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12-year-old singer/songwriter Ela will represent Malta in the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Minsk, Belarus with the uplifting original number Marchin’ On, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Ela was chosen to represent Malta following her triumph at the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th September whereby a panel of professional judges and the general public each had a 50% share in deciding the winner from a possible 16 competing entries.

It was the first time since 2010 that a national final featuring original songs took place. On that occasion, it was Nicole Azzopardi and Knock Knock!... Boom! Boom! which emerged victorious, finishing in 13th place at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Co-incidentally on that occasion, the event also took place in Minsk, Belarus.

In support of Malta’s participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Ela together with the Public Broadcasting Services produced a music video further highlighting the message of the song that even through times of dismay and despair, you should never give up hope, and march on.

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 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta, JuniorEurovision.tv

Earlier today, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) revealed that following discussions with three major international record labels, Warner Music Sweden has been chosen to release “Walk on Water” on all major digital platforms such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Amazon.

“We are thrilled to be releasing Ira’s song worldwide’, said Robert Skowronski, A&R and Product Manager at Warner Music Sweden, adding that “Ira is an exceptional singer, and we think this is a very strong song not only for Eurovision but also for commercial release. We look forward to working with her over the next months and of course to her visiting Stockholm for Eurovision itself”.

Malta’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter also being the lead vocalist as chosen by a professional panel of judges, and also the public, will be competing in the second half of the 1st semi-final on the 10th May.

Ira Losco is currently on a 3-country promotional tour which will take her through Latvia & Russia for massive pre-party gatherings which also feature a number of participants from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as well as Armenia, where she will be appearing on a number of talk-shows, and also doing a press conference or two. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. 

Source: PBS / TVM / Allen Venables

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7O5BGqPDk

Through the 8 o'clock news bulletin, the Public Broadcasting Services gave the first airplay to "Walk On Water", an original song co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter of which was chosen as the representative through the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which took place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre back in January. Reception thus far has been extremely positive, with the bookmakers instilling a positive outlook on Malta's chances for success at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

From an objective point of view, "Walk On Water" is a modern pop song, with hints of dance and soul, not too different from the genres scaling the charts all over the world at the moment, noting the relevant success of acts such as Sigma and Emeli Sande. The highlight of the song, apart from the rousing beat, is the last minute which features soaring vocals.

The music video, features the female singer/songwriter in various outfits, accompanied by a male dancer most of the time in several locations in Malta and Gozo. It is very well produced, and adds an aura of professionalism towards the effort that the people behind Malta's participation in the international competition is putting. We urge you to support Malta, and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / TVM / Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7O5BGqPDk

Friday, 19 February 2016 09:19

GħTP 2016: Rules and Regulations Published

The 40th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, will be undergoing a radical change, as it will be merging with the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, with the support of the Creative Space, The Malta Council for the Arts, and the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). The aim of this re-branding is to ensure that the local music scene, and most particularly, the Maltese language flourishes further.

Those who will be lucky to make it to the final shortlist will have the opportunity to be accompanied on stage by the Public Broadcasting Services Orchestra, which made it’s official debut a couple of months back, under the leadership of Maestro Joe Brown, and Maestro Paul Abela.

Each submission, not longer than 3 minutes and a half, will be received at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Offices at 227, Merchant Street in Valletta, against a payment of €30 on the 19th April 2016. The committee will also give 2 complimentary tickets to the artist who submits a song. Following in the footsteps of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be staged at ‘Pjazza Teatru Rjal’ in Valletta.

It is also worth noting that another innovative change is that the event will be organised on two evenings, on the 7th and the 9th July. The idea is to have a semi-final and a final, as opposed to just a one-nighter event. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: għanjafest.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jWJcDNIxWo

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu
Thursday, 24 December 2015 14:17

MESC 2016: Three Minute Versions Made Public

Ho-Ho-Ho! Merry Christmas, from all the team at escflashmalta.com! As an early present, the Public Broadcasting Services has released the full 3 minute versions of the competing entries in the 2016 Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place on the 22nd and 23rd January at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

In light of recent developments in the international music industry, the clips are accompanied by a postcard photo of each of the participants rather than a music video. This adds to the professional quality that the Public Broadcasting Services has been known to adopt in recent years. We would like to wish all the acts the very best of luck.

"Golden" - Brooke

"Kingdom" - Christabelle

"Falling Glass" - Corazon

"Frontline" - Danica

"Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa

"I Love You" - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

"All Around the World" - Deborah C

"Empty Hearted" - Domenique

"Fire Burn" - Dominic

"Little Love" - Franklin

"Chameleon" - Ira Losco

"That's Why I Love You" - Ira Losco

"Alive" - Jasmine Abela

"The Flame" - Jessika

"Lighthouse" - Kim

"You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray

"Young Love" - Maxine Pace

"Flashing Lights" - Raquel Galdes

"Right Here With You" - Sarah Crystal

"Light Up My Life" - Stefan Galea

On the 1st evening, all the above acts will get the opportunity to perform LIVE in front of a professional panel of judges, and the general public who will be applauding from the venue, and at home. Together, they will select 14 artists, those who stand a very good chance of representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevxW3l_tkg

It was truly a night to remember, as the Public Broadcasting Services put up an extremely professional competition for a group of extremely talented young singers under the banner, Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest. At the close of the evening, following 20 sublime performances but what has been said to be the next generation of artists to take over the local music scene, it was Destiny Chukunyere who emerged triumphant. Her version of "Think", originally sung by powerhouse Aretha Franklin sent the audience on their feet, as they clapped, danced and sang along.

