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Sunday, 17 February 2013 16:20

Malta: Ludwig and Franklin Duet Released

In recent months, exclusive news was released on escflashmalta.com with regards to the submission of a duet within the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest which unfortunately did not make it beyond the first phase and it seems that the submitted entry was officially released to the public in the past couple of days under the title name Crescendo with music by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard. Franklin Calleja & Ludwig Galea barely need any introduction in the local music scene having been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the latter having even went to the international showcase respectively back in 2004 alongside Julie Zahra with the track On Again .. Off Again composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg.

 

Ludwig Galea has become a key supporter of Franklin Calleja's career in the past couple of months having first met him during the vocal talent show; Don't Stop Me Now hosted by former Eurovision Song Contest commentator Eileen Montesin on NET Television. Their performance during the series of the track Nessun Dorma which has been pictured above stunned the judges, including 1994 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Moira Stafrace and won them raving reviews through viral website; YouTube and social networking website; Facebook. The release of this track was quite surprising as now it cannot be used in a future edition of the competition. Have a listen to the song and let us know on whether it should have made it through to the competition. Franklin on the other hand reached the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this year with the track Let Your Heart Talk composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. Follow all his latest news through his Official Pages on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAoVAi31wSY 

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 11 November 2012 14:00

Malta: Another Spectacular Event Lined Up

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have been gaining quite a positive reputation in recent years for organising shows of high prestige and ones which people talk about in the best of manner. Following their successful productions of Musicals in 2011 and 2012 respectively, they are back with yet another one which will definitely be bigger and better than what the previous two have offered thus far. In fact, running under the title name Movies In Concert, the production will be staged on Saturday 24th November at 19:30 CET and Sunday 25th November at 18:30 CET at the Catholic Institute in Floriana. No need to fret with regards to the acclaim of the cast because this will be one of the most star studded in terms of events organised this year.

The choices of the tracks that will be performed throughout the evening have been carefully made and they come from some of the most prominent movies to grace the cinemas including none other than; Footloose, James Bond Series, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Pirates of the Carribean, Moulin Rouge, The Bodyguard, Blues Brothers, Fame, Shrek, Armageddon and many others. The star studded cast which we have already pointed out includes stars from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest such as; Pamela, Eleanor Spiteri, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Nadine Axisa, Neville Refalo, former representatives at the prestigious event including; Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. It is important to note that the team of backing vocals is made up of an intriguing selection featuring newcomers and established performers such as; Amanda Friggieri, Marie Claire Attard Bason, Simone Gauci, Abigail Galea, Cherise Attard, and Claudio Castelletti. 
 
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One of the most pivotal roles in the show has also been given to Neville Refalo, who has compiled together a forty strong children's choir who will also be giving a performance during the evening. The artists will be accompanied a live seven piece band under the direction of musical director Mark Spiteri Lucas who is also responsible for all musical arrangements to be performed throughout the show, while Celaine Buhagiar and her Dancel Dancers are responsible for Choreography. This is a show which should not be missed and therefore, escflashmalta.com encourage you to book online through the official website of the Catholic Institute or by phone the booking office on 21238429, 21242551, 9989668, 99468429. Should you require anymore details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Movies in Concert is supported by: HSBC, Nexos Lighting Technology, Dermalogica, Eva Garden, Bestprint Co. Ltd, La Lumiere Photography, Sas-Sitta TV Programme, Torre Paulina, Beautique Parlour, Birkirkara, Logografix Signs and Radio 101, the official radio station of the show.
 
Source: Press Release, escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has always been a leading competition in the country especially due to the fact that it is one of the events which brings about several individuals together in front of a television listening to music and supporting their most favourite contestant or entry for that matter. Members of our editorial team at escflashmalta.com have gathered the names of four particular performers who seemed to have submitted into the selection, all of which have already represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years, some in the nineties and others in the noughties respectively. William Mangion, Miriam Christine, Ludwig Galea and Fabrizio Faniello have all built intriguing reputations over the years and it is worth noting that between them, they hold four positive results.

