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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:10

MESC 2013: Annual ESCflashmalta Awards Return

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become a well respected event in the local music calender with several artists trying their luck to be amongst the elite showcase in which twenty-four acts compete against each other for the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which in 2013 will be taking place in the city of Malmö within Sweden. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway and each respective participant is receiving ample promotion through all their representative media outlets including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta amongst others with appearances on lifestyle programmes such as TVPM, current affairs programmes such as TV Hemm and TVAM and of course on radio breakfast shows. Nevertheless, whilst the result for the actual competition is decided, escflashmalta.com will engage a series of awards which for the second year running will then be handed out on television.

2013 will definitely prove to be an important year considering that many foreigners find our selection process quite positive. As a matter of fact, criticism has been very minimal and this will ultimately show the country moving forward musically. We have decided on three awards for yet another year starting with the Public Award which will be a public poll set to be engaged pretty soon where our system will record each IP Address so that one could only submit one vote, the Media Award which will be the choice of personnel from radio stations, television broadcasters and print media and last but not least, there is also the one which bears the most work, the Critics Award which will feature heavily in January due to the daily reviews we plan on publishing. Five members of the foreign music industry have been contacted and have gladly accepted to listen to the entries and judge them accordingly. Their criticism will appear in the reviews published daily but all the results will be revealed after the competition comes to an end. Therefore, no trouble there.

Our collaboration for 2013 will be taking place with NET Television noting that the editorial team of escflashmalta.com have been in contact with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in the past couple of days securing the announcement of the three awards on the popular magazine programme which airs on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri. The international critics which we have engaged barely need any introduction noting that we have managed to garner the likes of Sharon Vaughn, a songwriter who written songs for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, Emilia, September, Joe McElderry, Jedward and Charlotte Perelli as well as Roberto Meloni who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Latvia on two occasions, the first time on 2007 with Bonaparti.lv and their entry Questa Notte which reached the final and finished in fourteenth place and also the following year with Pirates of Sea performing the track Wolves of the Sea which also managed to reach the final and finished in twelfth place. Since then, he has been working on a number of solo tracks so this is definitely one of the many artists to look out for.


Another individual who has gladly accepted our invite is Stanor Simor from Slovakia who is a producer and has worked with a number of popular artists in Eastern Europe, amongst them Tereza Krendlova who represented the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. His work has been certified platinum on a number of occasions and considering the growing influence of the East, it is imperative to get an eat to analyse such music. The fourth and very respecting member of the critics is Lina Eriksson who has written for a notable amount of Swedish artists throughout the years including Jessica Andersson, Marie Picasso, Thomas Di Leva, and Nordman. She also co-write the 2010 Irish entry; It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh. She has made it to the Melodifestivalen selection for a number of years and is signed to EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia. The final member of this years' team is a welcome return of Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who was also the songwriter of the British entry back in 2003. 

Just in case, anything goes wrong including a possibility that one of the critics worked with local artists in the past, Knut Oyvind-Hagen who is a singer/songwriter, known for his hit track Rocket Ride which finished second in the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix is also on stand by. As one of the main figures at the Norwegian broadcaster; NRK, he surely knows a thing or two behind the selection of the right song. He is standing in for Sharon Vaughn on the track Needing You by Kevin Borg due to the fact that they know each other professionally. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months because the coverage of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest is surely going to be cracking and we would like you to support all of the artists as much as possible so keep sharing their videos. We would also like to thank Spiteri Lucas Entertainment for their kind support through the programme Sas-Sitta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment


Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:29

MESC 2013: Television Promotion Begins Today

The preview videos have become an annual tradition noting that their existence has become vital as a means of promotion and the Public Broadcasting Services should be commended for their effort in this regard. As a matter of fact, the clips are being shared even international and become even more popular as they are coming on related tags even on viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, the focus will now turn to local television as artists try to garner as much exposure as possible through a pre-planned schedule of appearances planned by the broadcaster through some of the major programmes. This is a means where the people will get to watch the video of the respective performer whilst also getting to know the artist a little bit better, something which is always quite appreciated.

