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In previous years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was a hub for newfound talent, with the winning circle going onto achieve more success in the near future. This was not the case in recent years with established acts and former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Mike Spiteri and Fabrizio Faniello amongst the last four acts to have won the local music competition.

In 2014 though, it seems that originality and talent played a major role in the jury choice with two of the three artists to rank in the top three, making their official debut in the 'Talent Stabbilit' portion of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Earlier this morning, the Official Facebook Page of the prestigious music competition made the full ranking along with the points given, public. The jury comprised of; Manuel Aquilina, Steve Aquilina, Ivan Borg, Amber and Mike Spiteri.

1. Mixja Li Bdiet - Michela Galea (Renato Briffa / Alfred E Baldacchino) - 426 points

2. Ġabuna Indipendenti - Marilena (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 369 points

3. Ħolma ta' Nazzjon - Cherylis Camilleri (Mark Debono / Rita Pace) - 362 points

4. Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon - Kaya & Nicole Brincat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - 357 points

5. Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul) - 355 points

6. Stmerrejtek Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 327 points

7. Inservi - Kurt Cassar (Gillian Attard / Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 297 points

8. Kuntenta Kif Jien - Ann Marie Ellul (Rita Pace) - 295 points

9. Nemmen fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points

10. Nisġa - Josepha Cumbo (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 277 points

11. Aħjar - Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) - 277 points

12. Tħobbni Kif Jien - Phylisienne (Philip Vella / Chris Azzopardi) - 265 points

13. Naħfirlek - Franz Bezzina (Augusto Cardinali) - 261 points

14. Fuq dil-Blata - Roseann Cordina (Minik / Paul Ellul) - 260 points

15. Destin - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella) - 258 points

16. Tfajla - Donna (Ray Agius / Paul Ellul) - 252 points

17. Hemm Int - Valentina Farrugia (Roger Tirazona / Joe J Farrugia) - 245 points

18. Daqs Xulxin - Charlene Cardona (Minik / Joe Chircop) - 243 points

19. Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 234 points

20. Passaġġ - Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul) - 235 points

21. Int u Jien - Maria Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace) - 216 points

22. Ibqa' Ħdejja - Ina Robinich (Minik / Deo Grech) - 193 points

23. Ngħidulek Grazzi - Christian Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 184 points

Michela Galea, one of the youngest participants in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza joins a prestigious list of previous winners, some of which made the transition into the local music scene relatively quickly after their success. The most recent being none other than Amber, a four time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also backing vocalist of "This Is The Night" at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winning entry of the public vote last night was "Tħobbni Kif Jien" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Christopher Azzopardi whilst the triumphant act from the upcoming category was Kurt Cassar and his entry "Inservi" composed by Gillian Attard and Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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

Thursday, 11 September 2014 19:44

KKI 2014: Finalists Made Public on NET Television

Earlier this evening, Media.Link Communications and NET Television revealed the names of the finalists in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. 23 acts will be competing for the main trophy, although a separate trophy will be given to both the winner of the public vote as well as the "Talent Ġdid". The event set to take place on the 18th September on the Granaries in Floriana with Marbeck Spiteri appointed as hostess.

This year, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is under a major spotlight, noting that Malta is celebrating 50 years of Independence, hence giving the spectacle more of a spark. It will be just one event in a series of festivities held at the Granaries in Floriana. The general public got to listen to the entries through Indifest on NET Television every Thursday as well as viral website, YouTube where preview videos had been updated.

