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In 2006, Maestro Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia wrote a song entitled This Heart of Mine for a trio which in turn comprised of Roger Tirazona, Eleanor Spiteri and Cliff Zammit Stevens. Together, they were called Trilogy and finished in third place, behind Fabrizio Faniello and Olivia Lewis. That composition received a lot of praise but did not last long, noting that a couple of months later, Cliff had to leave for the United Kingdom and continue studying music abroad. 

This left an opening, a void, one which was replaced by a promising pop vocalist, Daniel Debono who had been found through the popular reality talent show L-iSfida. They submitted the song Starlight into the 2007 edition of the Malta Song for Europe, and finished in second place, quite a way off from Olivia Lewis who won that years' edition. It was noted that their image had to be adapted for better use of the music industry, and indeed, they did come back slicker than ever, two years later, with The Song In Your Heart which is considered to be the best track that they presented, alas finishing in sixth place.

escflashmalta.com has recently learned that Trilogy is set to make a comeback to the local music scene, alas with a brand new line-up knowing that Daniel Debono has also left to further his studies abroad. Joining Roger Tirazona and Eleanor Spiteri is seemingly none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ludwig Galea although a representative for the group has declined to comment about this speculation, continuing to fuel rumours that this is close to being reality. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TpyBDmHq0k

Published in Local Music News

On the 25th and 26th January 2014, the Catholic Institute in Floriana played host to The Celebration Pop and Musicals Concert produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in recognition of their ten years in the entertainment industry. Ample media coverage was given to both evenings due to an impressive line-up, one which included none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Debbie Scerri (1997) and Ludwig Galea (2004) whilst also featuring Pamela, Neville Refalo, Dorothy Bezzina, Eleanor Spiteri, Roger Tirazona and Ivan Spiteri Lucas who have all been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in one year, or another.

The show was divided into two (2) acts; Pop and Musicals, in order to maintain the status of what the public were anticipating although in my opinion, it was the second act which shined through, especially with the vocal ranges of certain artists. Looking through the list of numbers once more, I was impressed towards the end of the concert, noting that the phrase save the best for last still exists in show business. Ludwig Galea and Dorothy Bezzina stole the limelight with their rendition of Les Miserables’ Master of the House whilst Pamela was effortless during her take on Wishing You Were Somehow Hear Again from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Nevertheless, when together, the ensemble gave magnificent renditions, especially of One Day More, the classic that will never go unnoticed from Les Miserables. Singing, one of the most prestigious arts around was aided by another form of entertainment, dancing with the Dancel Dance Team directed by Celaine Buhagiar present in various numbers, adding a touch of visual spectacle to the whole show. Whilst the lead vocalists were almost spot on throughout the entire performance, bar a couple of notes from certain specific individuals, it is important to point out the masterful children’s choir under the direction of Neville Refalo, renditions got the audience clapping mid-way through performances.

The lead vocalists are essential and prominent in every show of Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, but one has to point out the opportunities given to the backing vocalists; Claudio Teuma Castelleti, Abigail Critien and Amelia Hope, the latter of which also had the pleasure of performing with the main cast during the first act. A rising star, who is working with renowned songwriter and producer Rene Mamo had a busy repertoire on her hands but dealt with it like a true seasoned professional. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment / Clint Gerald (Photo) / escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyFrIi7MphM

Published in Editorials

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, a production company known for stunning work in both television and theatre will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in style with a spectacular showcase depicting some of the best work that the local and international music scene has offered throughout the years. The 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert is set to take place on Saturday 25th January at 19:30 CET and Sunday 26th January at 18:30 CET at the Catholic Institute Theatre, Floriana.

This particular production has been catered specifically to match the tastes of everyone with act one featuring ensembles of some of the great hits of all time including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Somebody to Love, Beatles’ Hey Jude, John Miles’ Music was my first Love, Malta’s own Qalu Li Raw, together with sing-a-longs The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Modugno’s Dipinto di Blu and act two taking the audience through a journey of musical theatre with a repertoire from some of the best Musicals such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, and Cats just to mention a few.    

