised by how well received Gianluca and I were. I loved every second of it! Sunday was also exciting as I bagged THREE awards out of my four nominations. Best Artist, Best Video for Me Luv U Long Time directed by The Bigger Picture and my ultimate favourite award: Best Album for The Fire!!! The following weekend I was in Serbia shooting for a Brazilian brand AND this week The Way It's Meant to Be held its number #1 position. Life is very good! These are my TOP 5!!

Sam Smith - Money on My Mind (UK)

I love Sam Smith’s voice. He’s the voice behind the sexy as hell “Latch” he doesn’t sound what he looks like at all though don’t you think? Hehehehe I love this garage movement, which has really picked up again the last couple of years.  I love what he’s done with ‘Naughty Boy’ too. Can’t wait to hear more from him.

Pharrell Williams - Happy (USA)

Pharell makes me wanna smile and dance. His music is always uplifting. I’ve always thought he was cooler than cool. Everything he touches turns to gold. The single was also accompanied by a 24 hour happy video, The singer-rapper-producer dropped a video for "Happy" that runs 24 hours and features a score of cameos, celebrity and otherwise. The interface for the video, found on the website 24hoursofhappy.com, sets the clip at a time corresponding to the local time of the viewer, with the ability to fast-forward, rewind and skip around to different times of the day, fantastic idea if you ask me!!

Lorde - Team (New Zealand)

I have a penchant for electronic pop. I am a big fan of singer song-writers like Sia and Robyn, who dominated the charts back in 2011. Lorde is the new kid in town and she’s got a whole bunch of attitude. She was quoted as saying that Taylor Swift wasn’t a good role model because she was so “flawless and unattainable.” However couple of months ago she was spotted at Swift’s very own concert in her native New Zealand. The two were also spotted hanging out together, they’ve buried the hatchet it seems!

Shakira and Rihanna - Can’t Remember To Forget You

The Colombian singer/song writer and the Barbadian sultry songstress, collaborate on this up-tempo new wave and reggae rock track.  Both recording artists have had their string of number 1 hits and this track is a very catchy pop tune which has you humming along by the time the second chorus kicks in, not to mention they are a sight for sore eyes in the music video. If I were a man I don’t know who I’d pick out of the two, they are just too beautiful!!

Paloma Faith - I Can’t Rely On You

Total epic FAIL with her Italian accent in the beginning part AND another painful try at it at the end of the video heheh however she makes up for it with that totally sick voice of hers, full of that attitude reminiscent of James Brown. With a hot new album, aptly called “A Perfect Contradiction” boasting producers such as Pharell Williams, Paloma Faith is going to be the IT girl  in the soul pop circle. The fiery red-head is, slowly but surely, leaving her mark on the pop world like never before!

As always stay tuned to my Facebook Fanpage for status/picture/video/music updates and video updates. My Special Thanks this month go to Coca Cola, The fantastic Team who worked with me at The Malta Eurovision Festival: Clinton at Hair Factory, Diane Nikolic at GLOW, Drew Warhurst, Rose Calleja, Godiva Topquality Hair. To the team who worked with me on the ME LUV U LONG TIME video. The incredible Production company THE BIGGER PICTURE, ONE Studios in Marsa, The Atrium, Justin Brincat, Clinton Attard @ HairFactory, Yuva House of Beauty, Drew Warhurst, Lynne Salomonoe Reynaud @ Brigitte Gauci Borda, Matthew Pace and Andrea Gauci. Stay tuned for another write-up on escflashmalta.com in a months' time as I announce my top five tunes for March, the third month of 2014!!!

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It has definitely been a week to remember for Ira Losco, Malta’s representative at the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, having been appointed as co-host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest alongside Gianluca Bezzina and Moira Delia, and thus given the opportunity to perform a multitude of tracks as a guest performer including; What I’d Give, Me Luv U Long Time, L-Aħħar Bidwi F’Wied il-Għasel, Let Her Go and Fever.