Going back through time, the year was 1993 and it was actually the nations' sixth time competing in the Eurovision Song Contest with singer/songwriter William Mangion taking to the stage with his entry This Time joined by Debbie Scerri, Moira Stafrace and Phyllisienne Brincat. The track was very well received in the lead up to the competition but the expectations of a better track did haunt the raspy performer especially due to the fact that the year before, Mary Spiteri had achieved second runner-up position for the country with her track Little Child composed by Georgina Abela and penned by Ray Mahoney. At the end of the voting, a smart well thought out performance which was kept extremely simple managed to finish in eighth place with sixty-nine points making this the worst result since our comeback back in 1991 but nevertheless, another top ten finish. William Mangion returned in the Malta Song for Europe of 2007 with the self-penned entry Forever Mine but failed to make an impact going out in the semi-final.

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Moving onto the next entrant, a subtle sixteen year old teenager back in 1996 who has grown up to become a wonderful individual with a beautiful voice that could mesmerize anyone. Miriam Christine was participating in the national selection for the second time and it seems that In a Woman's Heart composed by Paul Abela and penned by Alfred C Sant was seen as the best entry that year. Once more, it was an outside in the country which was receiving mixed acclaim in foreign tabloids due to the fact that it was extremely avant garde with an astonishingly young performer. The Eurovision Song Contest was taking place in Oslo, Norway and eventually, Miriam finished in tenth place, something which her predecessor, Mike Spiteri had also achieved with his song Keep Me In Mind composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. Eventually, Miriam Christine returned in 1998 with It's Up To You composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant and also in 2009 with self-penned Mama. The first finished in fifth place whilst the other did not fare all too well unfortunately.

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Ludwig Galea is the next performer which we would like to focus on within this list of former representatives whose road to success was not a solo one actually noting the aid of former flame Julie Zahra whose debut entry in the Malta Song for Europe, My Number One composed by Philip Vella to lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia finished in fourth place. They came back the following year with a composition by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg, entitled On Again .. Off Again managing to win the hearts of many on Valentine's Day. Their Eurovision Song Contest was difficult with Malta having to get out of the semi-final due to the poor result the previous year. They overcame the obstacle and with a twelfth place finish in the finals, they also managed to get us into the final of the previous year without the need of the semi-final. Nevertheless the rules of the competition changed since then. Ludwig has tried as a soloist making it with Inferno composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg as well as Lament written by Philip Vella in 2009 but both failed to make it through to the final. He returns in a duet with Franklin Calleja should the song make it through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ch_caOHvMs

Finally, the name that we left to the end is that of Fabrizio Faniello whose reputation definitely precedes him. Following a number of runner-up finishes in his early days within the competition, he was selected to represent Malta in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest with Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela and penned by Georgina Abela. The track with the support of the home nation finished in ninth place and created a star noting that the performer would release a number of singles and albums with chart success in Scandinavia. He would return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the track I Do which he wrote with Aldo Spiteri and several characteristics winded this up to be a disappointing performance finishing in twenty-fourth position with one point. He has since reinvented his career achieving success in Asia and returning to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in Malta finishing in fourth and sixth place. Who out of the former representatives, if any will make it through to the 2013 edition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news updates and features.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cYITo2AH0A

Published in Editorials

Kurt Calleja and his band managed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with his rendition of the song This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Mikael Gunnerås and Johan Jämtberg making him the first act to reach the coveted stage since Chiara gave it a go for the third time with the ballad What If We composed by Marc Paelinck and penned by by Gregory Bilsen. Strong voices have a tendency to do well abroad and henceforth, a sort of classical approach would definitely do the trick and one of the individuals who can surely perform a strong track is none other than Franklin Calleja, the recent winner of Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin on NET Television who confirmed to escflashmalta.com his submission earlier this month. Nevertheless, it seems that apart from a solo entry, he is set to submit a duet with none other than Ludwig Galea.

Ludwig Galea does not need a lot of introduction in the local music scene having already been to the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 alongside Julie Zahra in the track On Again .. Off Again composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. The two have already performed together during the final of Don't Stop Me Now, a performance which won a lot of positive critique from the present jury. The exclusivity that Ludwig would be entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was taken up by our colleagues at Oikotimes but then again, we had heard about the duet long before that from very close sources to this web portal. Unfortunately, we do not have any more details of this entry for the time being but this will definitely be a cracker should it qualify considering the stunning vocals the two men have been known to provide. Ludwig has been no stranger to wanting to the return to the competition which his last efforts coming in the vein of Inferno and Lament back in the Malta Eurosong in 2009 although he did make it through to the live phase earlier this year with Aquila's Theme. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming hours.

