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Fondazzjoni Nazareth are getting ready to host the second edition of Żejtun FolkFest, a three day summer festival full of culture, music and entertainment scheduled to take place between the 24th and 26th at St Gregory's Gardens in the aforementioned town of Żejtun. With proceedings kicking off at 19:00 CET on a daily basis, it will definitely be an event not to be missed, especially by those who hold patriotism very high on their list of values.

Scarlet Sally, Infinite Loop, Footprints and Planet Seed are the most recognisable bands on the list with Errol Sammut and Chris Curmi from Airport Impressions playing an acoustic gig. Other artists in the line-up from the world of the local music competition include; De Bee, the first runner-up in this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Karen DeBattista, winner of this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Odessa Green, a finalist in this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest which officially kicked off earlier this week.

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Fondazzjoni Nazareth, run on a voluntary basis, provides support and shelter for persons with special needs in three different homes at Żejtun. It was founded in 1995 by Fr Angelo Seychell, on the ARCHE model founded by Jean Vanier. It provides homes for those who have no family or cannot live with their family for some reason or other, and nowadays offers its services to 29 persons. it is currently building a new home to provide its services from which to offer its services. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

Source: Press Release (Official Facebook Page)

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

Published in Local Music News

Mużika Mod Ieħor, a blog with a critical eye on the several releases in the local music scene was founded several years ago by Dr Toni Sant, an individual who has managed to slide in and out of the scene through various methods, having been part of the board that used to organise the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past as well as a disc jockey on multiple radio stations. At the end of the year, an awards system is put in motion in order to bestow a couple of honours upon some artists who might have either been overlooked or who had still garnered popularity throughout the year.

The project is divided into five categories; TOP ALBUM, TOP SINGLE/EP, TOP VIDEO, TOP ONLINE RELEASE and TOP OVERSEAS RELEASE, in a clear bid to make sure that no one is left out of the running in the several awards. Voting could take place through one’s personal account through Facebook on the official website, and then also follow the standings which are updated on an hourly basis. Artists from the Eurovision Song Contest, including none other than; Chris & Moira (1994), Ira Losco (2002) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013) are all nominated.

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Artists which escflashmalta.com has promoted in the past including; Jean Claude Vancell, Scarlet Sally, Cryptic Street, Karma Skies, nosnow/noalps, Winter Moods, Joseph Calleja, Lauren Aquilina, Jon Lukas Woodenman and The Crowns are amongst the many who have been nominated. We urge you to cast your vote, as escflashmalta.com aim to support this venture from this year onwards with the support of the likes of people like Dr Sant who aid improve the local music industry, giving it a voice across the world.

Source: Mużika Mod Ieħor '13

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Published in Local Music News

Scarlet Sally, a pop/rock band made up of Janice DeBattista as the lead vocalist, Luke Grech and Mathias Mallia on guitars with the former providing also the backing vocals, Joseph Axiak on bass and Lesnich Vassallo on drums have just released their debut single entitled I Don't Get It. On first listen, one has to denote it as an infectious, original number which is somewhat reminiscent of the earlier music releases of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ira Losco when she had released her studio album, Someone Else.

I Don't Get It was recorded at Juubox Recording House and Beehive Studios whilst the mixing and mastering was handled by Kenny D'Ugo, who alongside Gianluca represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow which in turn was co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Aiding the release of the single is a music video filmed and produced by APT Malta. In the meantime, the band would like to thank their main sponsors, Pavi and OVS for their support in making their dream a reality with the release of their music. Follow the latest updates from the band through their Official Facebook Page or Official Twitter Account. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Scarlet Sally (Facebook, Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsXMzZfzDG0

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 23:00

Malta: 'Euphoria' Covered by Local Band

The success of the Eurovision winning song has been remarkable – Euphoria has possibly been one of the most successful Eurovision winners ever and certainly the most successful entry in recent time. Loreen has made a name for herself not just in Sweden but also across the shores as she has been invited to multiple events in different countries to perform her hit single. Malta was also lucky enough to welcome the star during the summer months were she had her own mini concert where she was supported by Maltese Eurovision Song Contest representative Kurt Calleja and Brooke, who has recently been nominated for three Malta Music Awards.

Somehow most of the radio artists have always distanced themselves from the Eurovision Song Contest but this trend seems to be a thing of the past as the contestants in this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest proove with some of them having had radio hits before entering the competition. A relatively new band who is slowly emerging is Scarlet Sally, formerly known as Miss Chief. The band is made up of Janice DeBattista as the lead vocalist of the band, Luke Grech and Mathias Mallia on guitars with the former providing also the backing vocals, Joseph Axiak on bass and Lesnich Vassallo on drums. 

The band originally formed for a tribute concert of the popular band Coldplay and from then on they never looked back. The band has been doing gigs around the Islands for quite some time now but it was only recently that they decided to take things up to the next level. Their first official release came yesterday where they launched a cover version of the Eurovision Song Contest winner Euphoria. The band goes for a completely different take on what we are normally accustomed to as they perform the song acoustically – something mellower but works wonders. The vocals of Janice shine throughout the song and her soft touch make this a brilliant rendition. 

The band made sure to work on a strong arrangement and this shows as everything comes together perfectly. This goes on to show that apart from having talented individuals in the band they all work together to have the best sound possible – apart from that the video APT Malta shows the band relaxed and enjoying themselves whilst working on this cover. The band is planning to release more material in the upcoming weeks; in fact their first original single is currently at the mastering stage whilst new songs are also on the horizon for the band. To follow the latest updates from the band make sure to like their Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSQDS-F8PyY

Published in Local Music News