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Fabrizio Faniello took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions; the first time in 2001 with the track Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela and penned by Georgina and the second time in 2006 with I Do which he co-wrote alongside Aldo Spiteri. Since his final rendition in the international competition, he has returned to the local music scene and built his image with the release of a brand new album brilliantly entitled No Surrender featuring a host of hit singles including his 2011 entry in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest of the same name as well as the recently released track The Hardest Thing written by Wayne Hector and Gary Barlow. escflashmalta.com was proud to take up the video exclusively last weekend as you can view here and we were also the first to announce about the upcoming visits in Italy and Germany where the two time representative was invited to attend the respective OGAE Meetings.

In an interview given to OGAE Italy, Fabrizio Faniello confirmed that he will be submitting an entry into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and many people will be surprised by the genre that he will be taking up because he would like to mix it up from what he has come up with thus far showing that music can revolve and even reinvent itself. Fabrizio said that not everyone agrees with his intentions to take part and this is due to the fact that he should give his place to upcoming performers but then again, not everything should be about the artist, but more about the possibility of having a hit song. The two time representative went onto add that he would love to be in the Sanremo competition with his Italian heritage coming to show on countless occasions. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Fabrizio Faniello all the very best of luck with his current career endeavours and we hope to see him in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the months to come. Stay tuned for more news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: OGAE Italy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lKjuPYeM4A

Published in Local Music News

Professionalism is the key to success in the music industry and one of the artists who has definitely showed strength and compassion in returning to what he does best is Fabrizio Faniello, the man who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest on two separate and distinct occasions; in 2001 with the track Another Summer Night finishing in ninth place and in 2006 with the song I Do finishing in a languishing bottom position which many somewhat disagree with nevertheless. Following a couple of months and years away from the music scene in order to settle a number of issues, the male performer returned with a bang at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the track No Surrender which later on throughout the year would also become the lead single off his latest album of the same. The compilation features tracks written by local and foreign writers but then again, one of the songs, a cover of the Toše Proeski hit; The Hardest Thing stands out from the rest for the sheer power that Fabrizio has given it. The song which was the last single from the Balkan performer and was written by Wayne Hector, Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow of Take That fame, was also set to launch the artist but unfortunately, he passed away far too quickly. escflashmalta.com has the pleasure to exclusively reveal the video for Fabrizio's version of The Hardest Thing thanks to CAP-Sounds, Universal Music Germany and Spectre Media.

Since returning back to music, Fabrizio has shown clear dedication in this respective field, launching a brand new solo career in Asia where he has become a star in the likes of Indonesia after releasing his debut album over there, a compilation of hits from his last couple of albums in the official language of the respective country. Nevertheless, his fan base in Europe has never forgotten him and he has been invited to attend two spectacular OGAE Meetings in the next couple of weeks; the first one being held in the town of Bologna, Italy on the 27th October and the second one being that organised in the city of Cologne, Germany on the 24th November. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com has also spoke to Fabrizio to learn the idea behind releasing this song as his latest single considering that it is a cover and this is what he had to tell us 'This is coming at a right time in my life as really I am going through something similar of what the song is talking about. I’m honoured that I’m singing a Gary Barlow song and thanks & respect to Toše who walked away too early…' Fabrizio Faniello maintains an outstanding reputation by virtue of putting the past behind him and looks towards the future. He is always described as a hard working performer by his manager; Manfred Holz of CAP-Sounds, based in Germany under the watchful eye of Universal Music Germany. It is yet unconfirmed on whether he will be submitting any tracks to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 but stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: Universal Music Germany, Spectre Media, CAP-Sounds, Manfred Holz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lKjuPYeM4A

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 18 October 2012 23:29

MESC 2013: Who Is The One To Beat?

As the preparations for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest are underway with the composers, authors and singers finalizing their entries, the common public have already started discussing who they think is the clear favourite to succeed Kurt Calleja in Malmo, Sweden. Big names from the local radio industry have been mentioned throughout but attracting them to the local competition is always challenging but if any of them submit and make it through to the finals they will surely stand a good chance to do well and possibly win.

