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Gianluca Cilia, the Maltese representative at the Junior Eurovision in 2017 with ‘Dawra Tond’, emerged victorious in the biggest song competition in Maltese for kids called ‘L-Għanja Tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ’. The singers present original tracks to this competition and the finalists get to interpret their songs with the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown & Mro Paul Abela. 

The winning song Ħaġar Qim won the Middle School section and was later announced as the overall winner of this competition. The entry pays homage to one of Malta’s World Heritage Sites – the historic temples of Ħaġar Qim. The idea behind the song came after Gianluca visited the site on a school visit – there he learnt more about it and was fascinated how this structure, built with such precision, survived over so many centuries. The temple phase in Malta dates back to 3600 to 3200BC. 

It was surely not an easy feat for the 11 year old, as he was the youngest participant taking part in this competition; open for kids aged between 11 to 16 year olds. The songwriters behind his winning entry are Philip Vella and Emil Calleja Bayliss. Philip has represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest as a composer on numerous occassions namely 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 & 2017 while Emil C is the lyricist behind Malta’s last two Junior Eurovision Song Contest entries, including Gianluca’s ‘Dawra Tond’. 

Malta’s 2018 Junior Eurovision entrant Ela Mangion, was one of the three backing vocalists behind the youngster alongside his sister Giulia Cilia and upcoming artist Ilenia Camilleri. Gianluca and his team were under the guidance of Nadia Vella and Glen Vella from Vocalbooth Studios, Malta’s 2011 Eurovision Song Contest representative. One of the special guests of the night was the 2006 winner of this prestigious competition, Christabelle, Malta’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest representative who presented Gianluca with the winning trophy. 

Gianluca would like to take the opportunity to thank the whole team behind him and also passes his congratulations to Martina Galea Loffreda, the winner of the secondary school section with the song ‘Għoxrin’ penned and composed by Corazon, a five time finalist in Malta’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Ħaġar Qim is now available on all leading digital platforms. This would not have been possible without the support of the German record label, CAP-Sounds who have published the song. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release, Gianluca Cilia (FB)

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

Michela Galea has won the 42nd edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija with the number “Mhux Kulma Jleqq Deheb” (Not all that glitters is gold), composed by Renato Briffa with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. The two and a half hour spectacle took place once again at the legendary Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, compèred by Owen Bonnici and Kim Dalli.

The winner was chosen by the votes of an expert and popular jury. The prize of first runner-up went to Dwett (Cherylis & Mikhail) with the song “Mhux Kif Ħsibt” (Not as I thought), penned by Giovann Attard to music by Pamela Bezzina & Alex Debono whilst the second runner-up was awarded to the song “Allura” (So what), interpreted by Philip Vella, who is also credited as composer together with the lyricist Joe Chircop.

Of the other awards handed out during the results segment of the show, the “Best Interpretation” prize was awarded to Monica Said for the song “Anamika”. The award for “Most original lyrics” went to “Nistenniek” by Corazón Mizzi as interpreted by Charlene, whilst JAMM Band won the award for “Best singer-songwriter” with the song "Ħadd Ma Jaf Xi Jrid". A special achievement award known as L-Għanja li Tibqa’ was also given to Mro Paul Abela, for his contribution to the Maltese music scene.

21 year old Michela hails from Mġarr and already boasts a wide wealth of experience in the arts. A former reigning Miss World, Michela won the title of “Miss World Talent” whilst representing Malta at the 2017 edition of the event. She has taken part in numerous editions of local musical festivals in the past, including Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (KKI) and two previous editions of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. She was also cast in a number of television series, such as “D.R.E.A.M.S” - and for the past few years has been seen as a resident singer on prime-time TV show “The Entertainers”, broadcast on NET Television.

