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On the 23rd and 24th January, Nadine Axisa and Vinny Vella will be coming together in two concerts, “Songs”, which will be hosted in The Music Room at the St James Cavalier. In the past 12 months, both have released studio albums, with Nadine Axisa putting out “Velvet”, and Vinny Vella releasing “Another Way”.

The renowned duo, extremely good friends, will also be entertaining the audience with a series of covers, some of which are popular. Nadine, a veteran of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, had performed with Vinny in his critically acclaimed project “The Beatles Works” and “A Groovy Kind of Pop”.

The rest of the entourage will be featuring; drummer Joe Micallef, who definitely needs no introduction, having successfully performed in the Malta Jazz Festival on several occasions; bassist Edward Ellul, also another veteran, who currently plays with the band The Residents, and has also performed at the Malta Jazz Festival with another band Noir.

The evening, for which you may purchase tickets here, will also be featuring two special guests, Kris Spiteri and Andreana DeBattista, the latter having been a participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with a song co-written by the aforementioned Vinny Vella. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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Corazon, a female singer/songwriter who has captivated the local music industry with clean-cut vocals, a crisp diction, and social themes which were thought unforgivable to perform, gave a concert at the Casino Maltese, to an intimate audience of less than 300 people.

Musically directed by Dominic Galea,  featuring Carlo Bugeja on synthesizer, Walter Vella on flute and saxophone, Simon Sammut on Bass, Jimmy Bartolo on guitar and Samuel Attard on drums and percussion, the show was given life thanks to a specific script, one which supported each given song, as penned down by Trevor Zahra.

Mario Micallef, responsible for the artistic direction, and also host, managed to gel the evening together with his with, charm and decadence. Corazon, on point vocally, as always, made it a point to launch two brand new songs, both during the first act of the evening. "Prosit tal-Programm" and "Xelin", whose lyrics have underlying meanings which we would like you to understand and interpret as your own.

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The public, on other hand, were on the edge of their seats, listening to the sweet eerie notes that go with the introduction of the iconic "Fid-Dar tan-Nanna". Although, not a personal favourite, an accolade which I would give to either "Marì" or "Jgħidu Kien Hawn Raġel", the audience clapped to their hearts content, even giving a standing ovation towards the end of the song. 

The evening was not only a triumph for Corazon, but it was once more a moral victory for the Maltese language, noting that appreciation has been long-in-waiting. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Raymond Gialanze (Photograph)

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Deborah C, a female vocalist, who barely needs an introduction, having successfully made it through to the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions; in 2012 with "You Make Me Go Uh Uh", in 2013 with "Love-O-Holic", in 2014 with "Until We Meet Again" and in 2015 with "It's OK". During that first year of competition, she also managed to triumph in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with "Jekk Nużaw Moħħna". Currently, Deborah C is a resident singer on the show "Ħadd Għalik".

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Another female singer on this evening's episode is none other than Marilena Gauci, who had the opportunity to represent Malta at the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the Young Talent Team, before eventually kick-starting a solo career, one which led to her first success, in L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ with the song "B'Fommu Sieket". Since then, she has made the live phase of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions; in 2011 with "He's a Demon" and in 2013 with "Overrated", the singer's predominant success has come in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, where she has twice been first runner-up.

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The final guest is Ekaterina Camilleri Markina, a Russian-Maltese beauty model. This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

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ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following a much anticipated return, this week, the programme will be welcoming, Glen & Pamela from the Animae Gospel Choir.

Glen & Pamela are veterans of the local music scene, despite being relatively young. The male counterpart had the opportunity to represent Malta at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "One Life" written by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, whilst also coming close to yet another successful venture with the song "Breakaway" written by Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe. Pamela is the vocal director of the Animae Gospel Choir, and was also a backing vocalist for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2011.

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7, Chris Agius (Photograph)

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Chiara, a female singer/songwriter who has represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions; in 1998 with "The One That I Love", in 2005 with "Angel" and in 2009 with "What If We" has recorded several demos for Marc Paelinck over the years, and it is heart-warming knowing that her big belting voice is still pretty much existent.

