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escflashmalta.com is in a proud position to reveal that the line-up for the nationwide concert set forth to take place on the 7th August during The Għaxaq Music Festival is finally complete with the marquee names being those of Gaia Cauchi and Federica Falzon, Malta's representatives at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

La Voix Academy will not only be providing a choir, one which has been witnessed on several occasions including the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the Malta International Food Festival held earlier this year in Żabbar but also an orchestra led by Maestro Joseph Chircop, who will in turn be making their public debut.

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The rest of the line-up is to include; Maxine Pace, a female vocalist who recently cracked Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D with her debut single "Fed Up"; Shauna Vassallo, a female vocalist who made it through to the live shows of 'Io Canto' on Canale 5 in 2013;  Davinia, a star in her own right having made it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for two successive years, along with making the local radio charts on no less than 5 occasions; Ludwig Galea, Malta's representative at the 2004 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Vincenzo Carni, who alongside Federica won this year's edition of 'Ti Lascio Una Canzone' and last but not least; Marco Vito, a vocal coach on programmes such as 'The Voice of Italy' and 'Ti Lascio Una Canzone'.

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We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. The nationwide concert which is taking place on the 7th August 2014 during The Għaxaq Music Festival is one which this portal will cover in great detail by collaborating with La Voix Academy and Ironic PR & Artist Management.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Gillian Attard, of La Voix Academy as well as Ironic PR and Management, has recently been in contact with escflashmalta.com in order to announce that all of the participants on the programme Una Stella Sta Nascendo, a vocal talent show which airs on Sky Italia, have made it through to the final phase of the competition. This is another successful story for the elite academy, having seen artists succeed on Io Canto, Ti Lascio Una Canzone and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Therefore, the final which is set for a couple of week's time will include several artists from La Voix Academy including none other than; Sarah Farrugia, Shauna Vassallo, Maxine Pace, Miriana Conte, Nazio Rotin, Jean Claude Azzopardi, Clive Gauci, Cain Portelli, Nicole Hammett, Christina Magrin, Jahel Cardona, Mardy Farrugia, Karine Caruana and special guest; Michaela Caruana who is just a mere four (4) years old. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: La Voix Academy, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 20:00

Exclusive: Revelation of MMA 2014 Nominations

On the 9th February, the Public Broadcasting Services in collaboration with Mega Music Management will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. In line with last years’ proceedings, the Malta Music Weekend will return, with the event coming hot off the feel of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which in turn would have taken place on the previous two (2) nights. During the course of the evening, six (6) awards will be given; Best Album, Best Song, Best Band, Best New Artist, Best Solo Artist and Best Video with a number of artists taking to the stage for a series of special performances.

In an exclusive announcement, escflashmalta.com is proud to present the nominations of this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards prior to their respective announcement on Mixage, a television programme hosted by Peter Cossai on Television Malta which is set to air at around 22:30 CET. The showcase, for which you may purchase tickets here, has also finalised the line-up of performers with Airport Impressions, Gaia Cauchi, Plan Zero, Winter Moods, The Crowns, NORBERT, Red Electrick, Sophie, The Rifffs, The New Victorians, IraLosco and Andi all taking to the stage.

Best Solo Artist 

Chess

Gianluca

Ira Losco

Lyndsay

 

Best Band

Airport Impressions

Nosnow/Noalps

Red Electrick

The Crowns

 

Best Song

 Daphne (Lyndsay)

Hymns of June (Airport Impressions)

Me Luv U Long Time (Ira Losco)

The Runaway (Red Electrick)

Start the Revolution (The Rifffs)

 

Best Album

All things with love (The Shh)

Someone else (The Crowns)

Summer lovers (Skimmed)

The Fire (Ira Losco)

 

Best New Artist

Andi

Maxine Pace

Norbert

Plan Zero

 

Best Video 

Hymns of June (Airport Impressions)

Me Luv U Long Time (Ira Losco)

Marija s-Sabiħa (No Bling Show)

Tomorrow (Gianluca)

The Runaway (Red Electrick)

escflashmalta.com is also in a position to reveal that some of the performers during the course of the evening will be unveiling some brand new material or rather performing live for the very first time. As a matter of fact, The New Victorians will be performing an original track off their upcoming studio album for the very first time, whilst Airport Impressions will give their first live rendition of Hymns of June. For the first time on television, The Rifffs will perform Start the Revolution and Ira Losco will be performing the brand new single The Way It’s Meantto Be whilst also airing the music video shot in London. Stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.

Source: MMM

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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

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February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

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April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

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The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

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As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Maxine Pace, a young female vocalist who had tried to represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on two seperate occasions in 2009 and 2010 respectively will finally be given the opportunity to make an appearance on that illustrious stage in Kiev, Ukraine having been selected by the Public Broadcasting Services as the spokesperson on behalf of Malta. One of the innovations that the European Broadcasting Union is putting forward is that the points of each of the participating countries will be read by an individual on the actual stage of the event, set for the 30th November 2013.