Destin - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella)

Hemm Int - Valentina Farrugia (Roger Tirazona / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ibqa' Ħdejja - Ina Robinich (Minik / Deo Grech)

Ngħidulek Grazzi - Christian Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Ħolma ta' Nazzjon - Cherylis Camilleri (Mark Debono / Rita Pace)

Nemmen fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon - Kaya & Nicole Brincat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Stmerrejtek Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Fuq Dil-Blata - Roseann Cordina (Minik / Paul Ellul)

Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Daqs Xulxin - Charlene Cardona (Minik / Joe Chircop)

Mixja li Bdiet - Michela Galea (Renato Briffa / Alfred Baldacchino)

Nisġa - Josepha Cumbo (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Aħjar - Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace)

Naħfirlek - Franz Bezzina (Augusto Cardinali)

Inservi - Kurt Cassar (Elton Zarb / Gillian Attard / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul)

Int u Jien - Maria Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace)

Ġabuna Indipendenti - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Tfajla - Donna (Ray Agius / Paul Ellul)

Passaġġ - Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul)

Kuntenta Kif Jien - Ann Marie Ellul (Rita Pace)

Tħobbni Kif Jien - Phylisienne Brincat (Philip Vella / Christopher Azzopardi)

The 23 entries chosen to compete in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were selected through a mixture of tele-voting, amounting to 40% of the final result as well as a professional jury, amounting to 60% of the final result. The professional panel of judges comprised of; Frederick Zammit, Lorenzo Brincat, Josephine Ebejer Grech, Corazon Mizzi and Karl Gouder. escflashmalta.com will be on hand during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and thus we urge you to stay tuned to the main portal as well as our social media pages on Facebook & Twitter.

Source: NET Television

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

In the words of Richard Stilgoe, it seems that there's a light at the end of the tunnel wherever the 2014 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is concerned with the organising committee chaired by Claudette Buttigieg publishing an updated list of semi-finalists. This comes into effect for the simple reason that each vocalist is only permitted to perform just ONE song from the television phase onwards.

At a glance, it seems that out of the SEVEN songs that Domenique had initially qualified with to the second phase, there will still be THREE in the competition with "Mara" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Paul Ellul being the one she will be performing herself, "Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon" composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul being performed in a duet featuring Kaya and Nicole Brincat and "Passaġġ" written by Clinton Paul with a yet to be announced performer.

In the meantime, Josef Tabone has decided to withdraw his second song "Orrizonti" composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino as initially reported on escflashmalta.com earlier this morning, meaning that another five entries have been brought into the list, according to the number of points received during the second phase of the competition where the judges were; Olivia Lewis, Andrew Attard, Mro Maurizio Schembri, Sharon Deguara Cipriott and Noel D’Anastas.

Aħjar - Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace)

Biċċa Minni - Geordie DeBono (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Daqs Xulxin - Charlene Cardona (Minik / Joe Chircop)

Destin - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella)

Din il-Qalb - Francesca Borg (Minik / Mario Farrugia)

Ensemble - Johanna Galea (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

F'Dinja Aħjar - Joseph (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Fuq Dil-Blata - Roseann Cordina (Minik / Paul Ellul)

Ġabuna Indipendenti - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon - Kaya & Nicole Brincat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Hemm Int - Valentina Farrugia (Roger Tirazona / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ħolma ta' Nazzjon - Cherylis Camilleri (Mark Debono / Rita Pace)

Ibqa' Ħdejja - Ina Robinich (Minik / Deo Grech)

Int - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

Kastelli Fl-Arja - Gloriana Arpa Belli (Minik / Keith Zammit)

Kuntenta Kif Jien - Ann Marie Ellul (Rita Pace)

Ma Tintefiex - Neville Refalo (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)

Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul)

Miraklu - Ashlee Amber (Gillian Attard / Rita Pace)

Mixja li Bdiet - TBA (Renato Briffa / Alfred Baldacchino)*

Naħfirlek - Franz Bezzina (Augusto Cardinali)

Nemmen fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Ngħidulek Grazzi - Christian Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Pass Wara Pass - Minik (Minik / Mario Farrugia) 

Passaġġ - TBA (Clinton Paul)*

Stmerrejtek, Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Tfajla - Donna (Ray Agius / Paul Ellul)

Tħobbni Kif Jien - Phylisienne Brincat (Philip Vella / Christopher Azzopardi)

Vagabond - Josef Tabone (Clinton Paul)

The FIVE entries that have now managed to sneak into the Top 30 are none other than; "Ensemble" composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino with vocals provided by Johanna Galea, "Ġrajjiet" composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino with vocals provided by Michela Dallia, "Ħolma ta' Nazzjon" composed by Mark Debono to the lyrics of Rita Pace with vocals provided by Cherylis Camilleri, "Miraklu" composed by Gillian Attard to the lyrics of Rita Pace with vocals provided by Ashlee Amber and "Ngħidulek Grazzi" composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino.

