20 September 2017

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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…
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.…
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)…
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…
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…
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final have been made public. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018. The professional jury for this phase of the competition was comprised of: Adrian Mamo, David Azzopardi, Martina Caruana, Miriam Cassar, Noel D’Anastas and Vince Fabri. The semi-final phase of the competition is set for the 7th July where all the 18 participating entries will be interpreted #live with the PBS orchestra. Out of these, 12 will then be chosen to compete on the 9th July during the final. “Bħal Tifla Żgħira” (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) – Maria Cassar “Ħabta u Sabta” (Andy Muscat / Mark Scicluna) – Andy…
Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, stalwarts in finding and promoting talent, responsible for talent shows such as “The Teen Singing Challenge” and “Passport 2 Indifest” in the past, have decided to focus their resources on finding a talented male or female vocalist aged between 11 and 15 years, during “The Entertainers Singing Challenge”. Following an initial audition phase, the semi-final comprised of no less than 32 singers, all of whom had the opportunity to perform with the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro. Mark Spiteri Lucas. On Saturday 7th May, 16 finalists chosen through a mixture of SMS (20%) and JURY (80%) voting were made public during the variety show, “The Entertainers”, hosted by popular entertainer Janvil. The members of the professional jury who picked the talented 16 comprised of: Chiara, Neville Refalo, Conrad Briffa and David Chircop. In alphabetical order, those chosen are as follows: Thea Aquilina, Gail Attard,…
"Young at Heart", an emotional roller-coaster of words, all leading to an extraordinary climax is the right balance of pop and balladry, a comfortable zone for singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, and his co-writer Simon Gribbe. The solo single release, a first in three years for the male vocalist re-ignites a passion, a yearning for a sound which the public at home have grown to love. Since finishing as the first runner-up at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the self-penned "Needing You", Kevin Borg embarked on a songwriting journey, notching up successes in both the Asian and European markets, apart from also being responsible for the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest second runner-up "Breakaway", sung by Glen Vella. In support of the release of "Young at Heart", a music video has been produced by Brand Expo Design, or rather more specifically Samuel Agius Livori and Derston Aquilina. It has already…
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 40 songs have been shortlisted out of 144 submissions that were received at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) on Tuesday 19th April. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018. During the course of the weekend, kicking off on Friday 22nd April, a professional panel of judges set forth to listen to all of the submissions, commenting that the songs were of an extremely high level, as has been the case in recent years. From the 40 shortlisted songs, 18 will get through to the first phase of the final, set for the 7th July, and then eventually the second phase of the final, set for the 9th July.…
In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 144 submissions were received on Tuesday 19th April at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) in Merchant Street, Valletta. This is a record number of original songs for the ever-growing festival which is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018. As of Friday 22nd April, the first phase of the judging will commence, with a panel of expert judges whittling down to the songs by the end of the weekend, and leaving a shortlist of potential candidates, from which a second panel of expert judges will then select the 18 qualifiers. It is expected that the names of the songs through to the final phase of the competition will be made public by the end of April,…

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