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Back in November, following the successful duties as host nation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, "Warrior" composed by Elton Zarb, to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca (Muxu) with vocals provided by Amber, was selected as Malta's entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Since then, with the support of Arturo Pellegrini, Manolito Galea, Kevin Abela, Gordon Bonello and composer Elton Zarb, the music of the song has been re-worked, or rather strengthened, in order to give the song more depth. This brand new version, along with the accompanying music video will be officially launched on Monday 9th March at 16:00 CET at the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Creativity Hub.

In a first for Malta in recent years, the music video does not have an accompanying storyline, with the song being the sole focus, noting that every lyric was taken into consideration to assure that the graphic is fully representative. Given the fact that there were a lot of special effects, including items being smashed, most shots were taken with just one taken, with no manoeuver space. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: tvm.com.mt/eurovision

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

It’s hard to believe that the Public Broadcasting Services already has a line-up for the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with twenty entries set to compete for the ticket to represent Malta in Vienna, Austria. The national final, set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding on the 21st and 22nd November will be featuring a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present their work, and garner the respect of the general public and the professional panel of judges.

During the course of the weekend, the Public Broadcasting Services will be recording the Official Music Videos which will accompany the entries over the next couple of weeks. According to the rules and regulations, all the qualified entries could have been re-mastered, without the additional change in melodic structure, as has been the case in recent years. This will ensure that the competition is of the highest quality and that everyone would have done their utmost to present the best possible product.

"Home" - Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

"Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

"Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

"12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

"It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

"Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Something In The Way" - Daniel Testa (Mans Ek / Charlie Mason)

"Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

"Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Closed Doors" - Chris Grech (Chris Grech, Edward Mifsud, Peter Borg, David C Torreggiani)

"Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

"Stop Haunting Me" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Close Your Eyes" - Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Secretly" - Corazon (Corazon)

"Could Have Been Me" - Iona (Philip Vella)

"Take Me As I Am" - Domenique (Aidan O'Connor)

"Once In a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

"Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia (Philip Vella)

With the recording of the Official Music Videos taking place this weekend, it is expected that they are published soon after. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVM, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqP65vGsmk0

Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:43

Malta: Domenique Returns on TVM every Saturday

Domenique, one of the most promising vocalists that the local music scene is proud to offer, has just been in touch with the editorial team of escflashmalta.com in order to confirm her weekly presence on the show "Sibtek". Hosted by Ryan Borg on Television Malta every Saturday afternoon, the programme features a host of well known individuals from the entertainment industry.

At just 15 years of age, in 2011, Domenique made it through to the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I'll Follow the Sunshine" composed by Ralph Siegel to the lyrics of Bernd Meinunger. She might not have made the final on that occasion but set the bar high for the future, eventually getting through to the competition once more in 2013, this time with the song "Too Little Too Late" composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Matthias Strasser. She made it through to the final on that occasion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-DyTn5eYLY

During her short career, Domenique has already managed to qualify to all the major events that encompass the local music calender having been a part of; Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter as we bring you the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Domenique (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae3X6Ha_LKw

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Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay.

The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were 'Roar', originally by Katy Perry and 'Fix You', originally by Coldplay. Jessika has never sounded better, and it seems that she will once more be trying her luck to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the submission deadline for the 2015 edition nearing closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UueH_CvMi2k
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Sugar Chopsticks” composed by Minik to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss with vocals provided by Michela Dalli is a brand new release from the young and talented vocalist. Coached by Pamela Bezzina, a two-time backing vocalist for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, Michela has been alternating between being a vocalist and an actress, having also held a supporting role in the hit television series; “D.R.E.A.M.S” which aired on Television Malta.

Michela made her nationwide debut in music when she got through to the Talent Ġdid category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2011, eventually making it through to the final where she finished in second place, ahead of Michela Galea and just behind Angelica Portelli. It is worth noting that both Michela Dalli and Michela Galea are semi-finalists in the Talent Stabbilit category of this year’s edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. 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: SoundCloud

Published in Local Music News

As the curtain came down on yet another edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the local music scene might have forgotten that apart from preparing for a mass of local competitions such as the Summer Hit Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song, the country will be partaking in the Eurovision Young Musicians, set to take place on the 31st May in Cologne, Germany.

