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One of the most talked about acts preceding the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Genealogy, a 6-piece super group comprising of Essai Altounian, Tamar Kaprelian, Vahe Tilbian, Stephanie Topalian, Mary-Jean O'Doherty and Inga Arshakyan who will take the stage to perform 'Face the Shadow' on behalf of Armenia.

As part of their promotional campaign, Genealogy are sending Good Luck wishes to all the participants in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, whether or not competing in the first semi-final, as is Armenia. As a matter of fact, yesterday was Malta's turn, with the Official Facebook Page of the group posting a lovely message in Maltese, stating "Xorti tajba Malta mill-Armenja". In recent years, relations between Malta and Armenia have been very strong, as noted at the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest where Gohar Gasparyan, Head of Delegation, was a member of the Professional Jury.

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We remind you that the Maltese representative will be the featured star in "Amber in Concert - Warrior" taking place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April 2015, before jetting off to promotional visits to Russia and the United Kingdom. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Amber, and her journey to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: Genealogy (Official Facebook Page)

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Ludwig Galea, a male singer/songwriter, who gained notoriety for winning the 2004 edition of the Malta Song for Europe with "On Again .. Off Again" in a duet with Julie Zahra. Prior to that, they he had also competed both with the aforementioned female vocalist and as a soloist in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the International Festival of Maltese Song, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as another edition of the national selection which sought to select Malta's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Since then, Ludwig became one of the nations' most sought performers, performing in concerts both nationally and internationally, and also becoming a resident singer on several shows such as "Sas-Sitta" and "Sibt Familja", and most recently "Ħadd Għalik". At the moment, he is also a vocal coach, responsible for upcoming talent such as Deborah C, Raquel Galdes, and Marie Claire Attard Bason.

The second guest of the evening is, Fiona Cauchi, a female singer/songwriter who has done her bit on the festival circuit, earning the veteran accolade for being a six-time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, her most recent endeavour finishing in 3rd place, having performed "Before You Walk Away" with the group Q back in 2009. She also made it through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the International Festival of Maltese Song on several occasions.

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The third and final guest who will be accompanying Deo Grech this evening is Michela Dalli, a singer, and an actress with recurring roles in leading television dramas "Ħbieb u Għedewwa" and "D.R.E.A.M.S". Apart from reaching the final stages of the Talent Żagħżugħ at the 2011 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Michela made the transition to the senior stage late last year with the song "Ġrajjiet" written by Dominic Cini and Stephen Baldacchino. Her most recent endeavour though was L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with the song "Charlie' L-Artist" written by Andrew Zahra and Rita Pace.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

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Airport Impressions have launched the new music video for their latest single ‘Star Signs’ taken from their 2nd album ‘Mariette’. The launch was held yesterday (Thursday 9th April) at Ryan’s Pub St. Julian’s ,where the band performed a live set to an electrified packed venue.

The music video for ‘Star Signs’ was produced and directed by locally renowned Director Jean Pierre Gatt who had also produced and directed the band’s popular music video for their previous hit single ‘Walk With Me’. Malcolm Debono and Darryl John Ellul were responsible for the filming. 

The Music video is set in a State penitentiary reflecting a time period in the 70s where a musical relation is built between the guard and the 3 inmates played by the band, alongside other cast members. Jean Pierre Gatt, the director commented “I am honoured to have worked with the band once again alongside a professional team and I would like to thank every single one of them for going the extra mile to make this happen. Seeing all this put together makes it all worth the effort…’’

Star Signs, the third single from the album 'Mariette' is one of the most powerful tracks in the album and features an up-beat country rock tempo including also some vintage rock elements.  Errol, the lead singer of the band said: ‘We were all eager to release this powerful song which has also a special meaning to the band. It is in fact inspired by the positive energies transposed through our musical journey and which also features in the music video. We would also like to thank everyone involved in this music video for their hard work and constant dedication.’  

Previous releases from this studio album included ‘Hymns of June’ and ‘Berlin’. The latter was a first place recipient in the AAA (adult album alternative) in the internationally acclaimed US based ‘Unsigned Only’ competition which included entries received from over 100 countries. Since its release in mid 2014, the album Mariette has received international praise from most renowned musical regions including the UK and the US. In particular US based album review website evor.com has rated Mariette with a rating of 11 from 10 and also included the album in its top twenty five of the best CD's reviewed during 2014. Other salient reviews included that from Liverpool Sound and Vision by Ian D. Hall.

The album including the latest single ‘Star Signs’ is also available in local music stores and can be downloaded from iTunes at http://smarturl.it/AIMarriete. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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On the 17th and 18th April 2015, at the Republic Hall in the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the Public Broadcasting Services will be staging ‘Amber in Concert - Warrior’, a spectacular event which will serve as a farewell concert to Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Joined by a 40-piece orchestra, inaugurated in December during ‘A Night at the Theatre’, under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela, composer of “Could It Be?” (Eurovision 1991), “In a Woman’s Heart” (Eurovision 1996) and “Another Summer Night” (2001), Amber will have the opportunity to perform several songs LIVE whilst accompanied by a variety of supporting artists, all of whom are instantly recognisable in the local music scene.

