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Max Gazze’ and Gigi D'Alessio are known as two of the most identifiable performers in Italy and one of the things which they seem to share is the love of performing with others and one of the individuals that they have shared the stage with is none other than the Maltese pop/rock chic, Ira Losco whose catapult to fame was gradual through public perception. Following the release of her last studio album in 2008 known as Fortune Teller which included a string of hits including Idle MotionDon't Look DownShoulders of Giants and What's The Matter With You? amongst others, it seems that Ira wanted to take some time off and indeed she did but late in 2011, she made her intentions to return quite clear and in the summer of 2012, she made this happen with the release of a brand new single entitled What I'd Give which has seen her triumph at the Bay Music Awards and the ONE Tribute Awards. The performances from her are becoming a joy to watch again and she is definitely back in the spotlight once more.

Last night, escflashmalta.com was present during an open air gig that Ira Losco was giving in the recently inaugurated open air theatre in Valletta and joined by her band members including Peter and Ivan Borg from the band, Red Electrick, it was a set which will not be forgotten noting that in one hour and a half, she managed to play around three covers and most of her song book including three songs entitled Me Luv You Long TimeIs This the Love? and What I'd Give from the brand new album which title is yet to be revealed and it will in due course through escflashmalta.com hence forth why she kept on giving clues for the people to answer during the evening, one of them being that this particular element is easy to ignite as it is to extinguish. Remember that you win several prizes with us so make sure to send us your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the 9th January 2013 when we will be unveiled the name of the winners as well as the album respectively. Watching her performances last night was a true gift noting that her vocals are faultless and the energy delivered is merited throughout. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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Published in Local Music News

Hiatus has been coined to be a difficult word especially when an artist calls for some time off with the idea to focus on other areas of life but then again, a comeback would definitely be seen within a bigger picture and this is something that Ira Losco has been planning for the past couple of months with the release of her recent single What I'd Give reminding her fans and the industry that she is still the leading solo female artist in the country and will work even harder to make sure that she does indeed stay within the spotlight. The festive season is upon us and just hours before the actual Christmas day, Ira Losco along with her band comprising of Alex Mallia, Ivan Borg, Peter Borg and Steve Muscat will be giving a performance at the Open Air Theatre in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. In fact, the session has been scheduled for the 23rd December between 19:30 and 21:00 CET respectively.

In recent days, Ira Losco continued to show that she is a force to be reckoned with after receiving the prestigious DJ's Award at the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards as well as another Award at the ONE Tribute Show for Interpretation, Writing, Style and Video in the brand new single What I'd Give which will be part of a yet untitled album planned for release at the end of January. This brand new album will be the first release from Ira Losco since Fortune Teller back in 2010 and will definitely be well worth the wait according to producer Howard Keith and the artist herself who have regularly been keeping people updated through their social networking pages on Facebook. In collaboration with Jagged House and Ira Losco, we are asking you to answer this question; What Is the Name of Ira Losco's Brand New Album? There are no hints available so it could really be anything to be honest but try your luck and guess. Managing to get the right answer might entitle you to win a copy of the album itself, along with two signed photos. Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 9th January 2013 at Noon with the winners announced later on within that day.

Source: Jagged House, Ira Losco, Emil Calleja Bayliss (photo)

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Published in Local Music News

89.7 Bay embarked on a mission a couple of years back to promote the local music scene and considering the astonishing amount of tracks that have been played on the radio station throughout this particular year, it seems that their efforts are paying off noting that success has become their trademark. The ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards which took place last night at the Bay Arena in St Julians were running under the theme Party Like It's The End of the World and there was a buzzing feeling in the crowd featuring people of all generations, representing the various artists who were nominated or performed. The build up was intense and several people were left on edge until the first performance, even preceding the introduction of the hosts took place. A lot was riding on the evening which included live performances for the very first time and apart from some mixing issues in the beginning of two performances, one could say it was a huge success.

89.7 Bay well represents the upcoming generation of artists and it seems that the fans that they are bringing with them are becoming more vocal when considering that the new guard was well promoted and ultimately ended up winning the most awards amongst seasoned veterans whose music is still very strong with the right to garner airplay and even nominations. Nevertheless, when tele-voting is the source of the actual vote, it is to be noted that the fan base becomes notorious and the younger generation have become accustomed to this element. Without a doubt, the live performances went down well with the crowd noting that Scar, BrookeChristabelleDimal ft Lyndsay and Red Electrick gave the show the much needed boost to make it stand out. The audience was in full support to the act pictures above though as announced at the latter stage of the evening by Benjamin Glover, one of the three hosts of the evening which also included Dorian Cassar of Bay Breakfast and Nathan D from Malta's Top Ten and the Drive-time Show.