Last night though, will definitely have been the cherry on the cake with Ira swooping three (3) major accolades during the Malta Music Awards; Best Solo Artist, Best Music Video, Best Album, and ultimately missing out on Best Song, that going to ‘The Runaway’ by Red Electrick. The evening, one which will surely be recognised in the history of the local music scene featured a series of performances from artists such as; Sophie, Norbert, Andi, Winter Moods, Gaia Cauchi, The Crowns Airport Impressions and of course, Ira Losco and Airport Impressions.

Best Band: Red Electrick

Best Solo Artist: Ira Losco

Best Music Video: Me Luv U Long Time - Ira Losco 

Best Song: The Runaway - Red Electrick

Best Album: The Fire - Ira Losco

Best New Artist: Plan Zero

International Achievement Award: Gaia Cauchi

Recognition Award: Gillian Attard

The winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, recipient of the International Achievement Award in 2013, was re-awarded with the prestigious accolade for the second year running, following her outstanding achievement on foreign waters. On the other hand, her vocal coach and co-writer of ‘The Start’ was given a recognition award for supporting the local music scene in the best possible manner noting that the oustanding talent of prodigies such as Veronica Rotin, Shauna Vassallo, Gaia Cauchi and most recently, Federica Falzon. TVM will be airing the Awards Ceremony in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: MMM / escflashmalta.com / G Stellini (Photo)

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Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:12

MMAs 14: Firelight Added as Special Guests

Firelight, composed of Richard Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul and Leslie Decesare are still fresh off their victory at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by Richard Micallef but nevertheless, they are ready to kick off their promotional campaign with a special guest appearance at the Malta Music Awards later on this evening. The event hosted by Angie Laus, Arthur Caruana and Nicole Tabone will commence at 19:00 CET and will be broadcast on TVM at a later date.

Apart from Firelight, the star studded event will include a multitude of performances from the likes of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 hostess; Ira Losco as well as participant; Sophie whilst the local music scene will be in full force as Red Electrick, Winter Moods, Norbert, The Crowns, Gaia Cauchi and The Rifffs will all take to the stage of the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. The evening is surely set to be another one to remember with the best talent being recognised by a panel of professional judges who selected their favourites a couple of weeks ago. A full detailed report on the Malta Music Awards will follow on escflashmalta.com in the coming hours. Stay tuned.

Source: MMM

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Saturday, 08 February 2014 18:45

MESC '14: The Grand Final - LIVE

Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE REPORT of the final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include fourteen (14) acts as selected by the professional members of the local and foreign jury as well as the public vote during the semi-final yesterday evening. It was a relative shock to see two (2) former representatives; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello fall at the first hurdle especially following their stunning performances.

We are live now!

How could tonight’s final not start with Maltese latest pride, the great Gaia Gauci who won the recent Junior Eurovision that was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The little princess is joined by a choir of La Voix Academy and the performance is really amazing! We are definately set for an exciting and great evening! The presenters the great Ira Losco and Gianlucca Bezzina are on stage now and making an introduction and explaning about the show. Moira the third presenter is in the audience and looks also stunning. Moira is congratulating Gaia. The members of the jury are also introduced. They are Reuben Zammitt head of the jury, Olga Salamahka head of delegation for Belarus, Nicola Caligore head of delegation for Italy, Ekaterina Orlova from RTR (Russia) and Peter Cossai, Head of Sport Section of PBS. And now we are off for the show!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