The final change that we could denote in the list below is that Geordie DeBono has opted to keep "Tħobbni Kif Jien" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Christopher Azzopardi, in the competition with veteran performer; Phyllisienne Brincat. Only two songs remain without a performer at the moment, those being the aforementioned "Passaġġ" and "Mixja li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

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

Fabrizio Faniello, a two time representative on behalf of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest finally managed to triumph in the only song competition which had eluded him, that being the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. His entry entitled Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace had been seen as a front runner-up in the weeks leading up to the competition and had also finished in first place on the escflashmalta.com poll which in turn garnered votes from more than 600 individuals. Media.Link Communications in accordance with the Organising Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza published the full results of both the Established and Teenage Categories.

Deborah C, Alison Ellul, Ronald Briffa and Clint Spiteri who were judging last nights' competition seemingly disagreed with the result in general noting that the votes were extremely close. Prior to this year, the system of giving out points was set on forty (40) points for the live performance, thirty (30) points for the music and another thirty (30) points for the lyrics but nevertheless, this system has seemingly been abolished as the points are out of one hundred (100). In the meantime, with an even number of judges, it is highly predictable that you would get a series of ties or close results as seen in the final list published earlier this morning. Fabrizio Faniello had participated in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on another three occasions, always managing to finish in the top three without achieving the top spot.

  1. Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik): 89 points
  2. Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik): 85 points
  3. Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 84 points
  4. Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 75 points
  5. Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace): 74 points
  6. Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul): 73 points
  7. Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 72 points
  8. L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss): 71 points
  9. Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace): 70 points
  10. Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali): 69 points
  11. Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 68 points
  12. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri): 67 points
  13. Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri): 67 points
  14. B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul): 67 points
  15. Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano): 67 points
  16. Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri): 65 points
  17. M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone): 63 points
  18. Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss): 62 points
  19. Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella): 61 points
  20. Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner): 56 points

The evening was hosted by Christine Haber, a veteran of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza at just twenty-two years of age and Mark Azzopardi, Chairman of the Organising Committee. Despite apparently overseeing proceedings with regards to the competition, the male counter-part was constantly on stage every five (5) entries leaving backstage, jury members and the sound personnel unattended to. This is something that Media.Link Communications and NET Television should address for the following year. As a matter of fact, this point was brought up by Frederick Zammit, former Chairman of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza whose tenure came to an end in 2010, with Amber and her entry Trid Tapprezza, funnily enough, the last contest which critics denote as not bringing up any controversy what so ever. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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

In 2001, Fabrizio Faniello managed to garner the ticket to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela before eventually returning for another stint in 2006 with the track I Do which he co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri. Along the years, the male vocalist had managed to triumph in all the major competitions in the country except the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, an event in which he had only managed top three positions.

This year, many had said that his entry Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace was the one to beat and indeed, everyone was spot on as the competition that has eluded him for so long has now been conquered. A constant force within the local music scene, Fabrizio managed to revive his career upon entrance into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 as the track No Surrender proved to be a local and foreign hit and ended up being the lead single off his latest album bearing the same name. In an interview given to escflashmalta.com supporting his participation in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, he stated that he would most likely enter a song in the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest if the right melody comes along.

