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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, interviews and a lot of laughter. Ray Attard, is joined by Debbie Scerri, 1997 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as hosts and are known to welcome a number of personalities from all walks of life. The programme kicks off at around 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, meaning around two and a half hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

Former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Nadine Axisa and Fiona Cauchi will both be featuring with television personality Matthew Calleja in a series of fun games. It is also impossible to deny these two wonderful performers the chance to perform a track from their very own repertoire, be it a cover or an original. As always, music on the show is played by a LIVE band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Other attractions include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models as well as comedian, Toni Busuttil. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: Sibt Familja (Facebook Page)

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

Published in Local Music News

On the 31st January, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was receiving entries for the 38th edition of the illustrious competition, in hope of finding a track to succeed Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, with vocals provided by Cherise Attard, as the winner. The organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu has decided to introduce a number of brand new regulations including a financial reward for the winner of the singer/songwriter accolade as well as the top three (3) as chosen by a panel of judges.

The list of sixteen (16) participants was selected from a total of seventy-one (71) submissions, which means that L-Għanja tal-Poplu practically doubled the amount of submissions from the previous year when almost forty (40) tracks were sent in. The organising committee appointed five (5) professional judges to review the songs and spoke highly of each of the respective submissions, finally reaching the below verdict. The Committee will be confirming the names of the finalists in due course, as songwriters confirm the demo artist to be the final artist. escflashmalta.com will be doing its utmost to publish the names as soon as possible.

Bħal Għasfura (Mario Debono)

Djarju ta' Tifkiriet - Simone Gauci (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Fejn Huma? - Daniel Borg (George Cassar, Daniel Borg)

Il-Bamboċċu, Il-Bambinu u l-Budaj (Frans Casha)

Il-Karba tal-Mument - Christian Arding (Kevin Tanti, Chan Vella)

Il-Quċċata - Jeffrey Scicluna (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

Immigrant Regolari - Teddie Zammit (Rita Pace, Teddie Zammit)

Insellmulkom - Domenique (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)

Jien Ma Naħdimx - Karen DeBattista (Rita Pace, Mark Scicluna)

Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti - Frank O'Neill (Frank O'Neill)

Liberat (George Cassar, Teddie Zammit)

Mara - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zammit)

Numri - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard, Mark Scicluna)

Pupa - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

Rutina (Jonathan Laferla, Charlie Bonnici)

Wara l-Kanċell - Miriam Christine u Olivia Lewis (J J Farrugia, Miriam Christine)

The 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help of the Malta Arts Fund and in collaboration with Studio 7. Authors, composers, singers and musical groups wishing to participation can find all the required information through the Official Website, or the Official Facebook Page. The renowned local competition which has been given a true facelift in recent years is also being given a brand new visual identity in 2014 with emerging artist Darren Tanti responsible for a new logo, one which encompases the idea of live music and singing, elements of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: YTC, GħTP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu
Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:02

Malta: Eurostars Embracing the Christmas Cheer

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, music, interviews and just pure family fun. Ray Attard, and Debbie Scerri, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative act as hosts and welcome a number of diverse personalities to the programme, which is about two and a half hours long, kicking off at 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, on NET TV.

On today's edition of the programme, as has been the case in other weeks, there will be lots of entertainment including from renowned and upcoming artists; Neville Refalo, Amelia Hope, Ludwig Galea, Janvil and Ivan Spiteri Lucas, all of whom will be accompanied by a band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. It is worth noting that a special one-to-one interview will be an exclusive with former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist; Domenique.  Despite the team of the Pantomime at the Catholic Institute being responsible for last weeks' antics, it is well worth noting that Toni Busuttil returns for another week with his hilarious comedy sketch. Other attractions include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more promotion of Sibt Familja.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUlds6_BIVE

Published in Local Music News

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, music, interviews and just pure family fun. Ray Attard, and Debbie Scerri, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative act as hosts and welcome a number of diverse personalities to the programme, which is about two and a half hours long, kicking off at 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, on NET TV.

On todays' edition of the programme; one will be following a series of games featuring well known entertainers, including none other than Toni Busuttil, Snits, Ina Robinich and Janvil, all of which will be promoting the upcoming Christmas Pantomime, Pinokkio. Once more, there will be a stupendous line-up of guests in this weeks' edition, including none other than former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Amber, Neville Refalo, Aldo Busuttil and Ivan Spiteri Lucas as well as the Bartolo Sisters; Charlotte, Luisana and Nadine who will be promoting the Ħelu Bambin project. Please note that all music is played live by the programme's resident band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Other attractions  include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more promotion of Sibt Familja as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_5b84mqDCI

Published in Local Music News

L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition which differs from the International Festival of Maltese Song and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the simple reason that it promotes the singer/songwriter along with the use of traditional forms of music whilst also giving prime importance to the lyrics. The event, slated for the 15th March 2014 was officially unveiled to the general public and the media during a gathering held at the Manoel Theatre. There was one main change in the regulations, one which will see songwriters having no limit to the amount of songs they could have in the final stages.