Source: oikotimes, escflashmalta.com, NET Television

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

MESC 2013: Who Is The One To Beat?

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

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

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

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

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

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

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

Source: escflashmalta.com

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The inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza way back in 1983 proved to be quite the successful affair noting that some of the most established names in the local music industry put their names forward to take part and therefore, following such interest, the showcase continued for a couple of years before stopping in 1987 due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, it would return ten (10) years later and the aim did not change noting that the importance of the Maltese language in song remained the most prominent element in the competition as renowned performers threw their hat into the ring and did their best to achieve victory. There were a number of those who would ultimately be successful including Ira Losco, Miriam Christine, Claudette Pace, Annabelle Debono, AmberClaudia FanielloLawrence Gray, and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. The competition is being organized for the twenty-first year and things have changed quite a lot in the past couple of years with a brand new Chairman, Mark Azzopardi discussing a number of new ideas alongside the rest of the committee. One of the most intriguing changes has surely been the introduction of preview videos which could be seen through viral website, YouTube. Exposure is key to any competition and thus with the videos along the weekly programme, Indifest, the local audience would get the chance to support local talent in the best possible way.

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a host of talent noting that there are a number of newcomers as well as individuals who have been rightfully earning their place in the local music industry. Apart from meeting three (3) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last week, the programme had the pleasure of welcoming, Jan Cortez who most recently topped the local charts on 89.7 Bay alongside Carlo Gerada whom escflashmalta.com spoke to as part of our coverage of upcoming talent in collaboration with the most popular radio station in the country whilst the second guest was a female who won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and who goes by the name of Amber. The performer is quickly taking in a lot of praise following performances with Kurt Calleja as well as Joseph Calleja in events which are completely different from each other, those being the Eurovision Song Contest and a classical concert.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8pAK06SWDk

For the fifth programme of Indifest, Mark Azzopardi, the Chairman of this years' committee for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza returns as producer alongside Lisa Libreri who has taken up the role of co-producer in the past four weeks. The role of producer is quite important to make sure that the television programme Indifest reflects the aim of the competition itself. In the past couple of years, things have not been so much in sync at times but this time round, things are relatively different so to speak. The programme which is broadcast live every Tuesday night is presented by Ronald Briffa, this years' male host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and Christine Haber, multiple host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In this weeks' edition, it is imperative to note that the acts competing in the Established Category who will be making an appearance are none other than Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Se Nibda' Jien composed by Rita Pace and penned by Dario Bezzina as well as Deborah C who will be performing her song Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop.

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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is always looking to promote brand new talent and that is why the Teenage Category has always been promoted in the past couple of years. Week after week, there is a live performance by one of the ten competitors and frankly this is quite important due to the fact that 60% of the final vote will be based solely on this performance with members of the jury looking at the performances and marking the tracks as they please. This weeks' entry is none other than L-Ewwel Imħabba composed by Kaya, penned by Rita Pace and then performed by Darlene Sammut. People who will be watching the show this week will be pleased to know that the special guests will be none other than former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Annabelle as well as former Eurovision Song Contest representative Ludwig Galea. Both bring about history within the event and the local music scene in general and thus should be a great addition to the multiple guests which have been making appearances in recent weeks. So tomorrow night on NET Television at 20:30 CET, make sure to tune into another programme of Indifest.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

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In the past couple of years, the local music scene has been taking a brand new direction, one which greatly shows the country as one advancing when it comes to the subject of production, and songwriting. Nevertheless, one thing that Malta had been praised for a large number of years is the talent which it has managed to show to the rest of Europe through the Eurovision Song Contest noting that the Public Broadcasting Services has proudly supported the competition since 1991 as well as another three years prior to that. Today, escflashmalta.com has managed to find a couple of minutes to bring you an interview with one of the artists who has made a name for himself both locally and abroad. I am talking about none other than Ludwig Galea who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 alongside Julie Zahra. He talks to us about his experiences in the past and his current career when it comes to music.