As has always been the case with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, the cast will be star studded and will include the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Debbie Scerri (1997) and Ludwig Galea (2004) as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Eleanor Spiteri, Roger Tirazona, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Dorothy Bezzina, Pamela, and Neville Refalo. The latter is also responsible for a forty (40) strong children’s choir who will play an important role in certain songs in the show. All the performances will be accompanied by a seven piece band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas, who is also responsible for all musical arrangements throughout the show. 

Celaine Buhagiar and Dancel Dancers have been appointed to take care of the choreography. Book online on www.istitutkattoliku.com or www.activemalta.com. Alternatively you can buy your tickets from the Catholic Institute Theatre Booking Office: 21 238 429, Catholic Institute Bar: 21 242 551, or phone on Hotline: 9989 668, 9946 8429. The Celebration POP and MUSICALS Concert is supported by: HSBC, Nexos Lighting Technology, Dermalogica, Eva Garden, ESCflashmalta, Bestprint Co. Ltd, Radio 101, Clint Gerald Photography, Sibt Familja TV Programme, Beautique Parlour, Birkirkara, Net Television, Logografix Signs Grand Hotel Excelsior, and Hotspot Magazine.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyFrIi7MphM

Published in Local Music News

In 2010, the Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Oslo, Norway and the broadcaster responsible for the event held an extravagant national selection process which saw to the victory of Didrik Solli-Tangen with My Heart is Yours, a co-write between Frederik Kempe and Hanne Sørvaag. A cover version of the song by a local artist appeared on the internet in the past couple of hours with the vocalist being none other than Roger Tirazona, a former finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and recent participant at the International Festival of Maltese Song.

Roger Tirazona is one of the most respected soloists in the local music scene and has been twice been close to representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, first time in 2006 with the track This Heart of Mine and the second time in 2007 with the song Startlight, both composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia and with the group, Trilogy. When it comes to the cover of My Heart is Yours, one could denote that the approach to the music is a quiet one and the song has been stripped down a little bit more than the original. The aim is surely to let Roger’s vocals do all the required work without any musical interference. The result is stunning and remarkably better than the original. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Roger Tirazona (Official Page)

Published in Local Music News

Joe Julian Farrugia is a local Maltese lyricist who writes for many local competitions including the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This year, he was one of the most predominant figures to compete at the International Festival of Maltese Song which was returning following an eleven year absence. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak to Joe Julian Farrugia about his role within this competition and with regards to the local music scene in general. During the course of the weekend, he presented three songs; Hawn Mill-Ġdid and Inti Mill-Ġdid which he co-wrote with Paul Abela and Stejjer which was co-written with Andrew Zahra. The vocalists for these three songs were Olivia Lewis who was the eventual winner, Roger Tirazona and Miriam Christine, respectively.

How do you feel that the International Festival of Maltese song is back after eleven (11) years in exile?

The news that this festival is back was well received by all local music lovers. First of all, we spent 11 years without a national song contest in our language. But not only that; most of the “classics” in Maltese music came out of this festival, and therefore one hopes that the “vacuum” in this regard will now be no more.

What is that special ingredient which saw you compete with a total of three songs?

A festival is always a festival. This is not a football game in which everyone may see if the ball passes the goal line or not. A festival depends on the subjective opinion of the judges. This year, three of mine were preferred.

Which type of audience do you think the International Festival of Maltese song most attracted?

In the past it used to attract a wide spectrum; no matter the age or anything else. And that used to include youths too. Today’s youths do not remember the festival much, so this may be something new for them. Only time will tell. Some may blame the language question with youths. It is absolutely not true that youths do not like songs in the Maltese language. Only be present when something like “Xemx” is played in mass gatherings… and watch the youths singing.

In this festival, there were a total of fourteen (14) local acts and twelve (12) foreign acts, what was your opinion about how it all panned out?