In recent years, the balladeer has taken up a brand new genre, focusing more on dance, and pop rather than stick to what she has always done best. "Until I Find You" was one of the competing entries in the 2014 edition of the Festival Da Cancao, sung by Rui Andrade in Portuguese as "Ao Teu Encontro". It finished in 3rd place, just behind Suzy and Catarina, earning several positive comments from the international fan community. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Olivier Vanhoutte (Facebook)

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:22

2014: Another Year Filled With Successful Stories

Every year brings with it a number of events, festivals and lots of new material that many appreciate and play over and over throughout the year. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com decided to have a look back at the main highlights of 2014, the year that saw two Malta Eurovision Song Contest competitions, the annual competition l-Għanja Tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest and also the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta. There were quite a number of events that kept our site busy and also our readers on the lookout for the next event. 

The year started off with Firelight emerging victorious at the Malta Eurovision with their song ‘Coming Home’, the band came together for the Eurovision Song Contest but looked beyond the festival. The Micallef siblings came together along with their friends and gave us the country folk pop entry. One would not say it was a shocking win because some critics did tip the song on doing well, but surely surprised a number when it emerged victorious over public favourites Jessika, Daniel Testa & De Bee. The band managed to reach the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in May and Richard Edwards’ composition received good airplay in a number of countries in Europe. This kicked started their career with new material being released recently and a number of gigs in Germany.

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After the Malta Eurovision, it was time for the scene to focus on a local festival in Maltese. A festival that has been going for a number of years and has a good following thanks to the importance it gives to the themes of the songs. The outright winner of the festival was the song ‘Jien Ma Naħdimx’ interpreted by the relative newcomer Karen DeBattista. Mark Scicluna & Rita Pace’s composition was a hit from the get go and after it won the song received substantial airplay on a number of radiostations. The powerful lyrics were surely the reason behind its success; the message portrayed in the lyrics shows the work done by housewives which is normally not appreciated by the other members of the family. It was surely the stepping stone for Karen DeBattista who was participating only  in her third festival in three years and after this success she also managed to reach the finals of the Malta Eurovision with ’12, Baker Street’.

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The much awaited return of the Summer Hit Song Contest was imminent and many were happy to see that this festival was finally back, after a break of nearly three years. The winner of this edition was Domenique who although still relatively young, she has cemented herself as one of the established artists in the local music scene. Domenique always expressed her love towards festivals and is a popular face in a number of local competitions in Malta. ‘Back to...’ a composition by Mark Scicluna & Emil Calleja Bayliss managed to scoop the top prize in this festival and many commented that Domenique’s strong interpretation thanks to her experience in these competitions was vital in this win. The song was always seen as a strong entry but many saw it as a contender after the stunning celebrity duet Domenique delivered alongside Rosman Pace – a unique factor to this competition.

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The annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza saw an influx of songs related to the fifty year anniversary of Malta’s independence and even though competing authors were free to write on different subjects, this one proved to be the most popular. The result was surely unexpected as the song which was highly tipped on winning the competition finished in fourth place whilst the young and upcoming star Michela Galea won the judges hearts with her rendition of ‘Mixja Li Bdiet’ a subtle song that speaks about the stages Malta has been through since its independence fifty years ago. Renato Briffa & Alfred E. Baldacchino surely did their homework right as they write a catchy tune, with subtle lyrics that embrace the country’s vision of independence and gave it to an apt, fresh and confident performer who delivered the song strongly. It was a well deserved win for the teenager who won the first festival in her first major competition.

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Two other winners who emerged in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were Kurt Cassar who won the New Talent Section and Kayley Cuschieri who triumphed in the inaugural edition of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior. Kurt Cassar reached the finals of the prestigious event and went on to win his section with the song ‘Inservi’, a composition of Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard & Emil Calleja Bayliss. The song was well received from the start and many saw it as a potential winner as the whole package stood out from the rest of the field. This surely opened the horizons for Cassar. On the other hand, Kayley Cushcieri is a known face in the music circles but she surely left a lasting impression when she triumphed with the song ‘Għannaqni’ - an emotional heartfelt song that speaks about a daughter begging her mother to hug her instead of abusing her; another strong message written by Rita Pace to Mark Spiteri Lucas’ composition.

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The biggest highlight this year for the local industry has definitely been the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The event was the biggest live broadcast the national broadcaster has put up and Malta was represented by the talented soprano Federica Falzon who rose to fame after winning the  popular Italian show ‘Ti Lascio una Canzone’. Federica Falzon had the opportunity of a lifetime performing at such a esteemed event in front of her home crowd and she surely made the most of it as she delivered an excellent performance of 'Diamonds' finishing in a prestigious fourth on the night. Many local fans though would love to see the return of the pre-selection show for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as this would involve the audience at home choosing their junior representative and also be the perfect showcase for up and coming talent – something which sadly is not given as much prominence as it should.