The Bay Music Awards have become a welcome event in the local music calender and it was quite the evening when considering that following a two year break from the scene, Ira Losco made her return following her successful stint with her new single What I'd Give during the summer. The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative has been relatively busy in the past couple of months working on a brand new album which will be unveiled to the public in January. In the meantime, the biggest winners of the evening; Red Electrick are making headlines in several fields with one of their co-writes also competing in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as our collaboration with 89.7 Bay continues to develop in the way that it has in the past couple of months.
 

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Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:53

BMA 2012: The Songs Which Stand Out

The features with regards to the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards officially come to an end with the revelation of the tracks which the radio station has selected to represent the best elements of the industry for the past couple of months. Separate categories have already been well represented by solo artists or bands, those of which have already earned the right to be called established as well as those who are ready for their big break. In recent years, tracks released by local artists have been earning several positive criticism from foreign members of the press and this is due to the fact that there is more thought put in behind every piece of lyric and every note within the composition in itself. Record studios have become much more professionalism and production is sometimes even conducted abroad in order to have that perfect enhancement. 89.7 Bay has always been on the front line to promote the best possible tracks, ones which the people would enjoy listening to and are easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Song of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.

It is important to note that this is the only category which only comprises of four entries and kicking off things is none other than Ira Losco who earns a second nomination, this time for her track What I’d Give which is a different tune to what the people have come to expect from the former Eurovision Song Contest representative whose hiatus from music was somewhat well adapted for a major comeback. In fact, it is important to note that the genre of the new track, the lead single off her yet unnamed album is a mixture of soul, funk and a little bit of reggae making it extremely distinguishable from anything else on the market. Ira Losco has been around for quite some time noting that she first emerged in the local music scene by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza before finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest. Upon her return to Malta from the latter event, she joined forces with Howard Keith of Jagged House and together have created magic for many to enjoy. As previous stated, she is set to drop a brand new album in the beginning of next year.

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Two nominations during the evening are quite intriguing because one would definitely hope to end up finishing in the top position within both or at least one. The second act to garner a nomination is the group Red Electrick who have invented themselves in the past couple of months, coming up with brand new material which shows versatility in composition and vocals. As a matter of fact, one of such results is surely Paul which was a major hit earlier this year. Creative control has been the major element in their success having left on good terms with their management Jagged House with the idea to change their genre and ultimately be more mature in their decisions. Their debut single entitled Who The Heck Is Rek was and remains a crowd pleasure and is included in several of their playlists but then again, their recent album The Unplugged Sessions shows why the group have decided to take up issues in their own hands. The acoustic feel has saw them gain an edge over several other bands in the country.  Matthew and Peter have co-written the track Never Walk Away for Chris Grech in the next Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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My World has been described by critics and one of the most notable tracks to have been released within the summer months and this is surely the case according to the thoughts put forward by the people. Gaining a nomination in this category was no mean feat especially when one considers that a number of tracks were omitted from the list despite having the airplay and the credibility. Carlo Gerada is no newcomer to the music scene and has worked on several tracks in the past whilst Jan Cortez is slightly more fresh having come off a talent show a couple of years back where he did his best to prove his talent. This is a duo which has worked well and could be described as a combination of pleasure and hard work. As a matter of fact, despite being nominated for the best song category, it seems that they are heavily favoured to come out on top in another category featured earlier on, that being the one of Dance Music. They have definitely worked hard to show that they indeed could be successful and a possible double is not out of the equation especially with a large fan-base. 

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One would say that leaving the act for last means that they are the best and Scar have truly well represented the local music industry for several years with the band name stretching back a couple of decades and still proving successful. This band has always managed to remain at the top of the peoples’ acclaim due to the fact that they are current and promote music which the people enjoy. In their careers, they have been noted to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track As Long As You Know which managed to finish in sixth place whilst they prepare for a second participation next year as they participate with Superstar which is written by Konrad Pule who just happens to be the lead vocalist in the band. There is a certain aura and a chemistry which also makes them extremely likable and if they continue this acoustic feel to their songs, it also shows maturity, but one which is very different to that being presented by Red Electrick. The song which has garnered the nomination is a gem entitled White Lie and had also lead the charts a couple of weeks back.

