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"Escape", composed and produced by Carlo Gerada, lyrics by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), and mastered by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios, with vocals provided by Stefan Galea, is currently receiving airplay on all major radio stations, whilst supported by a music video, one shot and directed by Angie Laus, Duane Laus, and Marlon Polidano on behalf of WE Media.

The music video was shot entirely at So City Club, Paceville courtesy of Graham Testa. The location fits perfectly with the theme and genre of the song, thus making it a dance floor filler in order to appeal to various teenagers, whilst highlighting a new direction in Stefan Galea's career. The setup of the music video is very diverse, thus making it unique and special. It portrays different characters in the club scene, with a spectacular team of break-dancers, choreographed by Peter Ray Portelli (Waterfall Dance Company).

Stefan is currently busy performing live acoustic gigs with his guitarist Kurt Aquilina (Maltese representative at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2014) on various TV shows. At present he is being vocally coached by Gillian Attard from La Voix Academy and Alison Ellul where he is also, currently busy preparing for his trinity guildhall voice examinations. 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=driWwgo8Gm0

On Saturday 4th April 2015, Malta will be selecting three (3) contestants for this year’s edition of Sanremo Junior, an annual singing competition, held in Italy, for talented children between the ages of six (6) and fifteen (15). The event set to take place at the Grandmaster's Suite at the Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by Elaine Saliba, former hostess of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and will be aired directly on Television Malta (TVM).

Split up into three (3) different categories, twenty-five (25) artists will be moving into the spotlight, hoping that they get the opportunity to showcase their talents twice, once in Malta and once in Italy.  Should they succeed in achieving this feat, they will not only perform at the Ariston Theatre, but also with an orchestra, an unforgettable experience. Below you will find the names of the artists, as well as the cover songs which they will be competing with.

Section A (6 to 9 years)

Leah Cauchi (It’s Oh So Quiet)

Martina Cutajar (Let It go)

Albert Lauren Agius ( E’ la mia vita)

Kacet Azzopardi (Regalero un sogno)

Martina Galea Loffreda (Mi sei scoppiato dentro al cuore)

 

Section B (10 to 12 years)

Aidan Jay Drakard (Se Brucarse la Citta)

Christina Magrin (Mamma Knows best)

Chanelle Cardona (And I’m Telling You)

Haley Azzopardi (I Who Have Nothing)

Nicole Hammett (Phantom of the Opera)

Nicole Frendo (Turning Tables)

Demo Galea (My Kind of Love)

Thea Aquilina (That’s Life)

Shania Borg (Un Amore Cosi Grande)

Kayley Cuschieri (Upside Down)

Milena Bianco (Adagio)

 

Section C (13 to 15 years)

Victoria Sciberras (This is a man’s world)

Ramona Mifsud (Rise like a Phoenix)

Martina Micallef (I’m not the only one)

Aidan Cassar (Love me harder)

Isaac Mercieca (Clown)

Kelsey Farrugia (Strange Birds)

Nicole Camilleri (I am changing)

Kimberly Zarb (Il mare calmo della sera)

Michaela Agius (Nella Fantasia)

Nevertheless, the public at home and at the venue will also get the chance to watch and listen to a variety of guest acts such as; Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the song "This Is The Night; Destiny Chukunyere, Kylie Meilak, Sebastian Calleja, Karl Schembri and Laetitia Amodio, winners of their respective categories in Sanremo Junior 2014; Amira Willighagen, winner of Holland's Got Talent in 2014; Monia Russo, a female singer who accompanied Povia at Sanremo 2009; Alec Carter, a talented pianist; Gwilym Bugeja, a professional magician and choreographies provided by St Michael Foundation and Centre Stage Dance Academy.

Should you wish to attend the event, you may send an email to Antonella Vassallo on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Muscat on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in Sanremo Junior 2015, as one hopes that the success of Destiny Chukunyere in 2014 is replicated once more.

Source: Sanremo Junior (Official Facebook Page)Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_96y9-2k3M

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

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

'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

'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.

Marie Claire, a third year student at the University of Malta who has gained notoreity by virtue of following a career in the local music industry, is the first guest of the programme. The female vocalist, a finalist in the Junior Song for Europe, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, and the Summer Hit Song Contest, was also a backing vocalist to "Take Me Far" alongside Grecia Bezzina and Karen DeBattista, at the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She cites every experience, as a positive one, and is looking forward to continue growing in the music scene, having recently joined Ironic PR & Artist Management.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mR4RpvJIOA

The second guest of the programme is Ruth Frendo, a television personality, associated with paranormal activity, as well as the Editorial Head of 'Gwida', Malta's most successful tabloid magazine. The third and final guest is Stephanie Zammit, a female model, having been crowned Miss Malta a couple of years ago, as well as a lead vocalist of the group, Baklava, who have been through to the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on more than one occasion, most recently in 2011 with the song "Moondance" which had come second in the public vote.