Sir Temi Żammit Hall, the venue which has played host to recent editions of L-Għanja tal-Poplu saw to the success of Cherise Attard with her song Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul with the first runner-up being Dorothy Muscat with the track Signor Si composed by Sammy Galea to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia and the second runner-up being Rita Pace with her self-composed entry Pupazz, penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Another innovative element incorporated in the results is a cash prize which is set to be given to the first, second and third place finishers. As has been the case in recent years, the competition will be aired both on radio and television. escflashmalta.com is proud to support the event, and moreover to support a local music competition which aims to promote Maltese as a national language and one which could also show diversity in the art of music. In order to download a copy of the rules and regulations for the 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu taking place on the 14th March 2014 at the Sir Temi Żammit Hall, please visit the official website of the competition. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

In 2007, Klinsmann made his debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track She Gives Me Wings composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Rita Pace and for the next six consecutive years found his way into at least the semi-final stage of the competition. In fact, his last participation was earlier this year as he presented a track entitled The Remedy composed by Philip Vella and Magnus Kaxe with lyrics by Gerard James Borg.

escflashmalta.com is in a position to confirm that after seven consecutive years, Klinsmann will not be submitting a song for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. On a post on his Official Page on Facebook, he stated 'I'm not gonna take part as a performer this year. I'm gonna give it a miss after 7 consecutive years.' Technically speaking, it could very much mean that Klinsmann could join another act on stage as a band member or possibly co-write an entry, something which he is getting accustomed to do alongside his band, Planet Seed. This is the second former Malta Eurovision Song Contest to confirm absence from the event at the first hurdle following the likes of Nadine Axisa. More stories will be unveiled by escflashmalta.com in the coming days, so stay tuned.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy35AgTBiVE

Published in Local Music News

Sibt Familja, a brand new programme produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjuction with Net Television is set to take to the television screens for a second episode during the course of the afternoon as the autumn/winter schedule settles in. Ray Attard, alongside former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Debbie Scerri host the entertainment programme which features laughter, music, interviews and games of all sorts. One of the biggest disappointment to tele-viewers is that the show will be running less noting that whilst it starts at 13:30 CET, it will officially come to a close at 16:00 CET calling for just two and a half hours.

Nevertheless, one has to denote that the programme will always be filled to the brim. Ludwig Galea and Amber from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside the father-daughter act of Ivan and Krista Spiteri Lucas will performing with the live band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. A one on one interview will also be conducted with renowned local author, Trevor Zahra. On the other hand, one cannot forget Rita Gatt and Clint Gerald who will be discussing the latest female fashion trends. escflashmalta.com is glad to support the project and will be bringing you all the latest news about the weekly show at the earliest convenience. Thus, there is only one thing to say, make sure to tune into Net Television within the hour for an exciting season on Sibt Familja.

Source: Press Release

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

Published in Local Music News

Roseann Cordina, a female vocalist whose name has become somewhat familiar within the confines of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, this will mark her third participation following her third runner-up finish last year. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Roseann a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. They were somewhat impressed with this performance stating that 'this girl knows how to sing her Maltese' and awarding her seven (7) points.

Roseann, at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you followed up your 2010 debut within the local music scene with with the track 'Id-Demm ta' Raymond' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Paul Ellul. A sentimental entry which held a lot of meaning to both the public, and the jury, so much so that you finished in fourth place, behind Deborah C, Marilena Gauci and Domenique. Looking back at the performance, would you have done anything differently or were you satisfied with the way that things turned out?

As a team, we were all satisfied with the outcome, we had a very good feedback, positive remarks and we started working from then onwards on a new song which presently occupies the second place in the televoting competition. 

In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track 'Ejjew Illkoll' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. The track speaks about how people should come together, stand up and be counted for what they believe in. It is significantly different to the one presented last year and therefore, makes it more interesting. You have decided to call upon the same songwriters for the second year running hoping for an even better result. Would you care to tell us how this song came about and also what feelings does it evoke within you? 