Joe Cutajar (Eurovision 1972), Franklin Calleja (Malta Eurovision 2013, 2014, 2015), Kurt Calleja (Eurovision 2012), Gianluca Bezzina (Eurovision 2013), Christabelle (Malta Eurovision 2014, 2015), Gaia Cauchi (Junior Eurovision 2013), Federica Falzon (Junior Eurovision 2014), Luisana Bartolo (Malta Eurovision Backing Vocalist 2012), Ivan Grech (Lead Singer of WinterMoods) and the Southville Dancers have all been given supporting act roles.

If you have not yet obtained your tickets for the event, and do not want to miss this event, then make sure to visit the official website of the Mediterranean Conference Centre. ‘Amber in Concert – Warrior’ tickets for the 17th April are still available, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services only added this date, after the high demand on the previous standalone date. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: tvm.com.mt

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 01:40

Malta: Fresh Modern Sound for Stefan Galea

"Escape", composed and produced by Carlo Gerada, lyrics by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), and mastered by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios, with vocals provided by Stefan Galea, is currently receiving airplay on all major radio stations, whilst supported by a music video, one shot and directed by Angie Laus, Duane Laus, and Marlon Polidano on behalf of WE Media.

The music video was shot entirely at So City Club, Paceville courtesy of Graham Testa. The location fits perfectly with the theme and genre of the song, thus making it a dance floor filler in order to appeal to various teenagers, whilst highlighting a new direction in Stefan Galea's career. The setup of the music video is very diverse, thus making it unique and special. It portrays different characters in the club scene, with a spectacular team of break-dancers, choreographed by Peter Ray Portelli (Waterfall Dance Company).

Stefan is currently busy performing live acoustic gigs with his guitarist Kurt Aquilina (Maltese representative at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2014) on various TV shows. At present he is being vocally coached by Gillian Attard from La Voix Academy and Alison Ellul where he is also, currently busy preparing for his trinity guildhall voice examinations. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

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On Saturday 4th April 2015, Malta will be selecting three (3) contestants for this year’s edition of Sanremo Junior, an annual singing competition, held in Italy, for talented children between the ages of six (6) and fifteen (15). The event set to take place at the Grandmaster's Suite at the Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by Elaine Saliba, former hostess of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and will be aired directly on Television Malta (TVM).

Split up into three (3) different categories, twenty-five (25) artists will be moving into the spotlight, hoping that they get the opportunity to showcase their talents twice, once in Malta and once in Italy.  Should they succeed in achieving this feat, they will not only perform at the Ariston Theatre, but also with an orchestra, an unforgettable experience. Below you will find the names of the artists, as well as the cover songs which they will be competing with.

Section A (6 to 9 years)

Leah Cauchi (It’s Oh So Quiet)

Martina Cutajar (Let It go)

Albert Lauren Agius ( E’ la mia vita)

Kacet Azzopardi (Regalero un sogno)

Martina Galea Loffreda (Mi sei scoppiato dentro al cuore)

 

Section B (10 to 12 years)

Aidan Jay Drakard (Se Brucarse la Citta)

Christina Magrin (Mamma Knows best)

Chanelle Cardona (And I’m Telling You)

Haley Azzopardi (I Who Have Nothing)

Nicole Hammett (Phantom of the Opera)

Nicole Frendo (Turning Tables)

Demo Galea (My Kind of Love)

Thea Aquilina (That’s Life)

Shania Borg (Un Amore Cosi Grande)

Kayley Cuschieri (Upside Down)

Milena Bianco (Adagio)

 

Section C (13 to 15 years)

Victoria Sciberras (This is a man’s world)

Ramona Mifsud (Rise like a Phoenix)

Martina Micallef (I’m not the only one)

Aidan Cassar (Love me harder)

Isaac Mercieca (Clown)

Kelsey Farrugia (Strange Birds)

Nicole Camilleri (I am changing)

Kimberly Zarb (Il mare calmo della sera)

Michaela Agius (Nella Fantasia)

Nevertheless, the public at home and at the venue will also get the chance to watch and listen to a variety of guest acts such as; Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the song "This Is The Night; Destiny Chukunyere, Kylie Meilak, Sebastian Calleja, Karl Schembri and Laetitia Amodio, winners of their respective categories in Sanremo Junior 2014; Amira Willighagen, winner of Holland's Got Talent in 2014; Monia Russo, a female singer who accompanied Povia at Sanremo 2009; Alec Carter, a talented pianist; Gwilym Bugeja, a professional magician and choreographies provided by St Michael Foundation and Centre Stage Dance Academy.

Should you wish to attend the event, you may send an email to Antonella Vassallo on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Muscat on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in Sanremo Junior 2015, as one hopes that the success of Destiny Chukunyere in 2014 is replicated once more.

