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Dubbed as the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, due to the fact that the selection process is taking place in around 4 weeks time, the official campaign accompanying each of the 20 semi-finalists will kick-off today, with six different entries set to be presented through all mediums of the Public Broadcasting Services; Television Malta, Radju Malta, Magic Malta, and Radju Malta 2. Whether local or foreign, one will be able to follow everything through the official website of the public broadcaster.

During the day, you will be given the opportunity to either listen or watch the competing entries through programmes including; TVAM & TVPM on Television Malta, DanuSan on Radju Malta 1, Filgħodu ma Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta 2, Breakfast Show ma' Carlo Borg Bonaci on Magic Malta, and also before the 6pm and 8pm news on Television Malta. In just a matter of weeks, the Public Broadcasting Services received submissions, announced a short list, made the chosen entries public, and filmed the official videos which will also serve as a major promotional tool. 

The 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 21st and 22nd November at the Marsa Shipbuilding, has been moved from the traditional January-February slot in order to make use of an extremely professional set-up which Malta will be showcasing to the rest of Europe, during this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place during the previous week, on the 15th November. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: TVM / PBS / LimelightMalta

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In 2009, Eleanor Cassar was the first runner-up at the Malta Eurosong with Someday composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. It was the vocalists' sixth participation within the national selection and was then followed by another three entries; Choices (2010), Hypnotized (2011) and I Want to Run Away (2012). Her final appearance last year was thought to be a slight fall from grace with many stating that the song did not really suit the stunning vocal capabilities that Eleanor is known to offer. In an interview on TVPM, it was revealed that she did not intend to submit for the 2013 edition of the festival and she did keep to her word, taking up a residency on the programme Ħadd Għalik aired on Television Malta in the meantime.

In recent weeks, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com has been speaking to a number of artists with regards to their intentions for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, of which the Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving submissions at the end of the month. One of the artists who will indeed be putting her name forward is Eleanor Cassar because following a year away from the madness, she believes that she has the right track to return. The last time that Eleanor Cassar was away from the festival, back in 2007, she returned with the stunning Give Me a Chance, a ballad composed by Paul Giordimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan which spoke volumes and had several underlying themes within the lyrics. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com will be making several revelations over the next couple of days, so we urge you to stay tuned whilst we wish Eleanor Cassar the very best of luck with her endeavours.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB8QQeY_EDU

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)

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

Published in Local Music News

Davinia, second runner-up at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt Mercieca was a special guest on the television programme; TVPM hosted by Corazon and Peter Carbonaro yesterday afternoon. Apart from performing three cover versions with pianist Paul Giordimaina, Davinia also gave a short bi-lingual interview to Corazon, the hostess of the programme. In this interview, she spoke about the positive effects of her third place result at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She added that she would love to participate once more and therefore, escflashmalta.com is proud to reveal that Davinia might very well be the first finalist in next years' edition.

Davinia is currently promoting her latest track entitled You Are My Home which is written by the same aforementioned songwriting duo. The official video accompanying the track was exclusively revealed on escflashmalta.com earlier this week. The track is currently being played on all of the local radio stations whilst also getting broadcasted abroad in countries such as The Netherlands amongst others. It is yet unknown what the selection format will entail noting that Anton Attard, Head of Delegation possibly wanted to re-invent the way the song and artist are chosen. Nevertheless, participation was confirmed just days after the eighth place result achieved in Malmo, Sweden. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: TVPM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xtX__KB_w
Published in Local Music News

Ira Losco, the most successul female artist in the country who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 with the track 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg recently joined escflashmalta.com as a guest writer but in her fortè as an artist joined Gianluca, the most recent representative at the Pan-European event with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek for a special performance. Stay originally a track performed by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko was performed as a duet between the two notable artists who are both on a high.