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=EfZqFCvdiLc

Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer-songwriter who has twice represented Malta in Europe's most favourite music competition, recently made an unexpected guest appearance on Xarabank, discussing the personal struggles faced with drug addiction. During the courageous interview, he spoke about the strength that he had to find from within, and as a result, his return to the love of music, the creation of a new song, "Walking Away".

Co-written with Noel Borg and Philip Vella, the emotional ballad has truly touched the hearts of many and will be officially launched tomorrow, during Ħadd Għalik on Television Malta. Following the performance, the song will be made available on all legal platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and is in the distribution abroad by Universal Music including major promotional campaign in Germany where his production company CAP-Sounds is based.

Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. 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: CAP-Sounds

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

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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number eight is Michela Dalli, and her entry is entitled "Charlie' L-Artist", penned by Rita Pace, to the music of Andrew Zahra.

In the public eye, you have been seen as an artist who does not shy away from a challenge, and as a result juggle the art of singing with acting. It is no mean feat, but thinking out loud, which do you view as your strong suit, and would you pick one over the other?  

Both give me great satisfaction and I can never ever choose between the two. Singing gives me the joy of expressing myself and acting gives me the pleasure of playing different roles. I will surely treasure past experiences, I have met so many talented people and my love for music and acting has grown thanks to these unforgettable opportunities. I would like to thank those who made and are still making my dreams come true.  

 “Charlie l-Artist”, composed by Andrew Zahra, with lyrics by Rita Attard 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? 

The lyrics are so meaningful and relate to France’s worst terrorist attack; The sad and tragic news of artist Charlie Hebdo and colleagues that was targetted by the French satircal weekly magazine. This sad news has definitely shocked the world. The song also focuses on how Satire effects others feelings, for some satire is like medicine, it either inspires, releases tension  and makes a person feel better or on the other hand it can really offend a person.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7VF7l2Jngc

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 it is actually very important that lyrics in such a festival have to be controversial, different oppinions make songs even more interesting . My entry 'Charlie l-Artists' definitely causes controversy for the fact that many believe that there should be total freedom of expression in arts especially in a democratic country, others believe that there should be moderation and arts should not hurt others feelings, on the other hand there are those who take satire so seriously that have the courage to destroy other people's life!  But why would anybody actually kill somebody over mockery? 

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

I would like to thank all those who support local music and local talent. I urge all of you reading this to come and watch this festival, 'l-Ghanja tal-poplu' is surely one of the most prestigious festivals in Malta. I am sure all of the contestants are working hard.

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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number seven is Rita Pace, and her entry is entitled "Battibekk", penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and Paul Attard

During the years, this particular competition has been extremely kind to your work, having been rewarded with various successes both as a songwriter, and a vocalist. How difficult is it to separate the roles from one another, and have you opted to perform lyrics written by others because you feel intimidated to perform your own work?

Being a singer helps me understand what singers go through and this helps me adapt my lyrics to different personalities and voices. I can empathise with other singers and write something that is suitable for them. It also helps to be a composer because when I work with other composers I can understand them better. So even when the roles of singer and songwriter are separated, they are still symbiotic and help each other. I am not intimidated by singing my own lyrics and I do it most of the time. 

It helps me to express my moods, opinions and feelings more directly, but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't work with other people too because I am also a performer and I accept to perform anything which I think could be fun. When Emil asked to work with me on this song I thought the outcome could be interesting so I accepted. I havewon numerous awards as an author, composer and also as a performer in this festival but composing was something I enjoyed doing because I don't get to do it very often. 

“Battibekk’, which you composed to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss and Paul Attard 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?

It's a long story :) Emil started this off as a quarrel arising from someone being the victim of malicious rumours in a traditional Maltese village. Then my husband Paul made changes to it and added more lyrics and transposed the situation into a modern setting, so there is the juxtaposition of the traditional and modern contexts of mud-slinging. The modern context, internet, as the substitute evolved from the traditional pjazza has made rumours more devastating as one can destroy a person effectively with the touch of a button. Melodically, it is cheeky and dramatic and explores a range of vocal styles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAO1S8TeOM

Although the music and lyrics have a mischievous quality, the song is also tragic because it shows that people haven't changed and they are as cruel and alienated as ever, maybe even more alienated because people can hurt each other without having to see the distress they are causing. They find it easier to spread sordid details about other people's lives than live their own lives. So in a way, the song makes you smile but then you realize that you may be laughing at the yourself because everyone can identify with this experience.

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 a song must cause a reaction to be effective. I didn't expect Jien Ma Nahdimx to cause such an uproar though. It was a theme I felt strongly about and my  intuition led me to go for it. Sometimes a songwriter cannot predict whether a song will fuel controversy or  not because different people think differently about different things. I guess the best option is to write about what matters to you because if you don't believe in what you write nobody else will. Battibekk is a song that can challenge the audience lyrically and musically on many levels so I'm curious to see how they will respond to it.

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

Please support Maltese music and follow this year's edition of Għanja tal-Poplu. It is not just an opportunity to listen to new material but also a means of discovering how versatile and beautiful our language can be while spending a pleasant evening out with your friends. 

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