It has to be noted that in the past two years, things have been rather intriguing with the interviews ranging from anything from the song to typical questions which relate to personal life. One of the shows which has been chosen to promote the entry is none other than TV HEMM produced by Where's Everybody, the popular company which makes several programmes for the national broadcaster, Television Malta. It is expected that daytime television will also be incorporating the elements that make the promotion viable due to the various demographics that each programme manages to reach. It is yet unknown what will happen but of course, from Monday to Friday, last year Television Malta proudly promoted the tracks through the programme Sellili hosted by 2000 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Claudette Pace but now another show known as TVPM has taken the time slot and it is hosted by Eurovision Artist Coordinator, Peter Carbonaro and Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist, Corazon. We will be keeping you posted with the schedule as much as possible so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services


Published in Local Music News

The twenty-first edition of the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was organized on The Granaries in Floriana more than three weeks ago with many somewhat surprised at the final result as announced by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber whose sheer professionalism shined throughout the whole evening broadcasted on NET Television. In the lead up to the competition, many had been talking about who the eventual winner would be and our poll is somewhat reflecting that opinion once more although it is to be noted that most of the votes for Deborah C and her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna came from Gozo, the Maltese sister island from which, the performer comes from. According to the readers of escflashmalta.com though it seems that it is the only point of agreement with two stars emerging out of their shadows to take centre stage finishing in second and third place in our poll, despite somewhat finishing in the second part of the top ten in the official results as revealed exclusively by this media outlet, the morning after the competition.

In a quick analysis of the results, it seems that the first major winner is none other than the eighteen year old; Danica Muscat whose reputation in the industry is quickly starting to precede her. She gave a masterful performance of the song Indipendenti penned by Cher Vella to the music of her father, Philip. Overall, the track finished in sixth place but our readers seem to believe that it should have been the one to challenge Deborah C for the victory noting the eventual runner-up; Marilena Gauci with the song Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop could only manage seventh place in our poll. The statistic is somewhat extremely intriguing when one notes that the experience of the two performers is somewhat similar with Danica having a slighter edge having been to Italy on the show Io Canto on Canale 5 and thus gaining the opportunity to perform with some of the most well known names in the Italian music industry whilst receiving advice from world wide stars in the form of James Blunt as acknowledged in our recent exclusive interview. Both performers will be submitting tracks for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.


The second biggest winner in the poll seems to be the rather unknown Rachel Verzin whose sheer talent evolved quickly on stage as she gave a rousing performance of the track Dell L-Istilel composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. This was the first ever nationwide competition for Rachel and it almost did not happen when the backing track played and stopped in the first couple of seconds. Remaining calm and relaxed though, she performed with confidence, enough to earn her eight place with the jury on the evening. The actual third place was given to Domenique with the song Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella which ended up in fourth place within our poll meaning that the people somewhat agreed with the official placing that the young, upcoming performer achieved during the evening. Another notable mention when taking this poll into consideration is the result achieved by Julie Pomorski with the song Għidli Int written by Augusto Cardinali which finished in fifth place as opposed to the tenth place result given by the jury on the night. A stunning performance left several people blank and it seems that her comeback has hit the right note already. The opinion in the poll only reflects the opinion of the readers and not of the editorial board behind this website.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:59

Malta: A Rising Star in Domenique

Age is only just a number and indeed, this is surely the case for the upcoming artist known as Domenique who brings in several experiences to help aid our profile build up noting that she has been in most competitions held within the local music scene, with the most prominent surely being the Junior Eurosong competition where she has made the most appearances. Years have gone by and thus, the experiences in that particular showcase come to an end with the future looking extremely bright. There were slight doubts but they were banished when Domenique came out on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2009 within the Teenage Category with the song Miegħi Hemm Int composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner. It was a brand new journey and one which will be taking Domenique far into the local music industry, especially noting that local and foreign critics have been extremely supportive.