 Christabelle is opening tonight’s final with this uptemo song from Magnus Kaxe and lyrics from Gerard James Borg. Again Christabelle gives a solid performance so it’s a good opener of tonight’s final. Welldone to Christabelle and the team! If this is a contender for the victory i’m not so sure though but Christabelle did very good!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Having Wayne on stage is always a certainty of a strong performance. Just like last night Wayne is very confident with his track Some kind of wonderful. A great artist which would surely make Malta proud on Eurovision stage! The question though is this is the track that will lead him to Copenhagen. Could be but that will definately depend on the other performances tonight. And honesty obliges me to say he had better songs in the past. But Prosit Wayne!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia was to me one of the surprise qualifiers to the finals. The song is obviously still as cheerful as last night and the singer seems to enjoy her time on stage. Unfortunately i cannot change my opinion that the song is not really going anywhere so i wouldnt go for it as the song for Copenhagen, sorry. But welldone overall for the performance!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is next on stage with a very cheerfull song. I like the enthousiasm of this very sympathic artist which gives again a lot of credits and gave him likely also the ticket to the final thanks to the audience watching at home. I don’t see this either in Denmark but my compliments go to the artist and his team.

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

 It’s time for Franklin Calleja! He touched me a lot with his last nights performance. And again he gives an extremely performance. What a lot of respect i have for this  still  very young singer The stage act is simple but very effective and you see a singer who gives his all! The guy has such a great career ahead and i wouldnt be surprised if he would be winning the ticket to Eurovision tonight. Hear the applause during the performance, the people love this guy! Franklin is definately one of the topfavourites. Prosit Franklin and the team, i would be proud for my maltese friend to see you in Denmark!

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

And we are going to the next favourite. Daniel Testa already represented Malta at Eurovision in the Junior edition with a great placing. His performance is definately stronger then yesterday so i dont rule him out as one of the main contenders for the winning ticket. Will he make? Let’s see later on but the public seem to love this one too!.

Before we go on to the next song Ira and Gianlucca are threating us on a great intermezzo. What a clever and good show of PBS to have those two great artists as presenters!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Funny enough the next artist also represented malta at Junior Eurovision. Sophie is giving a solid performance but like i said yesterday i’m not sure if this song would be the best choice for Eurovision. However all credits and congratulations for the performance and how can you not like such a nice and cheerfull girl!

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Chris is on stage and proving again he’s a very powerfull singer. The guy definately knows how to sing and has a certain charisma that i can imagine women are attracted too. In terms for Eurovision in Denmark i believe the song might just miss that thing to win for the top places later on. But well done Chris!

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah C is back in the finals for the third year in a row and it shows that this singer is developping in a very good way. Hard work and singing is clearly paying off! Deborah looks again great on stage. This very happy feeling song is making me smile with Deborah's enthousiasm! Well done Deborah and crossing fingers for the best possible result!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Another hot favourite, especially amongst the European Eurofans is Jessica The  performance of Hypnotica is again very good with a very interesting choreography. This was surely the work of Gerard James Borg who is always very creative on this, so all my deep compliments on Ger! Should Hypnotica make it to Denmark it will surely be a fan favourite, but we have to think also on the older public and professional juries. Will they taste it as much as the fans? That is to be seen. But well done Jessica!

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

And now we go to the angelic voice of Pamela Bezzina! Like yesterday im attached to the screen from the first till last minute and enjoying every second of her performance. What a voice and what great stage appearance, very simply but effective! I can see this just doing copy past to Copenhagen! I am so sure this will fight till the end to get that ticket. Will Pamela finally make it as leadsinger on Eurovision stage? I would be happy for her and Malta would head for a top position in Copenhagen surely! Prosit Pamela!

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. Probably many maltese people will not like me but somehow i didnt expect the song to make it, so prosit on that already. The performance is solid and welldone but still i dont see this as the winning entry that will represent Malta at the Eurovision Songcontest.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber is again joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina who also composed the song and who i respect a lot as one of maltese best composers. Amber seems to be less stressed then last night and i must say she looks great performing this melodic tune. However i fear for Amber that she will  have to wait to win the ticket to Eurovision.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

De Bee is one of the much rumoured for the victory. I’m so sorry but i dont get this at all. Don’t misunderstand me the performance is solid and the singer is doing a very good job but i still dont feel any chemistry. It still might win though, let the public and jury decide i would say.

So we had all the songs now! The televoting has been opened and we have a recap of all the songs before we go to a long list of interval acts.