Albeit this, though it seems that the front runner for this years’ contest is none other than last year’s second runner up Amber. Amber made a name for herself after managing to come second in the local talent show ‘ID’ and from then on she never looked back. She participate in the Malta Hit Song Contest and the year after went on to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Trid Tapprezza. The same year she made it through the semi-finals of the contest with two songs Touch Wood and Catch 22, with the latter making it through to the final stages of the competition. 

Last year, it was Amber’s second time in the contest and she captured the judges’ attention achieving a third place thanks to her power rendition of Answer with Your Eyes. From this experience onwards, Amber was presented with a number of opportunities. She was approached by PBS to accompany Kurt Calleja in Baku as his main backing vocalist. This experience gave her a taste of the Eurovision world and having carried a vital role last year, some people thing that this could be her year; all this assuming that Amber is submitting an entry to this year’s competition but if she does she will surely be the main front runner. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

The other favourite will surely be Claudia Faniello who was last year’s first runner-up with her magical song Pure. A lot of people think that Claudia Faniello’s year was last year but if she decides to return to the competition for the eighth time expect her to return with a something strong and original. It will take something special to surpass Pure but Claudia showed what she is capable of achieving last year and few would be surprised if she manages to come back with something even stronger. So, if she returns no one should count her out, especially considering the strong results she’s had in recent years.

The return of former entrants is always possible. Fabrizio Faniello has been trying for a number of times and he has always done well. He is just one of two singers who represented Malta on more than one occasion and if he succeeds, he will emulate Chiara's feat. Other entrants who tried again after their win include; Paul Giordimaina  Georgina, Mary Spiteri, William Mangion, Moira&Chris, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. The return of some of these is remote but others have kept in touch with festivals and haven't ruled out a return. These mainly include Olivia Lewis, Miriam Christine and Ludwig Galea; if any of these return, they will surely pose a significant threat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJSkfmXGIG4

Having mentioned the two main front runners one cannot forget other talented individuals who have been participating in the contest for a number of years. The finalists in recent years have all presented strong entries and none should be underestimated in such a competition. After all this is a song contest which should reward the best song at the end of the night and not a popularity contest. Two years ago, an unknown Thea Garrett won the hearts of the local public and the judges’ votes with her power ballad My Dream. So who knows, it might be someone new who can repeat the same feat, although it is not an easy one, surely it isn't impossible. 

Well, there are a lot of questions that are left to be answered, most of these questions will be answered in the upcoming days when the submissions come to a close at the end of this month but until then we have to play the waiting game. We cannot really comment either before we hear the final versions of the songs that will be submitted this year but we would like you to share your views with us on which singer, singers or bands you think should be the ones succeeding Kurt Calleja. In the meantime, keep following escflashmalta.com for all the latest updates about the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkViSbSwD_0

Published in Editorials

The music industry is somewhat always yearning for brand new male artists to conquer the scene noting that the numbers are extremely dismal in this regard with females having somewhat of an edge each time even within a competition. This has not been the case in Malta with the last two representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest both being male, noting Glen Vella in 2011 and also Kurt Calleja in 2012. One particular individual who could never be forgotten though is surely none other than two time representative Fabrizio Faniello whose performances are known for bringing a bit of sizzle to the overall competition. Following his disappointing result the second time round, he disappeared only to return back stronger than ever, releasing yet another album of original material in English entitled No Surrender making that recording his fifth studio album thus far. His success in Malta has transcended into Asia actually with Indonesian radio picking up on Fabrizio and play-listing his songs. One of the most interesting things is that CAP Sounds have also managed to sign a Record Deal with Nagaswara for the release of a number of tracks and compilations in Indonesian language.

Thus far, the number has been limited but one does have to keep in mind that Fabrizio is learning a new language and giving meaning to the song as if performing it within a mother tongue, be it either Maltese or English. The very first of the matter remains that his latest single entitled Aku Punya Dia is actually the track Heavenly as had been released in his sophomore album When We Danced. The song which was written by his former writing partners Paul & Georgina Abela is a beautiful ballad and it is now being officially accompanied by a video release which tells the story of a romantic couple who seem to be facing some trouble after what seemed to be very much a misunderstanding. Fabrizio has been trying to return to the Eurovision Song Contest for the past two years and actually it seems that the people would not mind him returning to the competition especially considering that he has managed to reach both fourth (4th) and sixth (6th) position in the final standings. The mixture of votes has also been highlighted noting that he has received good points from both the judges and the tele-voters therefore, we will ultimate see whether he will get such a chance in the future. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene and former representatives such as Fabrizio Faniello.