1st Place: Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Minik / Rita Pace)

2nd Place: Miegħek Hemm Jien - Neville Refalo (Minik / Rita Pace)

3rd Place: Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Tele-Voting: B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Best Performance: B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Teenage Talent: Kliem Maġija - Kimberly & Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

He had also revealed that the track will be released on iTunes the day following the competition. This means, that it would be the first winning entry of the local competition to be released to the digital music market. Special guests for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza included Deborah C who had accompanied Fabrizio as a backing vocalist back in 2011 as well as Gianluca who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The jury for the evening comprised of Alison Ellul, Deborah C, Clint Spiteri and Ronald Briffa. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the rest of the results and more news as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:35

KKI 2013: The Night of the Final has Arrived

Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber will be hosting the 2013 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on the Granaries this evening which is set to incorporate twenty-three (23) performances, three (3) which qualified last week from the Teenage Talent Category and another twenty (20) from the Established Talent Category which were selected through an internal jury appointed by the committee. The event organised by Media.Link Communications has managed to modernise itself within recent years with the inclusion of preview video recordings for example and a television programme which aims to promote all of the finalists in each respective category. The set-up has been known to be quite different every year and visually speaking, everything has been of a high standard.

Amber, Mike Spiteri, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Miriam Christine, Kaya, Roger Tirazona and Nadine Axisa have all enjoyed their time in the spotlight when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza upon being crowned winners. The music competition enjoys great respect in the industry and has managed to pave the way for a number of hit tracks in Maltese, a language which is nationally endowed in history. Tonight, each of the entries is considered to be of a very high standard and with escflashmalta.com being at the rehearsal earlier today, it is going to be quite a difficult decision for the panel of judges to mark their favourite entry. Seperate awards will be given to the entry which receives the most votes through tele-voting as well as the entry which receives the most votes from the audience present in a new initiative revealed by Mark Azzopardi.

Talent Żagħżugħ (Teenage Talent)

Demgħa - Christian u Jasmine (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Il-Ħolma - Jean Claude Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Kliem Maġija - Kimberly u Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

Talent Stabbilit (Established Talent)

Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)

Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)

Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)

Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)

Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)

M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)

L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)

Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)

Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi will be taking to the stage to host this evenings' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is the first time that the two will be hosting together and it will surely be a show for everyone to enjoy. Special guest stars who will be making an appearance include none other than; Gianluca who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Deborah C who was the winner of last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and two foreign guests, being Jamie Knight and Hesael. The event will commence at 20:30 CET and will be aired LIVE on NET Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Media.Link Communications, escflashmalta.com

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

Nicole Brincat, a young female vocalist whose tutor is none other than Kaya, a former finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In her first major experience, she is set to compete within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Ħallini Ngħidlek, composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. Below, through five questions set forth by the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, the readers will get the opportunity to get to know Nicole a little bit better as past experiences are brought forward along with thoughts about the future. 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 Nicole, they remarked that she has a 'good voice, character, and stunning expression' and then awarding her a strong seven (7) points.

Maestro Paul Abela, one of the leading figures in the music industry was responsible for the live music during the vocal programme Arpeġġi which aired on NET Television during the autumn/winter schedule back in 2011. You had the opportunity to join the finalists during the series and many had thought that you were always a strong vocalist beyond your years. How did that experience help shape out the artist that you have become today and will you be turning back the clock in order to calm your nerves prior to the performance on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in September?

Arpeggi 2011 was the first Televised programme in my career. It gave me the chance to get to know a lot of people in the local music industry. Since I passed to the final stages of the series it gave me more time to adhere to such programmes and to enhance my skills obviously as it was a competitive arena. It was a good start for me and the support and encouragement I gained from the public in general gave me the strength to work harder to continue to improve. I will continue to work harder so that when I hit the stage for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipenza in September I will give my best performance.

Despite having already been part of a television programme which sought to promote the young, upcoming talent, it seems that your career might be picking up relatively quickly, having managed to get through to the established portion of the competition on your first trial. During the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Ħallini Ngħidlek composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. The song, a ballad is extremely emotional and your vocals toward the end are actually tested accordingly with the songs’ power. Would you please tell us what the song is about and whether you perform it with someone in mind?