Part 2 of the show

Ira Losco is starting the intervalacts and she proves that she is still an amazing artist and looking fabulous! When are you returning to Eurovision Ira?

And we are off for another recap!

Gianluccas is performing now with a new song along with his family, so it’s like the Bezzina group. Before some images were shown from last years festival. And they are off for more, this is sounding really nice! Of course Gianlucca's winning song from last year cannot be forgotten! The audience is cheering a lot! This is why i love the maltese public so much, they cherish their esc artists so much!

Moira is now in the greenroom with all the finalists! Everyone seem to have a great time but surely nerves are very tensed! And off we go again with another performance of Ira again. She followed by a crazy act from Gorg u Pawlu who got fame with their 'Hot and famous' last year, well at least in malta. It looks very funny, but as this is a great show this is a strange act not really fitting in. But it's funny though!

Next one on stage is one of Maltese most popular bands Wintermoods. Great vocals and strong songs i must say, respect!

After Wintermoods we have the Swiss entry Sebalter on stage presenting their song for Eurovision. After that performance which doesnt give much of attention we are off to the winner of last years Eurovision Emelie de Forest who is presenting her new song Rainmaker, the theme of the 2014 Eurovision! She is joined by all contestants and it really sounds great! this is a new hit for Emelie i'm pretty sure!

And off for another commercial break. Will we know the results soon? Let's cross fingers for it!

We are off to the voting!!

The televoting gives 12 to Jessika and 10 to Daniel Testa

the first judge gives 12 to firelight

the russian judges gives 12 to Deborah C!

the italian head of delegation gives 12 to firelight

very different voting!!

the belarussian judge gives 12 to firelight

the head of jury gives also 12 to firelight

So Firelight is the song for Malta. As i told i admit i was totally wrong here but stand my opinion. All the best of luck to malta though!

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 03:28

MESC ’14: Rehearsals Kick-Off at the MFCC

On the 7th and 8th February 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali under the gaze of the local and foreign press, hence ready to put up a spectacular show as has been the case in recent years. In the week leading up to the competition, the competing acts along with the guest performers on both Friday and Saturday will take to the stage for a series of rehearsals.

escflashmalta.com plans to assess the outcome of the show by being present in the venue throughout various key points of the week, especially the run-throughs and dress rehearsals, respectively. This year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Moira Delia, Gianluca Bezzina and Ira Losco and foreign guests are set to include none other than Emmelie de Forest; winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, Maria Yaremchuk and Sebalter; representatives of Ukraine and Switzerland at this years’ international showcase.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

At this point in time, we would like to wish all the very best of luck to all of the twenty (20) acts who are putting their first foot forward in the hope of representing Malta, and achieving another prestigious result, following up on the success of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, with vocals provided by Gianluca. Another round of applause goes to Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D’Anastasi and Anton Attard for their hard work on this years’ competition. Stay tuned for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 18:30

MMAs 2014: Interview with Noel Magri (MMM)

Whilst the focus of the local music industry and most of the continent is on the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it is worth pointing out that this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday 9th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. Therefore, escflashmalta.com got in touch with Noel Magri, from Mega Music Management to oversee the preparations whilst having a look at former editions of the prestigious event.

On the 20th October 1995, Mega Music Management organised the first edition of the Malta Music Awards, a different time in the local music scene with the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest considered to be the elite point a vocalist or a songwriter could reach at the time. Looking back, why did you feel that such recognition had to be given, and was it too late a start?

At that time, efforts were being made by local singers and musicians to improve their standard and although many countries were honouring their artists for their achievements, there was nothing similar in Malta, and I thought of creating an Awards show giving due recognition to artists for their work throughout the past year, and to motivate them to better their standards.  The first edition was a huge success and all artists and those involved in the music scene wanted this kind of event be held yearly.

