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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the most prestigious music competitions in the country noting that it promotes original songs written in Maltese. Some of the finest examples of winners throughout the years have included Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Mike Spiteri, Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello and Eleanor Cassar with the most successful songwriters being Mark Spiteri Lucas, Joe Chircop and Ray Agius respectively. In recent years, the event has been supported greatly by escflashmalta.com with two board members present in the committee but for the first time in three years, coverage will be from an outsiders' point of view with the coverage being tweaked ever so slightly in order to promote the acts which will be selected.

The top three of last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were Deborah C with Jekk Nużaw Moħħna, Marilena Gauci with Bl-Ikbar Serjetà and Domenique with Tama u Kuraġġ. It is stunning to denote that all three made it through to the live stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year continuing on the success achieved on the stage of The Granaries in Floriana. Submissions for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2013 will be received at Media.Link Communications against a fee of €50 for each entry. More details about the rules and regulations could be found through the official page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on social networking website, Facebook which could be accessed here. Entries will be received between 9am and 7pm.

The first of the twenty finalists in the Established Talent portion will be Karen DeBattista who won the Passport 2 Indifest competition organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. It is expected that songwriters will be entering songs specifically for her which the jury will listen keeping her in mind noting that the vocals on the tracks will actually be by demo artists. It is important to denote that the tele-voting and the jury result is split up to accomodate different awards. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and features which we'll be undertaking throughout the summer months.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se36WIRukH8

Jekk Nużaw Moħħna, composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Joe Chircop with vocals provided by Deborah C was the winner of last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Marilena Gauci was the first runner up with the song Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Joe Chircop with the second runner-up being none other than the song Tama u Kuraġġ performed by Domenique to the tune of Philip Vella and the lyrics of Cher Vella. Preparations for this years' edition has commenced, albeit late and it is expected that the rules and regulations will be released throughout the course of the week. 

In 2010, Media.Link Communications announced that Mark Azzopardi would become chairman of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza replacing Frederick Zammit who had done an astonishing job in the previous years. The brand new logo of the competition has just been published on the official facebook page and seems to lack inspiration really, somewhat looking very much like something out of the nineties. Nevertheless, the quality of the songs will surely be important and it will be intriguing to see who is touted to return to the competition apart from which newcomers will sound their voice. The first finalist decided over the course of the weekend was Karen DeBattista who has already appeared on the Malta Hit Song Contest on ONE Television a couple of years ago whilst also made it through to the second phase of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as more news about the local music scene is unveiled.

Source: Media.Link Communications

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efM6K-Fbvls

Karen DeBattista, a nineteen year old performer from Mosta, one of the largest localities in the country has become the first finalist in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Whilst not being an entirely new face to the local music scene, it seems that she will be following in the footsteps of Simone Gauci who came out of nowhere during the previous year to win Passport 2 Indifest beating jury favourite Marie Claire Attard Bason. In an extraordinary turn-around, the professional jury put her in the first runner-up position finishing in the same slot for the second year running. It is worth noting that Marie Claire Attard Bason has already competed in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Ma Rridx Ninbidel composed by Sean Vella to the lyrics of Rita Pace in a first time bid within the local music scene.

Dak Li Għidtli Dakhinar, composed by Dominic Galea with lyrics by Joe Friggieri was the opening track of the competition with Karen DeBattista offering the viewers and the jury a much different rendition to what has become a true Nadine Axisa classic. On the other hand, Marie Claire Attard Bason followed with powerhouse vocals as she performed the song Intlaqt Mal-Mewġ composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Once more, she was definitely not challenging Janice Mangion, the original performer, giving her own spin to the track but the arrangement did not really suit the track itself in my opinion and thus left the audience yearning more. Regulations for this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be unveiled during the course of the week but nevertheless, songs for Karen DeBattista will be put aside and listened to individually. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOtx3hbBXi8

Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:26

KKI 2013: Juries to Select First Finalist

1964 by Annabelle Debono is one of the most iconic tracks to have ever won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendendenza and later on today, she will be amongst a panel of judges selecting the first finalist for this years' edition of the local spectacle. She will be joined by former participants; Neville Refalo and Janvil whose expertise in field will definitely be a positive characteristic. The two finalists of the Passport 2 Indifest competition are none other than Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist and Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Hit Song Contest. 

Both have an outstanding resumè and both are relatively young but one will get the direct qualificiation, with the other one choosing whether to submit a track within a normal process. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the country with one of the reasons being that each of the submitted entries has to be original and in Maltese. Last year, Deborah C was crowned winner with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop whilst the Passport 2 Indifest winner, Simone Gauci finished in a mid-table position with her entry Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit whilst ranking within the top five when it came to tele-voting.

