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Marc Calleja Bayliss

Marc Calleja Bayliss

'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

On the 21st March, Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta was the backdrop for this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition with 16 talented acts, whose lyrics inspired those present in the hall, and those who will be watching on television in a couple of days, noting that the event will be airing on TVM2 on the 31st March.

This week, Deo Grech is welcoming the artists who finished in the top positions; Ecca Muscat, who was the winner with the song "Ġismi" written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano; Raquel, the first runner-up with "Ċans Ieħor", written by Norbert Borg & Daniel Paul Farrugia as well as Rita Pace, the second runner-up with "Battibekk", written by Emil Calleja Bayliss, Paul Attard and Rita Pace.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

At the end of 2014, the jury and public agreed unanimously that "Warrior", written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca with vocals provided by Amber, would represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. The journey is heading into it's final stages, as the female vocalist has been busy with the music video launch, the release of the digital single on iTunes and Spotify, and most recently the recording of the postcard.

The introductory clip, shot by the host broadcaster of the international event, ORF is split up into two parts, the first part set in the silent city of Mdina, Malta's former capital city, and the second part set in the picturesque town of Zell Am See, a ski resort in Austria. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevxW3l_tkg

It is fair to say that musicians have a yearning to record an album while active in the music industry, and although this feat is not easy to achieve, it is not impossible. This statement is echoed by several, but most recently by Nadine Axisa, a veteran female singer whose work in the festival circuit has been well documented throughout the past twenty years. “Velvet”, a subtle name which evokes a sense of peace and tranquility is the name that the female artist chose to name her debut album, a collection of 12 original songs, all of which are ‘jazz-infused’.

12 months on, and Nadine Axisa is still riding high on the positive critical acclaim received, so much so, that the project has led to the release of a music video, this time for the song “Stormy Night” with music and lyrics by Kris Spiteri. The professional cut is mainly based on the sound, rather than theatrics and hence, one could see a cluster of musicians, well representative of those who were involved in the production of the song. We urge you to watch the music video below, purchase a copy of the album through iTunes, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgScljmLF00

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:19

Malta: Andy Shaw and Gaia Cauchi Record Duet

Andy Shaw, a skilled 14-year old male singer/songwriter whose breakthrough appearance was at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a special guest, and Gaia Cauchi, a female singer/songwriter best known for winning the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start" co-written with Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), have decided to share their mutual love towards music, by recording "Love Me Like You Do", a song from the highly acclaimed motion picture 'Fifty Shades of Grey' as a duet.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Cyprian Cassar at Tenishia Studios, the release of "Love Me Like You Do" is supported with a monochromatic music video, specifically created by Joseph Agius to reflect the lyrical context of the song. "Love Me Like You Do", written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Ali Payami and Tove Nilsson is an emotional ballad which would be best described as synthpop, originally interpreted by British female singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding. 

As a duet, Andy and Gaia gave the song a completely different feel, altering the meaning of the lyrics ever so slightly, encompassing the true meaning of friendship, rather than staying loyal to the lustful meaning, as exhibited in the original version. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release (Ironic PR & Artist Management)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijIb1Pk6UFU

On the 21st March, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place at Sir Temi Żammit Hall, at the University of Malta, under the stewardship of Ryan Borg and Angie Laus. Broadcasted LIVE through Radju Malta, with guest commentator Tony Micallef, and airing on Television Malta 2 on the 31st March, the competing entries bore an intriguing mixture of recurrent social themes, some which relate to the masses, and others which are more individually specific.

Karen DeBattista, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song "Jien Ma Naħdimx" composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace was the special guest at the beginning of the evening, to a rapturous applause. Later on, another special guest, albeit a singer/songwriter, Philip Vella was presented with the 'Għanja Li Tibqa' Award for his multiple participations in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, performing a medley of iconic songs, including, "Marija", "Kemm Jien Beżżul" and "Fil-Każ Grazzi".

A professional jury, which included the likes of Joe S Grech, Paul Abela, Paul Buhagiar and Albert Marshall went for mature numbers, songs which embody a strong message, either musically or lyrically, yet at times difficult for the general public to comprehend. The aim is to challenge the perception on issues which people rarely discuss in public, including sexual abuse, re-introducing prisoners into society and quarelling.