TVPM, the daily afternoon programme hosted by Peter Carbonaro and Corazon has achieved a respectable following in the past couple of months and it should considering the amount of musical prowess it has been putting up. A range of guest performers including; Pamela, Glen, Deborah C and Ozzy Lino amongst others have all taken to the stage with Paul Giordimaina playing the piano. Since returning from the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca has been on a roll to be honest, performing at a number of events, the latest being the Isle of MTV, being one of two artists asked to sing during the annual event. On the other hand, Ira's latest album is one of the biggest things of the year 2013 and with more singles to follow, it seems that she might be wracking up awards a plenty by the end of the year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: TVPM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgb9lakm2u8

Published in Local Music News

In recent years, during the course of the summer months, the focus of the editorial board at escflashmalta.com switches completely to the local music scene and this year won't be any different. A decision was taken up a couple of days back to host weekly interviews with a number of artists who make up the local music scene and kicking off the feature will be none other than Corazon. It is worth noting that the female performer is a three time winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a two time finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and host of the daily television programme TVPM alongside Peter Carbonaro.

 

In recent years, your profile has risen following two successive appearances at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the ballads Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love, both composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Apart from being talented, there is always an amount of luck attached to getting through to the final phases of such a competition. Will you be putting your name forward in the eventuality of such a selection process in 2014 or will you be taking a break and focusing on other specific projects?

I agree that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is a very important platform for artists in Malta, because of the popularity it enjoys and also because of the professional way it is put up. At the moment I am evaluating the best way to present myself next year.  

A host of artists from the local music scene including yourself have successfully represented Malta in international competitions finishing within the top three and this is definitely positive for an industry which lacks the necessary means to compete with the ones abroad. One of your last triumphs abroad was surely in Tenerife, Spain where you had performed the song Come Fly With Me composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Alfred E Baldacchino. How does such an experience shape your professional attitude and what is your take on the talent that makes up the local music scene?

Performing abroad has allowed me to break out of my microcosm and realise how much talent and commitment there is out there. I really admire artists who are committed to becoming better, and more complete singers/musicians/songwriters from the inside. This requires a lot of self-motivation, stamina and hard-headedness as it’s very easy to get discouraged and demotivated.  The music market in Malta unfortunately encourages a laissez-faire attitude and many artists are caught in the trap of ‘playing what people want’ which closes them in a suffocating and delusional cycle. I’d like to think that I can manage to make people ‘like what I play’ which is an inverse measure. I really admire Maltese artists who have managed to break the cycle and succeed in it. I realise that this can be a slower path towards feeling appreciated artistically, but it is definitely more challenging and rewarding. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

Looking for You, your first single away from the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was aimed at reaching the masses who listen to the radio and indeed, it was air played by 89.7 Bay which is considered to be a hallmark in the career of any local artist. What is even more intriguing is that you were the one who wrote the song with the production and the mixing done by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Tell us, what inspired you to write this song in particular and would you consider working on something similar for the festival bridging the gap between the festival and radio?

Speaking of breaking boundaries. I think that Boris and Dean have managed to do this with Gianluca’s song this year and we all know that the formula worked! ‘Looking for You’ definitely worked as a radio single and with hindsight I think it would have also worked for Eurovision. It’s catchy and meaningful at the same time and Boris and Dean helped me find the correct balance between those two elements. I’ll take your question as a suggestion and think about it, it’s definitely an option to consider!

Maltese, a beautiful language which I personally have had the pleasure of studying, under the tutelage of some of the more formidable lecturers in the country. Your affinity with the language has been noted on more than one occasion, with years of participations in L-Ghanja tal-Poplu including earlier this year with the track it-Tweġiba which translates into ‘The Answer’. You have won the event, not once or twice but thrice, the last victory coming in 2011 with the track Mill-Ghajnejn ta’ Tifla which translates into From the Eyes of a Daughter. What is your opinion about the Maltese language and why do you return to L-Ghanja tal-Poplu time and time again?