The entire show can be rewatched for up to seven days on TVM’s on demand service, by clicking here, and we urge you all to visit escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Geoffrey Buhagiar (Photography)

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu
Monday, 30 July 2018 15:41

GħTP 2018: Running Order Made Public

The 42nd edition of the festival L-Għanja tal-Poplu will take place on Saturday 1st September 2018 at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta. The 16 competing entries which were chosen from 137 submissions will be accompanied by the Malta Concert Orchestra which in turn will be composed of 40 musicians under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and Mro Paul Abela.

Mr Charles Schembri, Chairman of the festival announced that the winners this year will be chosen through a combination of popular and expert voting. He also noted down that the festival is organised by the Maltese for the Maltese. Throughout these 42 editions, hundreds of composers, authors, singer-songwriters, musicians and singers contributed their work while always hitting the imagination, aspiration, creativity and enthusiasm of the Maltese public. Mr Albert Marshall, executive chairman of the Kunsill Malti għall-Arti said that the festival should continue to work in favour of our cultural identity through Maltese songs, which in turn have to be innovative and of high quality.

L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help of the Cultural Partnership Agreement of the Kunsill Malti għall-Arti, along with the Malta Concert Orchestra and Pjazza Teatru Rjal, whose resources are being offered so that this edition is yet another success.

The presenters for this festival will be Kim Dalli and Owen Bonnici. In the second part of the festival, Mro Paul Abela will be exhibiting some of the successes throughout his musical careers. Tickets for this festival can be obtained from www.ticketline.com.mt with special prices of €10 till the 10th August.

The running order of the 16 finalists for the 42nd edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

Name of Song – Singer (Author, Composer)

1 – Għaliex Tlaqt? – Ruth Portelli (Ryan Caruana, Mark Scicluna)
2 – Min Aħna? – Cain (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella)
3 – Nistenniek – Charlene (Corazón Mizzi)
4 – Allura – Philip Vella (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)
5 – L-Immigrant – Alan Casha (Alan Casha & Andrew Vella)
6 – Fjuri tal-Karti – Krista Spiteri Lucas (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
7 – L-Aħħar Żifna – Mark Cachia (Singer-Songwriter)
8 – Pawlu l-Babaw – Neville Refalo (Corazón Mizzi & Neville Refalo)
9 – Anamika – Monica Said (Monica Said, Conrad DImech & Michael Camilleri)
10 – Mhux Kif Ħsibt – Dwett (Giovann Attard, Pamela Bezzina & Alex Debono)
11 – Din L-Art Ħelwa – Dominic & Ina (Joe Julian Farrugia, Andrew Zahra)
12 – Mhux Kulma Jleqq Deheb – Michela Galea (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Renato Briffa)
13 – Ħadd Ma Jaf Xi Jrid – JAMM Band (Singer-Songwriters)
14 – Bis-Serqa – Rita Pace (Singer-Songwriter)
15 – Wegħdni – Lydon Incorvaja (Rita Pace, Glen Vella)
16 – Fi Lsien in-Nies – Dario & Grecia Bezzina (Emil Calleja Bayliss & Dario Bezzina, Dario Bezzina)

L-Għanja tal-Poplu is organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu committee together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. The Malta Concert Orchestra will be lending its support to this festival working hand in hand with the composers of the finalist participants. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by the Kunsill Malti għall-Malti – Cultural Partnership Agreement.

Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

On the 2nd and the 3rd June, a professional panel of expert judges were listening to 42 original songs, all of which were hoping to make-up the final 16 entries for the upcoming edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija. In the end, even though there was a fierce competition, some high-quality entries were said to have been left out with others making the final composition.

It is extremely impressive that this year, the organising committee received no less than 137 submissions owing to the competitions’ growing profile in recent years. In 2017, Jessica Magro made a successful debut leaving with the trophy for her incredible rendition of “Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat Mas-Silġ”, composed by Pamela Bezzina and penned by Paul Ellul.