Source: Sanremo Junior (Official Facebook Page)Television Malta

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 01:24

Malta: Amber Hints Vienna Stage Presentation

The Maltese representative has been busy with her preparations for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and the team behind her has been working hard in making the 2015 experience a positive one. Amber is working hard with her vocal coaches, lyricist and composer in making sure that she delivers a strong performance on stage. 

A lot of rumours have spreading around about Amber’s presentation and something which always catches the attention of a lot of people is certainly the outfit for the final night. The whole team behind the song has been working hard in improving on every sector and has taken each and every comment on board to ensure that the song has the desired visual impact needed to impress on the Eurovision night.

Something that a number of people criticized during the final night back in November was that her outfit was too common and far too dark especially with the general setting of the stage for the song. In fact after a number of consultations with industry professionals, the team is working on making sure that she will impress with what she would be wearing on the actual night.  In a recent interview, Amber quoted saying that she will be a true warrior. 

This interview generated loads and loads of interest and Amber was heard saying ‘off air’ that the team got the inspiration from ‘Xena the Warrior Princess’ hence the reason why she is working daily on her fitness routine, in order to look the best possible way. It seems that the team of designers will be taking a modern take on the warrior princess’ costume as they clearly want to highlight that Amber is a good warrior who is there to inspire others.

Whether the outfit is the best way to highlight this is yet to be seen but it is surely something on the right track. Malta and its people have proved to be warriors over the years, decades, centuries and it is believed that Maltese history will be taking the forefront for Malta’s visuals on stage with numerous sights and locations. Amber is going to be Malta’s gladiator in Vienna and she will truly represent Malta, its history and its beliefs by one dynamic performance.

No matter what the result would be, Malta this year is being represented by a strong independent woman with strong beliefs who loves ghost hunting and judo… one would never know but these two hobbies can surely come in handy in Vienna. Maybe she will have the opportunity to communicate with Mozart’s spirit who will give her some guidance in order to secure herself the victory whilst she fights her way thanks to her judo skills against some of the competitors.  

Update: On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Amber and the Maltese delegation the best of luck for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. We trust that the team is surrounded by the right individuals in ensuring that Amber's outfit and stage presentation is of high caliber. Those who were left wondering whether Amber will be ghost hunting in Vienna and using her judo skills against them, rest assured she will definitely be focused on the task at hand. For yet another year, we have brought you a light article for April Fools Day - always good to have a laugh on such days.

One thing is for sure, Amber will be Malta’s true warrior in Vienna as she will dress, look and act like one. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Warrior”, composed by Elton Zarb, to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca (Muxu) with vocals provided by Amber, has been given an extensive revamp, in preparation for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to take place in Vienna, Austria on the 19th, 21st, 23rd of May 2015.

In a Press Conference, held at the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Creativity Hub, the female vocalist, Amber was visibly overcome with emotion, as she introduced the final product, which the gathered media had long been waiting for, in anticipation. The new version of the song, worked on by Manolito Galea, Elton Zarb, Gordon Bonello, Arturo Pellegrini and Kevin Abela, will be the final version, as sung in front of millions of people.

“Warrior” is about dealing with the difficult challenges in life, and having the strength to overcome obstacles. The preview video is extremely faithful to every word of the song as the interpretation represents the changing mood from negative to positive. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: tvm.com.mt/eurovision

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevxW3l_tkg

Back in November, following the successful duties as host nation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, "Warrior" composed by Elton Zarb, to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca (Muxu) with vocals provided by Amber, was selected as Malta's entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Since then, with the support of Arturo Pellegrini, Manolito Galea, Kevin Abela, Gordon Bonello and composer Elton Zarb, the music of the song has been re-worked, or rather strengthened, in order to give the song more depth. This brand new version, along with the accompanying music video will be officially launched on Monday 9th March at 16:00 CET at the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Creativity Hub.

In a first for Malta in recent years, the music video does not have an accompanying storyline, with the song being the sole focus, noting that every lyric was taken into consideration to assure that the graphic is fully representative. Given the fact that there were a lot of special effects, including items being smashed, most shots were taken with just one taken, with no manoeuver space. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: tvm.com.mt/eurovision

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hGz_EWYmzc

'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Franklin Calleja, a male vocalist who has thrice been to the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, barely requires any introduction since embarking on this musical journey. With his humble beginnings on the series; "Don't Stop Me Now", where he had the opportunity to duet with former Eurovision Song Contest star Ludwig Galea, Franklin has never looked back. With his original song "Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male vocalist has not only broke through the iTunes chart in Malta, but has also garnered the attention of Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF), which is the radio broadcaster for the German Community in Belgium.

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The second guest, also a male vocalist is internet sensation Clinton Paul, whose music videos have always been at the tip of everyone's tongue for various reasons. With original material released throughout the past 12 months, it comes as no surprise that there is more in store for the future. The final guest comes from the world of film, as Jean Paul Carbonaro, known for his roles in the hit series "D.R.E.A.M.S" and "Ħbieb u Għedewwa", will be talking about his career thus far, and what he envisages for himself in the future.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

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

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