This is only a new beginning. In the past, foreign singers used to give their own interpretation of the Maltese songs, in their language, and at times even publish our songs in their country. This will happen again next year. This year, everything had to be organised from scratch and the foreigners will only sing something out of their own repertoire, although they will compete among themselves also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAtn1DI8uvE

Are competitions like these, important for the local society?

I believe festivals are the most ideal in the music industry. But in small country with no music industry at all, a festival might be the only way how to publish music. It is very expensive to publish a cd which no one buys because it may be easily downloaded for free on the net. In that case festivals are the only platforms available.

Which language do you prefer to express yourself with when writing lyrics, Maltese or English?

I write in both languages and I also know that English may be listened to much more, considering a Maltese language audience is only restricted to our country. But I prefer to write Maltese, first because it is as romantic and musical as the Italian language, and secondly because the conjugations and declensions in its Arabic roots makes it much more fun to work with.

When you write a song, do you have a particular singer in mind?

Sometimes yes and sometimes no. It depends where it starts off. If a singer asks for a song, you know who you are writing for. If I am writing a song with no singer in kind, I try to be as neutral as can be so that it may be sung by anyone. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG5U8mcC0ks

In your opinion, should we enter Eurovision with a Maltese song and what are you views about that competition?

No... Not because there is something wrong with the language… but because there is something wrong with Eurovision. Eurovision is not judged by experts, but by televiewers hoping to win some nice gift connected to their phone call. Therefore, singing in a language the masses understand is an advantage. 

How long does it take you to write a whole song?

One cannot say… I may write the lyrics in an amount of hours, but no one knows how much the thought has been boiling in… I do not know about the music composition. It is lyrics that I write.

When you enter a festival, do you enter to compete or to win, and when one of your songs does not make it through, how do you feel?

A song is like a baby. If I do not believe in it, I would not pay the fees (100 to 150 euros each song) to submit it… Yes a song which does not make it is a disappointment in itself… So at that stage, there is no compromising… I am happy if a song enters and I am not if a song is eliminated. Then in the finals, one prefers to win… though only one wins… but having showed your work in public is most rewarding, winner or not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3euX8HCczHw

Do you always agree with the composer and the singer when it comes to finalize a song?

Like in any team, matters are discussed and different ideas may come across. If the team is only looking at having the best results, discussion is always healthy.

Had you not been a lyricist, what would you be doing?

Who knows? I only know how to write. I even do television and radio, not because I love television or radio, but because they involve writing. That’s what I love to do. I always dreamt of learning how to play the piano or drums, but I never had the chance…

What has been the best achievement in your career so far?

I do not look at the unit with trophies to answer such a question. The best achievement is when I meet people who mention some song of mine and say how much they love it… Trophies are dead matter… people are alive… like music and lyrics.

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

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 09 November 2013 16:45

FiKM '13: PBS Airs the Final Night This Evening

Tonight! An evening to remember, because following an absence of eleven (11) years, the International Festival of Maltese Song is set to take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.  The event, which is set to be hosted by Debbie Scerri, Renato, Mary Rose Mallia, Lawrence Gray and Alfred Zammit is set to be broadcast live to audiences across the country through Television Malta and Television Malta 2. The International Festival of Maltese Song is technically, the second biggest competition on the Maltese Islands, following to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, it goes without saying that the Public Broadcasting Services in line with the organising committee is pulling out all the stops for a show stopping event.

escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to attend a couple of rehearsals and could honestly be extremely positive towards the outcome of the event on television this evening with the shots, and the staging all in place for a wonderful extravaganza. The venue, which has played host to several past editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the last of which was back in 2011, won by Glen Vella and his entry One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has an intimate feel with brilliant acoustics. For local and foreign fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, the event will surely be pleasant to watch considering that former representatives; Miriam Christine (1996), Renato (1975), Georgina Abela (1991), Debbie Scerri (1997), Olivia Lewis (2007) and Aleksandra & Konstantin (Belarus 2004) will be out and about.