Speaking to a number of local artists, it has been somewhat of a characteristic that vocal technique starts early noting that the mind seems to have been set on achieving the best possible training as early as possible. You are one of those artists who also knew what he wanted and thanks to your uncle, Reverend Alberto Borg, the former Maestro Di Cappella of St. John’s Co Cathedral, you managed to grow in talent and courage, achieving a stunning vocal prowess which many aspire to have. Looking back at the beginning of your training, did you think to yourself about having a different plan just in case it did not work out and should you have not been singing, what do you think that you would have been doing instead?

Good question J Frankly speaking it has never occured through my mind what I would have become if I didn’t sing. Nevertheless my family are either musicians or in the Catering business. Funnily enough I love to cook when I have some free time. At one point in life I was thinking of becoming a chef but then again I opted out and went for a Bachelor in Education Course and an ACTL diploma in musical theatre. Music and especially voice is something you’re born with. One cannot study to become a singer. The raw voice has to be there; born with. If you then have it or like in my case my uncle noted it, then yes study and polish.

Your success within the local music industry was mainly based with none other than the wonderful Julie Zahra noting that you attempted to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in 2003 with the track My Number One composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia but despite winning the support of the public, the judges were not as feasible so to speak and therefore sent you in fourth place. You did not give up though and returned the following year with the song On Again .. Off Again composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. Would could you tell us of your experiences  on both occasions during the actual Malta Song for Europe competition?

I remember clearly when we sang My Number One, it was the first year the maltasong committee opted for the MFCC tent at ta Qali. Atmosphere wise it was amazing having all those people cheering and shouting. Hands on My Number One was one of the favourites to win the contest however that year controversary took over. It was a rainy and cold night with rain entering our dressing rooms. It was the year when televoting wise saw us, Lawrence and Olivia head to head as previously had happened in the Maltese Song festival. Odds wise Lawrence was favourite and fair enough I admit it was his year. Olivia and ourselves still gave him the “Cavallo di Battaglia” but everything then changed when the results came out. We were all shocked in away. Till the very end we didn’t got the grudge of what was happening with the judges points. At one point we were thinking that the least scores were the best and the tens and twelves were the worst ha ha ha ha. That was a festival I will never forget. 

Things changed in 2004, a new committee with fresh ideas and a new chairmperson Ms. Grace Borg. Looking back I believe we had “The Song” . We, alongside Olivia with the beautiful song “Take a look” were favourites to win. Organization wise it was top Knodge. Everything seemed to have fallen in place for us really well. It was Valentine's Day, a romatic atmosphere at the MCC all made the ambiance favourite for us. It was the never ending festival since a particular telephone company had some mishaps with the televoting system and hencforth the night prolonged. Once again it was tight between us and Olivia. Just one point difference till the televoting. Seven thousand votes difference gave us the ticket to Istanbul 2004.

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You went to Istanbul in Turkey alongside Julie to represent the country in the prestigious music event and you were actually the very first to be experiencing the semi-final system which had just been implemented. Despite the expectations of an entire nation above your should, the history had proven positive for the country and therefore, it seemed as if nothing could go wrong and indeed it did not, when Malta was announced as a finalist and then ultimately managing to secure a place in the following years’ final as well. Looking back at the trip and the performances, was there anything that you would have done differently in terms of staging?

Let’s start from the changes. Today I would have opted out for the “dance moves” ha ha ha ha ha ha ha having said that I believe everything on both nights went well. We were very well prepared, focused throughout and determined to get the results we’ve got. The Committee’s targets were two; to pass the semi finals and place in the top 12 positions to secure a place for Malta for the following year. Although on the odds we were favourite to pass the semi’s there were speculations that On Again Off Again  was a very difficult song to be sung and surely enough it was. I remeber we had alot of press coming during the first rehearsals to see if there perceptions were correct. Infact they weren’t. Headlines on Eurovision Song Contest sites all said that Malta were singing and hitting top notes. On the semi’s final rehearsal Julie’s mic did not work hence before we started off we were abit concerned however we got the results targeted for.

The very first time that you emerged as a solo performer was actually back in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza of 2001 with the track Ħalluni Ngħanni composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop. It was the beginning of a brand new artist for the country and one who really showed a lot of promise. Despite not ranking in within the top three during the evening, it was definitely one to remember because apart from the excitement of the first time, you were performing in the Maltese language. What could you tell us about the importance of such competitions which support such an important part of the local heritage and would you consider returning to one in the future?

