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It has been 48 hours since the sun set on the 24th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the 1st to take place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta as part of the celebrations encompassing Independence Day in Malta. At the end of the evening, following the performance of 23 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the 'Talent Stabbilit' and another 3 which came through 'Talent Ġdid', the winner was revealed to be "Kuraġġ", performed by singer/songwriter Analise Mifsud.

Hosted by Peter Carbonaro, Claire Preca Taroum, and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, was given a brand new image, one which was very well appreciated by the competing artists, and their respective songwriters. With no major technical issues, most performances ran smoothly. This year, the list of participating artists was a good mixture of newcomers and veterans.

The professional members of the jury made up of; Larissa Bonaci, Joseph Mizzi, Marbeck Spiteri, Christabelle Borg, Paul Testa, Indri Attard, Felix Busuttil, and Andrea Cassar had an extremely difficult job to do, noting that this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was noted down to be one of the most promising in years, with several potential candidates for the top trophy. A list of the results can be viewed below.

Best Young Talent: "Għandi Ħolma" (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Francesco Pio Attard) - Mikaela Bajada

Televoting Award: "Fis-Seba' Sema" (Cyprian Cassar / Rita Pace) - Nicole Borg

3rd Place: "Dment li Malti Ħaj" (Ray Agius / Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina

2nd Place: "Ma Ninsa Qatt" (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

1st Place: "Kuraġġ" (Analise Mifsud) - Analise Mifsud

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 18 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Charles Stroud, and featuring Sandra Grech and Clarissa Ellul as members. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: NET Television, escflashmalta.com

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Through their online news portal MaltaRightNow, Media.Link Communications issued the names of the finalist entries, and their respective performers for the 2015 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Following an unspecified number of submissions, as received on the 17th July 2015, a professional panel of judges whittled down the entries, choosing those which reflected the saying 'music to their ears' before coming up with 40 songs, all of which were re-interpreted with LIVE vocals by their respective artists. At the end of this process, the 20 finalists were selected.

In the lists below, there are two (3) singers with more than one (1) entry, and the song which has an asterisk (*) next to their name will either have to be given to another performer, or else be withdrawn from the competition, and thus replaced by the 21st entry in the original list of results. At this stage of the competition, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in order to find out what will happen with the final list of participants for the 2015 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Taqsima Kantanti Stabbiliti

Dment li Malti Ħaj (Ray Agius / Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina

Għal Dejjem (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone (*)

Ħdejk (Philip Vella) - Joseph Refalo

Ħolm tat-Tfal (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Laura Bruno

Insellimlek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

Int u Jien (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - Ana-Maria Grima

Kelma Bejn Tnejn (Andrew Zahra / Rita Attard) - Michela Dalli

Kun Imbierek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Ingrid Vella) - Simone Gauci

Kuraġġ (Analise Mifsud) - Analise Mifsud

Ma Jien Xejn (Marco Debono / Rita Attard) - Mandy Tabone

Ma Ninsa Qatt (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

Miegħek Malta Independenti (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Cherise Attard

Nann (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

Onestà (Frederick Camilleri) - Laura Bruno (*)

Orrizonti (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone

Pinokkju (Chan Vella / Kevin Tanti) - Neville Refalo

Primadonna (Clinton Paul / Stephen Baldacchino) - Rita Pace

Rivali (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

Teżor (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kurt Cassar

Tħalluħx (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Domenique

Żmien Sabiħ (Joe Formosa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Antonella Rapa

 

Taqsima Kantanti Ġodda 

Bix-Xejn (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

Fis-Seba' Sema (Cyprian Cassar / Rita Pace) - Nicole Borg

Għandi Ħolma (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Francesco Pio Attard) - Mikaela Bajada

Iċ-Ċinju (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

Il-Leħen Li Hemm Fik (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Sarah Micallef Muscat

Jien (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Naomi Busuttil

Lampa Stampa (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette

Miskin (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette (*)

Opportunità (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Marlon Bianco

Sabiħ (Chan Vella / Rita Pace) - Rebecca Bilocca

Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006).

Source: MaltaRightNow, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)

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

Media.Link Communications, part of the private chain that also includes NET Television, have just published the rules and regulations for Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior. This comes to fruition following the dismay put forward by songwriters, vocal coaches and performers who did not have enough avenues to showcase their abilities. The rules are relatively simple with artists having to confirm to the age range, that being between 8 to 15.

The original entries have to be written by local songwriters and are to be submit to Media.Link Communications on the 17th and 18th July 2014. The submissions are against a non-refundable €50 fee. Results of the first phase are expected on the 26th July with the final phase results set to be released on the 2nd August. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: maltarightnow.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIN4S2B5C6I

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjunction 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 17:00 CET, meaning around three and a half hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

Ivan Spiteri Lucas, a former finalist of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be joined by a handful of other artists whose faces will surely be recognisable to viewers of NET Television; Daniel Muscat, Amelia Hope, Graham Sansone and Chiara. The latter, a three time Eurovision Song Contest representative has recently launched a brand new single entitled 'Mermaid in Love'. The four familiar faces will be challenging each other in some friendly competitions, which will not involve any music technique whatsoever. All of the music is played LIVE by the Spiteri Lucas Band led by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas.

