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Media.Link Communications, part of a private media chain which also includes NET Television, will be hosting the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior on Tuesday 16th September on The Granaries in Floriana. The event, set to kick off the celebrations in relation to Independence Day will be featuring some of the nation’s top upcoming talent, in every sense of the word, incorporating the right competition, guest acts and also the hosts.

Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present Maxine Pace, a new face on NET Television as well as Francesca Zarb, an experienced co-host, who has been responsible for the Junior Eurosong on more than one occasion in the past. Special guests for the night will include a choreography by Annalise Dance Studio and also a couple of songs by none other than; Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

01. Żogħżija - Chantel Abela (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

02. Festa T'Ilwien - Destiny Chukunyere (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

03. Destin Ħabib - Martina Micallef (Marco Debono / Rita Pace)

04. Kull Ma Xtaqt - Nicole Falzon (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

05. Flimkien - Hayley & Britney (Carlos Vella / Alison Ellul)

06. Kliem - Scheriden Balzan (Kaya / Clifton Casha)

07. Xewqa ta' Kantant - Aidan Jay Drakard (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

08. Għannaqni - Kayley Cuschieri (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace)

09. Dinja Kull Kulur - Anhelica Pace (Kaya / Clifton Casha)

10. Nokkli Sbieħ - Kylie Grixti (Kaya / Rita Pace)

11. Malta Maltija - Amy Marie Borg (Minik / Alison Ellul / Gerard J Borg)

12. Ħajjitna F'Idejna - Jurgen Xerri (Minik / Rita Pace)

13. Mid-Dlam għad-Dawl - Paolo Micallef (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

14. Damma - Naomi Busuttil (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

15. Ħbieb - KellyAnn & Melissa & Yasmin (Elton Zarb / Alison Ellul / Paul Ellul)

16. Rebbieħa - Nicole Galea (Minik / Rita Pace)

17. Żewġ Kewkbiet - Ilenia Camilleri (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace)

18. Tagħna T-Tnejn - Aidan Irvine Cassar (Minik / Joe Julian Farrugia)

19. Libertà - Michaela Agius (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

20. Rakkont - Rutger & Kylie (Gillian Attard / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

As already noted down, the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior, hosted by Maxine Pace and Francesca Zarb will take place on The Granaries in Floriana with NET Television broadcasting the event as it happens. It is pivotal to state that the final result will be selected by a panel of professional judges, whilst a separate award for the public vote will also be given. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: NET Television

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:11

KKI Jr 2014: 20 Entries Through to the Final

Media.Link Communications, part of the private chain that also includes NET Television, have just published the list of finalists for the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta indipendenza Junior. This competition came to fruition following the dismay put forward by songwriters, vocal coaches and performers who did not have enough avenues to showcase their abilities. Now, not only do they have that ability but they also have the opportunity to perform original material which would serve them well for the future.

Following the second phase earlier this morning, Media.Link Communications have published the results through the Official Facebook Page. A panel of professional judges comprising of Vinny Vella, Bryan Manning, Miriam Christine, Felix Busuttil and Charles Stroud selected the 20 finalist entries, with one artist, Kylie Grixti having qualified with two entries, and thus having the opportunity to drop her second song, or else support the songwriters in finding an alternative artist.

Damma - Naomi Busuttil (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Destin Ħabib - Martina Micallef

Dinja Kull Kulur - Anhelica Pace (Kaya / Clifton Casha)

Festa T'Ilwien - Destiny Chukunyere (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Flimkien - Hayley & Britney

Għannaqni - Kayley Cuschieri (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace)

Ħajjitna F'Idejna - Jurgen Xerri (Minik / Rita Pace)

Ħbieb - KellyAnn & Melissa & Yasmin

Kliem - Kylie Grixti (Kaya / Clifton Casha)

Kull Ma Xtaqt - Nicole Falzon (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

Libertà - Michaela Agius (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

Malta Maltija - Amy Marie Borg

Mid-Dlam għad-Dawl - Paolo Micallef (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

Nokki Sbieħ - Kylie Grixti

Rakkont - Rutger & Kylie (Gillian Attard / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Rebbieħ - Nicole Galea

Tagħna T-Tnejn - Aidan Irvine Cassar

Xewqa ta' Kantant - Aidan Jay Drakard (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

Żewġ Kewkbiet - Ilenia Camilleri (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace)

Żogħżija - Chantel Abela (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior 2014 will be staged during the week in which the actual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be taking place, noting that it has become another additional event to the week-long list of activities which take place on The Granaries in Floriana. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIN4S2B5C6I

Shania Borg and Anhelica Pace, two vocalists of Singer Stage Academy aged just 10 and 11 respectively, have just returned from a successful endeavour in Mioveni, Romania where they took part in the competition "Stars of Song" under the tutelage of Kaya, a former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist.