Best New Talent: "Niftakarna" - Abstract Acoustic Duo (Gabriel Cassar)

Best Singer/Songwriter - Mark Cachia for "Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl"

Best Social Theme: "Ġismi" - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

Best Interpretation Award: "Battibekk" - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss u Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Third Place: "Battibekk" - Rita Pace (Emil Calleja Bayliss u Paul Attard, Rita Pace)

Second Place: "Ċans Ieħor" - Raquel Galdes (Daniel Paul Farrugia, Norbert Borg)

First Place: "Ġismi" - Ecca Muscat (Mark Pellicano, Matthew Pellicano)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 16 finalists, for being so cooperative in organising the promotional campaign which included a series of interviews, and also presentation of entries. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Debbie Scerri, a female vocalist, whose experience in the local music industry has flourished since winning the 1997 Malta Song for Europe with the song "Let Me Fly" written by Ray Agius, finishing in 9th place at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland. She has since then taken part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the International Festival of Maltese Song, apart from representing the country in a number of foreign competitions, as well as touring. In recent years, she joined the project 'Animae Gospel Choir' led by Pamela Bezzina and Glen Vella, to much success. She is also a dedicated television host, having fronted the Spiteri Lucas Entertainment productions; "Sas-Sitta", "Sibt Familja", and "Se Niżżewġu".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFsovgK7B10

Ina Robinich, the second guest of the programme this evening is also a skilled female vocalist, who gained positive repute following her masterful interpretation of the song "Wellidni" composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Deo Grech. The song went onto win L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2004, amidst a flurry of discussion, noting that the subject was extremely fragile, and still is. Ina would perform in groups, duets, and solos, going onto reach the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the Summer Hit Song Contest on more than one occasion.

The third guest is Veronica Farrugia, a skilled actress, known for her current portrayal of the character 'In-Nanna Carla' in the television drama 'Iċ-Ċaqqufa'. The fourth and final guest of the evening is Josette Sciberras, a fashionista and wife of renowned Maestro Dominic Galea. This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LLIm1v1jd4

Friday, 20 March 2015 00:33

GħTP 2015: Interview with Raquel Galdes

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number sixteen is Raquel Galdes, whose song "Ċans Ieħor" is written by Daniel Paul Farrugia, to the music of Norbert Borg.

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest is the most esteemed music competition in the country, and you had the opportunity to participate not once, but twice in 2014. From the big arena, to the quant theatre, what made you decide to take part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu?

It’s not always about the audience, but about the main aim of the festival. During 2014, I have made it crystal clear that I love Eurovision, but I also love our language. I believe that this festival gives the opportunity for one to express a main social theme in his own language - which in my opinion, is a factor which is being reduced more and more by time.

“Ċans Ieħor”, composed by Norbert Borg to the lyrics of Daniel Paul Farrugia is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Basically the song is about a person who is facing problems to be accepted in the society. This is because, back in time, he was trapped in the bad direction and ended up in jail, paid for all the mistakes done for nothing. I mean, what’s the point of going to jail to learn your mistakes, and then end up ruining your whole life instead of making it better?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imEw9kGmamY

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

I believe that this is what encouraged me the most to submit for this festival, since for once, the message of the song seems to be very important. I believe that our song has one of the topics which  seem to be most obvious but everyone refuses to tackle, since that’s the way it is and no one could change it. 

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

We Maltese, should be really proud and make more place for Maltese songs in our music scene while appreciating them … :) 

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number fifteen is Christabelle Curmi, whose song "Bit-Tlikki Tlikki" is written by Clifton Casha, to the music of Carmel Dalli.

After a first runner-up finish, the weight of expectation is well denoted, but nevertheless, you have called upon an accomplished songwriter, and an upcoming lyricist, to support your bid in 2015. What went through your mind as the results were announced last year, and since you will be taking to the stage by yourself in terms of vocals, how will this experience differ? 

