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Sunday, 21 September 2014 18:12

Malta: Sophomore Single Release from Norbert

Norbert, a male singer/songwriter has just published a brand new single, "Find a Way", co-written and produced with Ramzi. The upcoming vocalist, nominated for Best New Artist at this year's edition of the Malta Music Awards alongside Maxine Pace, Andi and eventual winners Plan Zero, has been on an extremely busy promotional campaign, with the release of an accompanying music video, and a series of radio interviews.

"Find a Way" offers a glimpse into a music direction which best suits the young singer/songwriter, showcasing his abilities in the best possible way. It is extremely radio-friendly and will surely find no problem in garnering airplay. A definite thumbs up! There is sheer quality in the way that both the song and the accompanying music video have been executed, largely signally the local music industry into a new modern forum. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Norbert (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE2RwvR2TZE

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:12

MMAs 14: Firelight Added as Special Guests

Firelight, composed of Richard Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul and Leslie Decesare are still fresh off their victory at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by Richard Micallef but nevertheless, they are ready to kick off their promotional campaign with a special guest appearance at the Malta Music Awards later on this evening. The event hosted by Angie Laus, Arthur Caruana and Nicole Tabone will commence at 19:00 CET and will be broadcast on TVM at a later date.

Apart from Firelight, the star studded event will include a multitude of performances from the likes of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 hostess; Ira Losco as well as participant; Sophie whilst the local music scene will be in full force as Red Electrick, Winter Moods, Norbert, The Crowns, Gaia Cauchi and The Rifffs will all take to the stage of the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. The evening is surely set to be another one to remember with the best talent being recognised by a panel of professional judges who selected their favourites a couple of weeks ago. A full detailed report on the Malta Music Awards will follow on escflashmalta.com in the coming hours. Stay tuned.

Source: MMM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqP65vGsmk0

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 02 February 2014 18:30

MMAs 2014: Interview with Noel Magri (MMM)

Whilst the focus of the local music industry and most of the continent is on the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it is worth pointing out that this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday 9th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. Therefore, escflashmalta.com got in touch with Noel Magri, from Mega Music Management to oversee the preparations whilst having a look at former editions of the prestigious event.

On the 20th October 1995, Mega Music Management organised the first edition of the Malta Music Awards, a different time in the local music scene with the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest considered to be the elite point a vocalist or a songwriter could reach at the time. Looking back, why did you feel that such recognition had to be given, and was it too late a start?

At that time, efforts were being made by local singers and musicians to improve their standard and although many countries were honouring their artists for their achievements, there was nothing similar in Malta, and I thought of creating an Awards show giving due recognition to artists for their work throughout the past year, and to motivate them to better their standards.  The first edition was a huge success and all artists and those involved in the music scene wanted this kind of event be held yearly.

It is fair to say that the professional jury behind the choices made at the Malta Music Awards have been rather on the money in their choices for the Best Newcomer with recipients including; Olivia Lewis, Glen Vella, Miriam Christine, Hooligan, Red Electrick and Mikaela amongst others. How rewarding is it to see that artists who are bestowed this prestigious honour succeeding in their career?

Our intention has and will always be, to award the best talent at the time, and to help them succeed in their musical career.   It is rewarding to see artists who have won awards, being successful over the years, and that the MMA’s has given them that much needed confidence to move forward and improve their all round performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3tbKWd0X_Y

In 2013 and 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services decided to conduct an experiment, and hold the Malta Music Weekender, which basically features a weekend of local talent, kicking off with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and then following it up with the Malta Music Awards. This experiment has been seen to be extremely positive and has generated interest amongst both local and international audiences alike. What was your initial idea to such a proposal and will you be implementing any changes this time round?

From the very first edition, my aim was to help better the standards of local music in general, and to help artists succeed in the International scene.   Having a sound backing is important to hold such a professional show, and the idea of holding the PBS Music Weekender has been very successful.  Holding two major local events in one weekend has helped to attract more attention from the Maltese general public, and give the local artists a major platform to showcase their talent.

Cliff Richard, Blue, Peter Andre, Robin Gibb and Bob Sinclar have all been invited to Malta on behalf of Mega Music Management, making the Island a better attraction in the entertainment scene. It has become somewhat at the best interest of everyone to denote the best possible attractions that such events can promise. Should the public be expecting any foreign special guests during this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards, possibly even performing at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

There will be foreign guest singers performing during the Eurovision Festival, coming from the Eurovision background, however this year’s edition of the MMA’s will see a very strong local line-up with 14 top performing acts, plus an after show concert by Xirka Rock which is expected to blow the roof down.  Certainly, not to be missed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hd1wE4UtzA

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to represent Malta following her International Achievement Award at the Malta Music Awards last year. Would you go as far as to predicting the artist who might be doing the same honour for the country in a couple of months time and how proud as a company were you to be recognised in such a manner?

Last year, we recognised Gaia’s talent and we honoured her for her achievements.  PBS decision to select Gaia reaped benefits and I would go as far as proposing the same method be used to select our Eurovision representative in the coming years.  We are honoured to have exposed such young talent who achieved such a huge success.  There are various young promising singers who, if they are well looked after, can achieve success Internationally.

The Rifffs, Airport Impressions, Red Electrick, The Crowns, Norbert, Plan Zero, Andi, Sophie, The New Victorians, Ira Losco, Gaia and Winter Moods are all being given the opportunity to perform during this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards. What should the public be expecting from these acts, and will there be any special surprises, maybe which you could reveal?

All the major artists will be performing their songs for the first time in public, and obviously having such a majestic set-up and stage, we will be looking forward to their performances.    It is worth mentioning the new talent who will be exposed in this show and who I’m sure, will go down very well with the crowd.  People hear their music on Radio stations, but probably are not aware that these are Maltese!

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

The MMA’s have always been very well attended by the public, and my appeal is to keep on supporting this show which is promoting local music and motivating artists to improve their product. Ticket prices are only Eur 10.

Source: Official Page on Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ22gLzLgjs

Published in Interviews
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3tbKWd0X_Y

Published in Local Music News

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 feels 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.

Announcement of nominations is expected in a couple of days, but those wishing to be considered, are to submit their interest, through the form found on the official website, by clicking here. Whilst the line-up of guests is yet to be finalised, one could denote that the organisers are putting in a lot of effort to ensure that the best local artists take to the stage. Gaia Cauchi, winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be joined by NORBERT, Winter Moods, Plan Zero, Airport Impressions, The Crowns, Red Electrick, Ira Losco and Andi. Tickets for the Malta Music Awards can be purchased through Ooii at just €10, but those who have already purchased tickets for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest are entitled to free entrance. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: MMM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa-bWhn6NrU

Published in Local Music News