Passport 2 Indifest is a concept drawn up between the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which featured two escflashmalta.com editorial board members up until last year as well Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, responsible for the programme Sas-Sitta on NET Television. Apart from the revelation of which performer will be gaining direct qualification into the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, next week, the programme will also be raising funds to help Puttinu Cares, an organization which supports families who have children suffering from cancer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard (Photograph)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOtx3hbBXi8

Media.Link Communications takes pride in promoting the local music scene henceforth why they organise the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, a competition in which vocalists have to perform original songs in their respective mother tongue. Ira Losco and Claudia Faniello, two of the most notable stars at the moment both started from this competition before going onto release more material and many will hope to follow in their footsteps. Media.Link Communications in accordance with the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza worked to include a wildcard into the competition, one which would be granted through a singing competition entitled Passport 2 Indifest held on Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment.

The recipient of the wildcard last year was Simone Gauci with the track Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit, finishing in a respectable mid-table position. It is worth pointing out that the first finalist selected last week was none other than Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest as well as a second round qualifier in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Today the semi-final featured Marie Claire Attard Bason, a Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist in 2009 with Ma Rridx Ninbidel and Letizia Seychell who was a contestant in the show Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montestin.

The first performance of the duel was done by Letizia Seychell who gave her very own rendition of Kieku Taf? originally sung by Corazon during L-Għanja tal-Poplu competition in 2006. Marie Claire Attard Bason followed with her rendition of the song Ħallini Inħobbok originally performed by Georgina during the Festival Kanzunetta Maltija 1999. The jury as last week was composed of Annabelle Debono, former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as Janvil, runner-up of the 2005 Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Neville Refalo, multiple finalist in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the end, it was Marie Claire Attard Bason who won the hearts of the judges and will thus face Karen DeBattista. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the result is unveiled next week.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FvRyDl0Luk

One of the most prestigious music competitions to take place in the Maltese Islands is surely the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been won by several notable artists in the past including; Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Mike Spiteri and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. As of last year, nineteen (19) qualifiers made it through the typical submission process whilst another one (1) made the cut through a wildcard as given in another local competition known as Passport 2 Indifest which is organising within Sas-Sitta, a production of Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Simone Gauci was the wildcard last year and she performed the song Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit which managed a mid-table showing.

This year, Passport 2 Indifest has been even tougher in my opinion with a higher level of talent getting through to the live shows and this afternoons' semi-final provided a welcome assessment of the upcoming music scene. The first performer was none other than Ana-Maria Grima who has already competed in the 2011 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Kif Nista? written by Philip Vella with the second one being Karen DeBattista, a newcomer who made it through to the second phase of this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss whilst also having accompanied Francesca Borg as a backing vocalist in the Malta Eurovision last year.

At the end of the session which saw them perform Il-Messaġġ and Eternità, the latter performed by Karen DeBattista was definitely stronger in terms of performance and made it through receving the support of all the three judges being Janvil, Annabelle Debono and Neville Refalo. Next week, the second semi-final will be taking place with Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former finalist of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2009 taking on Letizia Seychell who just took part in the talent show, Don't Stop Me Now hosted on NET Television by Eileen Montesin, former Eurovision Commentator. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w2HQ57Fyk4

Maltese as a language has been described as one of the most notorious identifiable elements and therefore, it does go to show that the music industry takes a liking to the use of the aforementioned method of speech in a number of competitions including L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The focus is on the latter due to the large amount of submitted entries every year although it has to be noted that quantity does not really mean quality. Nevertheless, most of the winners have been merited their top ranking position especially when noting that the most notable performers to come out were none other than; Eleanor Cassar, Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Nadine Axisa, Roger Tirazona, Miriam Christine, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Mike Spiteri and Claudette Pace amongst others. Garnering entry into the competition is not easy and therefore, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza thought up the idea to promote a wildcard entry which would be granted through a performance competition on television show; Sas-Sitta which airs every Saturday afternoon on NET Television with Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri as hosts.