Clifton Casha, the lyricist, called me up as he had just written this song and felt that it suited me perfectly, and asked me whether I was interested to do it. So I contacted Charles Dalli as I believe he is an ideal composer for this style of lyrics. When we won first runner-up the previous year with “Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti” I was very satisfied with this result as I felt the song was judged well and the result was justified appropriately. Now that I will be performing for the 2nd time as a soloist, with the first time being my solo debut in this festival performing ‘Il-Kappar’ in 2013,  I am looking forward to performing again this year which will mark my 6th consecutive year performing at this prestigious festival.

“Bit-Tlikki Tlikki”, composed by Carmel Dalli, and penned by Clifton Casha is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

This song reflects a realistic situation and in just a few minutes depicts the frustrations and all the panic that is found in our traffic congestion. It is a pop song with a reggae rhythm, cheerful and humouristic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9dp9xw70-M

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

I agree with this statement. All songs always portray a message which can be controversial to the audience and I think that “Bit-Tlikki Tlikki” directs the audience to reflect on this situation and exploit the reality of what is happening in our streets today.

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

I would be delighted if they continue to nourish the Maltese music industry, I suggest attending to these festivals, buying our CDs, and last but not least, to be proud of what our singers, songwriters, composers and musicians do and express gratitude towards the work they put through.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 23:56

GħTP 2015: Interview with Ecca Muscat

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number fourteen is Ecca Muscat, whose song "Ġismi" is written by Mark and Matthew Pellicano.

Despite having previously taken part in a number of singing competitions, this is your debut in the local music scene with an original song. Why did you select L-Għanja tal-Poplu as your first major competition, and should the public expect to hear more material from you in the near future?

The decision to take part at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival came natural after it was considered to start producing songs in Maltese. The Ghanja tal-Poplu is an optimal platform for the launching of songs in the Maltese language as it has long been renowned as a festival which awards the best Maltese songs performers, composers and lyrics writers.

“Ġismi”, composed by Matthew Pellicano to the lyrics of Mark Pellicano, is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Having social justice close to heart, it has been the desire of the author to write about the sad reality experienced in silence by individuals who find it hard to express their traumas fearlessly. The sensitivity of the meaning behind the lyrics was then expressed by the touching melody of the composer which connotes numerous repressed emotions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3f-1APJtYU

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

Any piece of literature is subject to criticism and controversy. The lyrics of the song ‘Ġismi’ aim at creating awareness rather than suspense. It's intention is to foster empathy not apprehension. Nonetheless it aims at triggering discussion on how to tackle bitter realities that are most often silenced.

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

Thank You for all the ample support! :) we hope that you will all come cheer all the 16 participants during this year's L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 23:43

GħTP 2015: Interview with Simone Gauci

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number thirteen is Simone Gauci, whose song "Pjan" is written by Ingrid Vella, and composed by Augusto Cardinali.

Simone Gauci, a two-time L-Għanja tal-Poplu, two-time Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and one-time Summer Hit Song Contest participant is quickly becoming a regular face on the scene. How does each experience correlate to the other, and how do you prepare for each competition?

Each musical experience is different in its own merit and I always cherish each festival because I learn something new from every experience, while enjoying music.

“Pjan”, composed by Augusto Cardinali, with lyrics by Ingrid Vella is the song that you will be presenting in this year’s edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

“Pjan” is a song that juxtaposes two different plans: the first plan built castles in the air, and the second one came into being out of the blue. The first portrays a loving couple that has long PLANNED to have children, but now cannot. The second one refers to UNPLANNED pregnancies that sometimes end up in the abortion of innocent lives.

Our song speaks mostly of the pain endured by victims of the first plan (couples who cannot bear children), because the victims of the second plan (aborted babies) are voiceless. They don’t even have a name, they’re just a number. So, all we can do, to give them some voice, is count them. And this is what we have done in our song… we have a statistical counter for the number of worldwide abortions that take place along the duration of the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76623oPzXGA

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

Yes, definitely. If not oblivious, people tend to be sympathetic with infertile couples. On the other hand, abortion is a topic of much debate. Some people are totally against abortion, and some think that there should be a right to legal abortion. 

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

Thank you very much for following my interview and for your continuous support and encouragement; it means a real lot  :)