Taught by Maria Abdilla, a certified IVA instructor, Destiny Chukunyere has been a prominent force on both the local and international festival circuit, with her most gratifying success being Sanremo Junior 2014, having been crowned as the overall winner in the prestigious event. The result was selected by a four (4) member panel, three (3) being international jurors; Christer Bjorkman, Olga Salamakha and Carlo Ori and the other one (1) being the public vote. Veronica Rotin was the first runner-up, whilst Christina Magrin was the second runner-up. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / JuniorEurovision

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

At a Press Conference earlier this morning, it was revealed to the local and foreign media that Malta will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers. Flanked by Dr Tonio Portughese, and Anton Attard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, respectively. Owen Bonnici, the Minister of Justice, Local Government and Culture stated that "this is great news that will raise the profile of the country in the field of arts".

This decision was made during a Young Dancers Steering Group meeting held in Pilsen, where the Public Broadcasting Services presented their vision and official bid to host the competition. As Malta prepares to become the European Capital City of Culture in 2018, this will serve as a stunning 'warm-up' event, as countries meet together in Valletta, as the event is staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Executive Supervisor of the competition, Vladislav Yakovlev, added "We saw what an amazing job and show PBS made with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November last year. Eurovision Young Dancers is a slightly different style of show, however I am confident that PBS will deliver an equally impressive event and I look forward to working with them over the next 23 months". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision Young Dancers

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

After the launch of her debut album original songs in Maltese entitled ‘Hawn Jien’, singer/songwriter Corazón followed up its success with a concert at the Casino Maltese last January. The location offered the ideal setting for this collection of songs which treat diverse social themes and profound lyrics. 

Corazón has never shyed away from singing about what is usually left unsaid, giving a voice to the prostitute (in Illejla B’Xejn), to the unborn child (in Hawn Jien) and even to the woman scorned (in Marì) amongst others. The concert included popular songs such as Tal-Aħħar and Fid-Dar tan-Nanna and the launch of two brand new songs which were included in the second edition of the album. 

All songs were performed live by a group of talented musicians; Walter Vella on saxophone, Carlo Bugeja on keyboards, Simon Sammut on the double-bass, Samuel Attard on the drums, Jimmy Bartolo on guitars and Dominic Galea on the piano. Dominic Galea also took care of the direction and arrangements. The songs were taken to a different level with the presentation of introductory theatrical pieces scripted by Trevor Zahra and directed by Mario Micallef.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zljz7UvK4kk

The concert featured also several well-known personalities such as Walter Micallef, Peppi Azzopardi, Hermann Bonaċi, Frida Cauchi, Louise Doneo, Mark Doneo, Joe Galea, Antonella Galea Loffreda, Lilian Vassallo, Clive Piscopo, Nathalie Micallef amongst others. Corazón felt that the best way to present her songs was to an intimate audience of around 300 people. 

This concert was sold out a week before the performance and many were disappointed for not managing to find available tickets. For all who missed this concert and also for those who were present and would like to rekindle memories of this experience, the concert will be aired on Sunday 21st June at 20.40 and on Wednesday 24th June at 22.00 on TVM2. 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: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsMzLNb85hk

Published in Local Music News

Malta, one of the smallest members of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has officially confirmed participation for 2015 with Television Malta, the main broadcasting arm of the Public Broadcasting Services set to air transmission. This was made public through junioreurovision.tv, the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2015, the event will be moving to Sofia, Bulgaria and Malta will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 11th non-consecutive time, noting that the Mediterranean Country took part every year between 2003 and 2010, before stopping for a two-year hiatus, and returning in 2013, obtaining victory with "The Start" sung by Gaia Cauchi, and taking part once more in 2014 with "Diamonds" performed by Federica Falzon. 

The news now confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services, has also seen the return of a public competition with rules and regulations available by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the official electronic mail address for the broadcasting house. It is worth noting that the competition could feature both original and cover songs, but the winner will have a completely different song. Every application has to be submitted on the 19th June against a payment of €150.

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 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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

On the 17th and 18th April 2015, at the Republic Hall in the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the Public Broadcasting Services will be staging ‘Amber in Concert - Warrior’, a spectacular event which will serve as a farewell concert to Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Joined by a 40-piece orchestra, inaugurated in December during ‘A Night at the Theatre’, under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela, composer of “Could It Be?” (Eurovision 1991), “In a Woman’s Heart” (Eurovision 1996) and “Another Summer Night” (2001), Amber will have the opportunity to perform several songs LIVE whilst accompanied by a variety of supporting artists, all of whom are instantly recognisable in the local music scene.

Joe Cutajar (Eurovision 1972), Franklin Calleja (Malta Eurovision 2013, 2014, 2015), Kurt Calleja (Eurovision 2012), Gianluca Bezzina (Eurovision 2013), Christabelle (Malta Eurovision 2014, 2015), Gaia Cauchi (Junior Eurovision 2013), Federica Falzon (Junior Eurovision 2014), Luisana Bartolo (Malta Eurovision Backing Vocalist 2012), Ivan Grech (Lead Singer of WinterMoods) and the Southville Dancers have all been given supporting act roles.

If you have not yet obtained your tickets for the event, and do not want to miss this event, then make sure to visit the official website of the Mediterranean Conference Centre. ‘Amber in Concert – Warrior’ tickets for the 17th April are still available, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services only added this date, after the high demand on the previous standalone date. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: tvm.com.mt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevxW3l_tkg

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