Kurt Aquilina, an 18 year old guitarist from Malta has been given the opportunity to be the first artist from the Mediterranean Country to grace the stage, as he plays the guitar in both the semi-final and the final, the latter of which will be televised on TVM 2. Other participating countries will be; Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden. Malta will be one of two countries whose instrument will be the guitar, with other nations presenting the cello, the piano, the viola, the violin, the recorder, and the accordion. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Young Musicians

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzP6_ywpWIA

 

The news portal of the Public Broadcasting Services, TVM has just published a story in relation to the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, stating that the venue will be none other than the Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa. It won't be the first major music event to take place though considering that the Music & Steel Festival featuring well known bands such as; Airport Impressions, Red Electrick and Tribali amongst others took place on the 30th March.

Whilst a proper announcement is yet to be made by the Official Website of the Junior Eurovision, this was announced during a meeting between Minister Manuel Mallia and European Broadcasting Union Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev. It is expected that several countries wish to partake in the event for the very first time including; Italy, Ireland and Hungary although negotiations are at an early stage between the Public Broadcasting Services, the European Broadcasting Union and the respective broadcasters. 

Gaia Cauchi brought the competition to Malta following her success with the song The Start co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. This year, Malta will be represented by Ti Lascio Una Canzone Winner; Federica Falzon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVM / PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

In a couple of days, all the entries for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will have been selected, with the official music videos and finalised versions set to be presented during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Malta, represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef is going to be promoted throughout the continent with an official preview video, one which commemorates a hundred (100) years since the First World War.

Shot in various locations around Malta including; Dwejra, Ta' Qali, Xgħajra, Delimara, Drydocks, and Dingli, the story line focuses on six (6) different situations experienced by many soldiers during the First World War. It is worth noting that the concept, filming, editing, script and the story line were thought of by none other than power couple Duane & Angie Laus, both responsible for the music video of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca.

Charles Ahar was responsible for the photography whilst Rodney Gauci was the producer on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services. At the Eurovision Song Contest, Firelight comprising of Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Leslie DeCesare, Wayne William and Daniel Micallef will participation in the first half of the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news and make sure to purchase Coming Home on iTunes and stream it on Spotify.

Source: PBSTVM, Official Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZB2OWwFvrY

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)

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

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:50

Malta: The Musical Drama Returns for Another Week

The management of time has to be well setup in order to reflex the skills of any individual and considering the work loads that many currently have to concur with, it does come slightly as a surprise to see that everything is ultimately finished with careful, strategic planning. Another week has passed and Wednesday nights, the middle of the week has been known to become lit up with drama during the evening due to the fact that Television Malta has slotted one of their most popular drama series in the prime time slot, making people more anxious to put up their feet, have a rest and enjoy all of the drama as it unfolds on their screens. D.R.E.A.M.S began as a pilot project last year featuring a stellar cast made up of true performers as most of them have the element of being a triple threat meaning that they could act, sing and dance but nevertheless, the emergence of talent has always been exhibited in the script written by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa with original songs airing each week composed by Ray Agius.

For the past three to four episodes, the focus of the story has surely been on Gloria (Joanne Busuttil) and her husband, Robert (Andre Penza) who seem to be having a lot of underlying issues just about as she made the announcement that they are as a family expecting their first child. Things are marred when they receive photos of Gloria kissing Edward (Manuel Cutajar). Unfortunately, the situation has been getting rather worse but now that Robert has confronted Gloria, will things change back to the way they were? Moving on, another intriguing concept that has been quickly developing is the story between Flavia and Finnigan (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) who had a falling out because the latter believe that the former was sleeping with her husband, Henry (Stephan Saliba) but in reality, he was actually sleeping with Frank (PJ Xerxen) who just happens to be Flavia's husband giving rise to a seriously complicated matter of sexuality. Student life continues with new character Saidah (Drizilla Bakoush) planning to go out on a date with Keith (Leander John Schembri). It is iimportant to note that Jasmine seemed very tired in the last episode but will she continue to push herself into achieving success for Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) with aid being given by several people including Katia (Jade Cini), Jeremy (Mikhail Attard), Karen (Lara Dimech), Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar) and Antoinette (Analise Psaila) amongst others. One last note is that someone will celebrate their birthday, but who? Stay tuned to Television Malta and catch the latest episode this evening at 20:40 CET on Television Malta.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDzdEIc22sw

Published in Local Music News
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