After Arpeggi 2011 I had some discussions with 2 of the Top local Music Artists Minik and Stephen Baldacchino as they wanted to work with me in a future festival, I obviously saw this as a door opener and accepted without hesitation. During these last months they developed this ballad Hallini Nghidlek, I immediately fell in love with this song due to several reason but the first and foremost because of its lyrics as they remind me for my grandfather who was like my father and my friend. I lost him 3 months ago and I miss him so much. I will sing the song to him and I am sure he will be there to listen every word of it as he always encouraged me and gave me tremendous support to get where I am today......

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

Claudia Faniello, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Amber and Ira Losco might not have a lot of things in common but nevertheless, they are all former winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, having triumphed in 2006, 2009, 1998, 2010 and 2001 respectively. Most of them kick started their career in such a local competition, performing in Maltese to an audience who attends for the sheer excitement of listening to their own tongue. Has the element that you will be performing in such a prestigious competition kicked in already especially noting the type of success that normally follows being part of the final?

Being part of the finals is already a great achievement for me as it is my first time to form part of this prestigious competition. I have all the necessary time to practice for it and then perform with the top local singers. It is really exciting to me and I will certainly enjoy every second of it.   Giving my best performance and enjoying the time are my first targets, doing very well and finishing at the top will be a great bonus for me. Doing well will undoubtedly give me a great boost in my career and will open many other doors, but lets take it step by step.

Ħallini Ngħidlek, composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino is currently one of the entries which the public is definitely showing a lot of support towards, ranking in seventh place within the tele-voting portion of the competition as well as being in the top five of the escflashmalta.com poll regarding the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The tele-voting and the final result are seperate at the actual competition but nevertheless pose an intriguing element of surprise towards what the general public and the professionals enjoy listening to. To what do you owe the support of the public and do you agree with the idea of promoting the public and the jury through different awards?

Doing well in the polls is really inspiring since the it reflects that the listeners are enjoying my song, being the lyrics, the music etc it is a great start. Ultimately I believe that it is the final performance that counts and the way the song touches the general public and the professional listening to it. There are other great songs in this competition and what can be a better way to know that listeners are enjoying my song too??? It is great to know what the general public and professionals are saying by their votes, It gives you a clear indication where you can improve or polish. 

I really like the song, its lyrics and the music and I want to thank Stephen Baldacchino and Minik for giving me this opportunity as they believed in me. I want to owe the support of the public because they like the lyrics and the music of the song, I will then do my utmost to perform it in the best way I could so that they will enjoy it more... Performing in different concerts having a different voting system is always a great experience. Sometimes the voting system may act in favour and sometimes against. The result is very important but enjoying the time is always more important.

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

I  would like to thank the editor of escflashmalta.com for the time to get to know me better and for bringing me closer to the readers. I would like to thank everyone who listened to my song and those who voted for me. Your support is immensely appreciated. Thank you all hopefully we will be in touch again in the near future.

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Indifest, hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber on NET Television returns for a third episode this evening following the initial success of the past fortnight in which a total of six entries from this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza have been presented. Viewers have the opportunity to select their favourite tracks from both the Established and Teenage Category whilst watching the programme or during the rest of the day as clips could be seen either on television or online. Media.Link Communications and escflashmalta.com are working together in several areas in order to promote the competition in the best possible way noting that it remains as the leading showcase for the Maltese language through the medium of song. The programme starts at 20:30 CET.

In the main category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, there is a mixture of fresh and established talent and it seems that the producers are sure to represent the portions significantly well even during the showcase. Songwriters Minik and Stephen Baldacchino are the enviable duo in this years' edition of the showcase noting their four entries including Perper Rebbieħa performed by former finalist Marie Claire Attard Bason, a rising star in the music industry and Ħallini Ngħidlek sung by Nicole Brincat who is a complete newcomer. It is very intriguing to note that their one of their two entries in the Teenage Category will also be presented tonight.

