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Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:15

Malta: Rockestra Set for Two Night Extravaganza

Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. In a Press Conference held at the Presidential Palace in Attard, it was revealed that due to overwhelming public demand, the event is going to be held on two dates, the 27th and 28th September.

Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public to donate money to a charitable cause whilst listening to live music played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud will offer a stunning line-up with artists such as; Estelle Imbroll, Domenique (MESC 11, 13), Janice DeBattista (MESC 2013), Ivan Filletti, Tezara Camilleri, Graziana AxisaYlenia Vella (MESC 13), Samaria Bezzina (ESC 2013), Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13), De Bee (MESC 14), Raquela (MESC 09, 11, 13), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Konrad Pule (MESC 00, 03, 07, 13) and Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13).

Tickets for the Rockestra, available at €10 (standing) and €15 (seated), are only available for Sunday since Saturday officially sold out a couple of days ago. You may purchase yours through Ooii and thus ensure the experience of a lifetime, or rather a year. Rockestra is taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. We hope that you stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZyf_6nFc_M

Published in Local Music News

On the 27th September, Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. What is different about 2014 is that there was a public call for artists who wanted to be a part of the spectacle, a call which in turn led to 118 submissions, all of which were heard by a professional panel of judges and shortlisted to represent the best possible talent that Malta is proud to offer.

Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public to donate money to a charitable cause whilst listening to live music played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud will offer a stunning line-up with artists such as; Franklin Calleja (MESC 13, 14), Raquela (MESC 09, 11, 13), Tiziana Calleja (MESC 10), Paul Borg Bonaci, Francesca Borg (MESC 12), Daniel Cauchi, Konrad Pule (MESC 00, 03, 07, 13), Gianluca (ESC 13), Matthew James Borg, Justin Galea, Ivan Filletti, Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13), Simaria Galea, Lara Dimech, De Bee (MESC 14) and Brooke Borg.

Tickets for the Rockestra are available at €10 (standing) and €15 (seated) although the latter are almost completely sold out except a couple here and there. You may purchase yours through Ooii and thus ensure the experience of a lifetime, or rather a year. Rockestra is taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. We hope that you stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjqKln4bBCw

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:16

Malta: Audience in Awe of Majestic Male Duet

Rockestra, an event in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund, has always been billed as 'not to be missed' and with that slogan managed to attract it's largest crowd yet. Around twelve thousand (12,000) people flocked to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali in order to witness some of the best talent that the local music scene has to offer along with the musical accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as well as four female backing vocalists; Angela Spiteri, Jackie Pace Delicata, Anna Azzopardi and Louisa Frendo Wirth. With several eurostars in attendance, it was quite difficult to select the strongest performance of the evening but we did manage to come to a conclusion that the evening belonged to male vocalists; Ludwig Galea and Chris Grech.

Ludwig Galea, a former representative for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 was joined by Chris Grech, a finalist in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in an astonishing version of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The audience was in awe of their vocal capabilities, and showed their appreciation by clapping, and singing throughout the whole performance. The event was star studded and two of the closing acts who drew the most attention and came possibly a joint second in terms of performance were none other than Ira Losco and Kevin Borg. The pop/rock princess took to the stage in a regal robe and a crown in order to perform another hit song by the group Queen, that being Radio Gaga. The first runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin performed Livin' on a Prayer which many remembered him performing during Idol in Sweden. The public were so enthralled by the performances that they ended up clapping in sync, something that rarely happens in public events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eScx1e6Vhxk

Whilst those three artists managed to bring the house down, it is unfair not to mention artists such as Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and Raquela whose vocal capabilities were stretched to the maximum especially with regards to the latter. Raquela, a participant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2013 showed the public that she has a range beyond compare in a lyric-less song where harmonisation was key before returning for a duet version of the song Hallelujah alongside Sandrina. The concert was held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Jahel Briffa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSRvEtU5UzY

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 08 September 2013 17:32

Malta: Rockestra Fifth Anniversary Next Week

President George Abela, the individual behind the creation of the Rockestra will be seeing to his fifth and final edition of the annual rock concert as his administration comes to an end. The nations' finest talent will all be joining forces under one roof to perform a repertoire of well known songs with the accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. On the other hand, the artistic director of the event organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund is none other than performer and comedian, Paul Borg Bonaci.