Maxine Pace, vocally coached by Gillian Attard and Joshua Alamu has recently been making waves within the local music scene with her debut single Fed Up written by Ramzi making Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. She also had the opportunity to perform along the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Kurt Calleja (2012), Gianluca (2013), Chiara (1998, 2005, 2009) and Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up; Amberescflashmalta.com has been given the opportunity to help promote the career of Maxine Pace and therefore, we urge you to follow all her latest doings through her official page on social networking website, Facebook. At the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Malta will be represented by Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 01 September 2013 16:20

Malta: Olivia Lewis Kept Busy During Summer

Olivia Lewis, Malta's representative at the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg has somewhat been busy in the past couple of weeks with several guest appearances. One of her most recent was on the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi and broadcast on NET Television. The programme which accompanies the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is supported by escflashmalta.com and invites special guests to add to the entertainment. Olivia Lewis has the opportunity to perform one of her signature tracks and she decided to sing Fil-Fond tal-Qalb composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia.

Amongst the guests which have been invited to the programme in recent weeks, there have been one other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Gianluca and Kurt Calleja who both promoted their debut albums, Waiting for Tomorrow and Love on Mars as well as Kevin Paul Calleja, Amber, Maxine Pace, Mary Rose Mallia, Christabelle, Lyndsay and The Greenfields. Olivia Lewis is reportedly set to return to the local music scene with rumours going round stating that she might be looking to submit within the International Festival of Maltese Song. In the past couple of days, she was an instrumental figure within the Pink Floyd Show in Żabbar as a backing vocalist alongside the likes of Talitha Dimech, Rachael Tedesco Triccas and Cheryl Camilleri amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Kurt Calleja, Malta's representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is looking to further his career according to a recent twitter post aimed directly at Simon Cowell, the individual behind the lucrative talent show, The X Factor. Following his victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track This Is The Night co-written with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, he represented the nation in Baku, Azerbaijan where he obtained forty-one points in a twenty-first placed finish.

Upon his return from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja found solace on 89.7 Bay, Malta's leading radio station with the release of the single Boomerang which saw him nominated as best soloist at the Bay Music Awards whilst also giving him maximum airplay. The first single off the debut album, Love On Mars proved to be the beginning of something special or so one thought noting that his follow-up tracks have not managed to garner as much attention. On a positive note though, the album was launched with a major concert in aid of the Inspire Foundation with special guest acts including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as multiple national final participant, Amber, Malta Music Awards Best Solo Artist winner, Brooke and current charting sensation, Maxine Pace. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for more news.

Source: Twitter

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Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the sixth week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the Teenage Talent portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a seperate award.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been noted to feature a mixture of young and newfound talent which definitely represents the future of the local music scene. In this evenings' programme, first up is Raquel Galdes with the track Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. The young female vocalist is a newcomer to the music scene but her vocal attributed are surely welcome to stay in the future. Joining her from the same category is the winner of Passport 2 Indifest, Karen DeBattista who will be interpreting the track Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss.

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Il-Ħolma, composed by Minik and Gillian Attard with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino is set to be performed by Jean Claude Azzopardi. As always, the performances from the Teenage Talent category are all live in order to assess the vocal skills of all the respective artists apart from bearing in mind the potential of each entry. In the meantime, there will also be a number of guests including none other than Jan Cortez, who recently unveiled his summer single for the year 2013 as well as Maxine Pace who at an extremely young age has released her debut single, which has also reached Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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Maxine Pace, a young female vocalist has recently unveiled her debut single Fed Up, one which she co-wrote with British singer/songwriter, Ramzi. The track was officially performed for the very first time during the concert of Kurt Calleja, the male artist who represented Malta at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest where Maxine was a supporting act alongside a number of high profile artists including; Chiara and Gianluca Bezzina, both of which have been to the Pan-European competition in recent years.

escflashmalta.com was the first website to promote the release of the track whose lyric video produced by Where's Everybody has garnered more than 2,000 views. 89.7 Bay was playing the song in the past week and it seems that people have been requesting it ever so slightly considering that it was announced as a new entry at number #10 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D. Maxine Pace is most likely the youngest artist to have ever managed to crack the chart although it seemed that it would have always been the case considering that Taylor Swift meets Carly Rae Jepsen has an extremely catchy sound which listeners tend to enjoy. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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Taylor Swift meets Carly Rae Jepsen is the best way to describe Fed Up, the debut single of thirteen year old female vocalist, Maxine Pace who is slowly moving out of the festival circuit and into a radio friendly zone. During last nights' concert of Kurt Calleja, representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2012 with the track This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, Maxine was a supporting act. The line-up she joined was pretty impressive noting former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up, Amber.

Throughout the years, Maxine Pace showed great tenacity and talent as she took part in the pre-selections which led to Malta's participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her most spirited performance which many people thought should have definitely done better was the one of the song Toy Soldier back in 2009, a year which was ultimately won by Double Trouble performed by Francesca & Mikaela. Her debut single entitled Fed Up is co-written with singer/songwriter Ramzi who has already achieved success in the United Kingdom with his debut album Chapter One which was instantly certified Gold. The lyric video for the song was created by the production team of Where's Everybody. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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