The VIP Hotseat, led by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas will be focusing on Marthese Brincat, a hostess, actress, and producer. 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 of the latest news about programmes such as Sibt Familja on NET Television, which aims to promote the local music scene and give the general public entertainment. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbOQSiA4WBY

Published in Local Music News

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjunction 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.

Playing against each other are Annabelle Debono, a former backing vocalist to Vodka sung by Morena at the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as Alan Fenech, a well respected actor currently starring in Iċ-Ċaqqufa, the most followed television series in Malta. Light entertainment continues with a string of successful hit songs played by a live band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Those performing this week are none other than former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Neville Refalo.

The VIP interview conducted by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas will be with none other than the well known singer/songwriter Joe S Grech of the group New Cuorey. It is worth pointing out that all the music during the programme will be played LIVE as led by the gentleman mentioned above. 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 of the latest news about programmes such as Sibt Familja on NET Television, which aims to promote the local music scene and give the general public entertainment.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLVGU771ALA

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:45

KKI 14: New Committee Reveals Regulations

Earlier this afternoon, Media.Link Communications held a press conference launching the 23rd edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza to much fanfare with Claudette Buttigieg announced as the new chairperson, whilst being supported by Noel Castillo, Charles Stroud and Frederick Zammit. The latter two, both being former Chairmen of the competition bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table having together orchestrated some of the most successful editions of the local song competition. With songwriters such as Chan Vella, Marlon Polidano, Renato Briffa and Joe Chircop in attendance along with representatives of Kurt Galea and Domenique amongst others, it seems that the interest is quite existent.

The brand new rules and regulations left the people in attendance somewhat unimpressed though, noting that instead of having a separate award for tele-voting, it has now been included as part and parcel of the final result, albeit at a 40% margin as opposed to the 60% margin. Those present argued that this is unfair especially when considering that the winner of the former tends to be quite different from the one of the latter. Only one song had achieved both trophies in the past, that being Deborah C in 2012 with the song Jekk Nużaw Moħħna written by Mark Spiteri Lucas and Joe Chircop. Other notable changes in the rules and regulations are that instead of having two separate phases in the final, they will merge seeing to the competition of twenty-three entries, with the winner of the Talent Ġdid portion still given a separate award.

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A positive about the document presented to those present is that thirty entries in the Talent Stabbilit will all be presented during Indifest, as will fifteen entries in the Talent Ġdid. They will be brought down to twenty and three, respectively for the final night of the competition which will be held in the week leading up to the fiftieth anniversary since Malta gained its independence. One of the major pre-requisites that the committee is pushing towards is the establishment of the proper terms to accompany the categories present. In the Talent Stabbilit, only artists who have been in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, Malta Junior Eurosong  and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest are allowed to submit songs whilst the other category, Talent Ġdid will only be open to newcomers. No age range has been given in any category in order to ascertain entries from anyone. For any queries or any clarifications, the committee could be contacted through this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Malta Right Now, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JwNXY7RTbE

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.

A multitude of young television personalities including; Ylenia Camilleri, Maria Bonaci, Mario Vella, Anhelica Pace, Eliana Gomez Blanco, Lizzie Ann Faure, Ryan DeBattista and Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner; Gaia Cauchi will be on the programme to take part in either the quiz/games or to perform.. 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: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

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, 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

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.

Popular television personalities; Nate Darmanin, Frank Zammit and Charmaine Parnis will all be competing against each other in a series of fun games during today's edition of Sibt Familja. The programmes' vocal entertainment will be provided by former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ludwig Galea as well as the father-daughter duet of Ivan and Krista Spiteri Lucas and last but not least, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2013 finalist; Karen DeBattista who makes a return to the production team which helped her garner success the first time of asking. All will perform with a live band led by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. The hot seat will be featuring none other than veteran performer, Frank O'Neill. 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: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CShSN9jTJfc

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, 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.

Marc Calleja Bayliss, editor-in-chief of escflashmalta.com will be featuring on the programme as one of the guests, joined by none other than former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Talent Żagħżugħ runner-up, Michela Dalli. They will be battling it out against Dorothy Bezzina, sister of Gianluca, Malta's representative at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and a four time national finalist herself. The programmes' vocal entertainment will be provided by former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ludwig Galea as well as former national final participant and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza runner-up, Neville Refalo, as always accompanied with a LIVE band led by Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. This weeks' one-on-one interview will be with Corazon, who has just launched her debut album Hawn Jien to highly positive acclaim. 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: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17RJx6hBuNg

Published in Local Music News
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