The ease with which I express myself in Maltese explains why it is my preferred language to write songs in. Of course it is also the language with which I expressed my most important feelings throughout my life. As a baby I’d call out to my parents in Maltese, and I’ve said my first ‘Inħobbok’ in Maltese. Incidentally my mother used to be a Maltese teacher so she exposed me to so much Maltese literature at home and painstakingly corrected every minute spelling mistake in my writing and that’s where I get an annoying, meticulous streak in speaking and writing Maltese properly. The ‘Ghanja tal-Poplu’ was the first time I exposed my songwriting in public and found an immense sense of encouragement and enthusiasm in those who heard my lyrics and my songs. This is why the festival means a lot to me and I keep taking part because I am attached to it and the atmosphere that surrounds the festival.  

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

Staying on the topic of language, your cultural and ethical background has very much been reflected in the tracks you have presented in Maltese across the years and therefore people have grown to expect you to perform subjects which evoke a certain type of aura. At this present moment, you are working on an album of brand new and original songs in Maltese; one which you performed on the television show, TVPM entitled Id-Dar tan-Nanna. The track was met with positive acclaim on social networking outlets but what is to be expected of the whole album and when will it be released to the local music market?

That’s right – you are so correct in judging what the public is expecting out of me. I am sure the end result will not be disappointing in that regard. The album is studded with new tracks dealing with different aspects of Maltese life and society. The lyrics are interesting, intricate and moving but at the same time easy to understand, because they speak of a reality we all know and have been exposed to. I hope that the album will set new standards in Maltese music and that it can pass on the message that Maltese music has not stopped at ‘The Tramps’ and ‘New Cuorey’. Although I have a great admiration for our musical legacy, I believe that it must be adjourned and new artists need to keep writing valid and lasting Maltese music.

The album may surprise quite a few ears as regards the way the tracks are arranged. The piano is an important feature, but it is definitely not the only feature. At the studio with engineer Manolito Galea, we have experimented with many different kinds of piano sounds, in order to create a distinct character for every track but the piano is only the base of more complete arrangements, so beautifully put together by Dominic Galea, a master in adapting music to words in Maltese. I have not set a target date for myself as I’ve already invested so much in it that I’d like to keep refining things until I am convinced that it is the best it can be, even visually. The advantage I have in this regard is that the tracks are undated and don’t come with an expiry date. However, I am imagining that we can close things off in a couple of months and, without promise, will probably be launching the album around October. 

Corazon, a vocalist who started participating in notable singing competitions at the tender age of eighteen to a known figure in the entertainment industry having had the opportunity to host L-Ghanja tal-Poplu last year as well a personality on the daily television show TVPM which you also host alongside Peter Carbonaro who is the Music Manager for the Artist who would be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. How do you manage to level between the two roles and would you give up singing completely if a major hosting opportunity comes along?

The risk here would be that of falling into a comfort zone and never excelling at any one of the two disciplines or alternatively that of allowing one career to overshadow the other completely. This dual personality of mine is still setting in everyone’s minds including mine and I am very conscious of the traps I can allow myself to fall into.  I cannot say it was easy this year to juggle two very demanding careers. How have I managed? I practically work around the clock and depend a lot on the enormous amount of support from those around me. If a great opportunity in hosting comes along, I would be more than ready to sideline my singing career for a while and this also applies vice versa. But definitely not ready to give up singing completely, or at least music in a broader sense as the latter means more to me than simply being a singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nVN8aJnss

For the very first time since 2005, Malta not only managed to qualify from the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest but also managed to reach a top ten position thanks to Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The issue at hand is that the choice of the act was mainly based through a local and international panel of judges which made their decision relatively clear, defying the public of Kevin Borg and his song Needing You which he co-wrote with Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. Looking at things from an outside perspective, what is your opinion?

If you are asking me whether we’d have done better with Kevin Borg, I really don’t know and no one will ever know. What if the public had to vote again now, with hindsight of the final result? 

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

Thank you so much for supporting local music and I promise you’ll be the first to know as soon as my new album is ready. I’m looking forward to sharing this exciting project with you!

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Published in Interviews