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On the 15th November, Malta will be hosting this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and all the information making up the spectacle is being presented during the course of the day at the Heads of Delegation Meeting organised by the European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services. After confirming earlier reports of the 16 participating countries, a spectacular stage has now been presenting, noting that this will not only be used for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, but also for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which is being held on the 22nd November.

Designed by Claudio Santucci, of the Milan-based company Gio’Forma, the concept is that of origami, inspired by the triangle found in the logo of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest logo. John McCullagh, the Creative Director states “It’s a very flexible and easy to use shape” adding that “the ancient art of Origami shows us how something simple can be transformed into something much more complex with just a little patience, practiced, and understanding. Our origami set is, therefore, the blank canvas on which the delegations can tell their story”.

At the event,  which will be featuring newcomers; Italy, Montenegro & Slovenia as well as returning countries; Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Cyprus, Malta will be represented by Federica Falzon and her entry “Diamonds” co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca, Federica Falzon and Gillian Attard. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision Song Contest (Official Website)

On the 15th November, Malta will be hosting the 12th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest within the Marsa Shipbuilding, under the watchful eye of the Public Broadcasting Services and the European Broadcasting Union.

Vladislav Yakovlev, executive supervisor on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union, who is currently in Malta for the upcoming Heads of Delegation Meeting, set for Tuesday, has recently gone on record stating that the competition “it’s looking like we’re going to have 16 countries taking part this year, which is a great number and I’m very happy to welcome many country both into and back into the Junior Eurovision family”.

Whilst Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Malta, Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden and Ukraine will all be returning back to the competition following their participation in 2013, It is worth noting that there are several countries who are returning after an absence of one year or more such as; Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Serbia. There is a third group of countries who will be making their debut and thus participating for the very first time and these are; Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia

7 out of the 16 participating countries have already made their entry public, whilst another 5 have revealed the names of their entries, which will in turn be made public in the next couple of days. You will find all the information listed down below.

Armenia: Betty – People of the Sun

Belarus: Nadezhda Misyakova – Sokol

Bulgaria: Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim – Planetata na Detsata

Cyprus: Sophia Patsalides – I Pio Omorfi Mera

Georgia: Lizi Pop – TBA

Italy: Vincenzo Cantiello – Tu Primo Grande Amore

Malta: Federica Falzon – Diamonds

Montenegro: Masa Vujadinovic & Lejla Vulic – Budi Dijete na Jedan Dan

Netherlands: Julia – Around

Russia: Alisa Kozhikina – Dreamer

San Marino: The Peppermints – Breaking My Heart

Slovenia: Ula Lozar – TBA

Sweden: Julia Kedhammar – Du Ar Inte Ensam

Ukraine: Sympho-Nick – Pryyde Vesna

Serbia and Croatia, 2 of the last countries to reveal their return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest are yet to make a formal announcement with regards to their artist or entry choices, whilst Georgia and Slovenia have yet to reveal the name of their entry. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news from the world of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website), escflashmalta.com

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Ira Losco, Malta’s top female singer/songwriter has been somewhat distant of mentioning a possible return to the Eurovision Song Contest throughout her successful music career, opting for a different genre, one which is more mature, and defines her growth as an artist. It is worth noting that in 2014, Ira somewhat re-ignited that flame to compete, following her role as co-host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, alongside Gianluca Bezzina and Moira Delia. 

Following a promotional campaign led by both local and international websites trying to convince Ira Losco to return to the prestigious music event, the singer/songwriter has opted to consider the possibility for 2016, according to a post on her Official Facebook Page. She is currently gearing up for the release of her final 2 singles from her latest album “The Fire” and is working on her next studio album, which will most likely be released in the next 2 years. 

Hence, all the rumours which were spreading like wildfire could officially die-down because Ira Losco is not going to be a part of the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which nevertheless features no less than 5 former representatives; Miriam Christine (1996), Olivia Lewis (2007), Ludwig Galea (2004), Glen Vella (2009) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013). Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Ira Losco (Official Facebook Page), Allen Venables

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Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. Due to overwhelming public demand, the event is going to be held on two dates, the 27th and 28th September.

Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public to donate money to a charitable cause whilst listening to live music played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mro Sigmund Mifsud will offer a stunning line-up. In a feature entitled “A Quick Chat with the Stars of Rockestra 2014”, escflashmalta.com will be bringing you first hand comments from artists who have been included in the line-up, kicking off with two newcomers in the form of Estelle Imbroll and Brooke Borg.

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"Rockestra is a sought after event for both the Maltese and the music community ... It is a great pleasure to be a part of this important charitable cause, as well as giving us artists the opportunity to perform on stage with the exceptional Malta philharmonic Orchestra." states Brooke Borg, winner of the Best Solo Artist Award at the 2013 edition of the Malta Music Awards. 

