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Television has always had a resounding role in the life of several people and this is due to the fact that in order to escape a troubled reality, they find comfort in noting other peoples' discomfort in that little slight method of putting it. Autumn has just officially commenced and therefore, so has the fall schedule, one which includes a number of brand new dramas as well as some others which have been picked up for yet another season. One of such shows is surely the hit musical drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S with a script written by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa as Rewind Productions take care of all of the technical work from behind the scenes. Many people were brought up to speed last week with all of the respective happenings and now, it seems that a number of brand new characters are being introduced in an effort to merge storylines so that there is continuation throughout.

Hilda (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) seems to be somewhat missing actually unless the writers have planned her to be in this manner so that people will continue guessing and in fact, Flavia (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) has come to the aid of her niece, Sally (Nicole Azzopardi) having just come out of a coma which has lasted for months. On the other hand, there are a number of other characters which are seemingly being introduced once more including Maria (Marie Claire Sammut) whose coming out to her parents was really difficult in the last season. The brand new professor in tow is none other than Carlo Francalanza (Joe Tanti) and it seems that he is trying to invigorate a class discussion  one which ends up being somewhat a little bit zesty. Mid-way through the episode though, it seems that the school has just introduced a student council and it seems that there are several people who would like to put their hat into the ring especially knowing that there is the possibility of having power. With an all star cast featuring the likes of Jean Pierre Cassar, Rachel Genovese, Rachael Tedesco Triccas, Jean Paul Carbonaro, Michela Dalli, Jade Cini and many others, make sure to tune into D.R.E.A.M.S on Television Malta from 20:40 CET onwards. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release, escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:08

Malta: Local Music Drama Returns Tonight

Autumn has quickly found its way back to the present leaving the memories of summer deeply etched into the minds of many but then again, there are several positive notes to be taken up during the next couple of weeks and months as another year comes to an end including the meeting up with friends at an educational facility as well as meeting new people and ultimately facing new challenges. One of the shows that many have been looking forward to in the past couple of days has surely been the hit music drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S which had stopped for the summer as happens with most television series. Many people will surely recall the cliff hanger of the last season noting how Sally (Nicole Azzopardi) was run over by Finnigan (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) at the end of the episode. It will be quite intriguing to see how things develop in the beginning of a brand new season which will be featuring a number of new characters.

The slot for the series has been moved from Monday to Wednesday nevertheless, still in prime-time at 20:30 CET but there will surely be a number of stories which will be requiring closure such as that of Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) whose family is still passing through a barrage of mental issues or even so Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas) whom many people will remember for suffering from Leukemia which many will note to be a killing form of cancer. Other storylines involving individuals such as Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar) and Antoinette (Annalise Psaila) who were forging a love for each other in the last series despite it undergoing some heavy and turbulent times. Nevertheless, we will not be giving you too much detail with regards to the first episode to make sure that you indeed watch it, maybe coming across a host of new characters on the show such as Joe Tanti, who is resoundingly known for a previous character in another series and 2011 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Teenage Category first runner-up; Michela Dalli who has also been brought in the fray. With a script alongside lyrics by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa, including music by Maestro Ray Agius, this will be yet another sure fire success as broadcasted on Wednesday evenings at 20:30 CET. escflashmalta.com is proud to support the project for a second consecutive television season.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News
Friday, 21 September 2012 16:28

Malta: Olivia Lewis May Return to Festival

Comebacks have definitely become a current thing both in the local and foreign music industries but nevertheless, when it comes to our shores, it seems that they tend to become more predominant and likely noting that Olivia Lewis has been rife about the possibility of returning to music with several appearances in a number of high profile shows but unfortunately not having the opportunity to return to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the rules specifying that the last five winners of the local competition could not submit in the past two years. It is quite intriguing that Olivia Lewis is now a possible candidate for the role with 2007, the year she represented Malta with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg being out of that respective range. Close sources to escflashmalta.com state that Olivia Lewis is hoping for a comeback either in 2013 or 2014 respectively.