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The was the fifth and last in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. Voting officially came to a close at midnight on Wednesday and therefore, votes cannot be cast but if so, they will not count and may still be charged. We hope that you have already cast your vote though. Nevertheless, you can also be part of the Bay Music Awards as a spectator by virtue of entering in our competition which could see you attending this years’ showcase. The question we’re asking is; Which female artist nominated for the Bay Music Awards has been to the Eurovision Song Contest? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by not later than Saturday 8th December 2013 at 23:59 CET. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:30

BMA 2012: Solo Artists That Stand Out

In the past, the local music scene was somewhat well adapted to promoting artists who had a solid solo career rather than possibly those who would team up and create a band although, the few which eventually did managed to release some stunning music as we pay them tribute. This has been a changing trend noting that there are a number of bands presently and they have been achieving a lot of success on both local and foreign waters, making them somewhat enviable at times. One should not fret about the other section of the industry though because the artists who are trying to do it on their own are also managing to find their feet with some funky modern music which is always enjoyed by the masses. 89.7 Bay has always been on the forefront to promote talent which is spectacular and easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Solo Artist of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.
 
 
Five solo artists have been given a nomination and it is up to their fans and radio listeners alike to select the very best from the possible choices. It is worth pointing out that three females will be competing against two males and the former take precedence as per gesture. In fact, the first nominee is Christabelle, a talented young individual who has been around for quite some time by virtue of working her way into public perception in a number of showcases such as the Junior Eurosong and the Għanja tal-Poplu competition before heading out to try and conquer the world of local radio, something that she has so far achieved successfully. For the past three years, Christabelle has gladly taken up the award noting that she has released a number of number #1 singles including; Everything About You, I Wanna KnowEverytime I Bleed and most recently Say which will be unveiled once more at the awards show in a different manner. Her latest single was proudly released onto digital platforms online through the help of CAP Sounds, a German company which runs under the supervision of Universal Music Germany and which has taken care of several Maltese entries in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past.
 
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The second artist to feature on the list of nominees does not need too much introduction either with Muxu building a solid fan-base over the years by virtue of releasing material in r'n'b format whilst also collaborating with a number of other artists along the way. The renowned male performer has managed to reach the higher echelons of the airplay at 89.7 Bay on several occasions including with tracks such as Still Missing You (ft. Talitha), Feel Good Song (ft. Davinia), Broken, Beat My DrumElectronicSo Good and his most recent release coming at the end of September entitled Pour Down On Me. Muxu has worked with escflashmalta.com several times, even releasing his last two music videos exclusively with this portal. He brings about variety and distinction and tends to stand out from the crowd just for the sake of being original. It is also worth noting that, just a couple of days ago, it was revealed that he is also one of the songwriters in the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as he penned the lyrics to the song Betrayed, composed by Elton Zarb, which will be performed on the semi-final of the showcase on the 1st February 2013.
 
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Moving onto artist number three, a female who goes by the stage name of Brooke, a talented young artist who does not live in Malta anymore choosing to pursue her career in the United Kingdom where she is also studying. In a similar route taken up by Christabelle, Brooke started from the Junior Song for Europe before showing prowess in her later years and began performing with up and coming singer Daniele, an Italian on a regular basis. Just a couple of years later, she also recorded the track Echo with the Sanremo Giovani winner; Tony Maiello and performed the song live on The X Factor which back then used to air on RAI DUE. She has never looked back ever since and has released a series of hit singles including Achilles Heel, Love Not War, Fairytale and her latest being Bingo. She has been known to perform mainly generic pop with some fusion of r'n'b synths but what makes her wanted for more performances is the fact that she sounds great when she sings live, on most occasions, better than the recording. escflashmalta.com have been honoured to have also worked with her on the release of the video for the track Fairytale earlier this year.
 
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According to the latest reports, the partner of the artist above is none other than Kurt Calleja, the fourth nominee in this years' solo artist category who has gained fame through the world of competitions. In fact, the male singer first appeared on the music scene alongside Kaya in the performance of Waterfall, before returning as a solo performer in 2011 with the track Over and Over, which reached third place and catapulted him to local success. Earlier this year, he entered with the song This Is The Night and ultimately won the competition over fan favourite Claudia Faniello and represented the country abroad making it through to the final selection of the event before ultimately only managing twenty-first place. Since returning back from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja has released a brand new track entitled Boomerang and is planning several more releases in the coming months including a debut album which will surely involve some cracking tunes that people will end up enjoying.

