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escflashmalta.com is proud to announce that the organisers behind the International Festival of Maltese Song have devised a running order which accentuates the features of each entry. This competition is returning to the local music scene following an absence of eleven years and in theory and fact becomes the third song competition to promote Maltese as a national language through the medium of song. A total of fourteen (14) entries made it through the initial judging phases including artists who have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on a couple of occasions, apart from even being at the Eurovision Song Contest. There will be a series of awards given on the night of the competition and therefore, all will be hoping to give their all.

The International Festival of Maltese Song is taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Saturday, 9th November 2013. Tickets for the event can be obtained from the venue booking office as from today, and have been reasonably priced in order to accomodate to everyone's needs. The competition is set to kick off at 19:30 CET with fourteen (14) local artists and fourteen (14) foreign artists taking to the main stage. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to encourage everyone who has music close to their heart to attend the International Festival of Maltese Song and support this venture as it was supported when it was the jewel of the music industry.

Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

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

Source: International Festival of Maltese Song Committee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

Published in Local Music News

escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition which is yet to be determined. Fiona is the third artist and she will performing the song Għadek Tgħix composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Mark Amaira.

Fiona, you are one of the artists who has a rich history when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having managed to make it through to the final stages of the competition on several occasions, the last of which was back in 2009 as part of the group Q whose entry Before You Walk Away composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. Each experience speaks volumes and of a different time within your career but how has the competition helped you grow as an artist?

As an artist, competition helps you develop that which by yourself you might not be able to attain.....it gives you experience, puts you on the same podium as the others and makes you face many challenges.  Nowadays I do not compete in a festival anymore but am more inclined to participate in a festival and produce each performance to a higher degree of perfection.

In 2011, you participated within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Malta Ġrajjietha, a duet with Nadine Axisa composed by Chan Vella with lyrics by Alexia Schembri. It reminded people of the stunning vocals that you had both attributed to the song Words of Love composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan at the 2005 Malta Song for Europe. How does it feel to be back in a competition with the last having been around two years ago?

It feels like I am back on stage with my friends.  It is indeed no competition for me but rather another occasion where I put my vocal prowess in a showcase.

In this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, you are presenting an entry entitled Għadek Tgħix composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Mark Amaira. Would you care to explain to our readers what the lyrics speak about what genre the song encompasses?

The song is a modern ballad, I daresay with an Italian twinge in it.  Its strongest element is the theme, which was cleverly penned by Mark when he saw me once on TV discussing with a woman who left a strong mark in my life.  The song speaks about me quoting her most famous words uttered by this woman, now deceased, but who is still very much alive in my heart and mind.  I will be wringing my heart out for sure on the night.....this is a song whose theme, of course, is very dear to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azTpCzjRb9M

In recent months, there have been a lot of comments with regards to the progession that the local music industry has made in these past couple of years with several new artists finding their way into recording studios and releasing successful material both in Malta and abroad. What is your take on this matter and should we expect any new material in English from Fiona in the coming months, possibly even for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014?

I would most definitely not spill any beans on forthcoming projects right now :) let’s say I would only comment that I find this upward surge in the local music industry delighting and encouraging :)

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

I love my language, I believe in it and I adore singing in it, particularly to foreign people who I am proud to say highly appreciate our native language. For this reason I fully support this festival and do hope that there will be place for it still in future.

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

What should I say......but a massive THANK YOU for all the support and interest you shower us with throughout the year.....I’m really grateful for the love!!!

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 12 October 2013 15:25

FiKM 2013: Interview with Domenique Azzopardi

escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition which is yet to be determined. Domenique is the second artist and she will be performing the song Passi fir-Ramel composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Mark Amaira.

Domenique, as an artist, your participation within local festivals is striking but nevertheless, your first major competition was the Malta Junior Eurosong, in which you had also managed to come close to victory on a couple of occasions. Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years. As a former national finalists, do you agree on the fact that there was no national selection and do you support the choice of Gaia Cauchi?

I strongly believe that our Maltese Ambassador Gaia Cauchi will do a great and amazing job as she usually has done in previous occasions where I had the oppurtunity to see her perform live.

Just a couple of weeks back, you entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, awarded the Best Song according to the general public at home and during the actual competition. Nevertheless, the year before, your entry Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella was a second runner-up thanks to the jury. What is the difference between a song for the masses and for the experts and how difficult is it to find the right balance?

'Tama u Kuraġġ' & 'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq' are different regarding to their style. 'Tama u Kuraġġ' is appointed to the people who loves upbeat songs and 'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq' for those people who like more ballads. For me it is not that difficult to find a balance between them as I am used to sing different styles.

Passi Fir-Ramel composed by Philip Vella and penned by Mark Amaira is the song you’re presenting within this years’ International Festival of Maltese Song. It is an entry which had already been submitted to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a couple of years back but nevertheless, found it’s way into the finals this time round. Would you care to explain what the song speaks about and what genre it encompasses?

The song is about this perfect couple whom the girl is crazy and madly in love with the man of her dreams and she is ready to do whatever he wants and desires. He is leaving footprints in the sand which she is ready to follow them. The genre is latin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae3X6Ha_LKw

Twice a contestant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you have managed to garner the appreciation of both a national and international audience, with your last entry Too Little Too Late actually being a foreign composition by Marc Paelinck and Matthias Strasser. What do you recall from the experience of being in the competition and how did it aid in creating an image of Domenique which you would like the people to notice?

This experience helped me to grow and mature more in a person and also in the musical scene. Although I went for a different style and I developed into being myself more. I would like people to see me as myself.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

I certainly do believe that this song festival has it's place in our industry because it is one of the few festivals that recognize our language and with all my heart I do support the continuation of this festival.

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

I would like to tell them a big thank you for supporting us the local singers and also to those people who supports me no matter what in my life and in my career.

Published in Interviews