It was truly a night to remember, as the Public Broadcasting Services put up an extremely professional competition for a group of extremely talented young singers under the banner, Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest. At the close of the evening, following 20 sublime performances but what has been said to be the next generation of artists to take over the local music scene, it was Destiny Chukunyere who emerged triumphant. Her version of "Think", originally sung by powerhouse Aretha Franklin sent the audience on their feet, as they clapped, danced and sang along.
Taught by Maria Abdilla, a certified IVA instructor, Destiny Chukunyere has been a prominent force on both the local and international festival circuit, with her most gratifying success being Sanremo Junior 2014, having been crowned as the overall winner in the prestigious event. The result was selected by a four (4) member panel, three (3) being international jurors; Christer Bjorkman, Olga Salamakha and Carlo Ori and the other one (1) being the public vote. Veronica Rotin was the first runner-up, whilst Christina Magrin was the second runner-up. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: PBS / JuniorEurovision
Malta, one of the smallest member states of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has just released the 20 names through to the final of the 2015 Junior Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This announcement was made public through tvm.com.mt, the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services.
The Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place on the 11th July at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with tickets available from €10 for the Balcony, €15 for the Stalls, and €20 for the Dress Circle only from the official website of the venue. The show will be shown LIVE on TVM at 20:30 CET.
Amy Marie Borg
Raisa Marie Micallef
Rebecca Scicluna Rizzo
In 2015, the event will be moving to Sofia, Bulgaria and Malta will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 11th non-consecutive time, noting that the Mediterranean Country took part every year between 2003 and 2010, before stopping for a two-year hiatus, and returning in 2013, obtaining victory with "The Start" sung by Gaia Cauchi, and taking part once more in 2014 with "Diamonds" performed by Federica Falzon.
Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including artists such as former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello (2001, 2006) and Miriam Christine (1996). With a spectacular range of promising talent, the local music scene in Malta continues to evolve, and there is a general feeling that talent is to be promoted on the international circuit.
During the end-of-year competition, aptly titled "Erseb Goes Christmas", the organisers revealed that a number of all-rounders would be given the opportunity to represent Malta in various international competitions. La Voix Academy under the tutelage of vocal director, Gillian Attard was the most successful in terms of students who acquired these tickets, managing 16 out of the 18 possible slots. The other 2 students are successfully taught by Glen Vella, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative, and Audrey Marie Bartolo, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
Ti Amo Onesti (Romania)
Gianluca Cilia (La Voix Academy)
Naolene Borg (La Voix Academy)
Lake Pearls (Macedonia)
Mariah Nicola Vella (La Voix Academy)
Jahel Cardona (La Voix Academy)
Riona Degorgio (La Voix Academy)
Kelsie Borg (La Voix Academy)
Shania St John (La Voix Academy)
Baltic Voices (Lithuania)
Michela Pace (Audrey Marie Bartolo)
Eila Mangion (La Voix Academy)
Kylie Meilak (La Voix Academy)
Kelsey Farrugia (La Voix Academy)
Kelsey Bellante (La Voix Academy)
Aire Nuevo (Spain)
Sarah Farrugia (La Voix Academy)
Danika Cutajar (Glen Vella)
Jilliane Camilleri (La Voix Academy)
Star Dest (Czech Republic)
Christina Magrin (La Voix Academy)
Rachel Lowell (La Voix Academy)
Veronica Rotin (La Voix Academy)
On behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, we would like to wish all the 18 participants, the very best of luck in their endeavours abroad, hoping that they will not only shine as artists, but bring back trophies to Malta, ensuring that the talent which is being cultivated continues to grow. A round of applause goes to Erseb Productions, and the Vocal Directors for ensuring that such opportunities are available for the personnel who will make up the future local music scene. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Erseb Productions
In just a couple of days, various areas of the world will be celebrating Christmas, a joyous holiday which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. An original song with the title "Milied ta' Tama", composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Peppi Azzopardi, was originally published in 2011 featuring the vocals of Petra (MESC 08, 11, 13), Mikaela, Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995), Pamela (MESC 05-09, 14), Neville Refalo (MESC 05) and Vince Fabri, but now been re-recorded.
In this new version, one could note the Ekklesia Sisters (MESC 15), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 13), Federica Falzon (JESC 14) and two upcoming stars in the form of Destiny Chukunyere and Veronica Rotin. With a fresh new coat of paint, the song is very much relatable to the season, whilst acknowleding a local element. 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: Xarabank, Mario Mintoff (Photo)
Veronica, a ten year old female vocalist, who was also a finalist in the 4th edition of the hit television programme Io Canto, has been busy in the recording studio in the past couple of months, putting together the finishing touch on her debut album, Veronica Rotin, a compilation of cover versions.
Featuring a songbook of true musicianship, ranging from All by Myself to And I Am Telling You as well as the contemporary Domino and Thunder, originally by Celine Dion, Jennifer Holliday and Jessie J, the sky is the limit for Veronica, who showcases her full vocal range throughout the record.
Apart from her role as a vocalist, Veronica has recently taken on the challenge of hosting a radio programme, “Is-Sewwa Magħruf” alongside Gaia Cauchi, George Cremona and Martha Carabott on RTK, discussing issues of everyday life whilst looking at things from a different perspective.
Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin, both vocally trained by Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy and looked after by Ironic PR & Artist Management, will be part of an upcoming radio programme on RTK 103FM. “Is-Sewwa Magħruf” hosted by George Cremona and Martha Carabott will be featuring the prominent vocalists, one winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and the other, a finalist in the hit television programme “Io Canto”, as well as Dr Samuel Aquilina in answering questions about health, music, food, and more.
