06 May 2015

Malta: OGAE Select Franklin Calleja for 2nd Chance

Franklin Calleja, a respected male vocalist whose ascent to the top of the local music scene has been well documented through the depth of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was recently selected to represent Malta in the next edition of the OGAE Second Chance Contest, following a democratic voting process. "Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male singer/songwriter who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway back in 2009, was the overwhelming winner. For the second time in as many months, the first runner-up was "Rush", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Christabelle. Furthermore,  the second runner-up was "Secretly", written and performed by Corazon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry. Source: OGAE Malta You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: F Living Continues to Spark Eurovision Fever

'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. Since the Eurovision Song Contest is now just a month away, the programme has taken a different twist, as entries competing in this year's musical extravaganza in Vienna, Austria are being reviewed by some of the most recognisable faces in the local music industry. Tonight! The positive memories of 2003 will be rekindled as the star of the show, female singer/songwriter Lynn Chircop will be on hand to recount her experience with "To Dream Again", the entry written by Alfred Zammit and Cynthia Sammut, which had the opportunity to represent Malta. She will not be alone, as talented lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, responsible for 3 entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 and 2015; "Safe", "Close Your Eyes" and "12, Baker Street", Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com as well as Managing Director of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Marc Calleja Bayliss and Natius Farrugia, one of the biggest fans of the Eurovision Song Contest and supporter of the local music industry will also be on hand to discuss this year's entries. 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 You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: The 5th Edition of the Beland Music Festival

For the fifth consecutive year, the Beland events are presenting The Beland Music Festival in aid of Puttinu Cares. From the 27th till the 30th of May 2015, at Bulebel Zejtun. Four jam-packed festival dates. The festival has now made a name for itself as one of Malta’s main music events, bringing together a number of full blown concerts attracting thousands to the normally quiet area of the outskirts of Zejtun. The event will kick off with a special concert by Airport Impressions on Wednesday 27th May where they will be supported by MilkMi and Xarulù. All Pink Floyd fans will surely not want to miss the show on Thursday by the UK’s Number 1 Pink Floyd Tribute band - Think Floyd, with a brand new show featuring a complete performance of the 1975 album “Wish You Were Here”, arguably one of the band's finest albums, along with the whole range of classic Pink Floyd ranging from “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “The Wall”, “Animals”, “The Division Bell” and much more. Think Floyd will be supported by the band Paradox. Ira Losco, together with her band, are preparing for another one of their unforgettable concerts on Friday 29th May. This is planned to be the greatest show of one of a limited number of appearances Ira will be doing this year – It is surely not to be missed. Ira Losco will be supported by Funk Initiative and Infinite Loop. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Europe's No.1 Tribute To Bon Jovi, Dream Company will be closing the festival with another one of their massive concerts – with a set list of more than 3 hours featuring all the Bon Jovi classics. It’s going to be one wild night! The whole event is being held at Bulebel, Zejtun and is on a free entrance basis while donations will be collected in aid of Puttinu Cares. Whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter, we would like you to check out the full programme of events at www.belandevents.com Source: Press Release You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Howard Keith Leads Professional Jury Panel

On the 1st May 2015, in an effort to increase transparency and reduce doubts of tampering, the European Broadcasting Union has made public the provisional list of national jurors. Each of the participating countries, 40 in total, have nominated a panel of 6 music industry professional personnel, 5 of which will have voting rights, and the 6th who will stand in as a back-up member. Malta, taking part in the second semi-final with the song "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Amber, have enlisted the help of five renowned music industry professionals; Howard Keith Debono, Joseph Chetcuti, Dorothy Bezzina, Pierre Cordina and Dominic Cini. Nicole Tabone has been appointed as the back-up member of the jury. Howard Keith Debono, known in the local music industry as to being the manager of; Ira Losco (Eurovision 2002), Airport Impressions, Tribali, The New Victorians and The Rifffs is also a successful producer, event organiser and songwriter. He is joined by fellow music producer, Dominic Cini whose work has been well recognised in various competitions; L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the Summer Hit Song Contest and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The only female on the panel this year, Dorothy Bezzina, is not only a competent female vocal coach, but also sister to Gianluca, and one sixth of the group, L-Aħwa who tried to represent Malta in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Still, the final two members of the panel are; Pierre Cordina, a Club DJ and popular radio host, whose knowledge in music has been well documented and Joseph Chetcuti, a television host and violinist who knows a thing or two about the Eurovision Song Contest, having accompanied Olivia Lewis back in 2007. They will be voting in both the semi-final and the final round of the competition with their votes owing to 50% of the final result. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: eurovision.tv, Jacob Sammut (photography) You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: OGAE Select Franklin Calleja for 2nd Chance