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The final artist to have been nominated for the Best Solo Artist award is actually one who has been around in the local music industry the longest and has marked her return to the scene earlier this year with a strong number entitled What I'd Give. Ira Losco was one of the people who worked her way up to the top by reaching the best possible lengths in competitions including being the Maltese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 and also winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001. At this point in time, Ira has released six studio albums including those for remixes and acoustic versions respectively. Following her stint at the international competition, the female performer started to reinvent herself and in fact, signed a record deal with Jagged House to start working with songwriter and producer Howard Keith. The collaboration has been a huge success and Ira has been rekindling her followers in anticipation for the release of a brand new album in the beginning of the new year. During the evening like all of the performers mentioned above, Ira will be performing live so make sure to enjoy the show. 
 
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This was the second  in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Solo Artist Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615304. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards.
 
Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com
Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 04 November 2012 13:50

Malta: Ira Losco Keeps Options Open

Recognition is the key for success and if this is achieved in a gradual manner, therefore it becomes even more positive. This is surely the main element why Ira Losco has become the artist she has today because she has used every experience in her favour and ultimately created a music niche which not many tend to have. Development is equally important and together with Howard Keith of Jagged House, there was the creation of a brand, a true artist with a pop/rock vibe with the possibility of expansion above and beyond. It is quite hard to recall that this individual also represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 but with the submissions for the local showcase coming to an end earlier this week, she was a guest on Bla Agenda hosted by Norman Hamilton on ONE Television.

There were a number of issues dealt with in the programme last night which somewhat embarked on combining the arts with more economic issues but nevertheless having Ira as the spokesperson for music was indeed fit considering her astonishing success both locally and even in foreign waters. When asked about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, she was relatively positive saying that it is an intriguing means of exposure and that it would secure a career in the country with whatever happens but apart from that, she went onto add that some of the international collaborations nowadays are leading to foreign contacts. The renowned performer was also asked point blank with regards to the possibility of her return to the competition especially after achieving runner-up success in 2002 and she was even more positive than in recent years saying that she would definitely take up her new style if the right song came along with a typical 'never say never' response. The platform is definitely an intriguing one considering the success that latest acts seem to be achieving following the competition.

It will be interesting to see whether Ira Losco does intend to come back in the years to come especially with a funky type of sound, one which has become extremely popular with the public. She is currently focusing on finishing the vocals on her upcoming album which up to this point in time remains unnamed but also focusing on the Bay Music Award where she is nominated for the Best Artist category as well as the Best Song for her comeback track What I'd Give. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Ira Losco the very best of luck with her upcoming endeavours and also hope that you stayed tuned for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Let us know whether you'd want her to return to the biggest music competition in Europe.

Source: ONE Television, Brian Grech (Photograph)

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Published in Local Music News
Friday, 02 November 2012 08:04

Malta: Ira Losco headlines Innovative Soiree

When George Cremona, my secondary Maltese teacher and nowadays, a great friend of mine, told me about this innovative idea … I was already thinking about writing this article about this great event which I’m sure, will delight both the young audience, but also, the older generation. Cremona, casually encountered Trevor Zahra’s book “Il-Ktieb tal-Fenek l-Ahmar” (The Red Rabbit’s Book), which was written in 1986. Trevor Zahra is one of the most popular Maltese writers, who adapts his stories to the young generation, but also writes books and novels for the older ones. The book’s main character, the Red Rabbit, became a very close friend of Cremona, and thus, they built such a strong bond, that they started to work on this project together, back in November 2011.

Thus, Cremona manages to merge two main roles of his everyday life. First and foremost, that of a dedicated teacher and educator, always on the lookout for the latest and most innovative teaching methods to reach out to his students, and secondly, his other role, that of an experienced broadcaster, who in the past eleven years, produced and presented programmes as a tribute to Maltese songs. The synergy of these two different roles in continuous collaboration with well-known author Trevor Zahra led to the development of this thoroughly researched, carefully studied unique production for the Maltese islands. Consequently (and mainly, so that the rabbit himself, who might be reading this write-up will enjoy it because it makes him feel so famous) one can honestly say that the friendship between Zahra and Cremona, whose roots date back to many years ago, was further strengthened as a result of this chance encounter with the rabbit. Cremona was all the time being assisted by Marisa Aquilina and Tanya Caruana, with whom the rabbit.