In comments made to escflashmalta.com, Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin are “excited, and looking forward to sharing their opinion on the various topics which are brought up”. With the subjects set to focus more or less on the common knowledge in life, the listeners will enjoy having the girls around, getting to know them better away from their craft, that of performance. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.
Source: RTK Radio 103FM, Marlon Polidano (Image), Missey & Bo (Clothing of Gaia & Veronica)
Shauna Vassallo, Christina Magrin, Maxine Pace, Federica Falzon, and Gaia Cauchi are all success stories to emerge from La Voix Academy, a school for aspiring vocalists to hone their talent under the masterful gaze of singer/songwriter Gillian Attard. It seems that triumphant stories will continue to inspire for children to reach their dreams as a troupe of vocalists will be returning from the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia with their heads help up high, considering that they swooped the top places in every category.
Rachel Lowell & Jean Claude Azzopardi placed 2nd in their category, whilst Clarissa Cauchi placed 3rd in her category apart from being honoured with a diploma. All eyes were on Veronica Rotin, the artist who made it through to the finals of Io Canto during this past year, and has recently signed a management contract with Ironic PR & Artist Management, the same company which takes care of Malta Eurovision Song Contest participants; Danica Muscat and Davinia.
Not only did she finish 1st in her category, but she was also crowned Grand Prix Winner hence giving Malta success all around with the four artists impressing the panel of professional judges. The “Lake Pearls” competition was brought to the attention of aspiring local vocalists thanks to Erseb Productions, who have organised several competitions in search of wonderful talent. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Erseb Productions
Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including acts such as former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine. As days, weeks, months and years go by, the talent in Malta continues to evolve and we aim to promote that talent in the best possible way by offering international exposure.
During the course of the year, Erseb Productions will be visiting a total of 3 international competitions. Kicking off the proceedings is the "Voci dal Sud" festival in Italy between the 26th and the 28th July with 12 participants; Giulia Cilia, Jahel Cardona, Kelsey Bellante, Raisa Marie Micallef, Michela Pace, Althea Mifsud, Michela Dalli and Lindsay Mallia who have directly qualified to the final as well as Kayley Cuschieri, Mariah Nicola Vella, Emma Muscat and Danika Cutajar who have to pass the semi-final stage of the competition.
In August, Erseb Productions will be heading to the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia with Jean-Claude Azzopardi, Veronica Rotin, Rachel Lowell and Clarissa Cauchi as part of the line-up in the 'Lake Pearls', a competition taking place between the 14th and 15th. Then between the 8th and 9th August, it will be time for Martina Cutajar, Riona DeGeorgio and Aidan Abela to do the honours for Malta as they partake in the "Oltreoceano" showcase in Italy. On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we wish all the participants the very best of luck.
Source: Press Release
Xi Darba Min Jaf? written by Dominic Galea and Joe Friggieri with vocals provided by Gillian Attard was the first runner-up in the 2002 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. It was the beginning of an astonishing career for the artist, who has turned out to be the most prolific vocal trainer in Malta, known for establishing talents such as those of Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon, Veronica Rotin and Shauna Vassallo amongst others as director and founder of La Voix Academy.
escflashmalta.com is in an exclusive position to reveal that La Voix Academy which also features a number of tutors in the form of musicians; Chris Mallia, Wayne Camilleri, Sylvana Camilleri and Matt Mercieca, will hold the rights to the Maltese participation in the talent show Io Canto broadcast on Canale 5 with auditions taking place on the 10th August 2014. The announcement comes off the heels of yet another astonishing result for the academy and Federica Falzon who has no less than four songs in the final of Ti Lascio Una Canzone which airs on RAI Uno. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.
As Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com, I would like all of our readers an extremely Happy New Year and sincerely hope that it would prove more satisfactory than the one preceding it. In terms of music, it is going to be an extremely difficult year to follow up with Malta achieving success both at the senior and the junior level of the Eurovision Song Contest with Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat finishing in eighth place, the best result since 2005 and Gaia Cauchi and her song The Start co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard finishing on top of the leader board giving the nation their first ever success in an event organised by the European Broadcasting Union.
In recent days, we have been in touch with Gillian Attard, in hope of getting extremely special greetings for the brand new year, and indeed, being so courteous and kind, she gave us the go ahead and made sure that a couple of videos are recorded as the new year dawns on both Malta and the rest of the world. All the students who have been selected are coached by Gillian Attard, otherwise known as Miss G at the illustrious La Voix Academy whose track record with children in competitions is beyond amazing. It is no secret that the institution is run with a professional attitude and that several teachers should follow such an astonishing example as is being set forth by Gillian. Kicking off the special video messages is Gaia Cauchi.
Gaia Cauchi, winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, and also the illustrious Sanremo Junior a couple of months back decided to sing a special rendition of Happy New Year originally by Abba, and then covered by the likes of Niamh Kavanagh, Chiara, Paula and Ovi during the Romanian national selection. The second video is that of Shauna Vassallo, an upcoming artist who had the opportunity to perform on a regular basis on the programm; Io Canto which airs on Canale 5. This was the same show which had given us the likes of Danica Muscat, a two time qualifier of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
The final video is that of the wonderful Veronica Rotin, another starlet of the La Voix Academy who had been given the opportunity to perform on Io Canto, and also managed to get through to the final stage of the competition, something which no other Maltese had ever done. It is not easy achieving success on an international level, but with sheer class and talent, anything is possible. Once more, on behalf of the editorial board, and also EXOR Group, proud sponsors of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year filled with everything your heart desires.
Source: La Voix Academy, escflashmalta.com