Source: CAP-Sounds

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZdfcqwnLpyQ

Published in Local Music News

The 1998 edition of the Malta Song for Europe remains to be one of the most interesting competitions to have ever been held in our country due to the fact that it breathed a wave of new talent, two particular artists who would ultimately go onto represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest on multiple occasions, one of them being a female by the name of Chiara who would almost bring the event home and the other one being Fabrizio Faniello who continuously represents the country in frantic fashion overseas. In the past couple of years, the comeback of one of Malta's biggest exports has been rewarded by the amount of time and effort he puts into his projects. He has become somewhat a star in Asia with people knowing him as an artist, and buying his latest record Kasmaran which features his hit songs recorded in Indonesian.

 

His latest single success coming off the album is for the track Aku Punya Dia which many people will remember as to being Heavenly in his sophomore album When We Danced. The track originally composed by Paul Abela and penned by Georgina Abela has been reworked by Pongki Barata. I must say that it does not really sound any different and when Fabrizio sings these songs again, his fans will clearly become reminiscent of the beautiful ballads he had sung in the past. For the past two years, Fabrizio has tried to return to the Eurovision Song Contest believing that he does have a score to settle and his initial track entitled No Surrender finished in fourth place whilst this years' track I Will Fight For You (Papa's Song) finished in a respectacle sixth place. He has garnered good points from both juries and tele-voting so with the right track. he will definitely go back there. The latest track in Indonesia though is currently found at number #3 in the official top forty and that is a huge achievement for someone who did not have a connection with the nation up until a couple of months ago. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest on Fabrizio Faniello and other local artists.

Source: Nagaswara Music Corporation, Eurovision.tv (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPwso9PIo9g

One of the leading stars in the local music scene is surely Fabrizio Faniello having had the honour of representing the country at the Eurovision Song Contest on two separate occasions, the first one being in 2001 with the song Another Summer Night and the second time in 2006 with the track I Do noting that the results were opposite each other reflective the positive and negative aspects on each side. Following a hiatus, Fabrizio decided to come back to what he loves doing and started by recording a track for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza entitled Futur which finished in third place before making his national return in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the track No Surrender which finished in fourth place before trying for another time in 2012 with the track I Will Fight For You (Papa's Song) which would manage a sixth position.

Everything has been quite positive and the release of his album has just helped things even further actually. At the moment, just prior to a day which celebrates father, this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest track is making waves in the Belgian and the German radio charts noting that it has been available for more than six weeks and currently sits at number #4 as you can see through the official website. On the other hand in Belgium, through BRF1 (Belgischer Rundfunk) he has managed to enter at number #14 for the first time this week. One other major endorsement for this song has been in the United States actually where the retail store Abercromie & Fitch has requested the song to be played within all of their respective shops in the the country giving the track notable exposure in a leading fashion outlet in the world. Fabrizio will continue representing the country in the best possible way and we will be keeping you posted with everything that is going on so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news!

Source: CAP-Sounds, Manfred Holz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPwso9PIo9g

Published in Local Music News

The Beland community has always been the one to organize different events that help promote local talent and attract locals to their events. It all started back in 2006 with the concert Alive and from then onward they never looked back. Last year they took the initiative of organizing a week full of concerts with different number of guests throughout the week. escflashmalta.com was on site for most of the days and the crowd just got bigger and bigger with each passing day; surely something the organizers hoped for from the start. This meant one thing – the event was a huge success and when you have a successful formula you stick to it hence why the Beland Music Festival is BACK. 

The festival will open on the 12th of May and will come to an end on the 20th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will probably be better and even bigger. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. For the second straight year, the festival will take place in the Market Square in Zejtun and like last year it will take the form of an open air concert which will run for nine straight days. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.