The idea behind it is that when things do not come our way, we should not look at the past but start working together to achieve better results in the future. If we adopt a positive attitude and be optimistic in life and work hard, then we should ultimately achieve what is best for us.  This means that if we come together, stand up and be counted for what we believe in, then we can dream of a better future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQ3fhVjfRs

Behind Ray Agius, Mark Spiteri Lucas is the most successful songwriter in the history of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with his most recent victory being last year with the track ''Jekk Nuzaw Mohhna' with lyrics by Joe Chircop. Boggling minds have enquired about how this collaboration came to fruition especially due to the fact that you were a complete newcomer in last years' edition. Apart from that though, what made you turn back to Mark in preparing a song for 2013?

I was a finalist in the years 2010 and 2012 with the songs “Jum Wiehed “ and “Id-Demm ta’ Raymond”, “Jum Wiehed”  was composed by Chan Vella and last year’s song by Mark Spiteri lucas. I am happy working with these two composers because they are very professional in their work.

Despite this being your second consecutive year within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are yet to make your debut in another competition such as L-Ghanja tal-Poplu, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest or the International Festival of Maltese Song. Is moving forward in your vocal career something that you wish to do in the near future or would you rather stop at this stage?

Since I am reading for a Bachelor in Education and I am in my final year, then obviously I do not find much time to prepare for other festivals. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza happen to be organized during summer, so preparations take place during my summer holidays. Afterwards when hopefully I become a primary school teacher, I can focus more on my singing career. 

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

I recommend escflashmalta.com because it promotes the local talent, locally and internationally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2fikyOtsGk

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:45

Malta: Interview with Daniel Muscat (KKI 13)

Daniel Muscat, a young and upcoming male vocalist whose experience in the music industry has somewhat been limited to two major competitions, one held on ONE Television, bearing the name Malta Hit Song Contest and more recently, the Raise Your Game Challenge with Tenishia which featured four finalists. In this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Daniel will be performing the song Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Daniel a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it 'could do with a better production but Daniel has a very warm voice'.  awarding it with six (6) points.

In 2010, Daniel Muscat made his debut within the local music scene following entry into the Malta Hit Song Contest with the track Glamorous written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a brand new experience for you as an artist and looking back, you might have done things differently in order to acquire a better end result. Nevertheless, as many have denoted, the competition was fierce and gave each participant the opportunity to present himself to the audience which in turn enjoyed the entries. What could you tell us about the Malta Hit Song Contest and would you support it’s return?

The Malta Hit Song Contest was a great opportunity for me. I was introduced to the local scene and people got to know me better. Glamorous was one of the first songs I had ever recorded, and Rita Pace had understood perfectly the style I wanted. It was thanks to her that I took part in this festival since she believed in me from the first time we met. As a competition it offered great exposure since we had a number of appearances on a television programme related to the festival, and overall I can say that I've learnt a lot from that experience. Obviously when looking back I'm sure I could have done things in a better way, however now I can only look back and learn from my mistakes. I really wish that the Malta Hit Song Contest returns since it was another great opportunity for Maltese artists to showcase their talent.

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track entitled Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. This is the very first time that you are competing in the elite music competition which has seen to the success of Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar and Amber amongst others. What could you tell us about the song in general and will there be anything special when it comes to the performance on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza set for the 19th September?

I am very honoured to be one of the finalists of this competition, thanks to the song "Int kont hemm", and for this reason I would like to thank the team who believed in me. From the first time I read the lyrics, and heard the melody, I loved the song! I believe that the combination of experiences and new ideas made this song what it is. Therefore when I was offered the song I had to accept it.

The song is very simple to understand, it can be dedicated to anyone that was there to offer his help and support through difficult times. Every person listening to the song can relate to it, and I think that this is what makes it special, thus my performance on the night will be kept simple in order for the viewers to be able to really listen to the song, however I will not be giving anymore details. You will see for yourselves on the 19th of September.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co_5jvPqYqU

During the aforementioned participation in the Malta Hit Song Contest, you had the opportunity to perform a duet with an artist of your choice and you decided to collaborate with Jessika, a finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the most recent being earlier this year with the song Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. What was the reasoning behind calling upon Jessika for the performance and did you believe that her vocals complemented the song in a manner where it became totally different?

At that time Jessika was already well known with the public, and she had participated successfully in the previous editions of the Malta Hit Song Contest and since we are also related I thought it would be a great idea for her to sing with me. The duet worked very well, and her voice gave a new dimension to the song. It was quite challenging since Rita Pace had to rewrite the lyrics in a way that the song became an interaction between two different persons. This gave me the opportunity to connect better with Jessika. I had the opportunity to sing with Jessika for a number of times, and it was a great experience every time. I would like to thank her for believing in me, and for helping me out every time I needed some advice.