Paul Borg Bonaci, the Artistic Director stated that 'emerging artists will also have the opportunity to mingle with Malta's most popular singers, as Rockestrs 2013 will include works by groups such as Aerosmith, Alanis Morisette, Queen, Labrinth, Pink Floyd, The Police, Robbie Williams, Inxs and others. Moreover a number of intrumental pieces will be performed by the orchestra'. The concert is being held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Dr. Jose' Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government encourages the general public to attend and enjoy the show but above all support the needs of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

This years' edition of the Rockestra is taking place on Saturday, 14th September at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali and is set to feature a scintillating line-up including none other than; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Kevin Borg, Matthew James Borg, Konrad Pule, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello, Ivan Grech, Errol, Chris and Moira (ESC 1994), Kenneth Calleja, Mikaela, Frank Calleja, Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Petra, Raquela, Tiziana and Daniel Cauchi amongst others. Tickets for the event are available at €10 for adults and €2 for children, albeit standing due to the fact that the small seating plan for sold out relatively early. They could be bought either online from the Official Website of the Rockestra or from the Malta Community Chest Fund Offices, Valletta and Sant'Anton Palace, between 9am and 2pm and from The President's Kitchen Garden which is open from 10am to 2pm and from 6pm till 10pm. For further information one can contact the office of The Malta Community Chest Fund on 21226226. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dxykd11v4o

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 01:03

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Superstar'

At some point in time, the Eurovision Song Contest had lost some of that magic sparkle with which it was created but nevertheless, with high viewing figures and an amazing run of success for artists who have represented their country; it has regained its fame. Time Magazine has listed the event as one of the top five to look forward to during the year. On the other hand, the Public Broadcasting Services is currently preparing to host this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest set to take place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre as was the case last year in an event which was surprisingly won by Kurt Calleja with the entry This Is The Night. Promotion is the key for an artist whether upcoming or relatively established and with the local music scene somewhat extremely limited, the role it plays is pivotal. Through radio and television appearances, people are getting to know the artists better and escflashmalta.com is also helping out by virtue of a series of professional reviews carried out by foreign critics from the music industry. The sixteenth entry bears the title Superstar, and is performed by the group, Scar whose lead vocalist, being Konrad Pule just happens to be the songwriter. 

Scar came to existence during the time of the millennium and therefore, could be noted to being veterans in the local music scene whose contribution has always been very well respected. Looking at the humble beginnings, one would realise that their very first tracks including Time to Know and Calling Out had received massive airplay in Malta, Italy and the United States, spending weeks in the charts, giving the public a yearning for more. In 2003, everyone was taken by surprise as the eponymous debut album was released with a live performance which unplanned. The first effort was definitely well placed though because an acknowledgement was given by the Malta Music Awards for the Best Album Production. This was only the beginning of an astonishing career which has already lasted more than ten years, with original music, performances across the world and a significant fan base which keeps them going strong. The audience of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will remember their entry As Long As You Know back in 2007 which had finished in a credible sixth place. They continues recording new material and indeed, their sophomore album release entitled Breaking Radio Silence was also a major hit and spawned several singles including their recent track White Lie which was nominated for Best Song at the Bay Music Awards. 

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Their preview video suggests intriguing elements of red and green lighting which very much complement the ambience that the track tries to create. The genre is significantly noticeable to be a mellow form of pop/rock with a chorus that quickly sticks to mind and gets the listener tapping his foot to the guitar strings. The high pitch vocals from Konrad at the end of the track are somewhat necessary to get that extra oomph and this is the typical track that one would expect from Scar considering the material that they have released in the past. Comparing the track to their entry back in 2007, there seems to be a maturing process and this entry does indeed sound stronger. The song-writing credit for Superstar is given to Konrad Pule, the lead vocalist who had also written the song for their first experience in the competition. When the songwriter ultimately performs the track, there is a certain calmness and pride that comes along, giving credibility to the overall outcome of the performance which will be simplistic and most likely affective. One of the members of the group, David Cassar Torreggianni is also involved in the songwriting of another track entitled Never Walk Away which will be performed by Chris Grech.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 62%

Sharon Vaughn: A really good performance of an extremely mediocre song.

Martin Isherwood: Chorus fairly instant if derivative. Good pop rock track - with all the right ingredients although lacking a freshness or sense of originality.

Stano Simor: Catchy song. Gimmick and Chorus bring happiness. Modern pop that I need to listen a few times in the car. Very good fancy lyrics that fits to the concept of the Eurovision Song Contest. Guitar  lines and overall production is excellent. It baffles me why this group hasn't gone Eurovision yet!

Roberto Meloni: Average song. Pop rock composition with too little heart and soul inside. Sorry, to me it looks like a band singing in a wedding…

Lina Eriksson: I really like the Superman-pimping of the lead guitar. I’m not super impressed by the song it self but still I must admit that it sticks in my head. A rock-pop-cheer-me-up-song.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Editorials