 (52302001) Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

 (52302002) Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

 (52302003) Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

 (52302004) Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

 (52302005) Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

 (52302006) Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

 (52302007) Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

 (52302008) Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

 (52302009) Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

 (52302010) Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

 (52302011) Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

 (52302012) Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

 (52302013) Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

 (52302014) Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FiKM (Official Page on Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

Published in Local Music News

On Saturday 9th November, the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta will be playing host to the International Festival of Maltese Song which is taking place following an absence of eleven (11) years. The event, which is set to be hosted by Debbie Scerri, Renato, Mary Rose Mallia, Lawrence Gray and Alfred Zammit is set to be broadcast live to audiences across the country through Television Malta and Television Malta 2. The International Festival of Maltese Song is technically, the second biggest competition on the Maltese Islands, following to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, it goes without saying that the Public Broadcasting Services in line with the organising committee is pulling out all the stops for a show stopping event.

escflashmalta.com has gladly accepted to aid in supporting this majestic event by speaking to all of the fourteen (14) local participants, a mixture of established and upcoming performers in the music scene. We have also been to the venue in the past couple of hours in order to view the proceedings with rehearsals, noting that the stage looks awesome as recorded in the visual above whilst the music sounds enchanting to the ears as a live band led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud will be accompanying each of the respective entries. For local and foreign fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, the event will surely be pleasant to watch considering that former representatives; Miriam Christine (1996), Renato (1975), Georgina Abela (1991), Debbie Scerri (1997), Olivia Lewis (2007) and Aleksandra & Konstantin (Belarus 2004) will be out and about.

Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: FiKM (Official Page on Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfM7qElZ5xo

Published in Local Music News

escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition which is yet to be determined. Roger Tirazona is the sixth artist and he will perform the track Inti Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia.

Without a shadow of doubt, you are one of the most experienced vocalists in this competition, having previously been a winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2003 with the song Inħarsu ‘l Quddiem performed alongside Nadine Axisa and also a first and second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and 2007 with the tracks This Heart of Mine and Starlight. Each competition represents a different feeling and a different backdrop but how do these three in particular reflect upon the current Roger Tirazona?

I consider myself very lucky to have had a very colourful, varied and multidisciplinary music career till now, and every experience had a profound effect on me.  Currently my career has blossomed to not only singing in different occasions and in Musical theatre, but also in musical composition and production.  With Trilogy we managed to elevate our music to what I really am as a performer; with the right mixture of light pop music, trained classical discipline and the right touch of romance, which is what I would like my voice to be about.

Ben Howard and Tom Odell are two singer/songwriters who have gained fame for their own material, and it seems that internationally renowned record labels are giving more opportunities to such artists. In recent months, you have shown yourself as both a vocalist and a songwriter, having been writing for the likes of Nadia Vella, a talented female vocalist who is still waiting for her local big break. Tell us, how different is performing from song writing and is there one which you prefer over the other?

The reward one gets from composition and performance is different but similar enough to go hand in hand.  When you are performing someone else’s song you are conveying their feelings and their dreams.  There is great satisfaction in making someone else’s feelings into something real and giving life to someone else’s poetry.  But when you make your own music, there is the added bonus, that people are actually peering inside of your own mind and sharing with you the passions and dreams that brought that music about. 

Inti Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela with lyrics provided by Joe Julian Farrugia is the song that you have been entrusted to perform within this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the track encompasses?

The song is a romantic and poetic song, inspired by images from nature.  Paul wrote a beautiful melody that is very emotionally expressive and it has a positive and hopeful feeling that marries well with the poetic lyrics.  Joe Julian, inspired by nature as he most often is, uses a metaphor to make us understand the feeling of losing someone who is very important to us in our lives.  There is always that special person, or special people whose existence in our lives, inspires us to be great and to rise to any challenge that may be presented to us.  So the song asks, “how can I do such things if you are not here again with me?”  I think this song will speak on a personal level to everyone as it is a simple, yet powerful reference to human experience that we all go through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u7dv3ETLi0

As part of a group, or a duo, it is fair to say that you have been incredibly successful within the local music industry and competitions in particular but then again, luck has not transcended into any of your solo participations despite managing qualification in several competitions. To what does one owe success when joined by others on stage and do you think there is any particular reason for how things in your career have turned out?