These are the 16 entries for the 42nd edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, with the songwriters (lyricist first, composer second) in brackets:

Allura – Philip Vella (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)
Anamika – Monica Said (Monica Said, Conrad Dimech & Michael Camilleri)
Bis-Serqa – Rita Pace (Rita Pace)
Din L-Art Ħelwa – Dominic & Ina (Joe Julian Farrugia, Andrew Zahra)
Fi Lsien In-Nies – Dario & Grecia Bezzina (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Dario Bezzina)
Fjuri tal-Karti – Krista Spiteri Lucas (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
Ħadd Ma Jaf Xi Jrid – Jamm Band (Jamm Band)
L-Aħħar Żifna – Mark Cachia (Mark Cachia)
L-Immigrant – Alan Casha (Alan Casha & Andrew Vella)
Mhux Kif Ħsibt – Dwett (Giovann Attard, Pamela Bezzina & Alex Debono)
Mhux Kulma Jleqq Deheb – Michela Galea (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Renato Briffa)
Min Aħna? – Cain Portelli (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella)
Nistenniek – Charlene Mercieca Magro (Corazon Mizzi)
Pawlu l-Babaw – Neville Refalo (Corazon Mizzi & Neville Refalo)
Wegħdni – Lydon Incorvaja (Rita Pace, Glen Vella)

Those who were involved in this year’s professional jury in either the first or second phase of the competition included: Bertu Aquilina, Michael Bugeja, Rita Calleja, Maria Ciappara, Vince Fabri, Justin Galea, Frank O’Neill, Vanni Pule, Jesmond Tedesco Triccas, and Mariele Zammit.

The 42nd edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be taking place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal on the 1st September 2018 in collaboration with L-Akkademja tal-Malti, Kunsill Malti għall-Arti – Cultural Partnership Agreement and the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Joe Brown and Maestro Paul Abela. For more information, either visit ghanjafest.com or else logon to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: ghanjafest.com

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

It is no secret that following the first rehearsal, countries make amends to their respective stage performances in order to improve in time for the live broadcast, either during the first semi-final or the second semi-final unless the host country or part of the big five, cause in that case, the grand final.

Malta’s very own Claudia Faniello will be treating the audiences at the rehearsals a completely different look on Friday 5th May. It has been promised that the second outfit will be less demure, and thus showing some skin. It is following this particular rehearsal that #TeamMalta will be deciding which look to go for, and then unveil it during the jury dress rehearsal which take place on Wednesday 10th May.

I think it is important to mention Claudia’s styling team which comprises of Justin Brincat, who’s responsible for the make-up; Ritianne Borg who’s responsible for her hair, and Gaetano Busuttil who’s responsible for the custom dresses that she is wearing. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfoq7udRPwk

There are no words to describe the excellent rehearsal that Claudia Faniello gave yesterday morning as she left everyone gasping for air, breathless really. She wore a rather demure white gown, designed by Gaetano, very reminiscent of the one worn earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, giving a flawless vocal interpretation which silenced doubters, raising the bar for the acts that had to follow.

The stage, bathed in white and blue lighting oozes class and simplicity. This is rather appropriate with “Breathlessly”, a ballad penned by Gerard James Borg with a complimentary melody by Philip Vella and Sean Vella. On the screens behind her, Claudia’s face and body is projected several times, giving the performance a new lease of life, and letting the emotions flow.

Malta will be performing in slot number #4 during the second semi-final on Thursday 11th May at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine between FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska and Romania’s Ilinca featuring Alex. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Andres Putting (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28ddtLeLFHI

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:39

MESC 2016: Claudia Faniello Denies Rumours

"I decided not to go for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this time around, focusing on myself and new material, as part of a larger collection", echoed Claudia Faniello to the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, amidst growing rumours that she was eyeing a comeback.

Claudia Faniello first emerged onto the local music scene with "High Alert", an original song which got through to the final stages of the Malta Song for Europe 2006 with the vocals of Olivia Lewis, who had to interpret another song, "Spare a Moment", having obtained more points. As a result, the renowned songwriter chose the younger of the Faniello siblings, and from then onwards, she has gone from strength to strength.