'Stars of Song' spread out on four days between the 29th May and the 1st June was made up of three different categories; A, B, C with Shania taking part in the first category featuring vocalists between 7 and 10 years of age. There she performed "It's My Time", originally sung by Jade Ewen at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite this being her first international experience, the professional panel of judges were impressed and placed her second, with the first place going to Adrian Stefan from Italy and third place doing to Maria Carla Christiana Batoanca from Romania.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68r3QvACJI

In the second category, featuring vocalists between 11 and 14, it was Anhelica's time to shine being awarded second for her performance of "The Voice Within". It is important to note that Anhelica was the youngest vocalist in this 21 strong artist category, and lost out to Yasemin Maria who was playing on home turf considering that she is Romanian. In third place was Yohanna Carvalhas from Portugal with the overall Grand Prix awarded to Hristina Milenova Hristova from Bulgaria. This was Anhelica's second international competition this year, having previously finished in first place in the "Little Stars" festival which took place in Russia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgpQ2drNpPY

The professional panel of judges for this competition was made up of Nuno Figeuria from Portugal, Raisa Barnaz from Moldoca, Ioan Cristea from Romania, Gina Pavel from Romania, Tolga Gurdil from Turkey, Vincenzo Colosanto from Italy, Irina Savekova from Russia, Emil Strundshev from Bulgaria, Kaya from Malta, and Madalina Ruscanda from Romania. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate Shania, Anhelica and Kaya of Singer Stage Academy on their tremendous international success. Stay tuned even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

Whilst Russia is all over the news from all the wrong reasons, it seems that Malta has brought a bit of sunshine to St Petersburg with a successful couple of days for the eleven year old female vocalist Anhelica Pace. Competing in the international showcase entitled Little Stars, and accompanied by Kaya, her vocal coach, there was no stopping the young budding artist from a massive triumph going onto achieve a ten point winning margin over Mateja Bokan of Serbia and a twelve point winning margin over second runner-up Egor Grigorjev of Russia.

It is worth noting that Anhelica Pace on behalf of Malta had to compete against vocalists from Estonia, Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Belarus and Austria. The competition was divided on three evenings, with Anhelica going onto perform two songs in total; Je T’Aime (Missier) written by Christopher Azzopardi and Can’t Let Go originally performed by Jennifer Hudson the hit musical series Smash. In the overall Grand Prix award, Anhelica came in second place, a mere one point behind Bulgaria’s Petya Georgieva. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that the Maltese vocalist managed to triumph amongst nine different jury members, and that brings pride to her and her vocal teacher, Kaya, who is also the co-director of Singer Stage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9U-YHBW2fTo

Published in Local Music News

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, interviews and a lot of laughter. Ray Attard, is joined by Debbie Scerri, 1997 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as hosts and are known to welcome a number of personalities from all walks of life. The programme kicks off at around 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, meaning around two and a half hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

A multitude of young television personalities including; Ylenia Camilleri, Maria Bonaci, Mario Vella, Anhelica Pace, Eliana Gomez Blanco, Lizzie Ann Faure, Ryan DeBattista and Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner; Gaia Cauchi will be on the programme to take part in either the quiz/games or to perform.. As always, music on the show is played by a LIVE band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Other attractions include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models as well as comedian, Toni Busuttil. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Published in Local Music News

Kaya, a finalist in last years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track First Time written by Georgios Kalpakidis is also a renowned vocal teacher in the country with her students regularly achieving success in foreign waters. The latest positive experience is attributed to Aidan Jay Drakard and Anhelica Pace who were competing in a competition entitled Eurokids in Maiori, Italy. During this festival, they competed against talented vocalists from Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Lithuania, Russia and Hungary amongst others.

Aidan Jay finished in second place within the category between six (6) to nine (9) years as he gave astonishing performances of the tracks E'La Mia Vita (Al Bano) and La Notte (Arisa). The young prodigy is achieving success on a regular basis having competed in the Carpathian Star Festival held in Bucharest, Romania last December achieving third place with the song Profeta and first place with the song Save Rock 'N' Roll in a duet with Anhelica. On the other hand, Anhelica who is just ten (10) years of age was awarded the best interpretation of the evening for her scintillating execution of the tracks Je T'Aime and Adagio (Lara Fabian). Anhelica has more experience in such competitions having represented Malta in Lithuania, Romania, Poland and Italy amongst others. Both young vocalists have now been invited to participate in Moldova and Russia. escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate Anhelica, Aidan Jay and Kaya for their continued success. Stay tuned for more information.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9aFYKLCmtw

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 05 January 2013 00:23

Malta: Positive Results for Students of Kaya

On the 10th of December, former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist and second runner-up Kaya, together with four of her students : Aiden Jay Drakard, Anhelica Pace, Naolene Borg and Dorcas Debono travelled to Rumania to take part in the renowned Carpathian Star International Festival. In this showcase, artists from a vast amount of countries took part including Estonia, Serbia, Moldova, Italy, Romania and of course, Malta.

Once again, Malta's success was evident during this competition since all four (4) contestants managed to come within the top three (3) in at least one category. Aidan Jay Drakard came third (3rd) in the 7-9 age category with his excellent performance of the song Profeta Non Sare originally by Demis Roussos. It is important to note that this was Aidan’s first experience in an international competition and therefore was very pleased with such a promising result. 

