02 July 2016

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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Malta: Eurovision Concert in the Heart of Valletta

On the 14th July 2016, the Malta Community Chest Fund and the Public Broadcasting Services are putting on “The Malta Song in Concert” featuring all the participants that Malta has sent to the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years, from 1971 till 2016. This will be the very first time that all the former representatives will be together on the same stage, and what makes it more memorable is that they will be accompanied by the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Orchestra under the direction of Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The event, which will be taking place at the Valletta Waterfront will also see three international guests: Johnny Logan, who is known to the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest as Mr Eurovision, having won the international competition three times, twice as a lead singer and once as a songwriter; Dana International whom many local fans regard as being the one to narrowly achieve victory over Malta’s very own Chiara back in 1998 and Jalisse, the Italian couple who rose to fame winning Sanremo back in 1997, eventually managing a 4th place result at the Eurovision Song Contest. In order to purchase your tickets, you may visit the Ticket Engine. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene, and special events such as ‘The Malta Song in Concert’. Source: TVM / PBS / MCCF You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Raquel with Fresh New Sound in New Single

Raquel, has decided to release her brand new single ‘Signs’ on local airwaves. Her brand new track is penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed, as well as produced by Andrew Zammit of Tone Studios. It is a slightly different style to what one is used to seeing Raquel singing but nonetheless, it is a style that suited the young artist. She keeps going from strength to strength and showing her versatility in different numbers, as one can ultimately hear in this acoustic track.   The lyrics compliment the easy going melody, yet reflect the basic reality that in life one always has to keep moving whatever happens, there are always signs around us that lead us to the right path. If something goes wrong, just like in a game, there’s always time to find your way back on track. This sweet, yet catchy number should easily tick all the boxes for the listener to take an instant liking to the song and Raquel’s voice gives it the edge the number needs.   Raquel is surely not a stranger to the local scene as she has reached the finals of the last three Malta Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Invisible’, ‘Stop Haunting Me’ & ‘Flashing Lights’. She also had the privilege to perform during Rockestra last year, in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. Last year, she also managed a runner-up finish in the prestigious L-Għanja Tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija with the track ‘Ċans Ieħor’.   We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about local musicians, and their release as soon as it becomes available.   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Eurovision 2016: Exceptional Jamala Wins for Ukraine

1944” sung by Jamala on behalf of Ukraine, 2nd with both the Jury and the Public Vote has been declared winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a record 534 points. Dealing with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars back in the 1940, the female singer/songwriter was inspired by the story of her great-grandmother who was deported to Central Asia. Wearing a lilac dress, Jamala swept to victory with stunning vocals, showing that simplicity could sometimes be key in reaching a desired result. Well Done Ukraine! In 2nd place was Australia, and in 3rd place was Russia, the latter being the winner of the Public Vote and the former being the winner of the Jury. Malta’s representative Ira Losco who sang her heart out on the song “Walk on Water” finished in 11th place, receiving a lone ‘douze points’ from Montenegro. Despite the mid-table result, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco for a spectacular performance on her drum and bass song, also applauding the hard working delegation. It is worth noting that she had initially finished in 4th place with the Jury but languished behind in the public vote ranking in 22nd place. In the semi-final, Malta did extremely well finishing in 3rd place, just behind Russia and Armenia. We would also like to thanks our #guest commentators: Karen DeBattista, Claudia Faniello, Brooke Borg, Janice DeBattista, Franklin Calleja and Julie Pomorski for their support. Thank You for joining our coverage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv 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

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Eurovision 2016: Exceptional Jamala Wins for Ukraine

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Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Gears Up for Final Night

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WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Saturday, 14 May 2016 11:39
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#WoW! It is the day of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest final, and one can definitely feel a sense of excitement in Malta, as the small Mediterranean country is through...

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WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Friday, 13 May 2016 19:52
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WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Friday, 13 May 2016 11:12
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