Kanzunetta Indipendenza has made huge advances from 2001. One positive things in this festival was the introduction section of new artists. If I had the chance I would have opted to go for the new comers section rather than the established section. You need to crawl before you walk. This is always my advice to new performers.  New Singers tend to fall for the mistake to participate in the established section without imagining that this can hinder their career. If I will be returning in the future for the festival? No I don’t think so. Having one all national festivals I believe it was best to stop competing. In these kind of festivals nowadays I enjoy mentoring, giving vocal tips to singers and sometimes even judging. 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48PIkg7ALM4
 
Having already represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest as a part of a duet, you have shown the interest to return as a soloist noting that you had submitted two entries to the 2009 edition of the Malta Eurosong making it through to the television stage with the tracks Lament written by Philip Vella and Inferno composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. Unfortunately, none of the songs made it through to the finals that year and you have not been since. Did you believe that any of the two tracks deserved to make it and is there the possibility to see you back in the national competition in the years to come maybe even, in the next couple of months?

Both tracks were a  do or die songs especially Lament which was a crossover between Classical and Ghana and sung in Maltese. There’s nothing to hide it didn’t work for the festival period. Lament is still one of my favourite tracks because of it’s depth, music wise and twist. Marc, as you are aware, every year, I’m offered songs from local and foreign composers but I tend to step back. Will I compete again? “Never say never”.
 
During the years, you have not only managed to build a reputation as an outstanding performer in the Maltese Islands but also in a number of foreign countries such as Bulgaria and Turkey amongst others. The fact of the matter remains that you have quite a particular timbre and people have been able to hear that on a more consistent basis through a number of local productions in which you perform tracks from musicals and normally conducted with live music, normally enthrilling the people each time. What are your plans when it comes to music over the next couple of months and will we be hearing any new material sometime soon?
 
Musical theatre and semi classical were always my “Forte”. In the months to come I’m already booked for a number of local shows without revealing anything in particular. They include those by the Spiteri Lucas Brothers entitled Kanta Napoli and Opera vs Pop under the direction of the Maltese Philharmonic Orchestra, a Christmas Project in December after our (myself and Chiara) hit track Ħelu Bambin and back to The Netherlands in the pipe line too. These apart from television and Sas-Sitta is what I love to do. There’s no such feeling than seeing your face on posters or billboards abroad  and that of performing with a live orchestra and performing to people.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1BRU5Npg-Y
 
Saturday afternoon during the winter has become notable for television audiences in Malta especially due to the fact that they would be watching Sas-Sitta, the entertainment programme hosted by Debbie Scerri and Ray Attard and in which you one of the resident performers alongside the same aforementioned host, Debbie Scerri as well as Neville Refalo. How does it feel to be able to perform with a band weekly and what could you tell us about your recent involvement within the selection process known as Passport 2 Indifest in which the winners was none other than Simone Gauci, whom prize was a place in the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which is taking place on the 18th September on The Granaries in Floriana?

This goes back years ago. Me and Mark Spiteri Lucas have been friends since age thirteen. Brought up in Valletta, frequented the same friends I mean the Spiteri lucas are like family to me. Although I had previously worked the band I was officially part of it back in 2004 hence now it’s been eight beautifull years together. Like everyone else we all have different characters and have our ups and downs but music wise we’re really tight together. Practice and expercience makes good quality of music. When Mark Spiteri Lucas approached me to be the chief judge for passport to indifest I knew I had to be really though and disciplined with the other singers. I was critised of being sometimes too harsh with the participants but as they say one must be cruel to be nice. Although I knew that the televoting was going to play it’s game, I had to put my foot down to try and choose the best. I did not make it easy on them but as I always told them, if you’re in the final the festiaval it’s self would not be easy. One have to battle stage fright, the crowd, the huge stage and effects and established artists  who have been singing for years. The person chosen has to deal with these conditions and my responsabilty was to choose a person which can handle it. Personally I would have prefered if our singers competed with the new comers section because things might go better but rules are rules.  
 
Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?
 
Everytime I address my fans I love to thank them and show my gratitude for loving me, my performances, music and personality and for letting me do what I love to do most..... Music. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you support.
 
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