As stated, this was only the beginning with Domenique making it to the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest in 2010 with the track Violet Skies composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. She had the opportunity to perform with the renowned Annabelle Debono who backed Morena at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest and was also the backing vocal for Claudia Faniello at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past two years. The following year, she would return to the competition with the song Love Trap written by Clinton Paul. Ultimately though, the most intriguing experience of her music career up to this point would come in the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest making it to the semi-final stage with the track I'll Follow The Sunshine composed by Ralph Siegel and penned by Bern Meinunger. The renowned songwriting duo wrote the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1982 and Domenique was one of the youngest artists that they worked with according to their discography. Her most recent experience though has brought out the first major trophy noting that the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza saw Domenique finish in third place with the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.


With the submissions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 a month away, it will be quite a challenge to see whether she will be able to make it through to the live stages of the competition but with resounding success in the past couple of weeks, months and years, it will be quite undeniable that this girl has not only the talent to succeed but also the chops that are seriously required for making it within the respective business. Experience does indeed play a major role but then again, it can only be gained by virtue of having talent and thus that is what it important about such notable names who are improving with each showcase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks as we continue bringing you the latest news from the local and foreign music scene in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest whilst also keeping you entertained with our respective features about some of the best artists that the industry is proud to present.

Source: YouTube, escflashmalta.com, Julian Lee Richie


Published in Local Music News

One of the most prominent dates on the local music calender is surely the one which features the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which is somewhat known as the largest competition in the country to feature original songs in the Maltese language. The annual spectacle is organized by Media.Link Communications has always provided a lot of entertainment for those watching noting that most of the artists to have competed have somewhat gained a name for themselves and are ultimately even achieving a respectable status in foreign waters. The standard of the competition has always been maintained at an extremely high level and this year is no different noting that all of the finalists were picked through internal auditions in front of musically trained professionals as well as people with vast years of experience within the music industry. Nevertheless, the key to success for both an artist and a competition is promotion and henceforth, for yet another year, Media.Link Communications along with the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza have carefully divulged a programme which gives exposure to each of the respective finalists. 

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a host of talent noting that there are a number of newcomers as well as individuals who have been rightfully earning their place in the local music industry. Apart from meeting three (3) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. In fact, last week, the programme had the honour of meeting up with none other than Christabelle and Lyndsay who have been dominating the local music charts in recent months. In the meantime, NET Television and their professional crew have been busy recording all of the songs, preview videos, which were uploaded through viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, we encourage you to follow Indifest and escflashmalta.com to to get to know the people in the competition better.


For the fourth programme of Indifest, Mark Azzopardi, the Chairman of this years' committee for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza returns as producer alongside Lisa Libreri who has taken up the role of co-producer in the past three weeks. Nevertheless the fact remains that it is somewhat imperative that things work out in the manner that they do as the interests of the competition are always brought about to the programme. In the meantime, the amount of dedication being put in general is shown through the actual programme on Tuesday evening which is being hosted by none other than Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa, two names who are very much synonomous to both NET Television and the Maltese viewers.  In this weeks' episode, the main guests from the Established Category will be none other than Domenique Azzopardi with the song Tama' u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella as well as Julie Pomorski with the track Għidli Int written by Augusto Cardinali.
From the teenage category, there will also be a live performance by Mikaela Bajada who will be giving a live performance of the song X'Sar Minnhom composed by Miriam Christine Warner and penned by Joe Chircop. The special guests for this week will be none other than one of the more recent winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the astonishing Amber who has just performed with Kurt Calleja in the Eurovision Song Contest as well as Joseph Calleja during his annual summer concert as well as Jan Pace who took up the stage name of Jan Cortez and released the song My World alongside Carlo Gerada reaching the top spot in the local music charts on 89.7 Bay. So tonight at around 20:30 CET, make sure to tune in to another programme of Indifest on NET Television.