I do not measure my career’s success by the trophies or festival victories.  For me it is more important to be respected as an artist who brings beauty to people.  It is more important to be respected as a reliable and trustworthy and talented performer.  It is true that circumstances were more on my side when I was in a duet or when I was part of Trilogy with respect to festivals.  It is also true that the musicality that is offered by a duet or a trio can be more fulfilling than with just a single performer and this is true for everyone. 

But one has to also remember that festivals are song contests and most of the onus of a festival entry rests on the song itself, not just the performer.  On the other hand, when I participated in an international “singer” contest in China, along with another 35 entrants, including from all over Europe, Asia and the United States, I progressed through 2 elimination phases and reached 6th place along with being given an artist award.  This is just one example of an international experience, which was rewarding for me and I was recognised as a solo artist.  The same goes for the concerts that I gave internationally.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

Yes I believe with all my heart that this festival is an essential part of our culture and I would hope to see it grow further, including having the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra involved in it and to be turned to the most important Music event in Malta.  The ethos of this festival is very different from KKI and Ghanja Tal-Poplu.  I think that FIKM allows for more poetry and romance to be expressed on stage than other festivals and that brings a lot of artistic freedom.

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

I would like to tell the readers that I hope they will enjoy my song as much as I will enjoy performing and that they will be able to relate to the same feelings I will convey.  I also urge them to keep supporting local artists and local music, especially that which is performed in our Mother tongue.

Published in Interviews

escflashmalta.com is proud to announce that the organisers behind the International Festival of Maltese Song have devised a running order which accentuates the features of each entry. This competition is returning to the local music scene following an absence of eleven years and in theory and fact becomes the third song competition to promote Maltese as a national language through the medium of song. A total of fourteen (14) entries made it through the initial judging phases including artists who have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on a couple of occasions, apart from even being at the Eurovision Song Contest. There will be a series of awards given on the night of the competition and therefore, all will be hoping to give their all.

The International Festival of Maltese Song is taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Saturday, 9th November 2013. Tickets for the event can be obtained from the venue booking office as from today, and have been reasonably priced in order to accomodate to everyone's needs. The competition is set to kick off at 19:30 CET with fourteen (14) local artists and fourteen (14) foreign artists taking to the main stage. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to encourage everyone who has music close to their heart to attend the International Festival of Maltese Song and support this venture as it was supported when it was the jewel of the music industry.

Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: International Festival of Maltese Song Committee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

Published in Local Music News
Monday, 30 September 2013 23:00

FiKM '13: Major Promotional Campaign Kicks Off

As from today, the International Festival of Maltese Song will start garnering some traction as all of the artists will be gearing up for a series of promotional activities which will see them participate in a variety of television programmes, kicking off with TVPM and Kalamita, hosted by Corazon and Alfred Zammit on TVM and ONE respectively. It is important to denote that apart from a series of interviews, each artist will get the opportunity to perform the track in front of the audience watching at home for the very first time.

Apart from television though, make sure to catch the competing entries even on Radio with programmes such as Kanzunetti Maltin (92.7 ONE Radio), Pinna Mużika (RTK Radio), Breakfast Show (Radju Malta) and Lejn il-Festival (Radju Kottoner). Any means of promotion is necessary for the promotion of a local music competition which is returning following several years of absence in order to make the general public aware of its comeback, basically. escflashmalta.com will also be interviewing all of the artists competing in the International Festival of Maltese Song along with playing the respective entries. As from next week, following a major server update set forth for the 10th October, we anticipate to get a full schedule on how to promote each of the respective acts, kicking off as from the 11th October.

  • Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)
  • Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)
  • Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)
  • Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)
  • Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)
  • Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)
  • Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)
  • Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: International Festival of Maltese Song (Official Facebook Page)

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