Olivia Lewis took part in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions, finishing as the runner-up in 2004 with the track Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, in 2005 with the beautiful Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2006 when she entered with a composition of Ray Agius entitled Spare a Moment to the lyrics of Godwin Sant. Ultimately, she was finally awarded her place abroad in 2007, with what many people state was a great song but maybe not the best suited to her vocal. Nevertheless with the likes of Claire Massa by her side, Olivia gave a strong vocal performance in each rehearsal and definitely competent enough in the semi-final, yet unfortunately, the competition was difficult and she was left out of the final show on Saturday night. Olivia remains one of the most popular names in the industry though and a comeback would surely be welcome. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue discussing this issue in the coming days, and weeks.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News

Presently, the world of Disney Channel has become one of the most intriguing ways of how to create professional performers through the medium of acting and then singing in shows which would air through the same respective programming network. This could surely be the idea that has been taken up by the likes of the Public Broadcasting Services whose stalwart channel, Television Malta has been highly promoting the musical drama series D.R.E.A.M.S which will be returning this upcoming autumn/winter every Wednesday night. There is sheer quality in terms of talented stars and one of them is actually competing in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the form of Analise Mifsud who is performing with the name Esilana. The track that she will be performing is entitled Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien, composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. It is to be noted that despite certain people not needing the publicity, it is vital to make sure that everyone is treated the same with Media.Link Communications and escflashmalta.com working together in making sure that each act is given equal representation in the press through online analysis of each track and even the shooting of a preview video for each as uploaded through YouTube. This is the second to last review noting that Esilana will be performing second this evening.

Ours is the Best Time would be the translation of the song and as opposed to the last couple of tracks which have been presented in our series, this is the one which comes out as a romantic journey between two young lovers which is further emphasized through the use of typical music instruments, especially a guitar solo which helps build up the general context of the track. Esilana speaks to her lover that being young is one of the best things that any being should help promote noting that the future is in their hands to control, with a metaphorical lyric on board, saying that they know what they want out of life and will continue to achieve that together as one. The performer is one of the youngest participants in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and she is one of the upcoming stars in the local music scene with many knowing her for promoting minority awareness through her lesbian role in the hit television musical drama series D.R.E.A.M.S alongside the likes of last years' Teenage Category runners-up Michela Dalli and Michela Galea as well as this years' Antoine Kayleigh. This is her second major point when it comes to music and she will surely be taking it all in when it comes to experience.

The name of the performer might be new to many but then again, the songwriters are definitely bringing up a lot of music history between them especially when taking into account that the composer, Ray Agius has been the most successful man in this festival, racking up a total of six victories including for the past two years, those coming with Amber and her track Trid Tapprezza as well as Mike Spiteri and his song B'Rieda tal-Azzar. It is also to be noted that this stage that Ray wrote two songs for the Eurovision Song Contest, these being 1995's Keep Me In Mind by Mike Spiteri and also 1997's Let Me Fly by Debbie Scerri. He has worked predominantly with Godwin Sant, by himself and also with Alfred C Sant throughout the past couple of years and this track has been co-written with the latter. In fact, Alfred C Sant co-wrote both of the songs that went to the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the track for Amber in this competition as well. His most recent achievement was the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the same female performer finishing in third place singing his track Answer With Your Eyes. You can watch the official video just below and also keep in touch with escflashmalta.com for the last analysis.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com


Throughout the history of songwriting in Malta, it has been worth noting that Ray Agius has set his standards pretty high noting that his success supercedes any of that achieved by others especially when it comes to working within the framework of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, a competition which he has duly won on record, six times. In fact, there has only been one individual who has come close to beating out that record and might do so in the next couple of years with the right tracks and he is none other than Mark Spiteri Lucas. Both songwriters consistently compete in the renowned music competition organized by Media.Link Communications and they will also be taking part this time round as they boast three entries when taken into account together.

It is important to note that Ray Agius has distinctively worked with some of the best talents in the country during the years especially when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, somewhat of a crossover to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Back in 1997, he wrote the music to the lyrics of the track In-Nar Ħa performed by Tarcisio Barbara which stunned the jury and went onto win the competition but the big victory came in 1999 when Claudette Pace competed with the song Ejjew Nippruvaw which not only took home the main honour but several others scooping up all of the top awards for music and lyrics as well. In 2002, he was competing with the renowned Lawrence Gray with the entry L-Għażla F'Idejna, a cult song in popular tradition which sweeped the board one more time in a first and second place finish for the performer noting that a second song for him ultimately came in the runner-up position.