It is fair to say that the professional jury behind the choices made at the Malta Music Awards have been rather on the money in their choices for the Best Newcomer with recipients including; Olivia Lewis, Glen Vella, Miriam Christine, Hooligan, Red Electrick and Mikaela amongst others. How rewarding is it to see that artists who are bestowed this prestigious honour succeeding in their career?

Our intention has and will always be, to award the best talent at the time, and to help them succeed in their musical career.   It is rewarding to see artists who have won awards, being successful over the years, and that the MMA’s has given them that much needed confidence to move forward and improve their all round performance.

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In 2013 and 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services decided to conduct an experiment, and hold the Malta Music Weekender, which basically features a weekend of local talent, kicking off with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and then following it up with the Malta Music Awards. This experiment has been seen to be extremely positive and has generated interest amongst both local and international audiences alike. What was your initial idea to such a proposal and will you be implementing any changes this time round?

From the very first edition, my aim was to help better the standards of local music in general, and to help artists succeed in the International scene.   Having a sound backing is important to hold such a professional show, and the idea of holding the PBS Music Weekender has been very successful.  Holding two major local events in one weekend has helped to attract more attention from the Maltese general public, and give the local artists a major platform to showcase their talent.

Cliff Richard, Blue, Peter Andre, Robin Gibb and Bob Sinclar have all been invited to Malta on behalf of Mega Music Management, making the Island a better attraction in the entertainment scene. It has become somewhat at the best interest of everyone to denote the best possible attractions that such events can promise. Should the public be expecting any foreign special guests during this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards, possibly even performing at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

There will be foreign guest singers performing during the Eurovision Festival, coming from the Eurovision background, however this year’s edition of the MMA’s will see a very strong local line-up with 14 top performing acts, plus an after show concert by Xirka Rock which is expected to blow the roof down.  Certainly, not to be missed.

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Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to represent Malta following her International Achievement Award at the Malta Music Awards last year. Would you go as far as to predicting the artist who might be doing the same honour for the country in a couple of months time and how proud as a company were you to be recognised in such a manner?

Last year, we recognised Gaia’s talent and we honoured her for her achievements.  PBS decision to select Gaia reaped benefits and I would go as far as proposing the same method be used to select our Eurovision representative in the coming years.  We are honoured to have exposed such young talent who achieved such a huge success.  There are various young promising singers who, if they are well looked after, can achieve success Internationally.

The Rifffs, Airport Impressions, Red Electrick, The Crowns, Norbert, Plan Zero, Andi, Sophie, The New Victorians, Ira Losco, Gaia and Winter Moods are all being given the opportunity to perform during this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards. What should the public be expecting from these acts, and will there be any special surprises, maybe which you could reveal?

All the major artists will be performing their songs for the first time in public, and obviously having such a majestic set-up and stage, we will be looking forward to their performances.    It is worth mentioning the new talent who will be exposed in this show and who I’m sure, will go down very well with the crowd.  People hear their music on Radio stations, but probably are not aware that these are Maltese!

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

The MMA’s have always been very well attended by the public, and my appeal is to keep on supporting this show which is promoting local music and motivating artists to improve their product. Ticket prices are only Eur 10.

Source: Official Page on Facebook

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On the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services, along with a simulataneous announcement on the hit television programme Xarabank, it was revealed that the star guest for both the semi-final and the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be none other than Emmelie de Forest. The Dane, winner of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard is also set to be a guest act at the German national selection later on this year, in what seems to be an extremely busy year for the singer/songwriter.

On the night of the semi-final, it is expected that Emmelie will perform her winning entry of the international showcase, but the Public Broadcasting Services has secured an exclusive performance of a brand new track entitled Rainmaker, which will in turn be used as the theme song for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Also, the finalists of the national selection in Malta, meaning the fourteen (14) left after the show on Friday will get the opportunity to perform with the renowned vocalist. Emmelie will not be the only guest act during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Winter Moods, The Crowns, Red Electrick, Gianluca, Ira Losco, Gaia Cauchi, Maria Yaremchuk and the winner of the Swiss national final this evening all taking centre stage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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