As a matter of fact, there was renewed interest in the competition following the fact that last years' winner; Simone Gauci spoke positive of the experience and the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It would definitely be a coup to have a complete newcomer perform during the evening but nevertheless, the shortlist of semi-finalists in this years' Passport 2 Indifest includes two former finalists in the form of Marie Claire Attard Bason and Ana-Maria Grima whilst some others have also competed in the teenage portion of the competition including Cherise Attard, Mikaela Bajada and Dorcas Debono. Other artists who have made it through this time round have experienced performances in front of an audience with Karen DeBattista having been in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest, Cynthia Attard performing in the pre-selection stage of the 2010 Malta Eurosong, Letizia Seychell and Nicola Marie Cutajar taking part in Don't Stop Me Now. The final act to make it through was Claudio Castelletti who most recently was a backing the Spiteri Lucas Entertainment show having been scouted last year during the same competition. Passport 2 Indifest continues to unravel as the jury hear the ten semi-finalists once more and decide, who the final four should comprise of. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it takes place.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:15

MESC 2013: Three Debutantes to Watch Out For

The Public Broadcasting Services announced their plans for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest near the end of the summer months and now as the announcement looms, the adrenaline is clearly pumping with several artists, songwriters and enthusiasts kindling their hope as the fate lies in the hands of a specifically chosen panel of judges which heard the songs on playback discs as well as through recorded performances for some of the acts in order to prove their presence. The anticipation is relatively high because the quality of entries is expected to be quite strong especially following the nations' qualification to the final earlier this year with This Is The Night sung by Kurt Calleja whose best result in the competition was a third place he achieved the previous year. There are a number of well known artists from the festival scene and the radio scene whilst others are also finding their feet and might have just tried their luck to succeed eventually managing to get through round one. In fact, in this feature, the focus is on three relative newcomers to the music industry.

The first one is none other than Karen DeBattista who comes into the competition with the song Cold Whispers. Behind her, a backdrop of just one experience in a major festival, that being, the Summer Hit Song Contest back in 2010 with the track Memoirs which was co-written by Mark Scicluna and Daniel Muscat. It is important to note that since then, the young versatile performer has been working hard with leading local soprano Gillian Zammit whom as we published earlier this year, signed an international record deal with a British Label eventually releasing her own recordings to the music market. Experience is definitely key and throughout the past couple of years, Karen actually joined a number of choirs in leading events which have occurred in the country including the Joseph Calleja Series Concerts where he performed with international guest such as Hayley Westenra, Dionne Warren and Ronan Keating amongst others as well as Voices, a charity event which is attended by the masses. The team is no stranger to success with Mark Scicluna, finishing as the second runner-up in last years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with vocals by Janice Mangion and Emil Calleja Bayliss, a member of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com finishing as the first runner-up in this years' edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with vocals by Grecia Bezzina.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu42S626B88

The second artist which we have decided to focus on is the peculiar Ilaria Aquilina whose name first came to slight prominence last year, as she managed to make the cut amongst the sixty two (62) entries which managed to make it through to round two of the competition. Everyone seemingly had experience on the radio or in a festival but she was just a complete newcomer. She will be hoping to qualify with the track Crying Your Heart Out. It is imperative to note that despite never taking part in a competition, Ilaria has been somewhat busy making quite a name for herself being a regular lead vocalists with the ŻĦN Symphonik Choir which escflashmalta.com has proudly supported throughout the years. Apart from this though, she has most recently taken up the position of vocalist with an upcoming band in the form of Skin:30 who performed a variety of genres including pop/jazz and acoustic. It has become somewhat noticeable that artists who come out of nowhere somewhat succeed by virtue of making it through to the competition. The song is co-written by Jonas Gladnikoff who is known to having written two tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest; those which represented Ireland in 2009 and 2010 whilst he was also involved in the runner-up entries of Ireland and Spain in 2011 respectively.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnSd8QElW58

The final artist which we have decided to feature is one who is definitely going to be a household name in the months to come, Davinia Pace, the girl who has somewhat stolen the spotlight on the radio with a fantastic voice which could definitely be compared to the likes of the late Amy Winehouse. For several years, the young artist was abroad, living in the United Kingdom where she attended a number of vocal classes. This does indeed show and just a couple of months back, she decided that it was her time to return to her home country, get into the studio and record some tracks which turned out to be major radio successes. The track which she is presenting to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is entitled Betrayed and it is written by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt Mercieca (Muxu). This has been a noted collaboration already because since launching herself in music, Davinia has mostly worked with Muxu and together they have come up with a string of hits including; The Feel Good Song which was a duet and solo singles such as I'll Be Just Fine and her most latest, Sail Away. There is a certain touch to her vocal which no one could really try to imitate because it does show that it comes extremely natural. All of the three acts mentioned have never been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but will be hoping to do so. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and features.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD2nWSRgXgc

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