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Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:15

Malta: Rockestra Set for Two Night Extravaganza

Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. In a Press Conference held at the Presidential Palace in Attard, it was revealed that due to overwhelming public demand, the event is going to be held on two dates, the 27th and 28th September.

Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public to donate money to a charitable cause whilst listening to live music played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud will offer a stunning line-up with artists such as; Estelle Imbroll, Domenique (MESC 11, 13), Janice DeBattista (MESC 2013), Ivan Filletti, Tezara Camilleri, Graziana AxisaYlenia Vella (MESC 13), Samaria Bezzina (ESC 2013), Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13), De Bee (MESC 14), Raquela (MESC 09, 11, 13), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Konrad Pule (MESC 00, 03, 07, 13) and Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13).

Tickets for the Rockestra, available at €10 (standing) and €15 (seated), are only available for Sunday since Saturday officially sold out a couple of days ago. You may purchase yours through Ooii and thus ensure the experience of a lifetime, or rather a year. Rockestra is taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. We hope that you stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

Published in Local Music News

Mega Music Management and the Public Broadcasting Services perfectly coordinated the organation of the Malta Music Awards last night, following the extremely successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest that took place on Friday and Saturday seeing to the victory of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.  In reality, many believe that the awards that took place last night were professionally executed with main hosts; Keith Demicoli and Mandy Micallef Grimaud leading an impressive line-up of guest presenters. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played the venue for the event, which did not offer real surprises in terms of award presentations. 

Headlining the event last night was nother than Australian/British artist, Peter Andre who has released eight studio albums, the last of which being Angels & Demons in 2012 which managed to sneak into the top twenty on the charts in the United Kingdom where he has gained notoriety following his failed marriage to reality television star, Katie Price.  The show had an astonishing line-up incorporating together; Stalko, Duo Blank, Niki Gravino, Planet Seed, Monroe, Ira Losco, Red Electrick, Hooligan, Ylenia Vella and the recent Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Gianluca Bezzina. The camera work was effective, the staging as seen throughout the weekend was stunning and the public will be able to view all of the awards his Saturday night on Television Malta, starting as from 20:45 CET.

It seems that the jury was somewhat quite intrigued with the talent in the past twelve months when one takes into account that the most awards that an act won, was just two in total with Red Electrick taking home Best Band and Best Song. Nevertheless, it seems that newcomers have a tendency to steal the spotlight and the Mumford and Sons feel around Stalko is quickly growing as their debut single, In a Hurry helped them win Best New Artists. The Best Album award was given to Tribali whilst the Best Solo Artist went towards female performer; Brooke who has in the past couple of months returned to the industry with singles Fairytale and Bingo. The Best Hip Hop / R'nB artist award was given to Hooligan who most recently released his third album entitled Trioriginali whilst the return of Ira Losco was also respected by a Best Video Award for her hit single 'What I'd Give'.

The Best Upcoming Talent Award was given to Ylenia Vella, who just competed in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst the Maltese Export Artist was ten year old Gaia Cauchi. Beheaded were awarded the award for Best Metal Band. Due to his presence in Malta, it was definitely expected when Peter Andre was recognised for his services to music and the crowd did seem extraordinarily excited in each of his performances. The Malta Music Awards, have become somewhat a tradition in the local music calender and therefore, it is rather imperative that their organisation continues in the years ahead because the scene is really contributing in a positive manner. We would like you to stay tuned to during the year as we continue to cover all of the latest from the local music scene with regards to new releases, and events.

Source: Mega Music Management, Public Broadcasting Services

Published in Local Music News

The Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the semi-final of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest later tonight where twenty-four (24) entries will be competing to reach the final stage of the showcase, which is set to take place tomorrow night. Ultimately, sixteen (16) entries from this evening will survive with eight (8) being eliminated following a consensus between the public and the present jury which hails from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Ukraine, Italy and Malta. The Dress Rehearsal which took place last night was without any real glitches and it is important to denote that Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello are truly an inspiring pair with a relaxed script which is coming out as witty, and casual. Slight issues were amended and people could be ready to enjoy a spectacular show either on TVM, TVM 2 or Radju Malta whereas in the latter two, commentary will be provided in Malta to the local viewers.