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Christian and Jasmine, the vocalists behind the track Demgħa will be performing their entry from the Teenage Category portion of the competition, Live as they try to obtain the approval of the jury. On the third programme of Indifest this evenings, there will be two vocal guests including one of the major icons of the local music industry who achieved success in the foreign music market in the seventies as Mary Charles.I am speaking about nobody but Mary Rose Mallia who will be joined by the up and coming band known as Milkmi. Annalise Ellul who was a guest during the first programme will oversee her dancers as they occupy the role of resident guests. 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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Media.Link Communications, through their visual medium known as NET Television presented their summer schedule in recent days and one of the programmes that has been included once more is Indifest which this year is set to be hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber. The first programme took place last night with a completely different logo and setup than last year to support one of the most prestigious music competitions in the country. The aim of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is promote the official language, Maltese through the medium of song, something which has unfortunately taken several steps back during the years. Some of the more recent years of the competition have included; Deborah C, Mike Spiteri, Amber, and Annabelle Debono. 

Annalise Ellul Dance Studio will be taking care of a series of choreographies appearing on the show along with the vocalists who are set to offer some musical entertainment whilst speaking about their latest projects. During last nights' edition it was Annalise Ellul and last years' winner, Deborah C who were the guests of the programme Indifest which is set to air every Thursday night at 20:30 CET. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a relatively large amount of newcomers to the local music scene which could mean several things in retrospect. Nevertheless, there are a number of artists who are also established and have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at least once and these include; Domenique (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2012, 2013), Josef (2006), Mauro (2007), Neville (2005), Janice Mangion (2012), Christian Arding (2006) and Kylie Coleiro (2010). The full line-up arranged according to the running order could be seen below.


Talent Stabbilit (Established Talent)

Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)

Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)

Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)

Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)

Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)

M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)

L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)

Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)


Talent Żagħżugħ (Teenage Talent)

Demgħa - Christian u Jasmine (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Dil-Fjura Għalik - Naomi Roberts (Kaya / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ġens Qalbien - Ryan u Mark (Ryan Axisa)

Għix - Michelle Portelli (Minik / Rita Pace)

Il-Ħolma - Jean Claude Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Kliem Maġija - Kimberly u Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

Min - Clarissa Cauchi (Minik / Rita Pace)

Mużika - Jasmar Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace)

Chris & Moira, representatives of Malta at the 1994 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together will be listening to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The preview videos can be accessed by clicking on the respective links which accompany the names of the song, singers and songwriters.We will be announcing the date when this reviewing feature will commence through our Facebook Page within the next couple of days. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is unveiled. We would also like to extend our greetings to all of the finalists, some of which are complete newcomers in the festival scene to take in this opportunity to their best possible capacity.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

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Media.Link Communications, in particular through NET Television have just revealed that the annual showcase known as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will once more be aided through the weekly programme, Indifest which is set to be hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber. In 2011, the competition was held for the twentieth time, seeing to the victory of Mike Spiteri with the track B'Rieda tal-Azzar but nevertheless, in 2012, it was a woman by the name of Deborah C who stormed to victory with her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Joe Chircop.

In a special announcement on the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on Facebook, it was revealed that Indifest will return to NET Television as of Thursday 4th July at 20:30 CET. All of the tracks were scrutinized by a panel of music professionals which in the first phase included last years' winner Deborah C and in the second phase included Amber, winner of the competition back in 2010. Around half of the artists of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza could be said to be established, including none other than Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and 2006 respectively. Other artists who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one occasion include; Domenique (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2012, 2013), Josef (2006), Mauro (2007), Neville (2005), Janice Mangion (2012), Christian Arding (2006) and Kylie Coleiro (2010). The full line-up arranged according to the running order could be seen below.

  1. Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)
  2. Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  3. Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)
  4. Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)
  5. Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  6. Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  7. Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  8. Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)
  9. Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  10. Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  11. Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  12. Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)
  13. M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)
  14. L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  15. Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)
  16. Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  17. Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  18. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  19. B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  20. Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)

Chris & Moira, representatives of Malta at the 1994 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together will be listening to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. A starting date for this feature will be revealed in due course as preview videos for the twenty-entries are shot by Media.Link Communications in the coming days and weeks. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is unveiled. We would also like to extend our greetings to all of the finalists, some of which are complete newcomers in the festival scene to take in this opportunity to their best possible capacity. 

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

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