Malta: F Living Continues to Spark Eurovision Fever

Malta: The 5th Edition of the Beland Music Festival

Malta: Howard Keith Leads Professional Jury Panel

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Malta: Fabrizio Faniello Records Song for Caritas

Malta: Fabrizio Faniello Records Song for Caritas

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Sunday, 26 April 2015 03:57

Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer/songwriter who has twice been chosen to represent Malta in Europe’s most favourite music competition, was one of the special guests on the television programme ‘Xarabank’,...

Malta: Eurovision Roundtable of Artists on F Living

Malta: Eurovision Roundtable of Artists on F Living

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:24

'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...

Malta: Amber Jets Off on a Short Promotional Tour

Malta: Amber Jets Off on a Short Promotional Tour

WRITTEN Frank Feiler On Friday, 24 April 2015 16:12

In November 2014, a panel of professional judges from five different countries, along with the public unanimously agreed that "Warrior", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals...

Local News

Malta: Fabrizio Faniello Records Song for Caritas

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Sunday, 26 April 2015 03:57
Malta: Fabrizio Faniello Records Song for Caritas

Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer/songwriter who has twice been chosen to represent Malta in Europe’s most favourite music competition, was one of the special guests on the television programme ‘Xarabank’,...

Malta: Eurovision Roundtable of Artists on F Living

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:24
Malta: Eurovision Roundtable of Artists on F Living

'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...

Malta: New Single and Music Video for The Crowns

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Thursday, 23 April 2015 19:06
Malta: New Single and Music Video for The Crowns

"Mary Jane", the brand new single released by The Crowns, a pop/rock band which features; Gianluca Cappitta, Chris Ciantar, Victorio Gauci, Jean Paul Mollicone and Luke Vella Clark is the...

International News

Malta: Amber Jets Off on a Short Promotional Tour

WRITTEN Frank Feiler On Friday, 24 April 2015 16:12
Malta: Amber Jets Off on a Short Promotional Tour

In November 2014, a panel of professional judges from five different countries, along with the public unanimously agreed that "Warrior", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals...

Armenia: Genealogy in Good Luck Wishes to Amber

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Tuesday, 14 April 2015 19:44
Armenia: Genealogy in Good Luck Wishes to Amber

One of the most talked about acts preceding the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Genealogy, a 6-piece super group comprising of Essai Altounian, Tamar Kaprelian,...

Malta: Amber in Farewell Concert with PBS Orchestra

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:28
Malta: Amber in Farewell Concert with PBS Orchestra

On the 17th and 18th April 2015, at the Republic Hall in the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the Public Broadcasting Services will be staging ‘Amber in Concert - Warrior’, a spectacular...

Interviews

GħTP 2015: Interview with Raquel Galdes

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Friday, 20 March 2015 01:33
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...

GħTP 2015: Interview with Christabelle Curmi

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Friday, 20 March 2015 01:07
GħTP 2015: Interview with Christabelle Curmi

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...

GħTP 2015: Interview with Ecca Muscat

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:56
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...

Editorials

Malta: Iconic Music That Will Stand the Test of Time

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:21
Malta: Iconic Music That Will Stand the Test of Time

Corazon, a female singer/songwriter who has captivated the local music industry with clean-cut vocals, a crisp diction, and social themes which were thought unforgivable to perform, gave a concert at...

2014: Another Year Filled With Successful Stories

WRITTEN Elaine Camilleri On Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:22
2014: Another Year Filled With Successful Stories

Every year brings with it a number of events, festivals and lots of new material that many appreciate and play over and over throughout the year. The editorial board of...

Discovering Malta: the Magic of Gianluca Bezzina

WRITTEN Jorge Portoles On Sunday, 30 November 2014 18:22
Discovering Malta: the Magic of Gianluca Bezzina

What is the Eurovision Song Contest all about? Apparently it is only a song contest with a nationalist side, but I would like to tell you how this worked for...