With regards to the line-up of songs, Estelle, a Summer Hit Song Contest and L-Għanja tal-Poplu finalist, comments that “the public should expect amazing songs … some songs are ‘oldies’, others are those that all rock fans simply adore, whilst others still are those for the younger generation” finally stating the set list in itself is “awesome”, bringing “a smile on your face, whilst making you want to jump around”.

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Both ladies, recognised for their different work in the local music scene encourage everyone to attend this year’s edition of the Rockestra, because of the belief “that the Community Chest Fund is proof of the generosity of the Maltese people” and that one “will not be disappointed”.

Tickets for the Rockestra, available at €10 and €15, are only available for Sunday. You may purchase yours through Ooii. Rockestra is taking place at the MFCC. We hope that you stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 21 September 2014 18:12

Malta: Sophomore Single Release from Norbert

Norbert, a male singer/songwriter has just published a brand new single, "Find a Way", co-written and produced with Ramzi. The upcoming vocalist, nominated for Best New Artist at this year's edition of the Malta Music Awards alongside Maxine Pace, Andi and eventual winners Plan Zero, has been on an extremely busy promotional campaign, with the release of an accompanying music video, and a series of radio interviews.

"Find a Way" offers a glimpse into a music direction which best suits the young singer/songwriter, showcasing his abilities in the best possible way. It is extremely radio-friendly and will surely find no problem in garnering airplay. A definite thumbs up! There is sheer quality in the way that both the song and the accompanying music video have been executed, largely signally the local music industry into a new modern forum. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Norbert (Official Facebook Page)

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Claudia Faniello, a regular face at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years, has decided to opt out of the competition for the second consecutive occasion. The reasoning behind this is relatively straightforward, with the female singer/songwriter currently working on her sophomore album, the follow-up to the successful debut "Convincingly Better" which was released on the CAP-Sounds imprint.

The lead single off the record, "When It's Time" was a participating entry in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and peaked at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D. It was the beginning of a different journey for Claudia, something that was given more life with the release of the second single "One Fine Day". Supported by a music and lyric video, all done in an extremely professional manner, the song managed to top Malta's Top Ten on 89.7 Bay for more than 3 weeks in a row.

Claudia Faniello follows in the footsteps of Davinia, as former runner-ups who will not be sending in any submissions for the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. You may support both female singer/songwriters through their official accounts on social networking website, Facebook. In the meantime, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

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Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay.

The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were 'Roar', originally by Katy Perry and 'Fix You', originally by Coldplay. Jessika has never sounded better, and it seems that she will once more be trying her luck to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the submission deadline for the 2015 edition nearing closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


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Published in Local Music News

Federica Falzon, co-winner of the 7th season of Ti Lascio Una Canzone and representative of Malta at this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest recently had the opportunity to share the stage with Marco Vito, Vincenzo Carni, Gaia Cauchi and Ludwig Galea.

With regards to the latter individual in the list, the young 11-year old had the pleasure of performing twice, the first time during the Federica, Gaia & Friends Concert which took place as part of the Għaxaq Music Festival, and the second time during the Celebration of the St Mary. Ludwig Galea who had represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 10 year ago, has kept a prominent role in the industry as a vocal tutor and a resident singer on the programme ‘Sibt Familja’ which aired on NET Television during the past autumn/winter schedule.

In the meantime, Federica Falzon, the girl with the big voice who was watched by almost 5 million viewers during her time on Ti Lascio Una Canzone is currently preparing to record her entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, one which she co-wrote with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca. The yet untitled entry will definitely be the start of a new journey for the talented singer/songwriter and will aid to cement her place in the local music industry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Federica Falzon (Facebook, Twitter)

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Surprise! Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with “Fairytale” is currently on a short private visit to Malta, most likely inter-related to either the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being staged in the Marsa Shipbuilding on the Mediterranean Island or to work on a track for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with rumours connecting him to two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant; Franklin.

Since winning the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009, Alexander Rybak has had an extremely respectable career, releasing four studio albums, and most recently having had a song included in the soundtrack of the DreamWorks Motion Picture “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 21st and 22nd November at the Marsa Shipbuilding, home of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Alexander Rybak (Official Facebook Page), escflashmalta.com

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Friday, 15 August 2014 16:37

Malta: The Crowns Unveil Comeback Single

"Someone Else", co-written by Gianluca Cappitta, Jean-Paul Mollicone, Chris Ciantar, Luke Vella Clark and Victorio Gauci as The Crowns, has been officially unveiled as the new single off the debut album which bears the same name. Recorded at Temple Studios, the sound that the band have been known to promote is a mixture of pop and rock, a successful formula which has seen them top the local radio charts on more than one occasion.

In support of the brand new single, the band have even gone one step further in releasing a music video, created specifically for the song by Ivan Saliba, Daniel Spagnol and Sirach Borg. Encompassing a 3-Dimensional motion picture which tells a story, all the characters are tall and explaining the difficulties of life amongst other things. We urge you to watch the video below, and purchase a copy of the album "Someone Else" through iTunes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: The Crowns (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdaebQwIYSU
Published in Local Music News