The glitz and glamour of the competition is definitely extremely present this time round and there have been several additions to the dynamics of the stage in order to make it look extremely well placed on the tele-vision screens. In the meantime, the full guest list has been revealed to include local performers for this evening including last years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Kurt Calleja whose This Is The Night managed to make it through to the final albeit reaching a lower table position at the end of the evening. He will be joined by up and coming vocalist, Alex Alden as well as the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest representatives, Chris & Moira who will be doing a number of tracks from their repertoire. There have been no changes to the running order and as a matter of fact, all of the rehearsals that took place between yesterday and this morning, was seen in the manner that the public will see it.

01. Fall Like Rome – Richard Edwards (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

02. Tides of Illusion – Ylenia (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

03. Perfect Day – Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

04. Never Walk Away – Chris Grech (M Borg / P Borg / D Cassar Torreggianni / C Grech)

05. Overrated – Marilena (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

06. No One’s Home – Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

07. Starting from the End – Dorothy Bezzina (Kaxe / Gerard J Borg)

08. Too Little Too Late – Domenique (M Paelnick / M Strasser)

09. Ultraviolet – Jessika (T G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

10. Let Your Heart Talk – Franklin (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

11. When It’s Time – Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / C Faniello)

12. My Stranger Love – Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

13. Needing You – Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

14. Superstar – Scar (Konrad Pule)

15. Loverdose – Melanie Zammit (N Lundin, M Lundin, Gerard J Borg)

16. Fantasy – Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe J Farrugia)

17. Wonderful Today – Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

18. Love-O-Holic – Deborah C (Bejerholm / Gerard J Borg)

19. Us Against the World – Gianni (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

20. Keep Believing – Raquela (Raquela)

21. Tomorrow – Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

22. In Control – Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

23. The Remedy – Klinsmann (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

24. Betrayed – Davinia (E Zarb / Muxu)

In a press release published by the Public Broadcasting Services this morning, it was revealed that commentary on the show through TVM 2 will be conducted by Norman Vella of the show TV Hemm as well as Rodney Gauci who will be hosting the backstage special whilst the duties on Radju Malta have been given to former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Chairman and Advisory Team Member, Frederick Zammit. In the meantime, will also be running a LIVE commentary with Keith Borg-Micallef, who is a music critic in his own right, so we indeed hope that you tune for his cheeky and realistic comments about the performances. The show in itself should be a spectacle for everyone to enjoy so if you live abroad and would like to watch, you can also do so through the official website of Television Malta.

Source: TVM,

Saturday, 20 October 2012 03:01

Malta: The Quiet Girl with the Big Voice

Across the European continent and even further outside of the borders, it seems that the Maltese Islands have earned a respectable reputation for the sheer amount of vocal talent that tends to feature either annually or every now and then. There has been a progression with regards to the production of the songs that are being written for local artists and therefore, releases are now even earning rave reviews in foreign waters which have led to a number of performances abroad. Nevertheless, there is a lot of hype over the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and whilst we have absolutely no clue on whether such young talent is submitting, a feature would definitely do the artist justice nevertheless especially after being a focal point earlier this year. In fact, the quiet girl with the big voice that I have deemed is none other than Ylenia Vella, whom many will remember as to having backed Kurt Calleja up vocally.

Ylenia Vella burst out onto the music scene at a relatively tender age submitting entries for the Malta Junior Eurosong competition and coming extremely close to being the Maltese representative in 2009 actually with her track My One True Passion finishing in second place behind Francesca & Mikaela with their entry Double Trouble which also reached a respectable top ten finish abroad. Despite the fact that Ylenia never managed to triumph and finished in second, third and fourth place, she decided to not let the experience mar her career and therefore, submitted an application to be part of the showcase Don't Stop Me Now which was set to air on Television Malta and hosted by none other than Eileen Montesin and Christine Haber. Following a number of weeks of performances, Ylenia was crowned the winner of the competition, a stepping stone for the young performer and a chance to be recognized by not only the masses but even a host of songwriters on the Maltese Islands. She got the chance to perform with Kurt Calleja in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a female backing vocalist but unfortunately, it seems that she was replaced by another voice as Ylenia had described with Amber later on stating that the decision was taken up by the Public Broadcasting Services and that Ylenia had a fantastic voice which will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It will be quite interesting to see whether this will happen anytime soon but whatever the decision of Ylenia Vella will be, she will always have the stupendous voice of an angel.


Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 29 March 2012 22:10

Malta: Amber Reaches Out to the Public

In recent days, everyone has been talking about the appointment of Amber as the backing vocalist of Kurt Calleja for his performance of the song This Is The Night that will be representing Malta in the second semi-final at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is being staged in Baku, Azerbaijan. When the performance was unveiled during the national final, the female vocal was that of Ylenia Vella, the young sixteen year old who most recently won the talent show Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin this past summer on Television Malta (TVM). Nevertheless, the team that will be taking up the song for the annual music competition held between members of the European Broadcasting Union decided that the second runner-up of this years' music competition is a much better fit than her younger counter-part.

The singing sensation who first appeared on the local festival scene during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2010 with the song Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant is set to take the stage in Baku to perform alongside Kurt Calleja. Her role in the song seems to be larger than the one that Ylenia had and people might be in for quite a surprise. Today, Amber took to Facebook to speak about the decision of the Public Broadcasting Services and how she had nothing to do with the final decision stating this respective statement;

'I would l like to thank everyone who have been supporting me throughout my career. Being chosen to join Kurt’s team as a backing vocalist is something I never thought would happen. I would like to make it clear that I haven’t chopped anyone from the team. It was PBS’s decision and if it wasn’t me who took this opportunity it would have been another singer and not Ylenia. I haven’t paid any money, I am DEFINITELY not trying to take Kurt’s place in anyway ,or try compromising the song , or try to ruin the song . I am nobody’s puppet and there is no need for anyone to pity me. I never in anyway tried to mock Ylenia. I believe that Ylenia is a very talented girl with a voice of an angel and I believe that one day she will be the ambassador to represent Malta at the Eurovision song contest. Let us all support Kurt Calleja who will definitely make us all PROUD to be Maltese.' We would like to wish Amber and the rest of the Maltese team the very best of luck. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source; Facebook


In recent days, the saga of the backing vocalist has continued because following the axing of the young Ylenia Vella, it was announced by the Public Broadcasting Services last night that the more experienced Amber will be taking up her place behind Kurt Calleja during his performance of This Is The Night in the second semi-final of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest where Malta has been drawn in fourth position. According to our sources, the role that the second runner-up of the Maltese national final will be enjoying is larger than that of Ylenia because of a different sound to her voice therefore, surprises seem to be in store for the final presentation of the Maltese entry in Baku. Nevertheless, there has been talk that Ylenia Vella will be asked to be the Maltese spokesperson and read out the points during the final.


The Public Broadcasting Services did not handle the issue in the best possible way without even commenting to the media with regards to the disappearance of the young artist with the bright future. In fact, whilst conducting an exclusive interview with Kurt Calleja on behalf of escflashmalta, the artist manager that is Peter Carbonaro on behalf of the broadcaster removed a particular segment of a question which referred to Ylenia Vella stating 'I removed the part of Ylenia'. It seems that they have yet to state a proper reason to the public why did they did this and we did try to get it but nevertheless, our attempts failed. Ylenia herself spoke out saying that they wanted a better singer according to the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Delegation, Anton Attard. In the meantime, one way in which they would make it up to her is by letting her read out the points during the final which will still get her quite the attention although not the same way in the long run. Stay tune for more news on as we follow the final preparations for Baku, Azerbaijan.

One particular story in Malta does tend to get the people talking and this year it seems to surround the story of Ylenia Vella who a couple of weeks ago was dropped from the performance of 'This Is The Night' to be performed by Kurt Calleja in fourth position in the second semi-final with the main reason given to the young artist being that they need a better vocal. It seems that the Public Broadcasting Services have just managed to find someone suitable for the role but despite the growing indications, nothing has been confirmed on whether a female vocal will be added in the long run although a faint one can be heard behind the raspy vocals of Kurt Calleja in the video. According to our multiple sources, the person who will ultimately be backing Kurt and his team will be none other than Amber. This news has now been confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services as Amber joined Kurt Calleja, Rebecca Spiteri, Christian Calleja, Kevin Calleja and Warren Bonello.

Amber has quickly become a household name in the local music industry especially following her victory at the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' with the song 'Trid Tapprezza' written by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant. Following that, she managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with two songs, one entitled 'Catch 22' and the other entitled 'Touch Wood' but ultimately made it to the final round with the former singing a different genre for the festival. She returned this year and made it through to the finals with relative ease as she performed a more traditional power ballad entitled 'Answer With Your Eyes' which took her to third place, as secured by the jury following a dismal showing from the public unfortunately. The accompaniment seems to be quite an interesting issue now and if it is Amber, we would like to wish her the very best of luck as Malta represented in the Eurovision Song Contest later on this year. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news from Baku, Azerbaijan.