It seems that you are making a name for yourself as an artist, recalling your experience in the aforementioned competition and also the Raise Your Game with Tenishia competition sponsored by Vodafone but you have also dabbled in some songwriting. At the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest in 2011, you entered the song Memoirs performed by Karen DeBattista with music by Mark Scicluna. Being a vocalist and a songwriter is entirely different but nevertheless represent aspects of the same industry. How did you find each experience and do you prefer one over the other?

Each experience is different in its own way, depends on the circumstance as well. In the Raise Your Game competition I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tenishia where they produced a track for us, and we had to compose and write our own melody for it. Eventhough I did not win the competition however the feedback I got was great and apart from that I also had the opportunity to work with a great duo, who are also in the Top 50 list of DJ's from around the world! 

Writing lyrics for another singer is also a great experience as  you can transmit your own thoughts through someone else's voice. Mark Scicluna gave me an opportunity to work with him, and together we found out about Karen DeBattista, thanks to Marie Claire Attard Bason. It was a great experience, and apart from working with a great team, I also made great friends. Song writing, and singing are two very different forms of expression but I have to say that the best experience is when you have the opportunity to sing your own compositions, therefore I prefer singing myself.

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

I would like to tell all the readers to keep supporting Maltese talent, as sometimes we do underestimate our own capabilities as a country. I think we have a lot of talent in Malta and if we give each singer the support required, they might get far in their career. For the foreign followers I would like to thank them for following the Maltese music scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRLfrN8_4TI

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:15

Malta: Interview with Domenique (KKI 12, 13)

Domenique, second runner-up at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has somewhat been busy in recent months, having also been a finalist within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre this February. As has been noted, the young female vocalist has already taken part in this competition but only once and thus, this will be her second participation with the track B'Ħaristna 'l Fuq composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Paul Ellul. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Domenique a little bit better.  Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Domenique, they stated that 'she is giving a very good performance altogether' offering eight (8) points.

Domenique, the very first time that you took part in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was in the other section which is somewhat reserved for true newcomers of the local music scene. Your entry entitled Miegħi Hemm Int was composed by Heathcliffe Balzan with lyrics by Natasha Turner. In order for one to reach the stage of The Granaries, you had to beat a number of entries and be chosen amongst the top three, in a mixture of public and jury voting. Looking back to 2010, just three years ago, how have you changed and do you cherish your debut in this particular showcase?

Looking back, I realized that certain aspects really did changed. 3 years ago I wasn't the same exact person that I am today. Experiences had changed me from within, taking it from the positive perspective. Nowadays, there is more assurance of myself so everything changes. Now I know exactly which certain styles shows the best of me regard music styles, the way in how I present my song, and also in appearance. This festival still remained in my heart because it is giving the opportunity to Maltese singers to sing in Maltese which unfortunately not many festivals around the Maltese islands allow singers to sing in Maltese, and also for the great exposure.

In last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, your entry Tama’ u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Cher Vella reached third place, just behind Deborah C and Marilena Gauci. It is quite intriguing to point out that you all managed to get through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest just a couple of months later denoting that the competition is definitely not a fluke and has serious implications within the industry. When you submitted this particular entry within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, did you believe that it was the one which should be selected, especially when you had a choice of around seven entries?

Although I had seven songs last year, I believed that 'Tama U Kuragg' was one of the strongest entries that I had.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se36WIRukH8

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are presenting the song B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Paul Ellul. The renowned composer is the second most successful within the frame of this competition and is coming off a victory at last years’ edition with the song Jekk Nużaw Moħħna performed by Deborah C to the lyrics of Joe Chircop. The song fits within the frame of this competition perfectly by virtue of telling a story, one which inspires people yet the public yearns to know the reason behind you working with a brand new team.

I had opportunity to work with Mark Spiteri Lucas & also with Paul Ellul on other occasions as well. I believed that this team could bring out the best in me as they have many experiences behind them which in them, they ended up being a great achievers for the fact that they always come up with a winning successful product that most importantly suits perfectly the singer.

Despite being eighteen years of age, you have already managed to make it through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first time in 2011 with the song I’ll Follow the Sunshine co-written by Ralph Siegel as well as earlier this year with Too Little Too Late composed by Marc Paelinck and penned by Matthias Strasser. The experience of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is considerably different than that of other local competitions but being a protagonist in two years, how could you explain it and will you try your luck in 2014?

Being in the 'Malta Eurovision Song Contest' was a great honor and achievement for me as my dream was always to end up being a finalist. The experience is indescribable. You'll end up to meet many local and also foreign song writers and from them you'll learn new experiences and many doors will open.

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

I would like to thank anybody who has been involved through out my musical career and who has been there for me ever since I began.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKa5beGoc0Q

Published in Interviews
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