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk that when it comes to local competitions, the music scene has been somewhat in decline noting that there have been a number of artists to have kept their place with no upcoming talent taking a shot at becoming part of the future but all seems to be changing especially when looking at the last couple of months. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest remains to be the biggest event throughout the year and it seems that a set of professional judges made sure to pick the best possible talent that submitted this time round noting a different emergence of acts that did well to represent the music scene. Despite all of this, the public still needs to embrace new talent when it comes to the tele-voting portion of the competition. Other local competitions like the Konkors kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Għanja tal-Poplu also present opportunities for new talent to emerge. 

One of the most highly regarded individuals to come out in recent months has been none other than the extremely competent Danica Muscat whose stunning vocals at eighteen years old are ones to look out for many years to come. The very first time that she shined in a competition was during the Junior Eurosong back in 2007 when she performed the track Stolen which she wrote herself. Unfortunately, she could only manage second place losing out to Cute whose entry Music was deemed to fit the Junior Eurovision Song Contest better. Nevertheless, she continued to grow and made it to the live shows of the hit reality music show Io Canto in Italy as shown on Canale 5. She did ultimately return to Malta and entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2011 with a track penned by Christopher Azzopardi and composed by Marco Debono entitled Kliem Li M'Għidtlek Qatt. Despite being sick, she gave a masterful performance and finished in tenth place. Her culminating moment came at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this year, making the finals with the song 7 Days written by Philip Vella. She is looking forward to competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the second time with the song Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.


Another masterful name to come out of the Junior Eurosong selection is that of Domenique whose name is surely recognizable by a lot of standards considering the success she has managed to receive in a number of local competitions during the years. Unfortunately, the consistent attempts to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest did not work out too well noting that she did enter the competition way back in 2005 with It's Time to Party and in 2006 with The Key without reminding ourselves of her Junior Rodeo duet with Kurt Galea in 2007 and her last entry being Jigsaw Puzzle in 2010. Her first major competition would be the Teenage category of the Talent Żagħżugħ in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Miegħi Hemm Int composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner but people will surely remember her even more for making the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the song I'll Follow the Sunshine written by a pair of foreigners, those who wrote the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1982. Nevertheless, she is also looking forward to competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.

Source: JJ Chircop (Image), escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News

During these past few years, the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been growing due to the fact that new minds were brought in to make sure that the showcase moves into a modern era where music speaks to the listeners especially when it is in an official language of the country. This is the case with this competition noting that it is only one of the two that showcase Maltese in terms of music. A number of poets have long been trying to get the people to appreciate the language but when done in song, it could be assessed even further noting that people tend to hum lyrics to the melody. The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a variety of participants who are somewhat representing the dawn of a new age noting that most of them are either newcomers or those who have gained popularity in just a couple of years. We are presenting the tracks one by one and today, the tide turns towards Domenique who will be performing the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.

The nineteenth track to be presented during the evening of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa translates to Hope and Courage noting that the lyrics speak volumes about the history that the people of Malta had to go through to obtain the freedom that they proclaim to have in the present day. The performer of the track in the meantime has already managed to obtain a name for herself in the past couple of years especially due to the fact that she has taken the longer route which has proven successful for a number of stars here in the country. Domenique had appeared within a number of festivals and television programmes during the years noting that she had tried to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for quite a couple of years. Nevertheless, since making it to the teenage category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Miegħi Hemm Int which translates into You're There With Me composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner, she has also made the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the track I'll Follow the Sunshine written by Ralph Siegel and Dr. Bernd Meinunger.

Philip Vella has written a large number of songs for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and whilst he remains, the most successful composer in the country when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it seems he has not been utterly lucky in this competition having won it on just one previous occasion, that come very recently in 2009 when Annabelle Debono performed the song 1964 which was penned by Mark Amaira. Nevertheless, he is still composing music to Maltese lyrics with quite a number of songs having passed through to this stage of the competition. He co-writer this time round on a total of three entries, I believe is none other than his daughter, Cher Vella whose first experience at co-writing came earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having written the lyrics to the song In Your Eyes performed by Lawrence Gray. This is the first time that she has written lyrics in Maltese and the family duo will be hoping for more success in the future now that such a collaboration has started. Remember, to listen to the track Tama u Kuraġġ in the official preview video just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more features about the participants in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.


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