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The soiree will network theatrical, creative art, under the able direction of veteran actress, Josette Ciappara and Maltese hits thereby giving the audience a taste of musical history to be enjoyed by all and sundry. The main roles will be played by Renato Dimech (the rabbit) and his companions Thea Farrugia and Craig Roy Vella, two children who love the rabbit, but at the same time like to tease him and make his life ‘harder’, because let’s face it, the rabbit has some decidedly strange ideas about us humans!!! t collaborated even more fervently! What makes this soiree totally different to all the many other intelligently and enthusiastically produced musicals in Malta and Gozo, is the fact, that this time, the singer themselves will sing those hits which have endeared the ears and touched the hearts of generations of Maltese of all ages. Besides doing what they can do best, these singers will be the main guests of the rabbit, and we leave it to your imagination to think what is actually in store for all of them. Whilst all this will be happening on stage, the audience will not remain passively silent but will be playing an active role all through the evening. It will sing along, participate actively and above all… we are afraid we have to stop there, because the rabbit explicitly warned us not to reveal any more! 

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The participating singers include some of our most popular ones the likes of Augusto Cardinali, David Azzopardi, Debbie Scerri, Eleanor Cassar, Enzo Gusman, Fr. Karm Debattista, Freddie Portelli, Ira Losco, Janvil, Jade Vella, Mary Rose Mallia, Mike Spiteri, Nadine Axisa, Philip Vella, The Greenfields u Vince Fabri. They will surely guarantee a most enjoyable evening adorned with the greatest Maltese past and present hits. Apart from these, there will also be a group of able dancers under the direction of Jade Schembri and two children’s choirs, one belonging to Sant Iermu School in Valletta and the other being none other than the ‘Mirabitur’ choir under the masterly direction of Simone Attard. The latter won the gold medal at the International Choir Festival held in 2011.

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This activity will mainly serve to better promote the wealth of good which “Dar tal-Providenza” is doing for Maltese society at large and will be presided by the Director of the same home, Fr. Martin Micallef. All participating artists voluntarily offered their time and different talents free of charge in aid of this home and its residents. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the home’s founder, Mons. Mikiel Azzopardi (1910- 1987). For this reason, during this activity a special tribute will be devoted to this noble and generous personality, whose dedicated and untiring work has resulted in such a wealth of good for Maltese society at large, especially in aid of the handicapped. This tribute will be in the form of an original song entitled ‘Wisq iktar mill-kliem’(more than words can say), lyrics by George Cremona, music by Philip Vella. 

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A second aim of the activity is to create a better awareness in the general public of traditional texts written in Maltese like the above-mentioned book written by Trevor Zahra (Il-ktieb tal-fenek l-ahmar). The people in the audience will be introduced to the book in various ways in a way that they can better understand what the author had in mind when he put pen to paper and gave birth to it and to its intriguing protagonist. A third but surely not less important aim is to help the audience to better appreciate Maltese music as written by competent Maltese composers and sung by Maltese able singers. Unfortunately, Maltese songs have long had a poor reputation. The soirée will show very clearly that this is based mainly on prejudice. The audience’s constant and active participation during the whole event will dispel all this and prove that the Maltese heart of whatever age can thoroughly enjoy an evening of lively Maltese music and will be ready to participate actively by singing along to its heart content. It will be truly an evening to remember! 

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The event will be held on Sunday, 4th November at Catholic Institute, Floriana. Tickets may be bought directly from the institute, or otherwise through www.istitutkattoliku.com at a donation of 10 Euros (Hall) or 8 Euros (Gallery). All proceedings in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news items with regards to a number of local events in aid for Charity.

Source: Press Release, Brian Grech (Image)

Published in Local Music News

89.7 Bay has been the leading radio station to promote the local Music scene and in fact, has helped artists develop their talent through the medium of broadcasting. In the past couple of years, there have been some distinct improvements in quality when it comes to the respective industry and therefore it is imperative that artists are rewarded for their talent through the annual Bay Music Awards which were officially launched this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paceville. This will be the ninth year of the radio stations' music awards and it will be the biggest yet according to Kevin DeCesare, director of the Eden Leisure Group.

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be taking place on the 12th December, the eve of a Public Holiday and will run under the theme Party Like it's the End highlighting the element that several people have been talking about this year. escflashmalta.com has been a stalwart in promoting both aspects of the local music scene although, one would have to note that there is a merge between the two due to the growing element of professionalism. In fact, there are several artists who have a connection with the Eurovision Song Contest, both on a local level as well as an international level. We are proud to be collaborating with 89.7 Bay on this years' ceremonies. In the meantime, please check out the nominees below.