Another very successful Maltese contestant was Anhelica Pace who not only came first in two (2) categories but also finishing the first runner-up position in the 10-12 age category with her breath-taking performance of the track E Poi originally performed by Giorgia. Anhelica won both the folklore song category and also the group category were together with Aiden, they performed the song Save Rock n roll written by Kaya and her brother Dorian Psaila. This was not her first success in foreign waters, noting that she has managed second runner-up finishes in prestigious competitions both in Italy and Poland. Later on this month, Anhelica will be heading to Italy to take part in the competition known as Eurokids in the town of Salerno.

In this same competition, Malta obtained third place in the adult category, having been represented by Dorcas Debono with the track Stupid. As a matter of fact, it seems that things are looking bright for her noting that she was also chosen a couple of weeks back as one of the finalists for Passport 2 Indifest where she is hoping to make it through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The judging panel was made up of representatives from each of the competing countries and Malta was represented by Kaya but a pivotal rule stated that no judge could vote for acts within their own country to be precise and accurate. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about upcoming young performers.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9aFYKLCmtw

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Last 13th June, Kaya together with her students Anhelica Pace, Nicole Agius, Rutger Scicluna Galea and Chantelle Abela, represented Malta in the Eurokifs Festival in Maiori, Italy. 

This festival was split over 3 days and in the first semi-final, held on the 15th June, the participants were obliged to sing in their native language. The second semi-final was held the day after, and the participants, sung a song they personally chose. From the semi-finals, only 6 finalists were chosen for the final night. The participants were judged by 13 internationl juries from Lithuania, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Russia, Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Turkey, Georgia, Malta and Ukraine. None of the countries could vote for its respective participant/s. Kaya was infact the Maltese judge. Vincenzo Colossanto invited her to sing the song “First Time” on the final night. The song was infact a semi-finalist in this year’s Malta Song For Europe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYtvlTJ8iLM

The festival was divided into 4 categories. Anhelica Pace and Nicole Agius competed in the first category (from 6 to 9 years). This was the fourth international experience for Anhelica, who managed to place third once again. Anhelica interpreted the song “Minn statwa ghal tifla”, composed and written by Kaya and Christopher Azzopardi and “Tu vuo fa l’Americano”. For Nicole Agius, this was her first international experience, and she managed to place first! Nicole interpreted the song “Wuff Wuff Baw Baw, composed and written by Kaya and Christopher Azzopardi and “Tintarella di Luna”. Daria Birzu, from Romania obtained the second position in this category. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O-DCBHcGkM

In the second category (from 10 to 12 years), Rutger Scicluna Galea was the youngest participant who managed to reach the final. Rutger obtained the third position and the best interpretation award. Rutger interpreted the song “Lehen it-tfal”, composed and written by Kaya and Christopher Azzopardi and “Adagio”. This was Rutger’s second international experience after last May, he obtained the same position in an international festival in Poland. The Romanian Andreea Oprisan obtained second place whilst another Romanian, Viorela Storian placed first. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEaZDexdFl8

Chantelle Abela participated in the third and last category (between 13 and 16 years) Chantelle obtained a prestigious certificate to sing in Russia in February 2013. She interpreted the song “Semmghali Għanja ħelwa” written and composed by Kaya and Joe Chircop and “Just walk away”. The “Gran Prix” winner was Presiyana Dimitrova from Bulgaria. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYSOODEvbPY

On behalf of our editorial team, we would like to congratulate all the mentioned participants and wish them all the best of luck in their musical career and moreover, we encourage other participants to seek for such international opportunities, which surely boost their musical career and also strengthen their characters and personality. 

Source: escflashmalta.com, Kaya (Press Release)

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:21

Malta: Success for Young Stars in Poland

In the past couple of years, there have been a number of influential individuals who with years of practice have taken up the role of vocal coaches. Experience is surely an important asset and in fact, one of the most popular teachers in the country is none other than Kaya otherwise known as Priscilla Psaila who boasts a strong repertoire of original songs in both Maltese and English. She has been quite successful with her students actually and she has just returned from another showcase in the city of Czestechowa within Poland in a competition called the May Festival. The students who took up the position in the competition were Anhelica Pace of nine years, Rutger Scicluna who is ten years old, Maria Christina Desira who is thirteen and Grezia Urry, the eighteen year old teenager.

The performances abroad were mostly of cover versions as Anhelica for example finishing in third place following her rendition of the song I Surrender having been chosen to represent our country due to the her previous experiences in a number od competitions including Lithuania and Romania. In the meantime, Rutger and Grezia were doing their country proud for the very first time with yet another third place finish with performances of the songs Hero and Con Il Tuo Nome. The last participant being Maria Christina also competed and received the best result of all of the children finishing in first place with the performance of the song Gli Uomini Non Cambiano. All of them are extremely happy with what they have managed to achieve and on behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, I would like to congratulate them on sublime results. Stay tuned for more of such news in the days, weeks and months to come.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9aFYKLCmtw

Published in Local Music News