30 July 2016

GħTP – FKM 2016: Youth and Experience Triumphant

On the 7th and 9th July, the semi-final and grand final of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted on stage by Sean Buhagiar and supported off stage by comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask, and Gilbert Camilleri, not to mention the tidbit interviews conducted by Josephine Ebejer Grech prior to each entry, with the lyricists. The evening was a true celebration of our national language, through the medium of song, noting that special guests included none other than: Kantilena, the second runners-up of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2012 who have recently published their debut album; John Bundy, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 1995 with “Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws”, a song written by Martin Attard and Ecca Muscat, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with “Ġismi”, a song written by Matthew and Mark Pellicano. A professional jury heard the songs on multiple occasions, before given the chance to listen and view each competing entry live on stage, and at the end of the evening, the results were as follows; Best Teenage Talent: Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk” – Jurgen Xerri (Paul Ellul, Glen Vella) Best Singer/Songwriter: Corazon Mizzi for “X’Se Jsir? Best Social Theme: Paul Ellul for “Ta’ Billejl Best Interpretation: Il-Biża’ u Jien” – Nadine Fenech (Rita Pace, Pamela Bezzina) Third Place:Mellisni” – Mikaela Bajada (Joe Chircop, Mark Spiteri Lucas) Second Place: Ta’ Billejl” – Neville Refalo (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas) First Place: X’Se Jsir?” – Corazon (Corazon Mizzi) On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 144 submissions. 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 You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP – FKM 2016: 12 Acts Chosen for the Final

On the 7th July, a truly hot summer’s evening, 18 credible performers took to the stage of Pjazza Teatru Rjal as participants of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. This year, under a different light and perspective was the fact that 17 of the 18 songs were accompanied by the PBS Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and the co-ordination of Mro Paul Abela. The result was exceptional, and here’s to hoping that the festival will continue to grow in the same manner in the years to come. The participants knew that at the end of the evening, their fate rested completely on the weight of five professional jury members, who aim was to reduce the field by 6. Their selection was made, and 12 acts have now been chosen to compete in the final. 01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo 02. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri 03. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis 04. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat 05. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada 06. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique 07. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech 08. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine 09. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa 10. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon 11. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono 12. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri Hosted by Sean Buhagiar, and supported off stage by the comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask and Gilbert Camilleri, the evening was organized to extreme professionalism, even incorporating the special guests into the thematic use of Maltese, noting that the Gozitan band ‘The Travellers’ were on hand to provide the public with some of their original work.  Be sure to tune into TVM this Saturday 9th July for the grand final of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. We would like to wish all of the acts a very Good Luck! Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Eurovision Music In Limelight during Party

This Friday, the 8th July will be a special day in the local music calendar as Joseph Barber Bonavia, known to many as a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest is organising a get-together in the form of a party, with music from the international competition all night long. Several artists from the local music scene, most of them having been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, or else a national music competition will be attending, interacting with the fans and performing some of their most iconic original songs, along with a couple of covers, some being rather well known. The line-up for this event includes: Deborah C (MESC 2012-2016)  Kaya (MESC 2000, 2010, 2012) Raquel (MESC 2014-2016) Stefan Galea (MESC 2016) Marie Claire (KKI 2008, 2013-2016 – BV MESC 2012) Dario Mifsud Bonnici (MESC 2016) Rutger (KKI Jr 2015) Claudia Faniello (MESC 2006-13) Ryan Axisa (SHSC 2015) Lyndsay (MESC 2015) Destiny (JESC Winner 2015) This event, aptly titled ‘Eurovision Party 2’ is being supported by OGAE Malta, as well as escflashmalta.com who have always been on the forefront of covering news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: Joseph Barber Bonavia, escflashmalta.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP – FKM 2016: Running Order for the Semi-Final

In 2 weeks, 40th edition of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija” will be taking place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, featuring a total of 12 participants, those chosen by a professional panel of judges from the semi-final stage which is slated for Thursday 7th July. Those who made it thus far are already winners, noting that they managed to make it to the shortlist from 144 submissions, a record number. What’s different about the local music competition this year is that the participating songwriters and artists were given the opportunity to perform alongside the Orchestra of the National Broadcaster, led by Mro Joe Brown and Mro Paul Abela. It is worth noting that every participant was also given equal airtime on local television, with a coordinated promotional schedule to ensure that the messages of the songs are not only heard on the actual festival nights, but also directly from the artists prior to the showcase. The running order for the semi-final on the 7th July is as follows:  01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo 02. Ma Ninsiex (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Deborah Dalli 03. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri 04. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis 05. Ħanini (Walter Micallef) - Walter Micallef 06. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat 07. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada 08. Tama (Dj Mac, David Legeusse / Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13) - Shyli, Jasmar ft Kapitlu 13 09. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique 10. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech 11. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine 12. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa 13. Bħal Tifla Żgħira (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar 14. Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Dalli 15. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon 16. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono 17. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri 18. Waħdi Miegħek (Kaya / Ingrid Vella) - Graziella Vella L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be held on two evenings, both of which will be transmit LIVE on Television Malta (TVM). The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP – FKM 2016: Youth and Experience Triumphant

GħTP – FKM 2016: 12 Acts Chosen for the Final

Malta: Eurovision Music In Limelight during Party

GħTP – FKM 2016: Running Order for the Semi-Final

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