Saturday - 12th May at 20:30

Winter Moods Live

Supporting Act: The Crowns

 

Sunday - 13th May at 10:00

Wheelspin Car Show

‘Belt l-ghannejja’ - Maltese folkloristic music (Ghana) will be performed by local folk singers and guitarists, with Kelinu Cutajar (Is-Superstar) 

 

Sunday - 13th May at 12:00

‘Belandfest’ - Marathon of entertainment with activity for all the family and many attractions including dance shows, animation teams and music performances. There will also be the mobile Blood Donation Unit to encourage people to donate blood and save lives. 

 

Sunday - 13th May at 20:30

‘Delicata Wine Night’ - Live concert by Cash & band, Planet Feed and Antz Walking.

 

Monday - 14th May at 20:30

‘Nostalgija’ - Special concert gathering most of the well-known local singers together to perform live their Maltese classics that have been entertaining the public over the last four decades. Amongst the artists taking part are Freddie Portelli, Bajzo, Georgina, Christian Arding, Bartolo Sisters (daughters of Sammy Bartolo), Tony Camilleri, Joe George and Mike Spiteri, all live with the Band of Mro. Paul Abela. 

 

Tuesday - 15th May at 20:30

‘Malta Pop Show’ - Pop concert with Malta's most famous Pop singers, including Claudia Faniello, Gianni, Richard Edwards, Fabrizio Faniello, Muxu, Christabelle, Urban Echoe, Keith Dance Studio and more. 

 

Wednesday - 16th May at 20:30

‘Think Floyd - The Definitive Pink Floyd Experience’; International Live tribute show of the legendary group Pink Floyd. 

 

Thursday - 17th May at 20:30

‘The Green Gathering’ - Exactly one month before the feast of Zejtun, all the Beland family and feast enthusiasts will meet at Market Square for this big gathering. 

 

Friday - 18th May at 20:30

Airport Impressions Live

Supporting act: Dry Connections

 

Saturday - 19th May at 20:30

‘Alive The Concert’ - A big concert with Malta's best voices, including Chiara and Glen Vella.

(UEFA Champions League final will be shown on Big Screen). 

 

Sunday - 20th May at 19:15

Zejtun Youth Mass

 

Sunday - 20th May at 20:30

‘Beland Spectacular’ - The grand closing of the week, with the Beland Band in the leading role in a live concert with a number of famous singers, namely; Mary Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Thea Garrett, Mikaela, Wayne Micallef, Eleanor Cassar and Raquela. 

One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 12th of May to the 20th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. escflashmalta.com is proud to support this event in fact aiding in the production of the 'Malta Pop Show'. Stay tuned for more information.

Source: Facebook Official Page, The Beland Music Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i4rqx2ZPX4

Published in Local Music News

Maltese people tend to comment that the local music scene tends to be monopolized by some of the leading figures but then again, it is somewhat of an achievement what some artists have managed to overcome, some have even lost their place amongst the elite before regaining it because it is something that they strive to achieve. One of such individuals is none other than Fabrizio Faniello, the two time Eurovision Song Contest representative who was actually the first local artist to reach foreign waters for quite some time by virtue of signing a management and record deal with the German based company CAP Sounds which saw him succeed in countries such as Norway, Sweden and Germany. He released a multitude of albums which peaked at number #1 in Malta but following his second stint at the musical event, in which he did not perform well in the results, he was somewhat sidelined. Nevertheless, he did not give up and returned better than ever with brand new material.

Fabrizio Faniello would like to give the Eurovision Song Contest another shot and it does not look like the people do not want him to do saw placing him in fifth position in the Maltese selection for two years in succession. In recent months, he secured a record deal with Nagasawara, which is actually quite well known in Asia and together with his management, Fabrizio is creating a successful career there having managed to perform with some of the most popular groups in the continent. He has made a name for himself and has thousands of fans waiting to hear him perform every time that he is billed to make an appear somewhere making him somewhat of a star because he is now being hounded even at the airport showing him what a true star feels like. The time zone is of course very different in Asia and what I do know is that Fabrizio just launched a brand new album entitled Kasmaran there and is performing in a major event today actually.

Source: CAP-Sounds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nxgkLl9C0Y

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