Best Newcomer (50615301)

Cryptic Street

Dimal

Lost Emotion

Planet Seed

Best Dance Tune or Remix (50615302)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'Battle of Wills' - Corinna

'Love Hangover' - JJoy ft. Kelly Stelfox

'Defenceless' - Ruby ft. Laura Jae

'Louder' - Stevy Vee & Ross Paterson ft. Glen Vella

Best Band (50615303)

Dolls for Idols

Red Electrick

Scar

Saving Alexis

Three Stops to China

Best Solo Artist (50615304)

Brooke

Chrisabelle

Ira Losco

Kurt Calleja

Muxu

Best Song (50615305)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'What I'd Give' - Ira Losco

'Paul' - Red Electrick

'White Lie' - Scar

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be hosted by Nathan D, Ben Glover and Dorian Cassar who hold the most noted shows on the broadcaster. It also has to be noted that all of the performances of the evening will be live except those from the best newcomer category in order to get into their respective element. One of the awards to be given out during the evening will be based on the amount of screams for each respective performance so one has to make sure that the fans will be present during the evening. Regular tickets will be going on sale at €10 with the front section tickets being sold at €15 and the VIP tickets with an open bar and canapés will be going for €30. Tickets will be sold online through the official website.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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Jagged House is promoting this year to be quite the hallmark in the career of Ira Losco noting that her former international debut was set quite a couple of years back with some of her original material being showcased in a number of foreign countries including Germany and Italy but nevertheless, there has never been a formal digital release of her material through online music stores before this week. The renowned female performer, initially rose for fame following her 2002 experience at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg but she has really come a long way since then, ultimately releasing a total of five original studio albums, one with remixes and another one comprising of acoustic tracks totaling them up to seven. Nevertheless, her record label has decided that her material needs to be promoted even internationally hence forth why a collaboration between Jagged House Limited and Albam Records came into effect for the release of Love Me or Hate Me.

The title of the album has a lot of connotation for the performer because it bears the name of the debut single following her experience at the Eurovision Song Contest meaning, the first time that she released something of a different genre that would ultimately see her transform into the pop/rock chic she has become in the past couple of years. The album which costs only €7.99 features a total of thirteen tracks including some of the artists' greatest hits including Shoulders of GiantsWaking Up to the LightDriving One of Your CarsEvery Day, a remix of her track Fortune Teller and last but not least, her latest single entitled What I'd Give which led the local charts on iTunes and also on 89.7 Bay for a couple of weeks. All of the tracks in the compilation album are actually written by Ira Losco and Howard Keith and have been published through Sony ATV and features a band made up of Alex Mallia on acoustic guitars, Peter Borg and Adam Bonello on electric guitars, Ivan Borg and Nadienne Sacco on bass guitar and Steve Muscat alongside Malcolm Pardon on the drums. There was also the addition of Adrian Brincat known as 'Ir-Russu' and Howard Keith on keyboards and additional guitars. You can purchase the album through iTunes where it currently lands at number #1 on the official charts. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks for more exclusive announcements.

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Friday, 21 September 2012 16:00

Malta: Scar Scaling the 89.7 Bay Local Chart

One of the most difficult elements that the Public Broadcasting Services has faced during the years is the opportunity to get bands to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but then again, this eventually changed slightly back in 2007 when the popular band Scar submitted the track As Long As You Know, making it through the semi-final stage, eventually finishing in sixth place following a public say in the proceedings. Since then though, the group has been somewhat inclined to release more material having attracted more listeners to their pop/rock kind of music with a funky guitar and drums sound somewhere in between. Their latest release off their album Breaking Radio Silence bears the name White Lie and now finds itself at number #1 in this weeks' local chart on 89.7 Bay for the second week in a row following a three week stint by former Eurovision Song Contest representative Ira Losco with her latest single What I'd Give.

Scar have enjoyed major success throughout their career noting that their establishment came quite some time ago. Nevertheless, they have managed to keep with their relatively strong standards whilst still adapting to the present generation. It will be quite intriguing on whether White Lie will manage to keep its' position for yet another week in a couple of days time but we will be keeping an eye out to see what happens. In the meantime, Konrad Pule himself also participated in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a soloist in 2000 with the track Going Strong and also in 2003 with the song Everywhere You Go. It is also to be noted that he was the composer of the song Searching The Seas for Karen Polidano way back in 1998 meaning that his career in the competition dates back quite a while. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: 89.7 Bay

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