Finishing as the first runner-up in 2008 with "Caravaggio",  composed by Ray Agius with lyrics by Godwin Sant, and in 2012 with "Pure", composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Gerard James Borg, Claudia has cemented her place as the most successful female artist in the national selection not to win the competition. Her last participation came in 2013, with "When It's Time", which the singer/songwriter penned to the music of Errol Sammut. 

Since then, she has focused on developing her own genre, working on a further two singles; "One Fine Day" and "Miles Away", with a third one in tow. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Claudia Faniello

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

On Saturday 26th September, the 6th edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest took place at the City Theatre in Valletta, signalling the beginning of a new trend for the European Capital City of Culture 2018, with two (2) events in a short space of three (3) weeks occurring just a couple of metres away from one another.

The local competition, featuring a total of 20 participating entries, 19 of which qualified on merit, and 1 which won the right to compete following the triumph in last years' tele-voting, all competed for six (6) different trophies; 1st, 2nd, 3rd as chosen by the professional jury, 1st in the Duet Phase, first 1st in the Maltese Song Phase, and 1st in tele-voting.

Hosted by Deo Grech, under the hospices of F Living Channel, who will be airing the competition on Saturday 3rd October at 8:30 pm, the event went without a hitch, noting that each participant gave his utmost on the stage, rewarding the audience present with an eventful evening. The professional members of the jury was made up of; Norman Cristina, Josephine Ebejer Grech, Natasha Turner, and Rosman Pace, all of whom have a background in music, whether in composition or lyrics.

Televoting Award: "Dangerous" (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

Best Duet: "Bounce Back" (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea & Janvil

Best Maltese Song: "Għanja" (Walter Vella / Mark Attard / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Michela Galea

3rd Place: "Amour" (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat

2nd Place: "Bounce Back" (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea

1st Place: "Tabula Rasa" (Augusto Cardinali / Julie Pomorski / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 16 participants who made this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Deo Grech, as well as F Living Channel namely, Karl and Romina Bonaci for their continuous support. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogF_31y9Wdg

Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer/songwriter who has twice been chosen to represent Malta in Europe’s most favourite music competition, was one of the special guests on the television programme ‘Xarabank’, in a follow-up interview to the one which aired on Friday 13th. Clearly emotional, Fabrizio spoke about the various difficulties that he had to encounter, noting that such experiences have been life-changing and eye-opening.

It is no secret that those who abuse of drugs or alcohol have had their lives disheveled, and therefore ‘Xarabank’ will be raising funds in support of the voluntary organisation ‘Caritas’ in a couple of weeks. In light of this development, Fabrizio Faniello has lent his distinct vocals to “Fit-Tarf tat-Triq”, an original song in Maltese which he co-composed with Noel Borg and Philip Vella, with lyrics by Peppi Azzopardi. The song has also been made available on all legal platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify with all proceeds set to be added up to the final tally of all funds collected. As a matter of fact, all those involved in the making of the song did it at no cost, something which is noble and honourable.

Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: CAP-Sounds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8QMut93QYE

Published in Local Music News

Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer-songwriter who has twice represented Malta in Europe's most favourite music competition, recently made an unexpected guest appearance on Xarabank, discussing the personal struggles faced with drug addiction. During the courageous interview, he spoke about the strength that he had to find from within, and as a result, his return to the love of music, the creation of a new song, "Walking Away".

Co-written with Noel Borg and Philip Vella, the emotional ballad has truly touched the hearts of many and will be officially launched tomorrow, during Ħadd Għalik on Television Malta. Following the performance, the song will be made available on all legal platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and is in the distribution abroad by Universal Music including major promotional campaign in Germany where his production company CAP-Sounds is based.

Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: CAP-Sounds

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

Published in Local Music News
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