Most recently though, it seems that things have continued to flourish and it has been highly debatable that Ray Agius was the individual who helped kick start the career of Claudia Faniello whom he competed with for the first time in the 2006 Malta Song for Europe and in fact, following that stint, she entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Ma Nafx which was a different type of song in the competition and still captured the imagination of the judging panel. As one could see, Ray was not known to succeed each year noting that there are gaps between his victories, sometimes even three to four years but in the past two years, this changed as he won the event successively with Trid Tapprezza by Amber as well as B'Rieda tal-Azzar by Mike Spiteri eventually taking the honours. This year, Ray Agius is working with a brand new performer who is hoping to break into the local music scene and seems to be very happy to have even made it to the final stages. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, YouTube, KKI


In the past couple of days, we have endured a roller-coaster of innovations on the leading website which represents and supports the local music scene and that is why, we have not been able to promote one of the most respectable series to have ever been presented on television. In fact, Monday nights have become predominant for a number of people to kick back, set their feet on the coffee table with a cup of tea or a glass of their favourite drink and enjoy the musical drama series known as 'D.R.E.A.M.S' which is produced by Rewind Productions. Nevertheless, we have still been on the money following the show and there has been a lot of things happening with most of the storylines hitting new heights of despair.


The current main individual in the general storyline has to be Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas) who was first found out to be a thief by a jewellary store but when she does indeed get her punishment which would involve everyone in the school getting to know, she loses consciousness and is quickly taken to the hospital for a series of routine check-ups to see where the problem really lies. Nevertheless, when her mother, Doreen (Mariella Chetcuti Delmar) and her father, Joe (Martin Catania) find out it is a problem which could be related to cells, they start to worry. Apart from these respective health issues, the mother of Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) is found to be possibly dead in her bed by her husband when she fails to show signs of life. In the meantime, Jade is at the hospital waiting for news about Jasmine and she is joined by Katya (Jade Cini), Antoinette (Analise Psaila) and Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar). Whilst all this was going on, another student at the sixth form, Emma (Kayleigh Cassar) was still being haunted by her alter-ego Petra (Maria Farrugia). She is always being led to do things which are wrong as seen through a flashback and when Sally (Nicole Azzopardi) arrives, things might take a turning for the worst.


In this evenings' episode, things might be taking quite an interesting twist with this final storyline mentioned last week featuring Emma and Sally, seen as the introductionary note. A lot of other storylines which were not mentioned last week will also gain centre stage including for example Professor Cortis (Dorian Micallef) who speaks to his wife that the situation is delicate and things might not go her way this time round. The public also learns that Audrey, the mother of Jade has survived and now finds herself being looked after in hospital but it seems that the case is much more complicated than at first thought noting the prosecution against the Vella Petroni family as it seems to be. Gloria Soler (Joanne Busuttil) and Robert Soler (Andre Penza) also confront their respective issues, ones which should have been dealt with quite a couple of weeks before but nevertheless, it is never too late to address them. This is going to be yet another episode filled with excitement, drama and surprises beyond compare, something which the production and writing team has been working on for quite some time. 

 This television series is the original work of Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber who in turn write the lyrics to all of the tracks performed as opposed to the music which is written by Ray Agius, the man who wrote the last two winners of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' as well as the Maltese Eurovision entries in 1995 entitled 'Keep Me In Mind' and also in 1997 entitled 'Let Me Fly'. A number of supporting members of the cast have stunning musical credentials including former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Nicole Azzopardi (2010) and Daniel Testa (2008) whilst former Sfida contestant Rachel Genovese is also in the fray along with the stunning winner of 'ID' known as Analise Psaila. The episode will be airing at it's usual slot around 20:30 CET on Television Malta (TVM) which is the visual channel for the Public Broadcasting Services.


Published in Local Music News
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