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Given that Malta was hosting the Junior Eurovision, it came to no surprise that the PBS announced that the Malta Eurovision will be brought forward this year. It caught the singers and songwriters a bit off guard and this showed in the number of submitted entries but many critics argued that the quality of songs in the finals was the best it has ever been. Although a tough competition, Amber emerged as the clear front runner and after two strong performances on both Friday and Saturday night it was a unanimous decision by the judges and the public vote that she should be the next Maltese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. She conquered the festival with Elton Zarb & Muxu’s composition ‘Warrior’ which so far has been well received from abroad. The song is expected to be enhanced and many are looking forward to hear the finalised version of the next Maltese representative.

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After all that one can realize that it has been quite a year and if one would think that everyone is currently taking a break, one would be mistaken as in November the committee of L-Għanja Tal-Poplu issued its regulations so the year will be once again kickstarting very soon although the first major festival of 2015 is expected in March and not in February like last year. This is due to having the Malta Eurovision a few months earlier. A festival many would love to see its return would definitely be the ‘Festival Internazzjonali Tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ which saw its return in 2013 but seems that it was put aside for 2014 because of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A real pity because it gave light to a number of new Maltese songs in the last edition these include Olivia Lewis’ winning entry ‘Hawn Mill-Ġdid’, Mark Tonna’s ‘Poeta Bla Kliem and Dario & Grecia’s ‘Solitaire’. Maybe 2015 would be a year were one gets to celebrate through more competitions and more songs to feast the keen Maltese music lover. 

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On behalf of the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year filled with joy, health and success in whatever your heart desires. We urge you to keep following escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene in 2015. All the best.  

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Lawrence Gray, an accomplished male singer/songwriter, a three time runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and also recent finalist with "The One That You Love", co-written with Elton Zarb recently gave an interview to Deo Grech on "The Celebrity Night" which airs on Saturday nights on F Living.

In light of his most recent participation, Lawrence felt 'disappointed' for the simple reason that the 'public reaction was extremely positive' and as a result did not expect to finish as lowly as 8th place. He went onto add, that without the support of Maronia, his wife, he would have long given up on the music scene, 'opting out of it', and vying for other strongholds in life. We do agree, as that position was definitely unwarranted, as were many others during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Lawrence Gray, is a versatile male singer/songwriter who has twice been denied the right to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1999 with "The Right Time" written by Philip Vella and Paul Abela and in 2003 with "Why Not?" written by Ray Agius. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene, and do not forget to view the New Year's Special of 'The Celebrity Night' which is airing tomorrow night.

Source: The Celebrity NightDaniel M Photography

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The European Broadcasting Union made an official announcement this morning that 39 countries have submit paperwork to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Despite the withdrawal of Ukraine, this is relatively exciting news, as the event will feature two more countries than last year, following the return of Serbia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Malta is one of the few countries to have selected both the singer, and the entry, with Amber set to perform "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca in one of the two semi-finals.

The participating countries are as follow; Albania, Armenia, Austria (Host), Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (Big 5), FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Big 5), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Big 5), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (Big 5), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Big 5).

The European Broadcasting Union has also divided the semi-finals with respective number of participants, due to the fact that the number of participating countries is odd. As a result, 16 countries will partake in the 1st semi-final on the 19th May, as opposed to 17 countries which will partake in the 2nd semi-final on the 21st May. The allocation draw will take place on the 26th January, and will be streamed live through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: eurovision.tv

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In just a couple of days, various areas of the world will be celebrating Christmas, a joyous holiday which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. An original song with the title "Milied ta' Tama", composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Peppi Azzopardi, was originally published in 2011 featuring the vocals of Petra (MESC 08, 11, 13), Mikaela, Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995), Pamela (MESC 05-09, 14), Neville Refalo (MESC 05) and Vince Fabri, but now been re-recorded.

In this new version, one could note the Ekklesia Sisters (MESC 15), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 13), Federica Falzon (JESC 14) and two upcoming stars in the form of Destiny Chukunyere and Veronica Rotin. With a fresh new coat of paint, the song is very much relatable to the season, whilst acknowleding a local element. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: XarabankMario Mintoff (Photo)

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:53

Malta: Charity Song features Ensemble of Stars

In the past couple of years, charity has been one of the most pivotal aspects in the creation of a state, which while somewhat limited in resources, is not lacking in generosity, with record funds being targeted and achieved every year. "L-Istrina" is the most important charity event, with funds given to various organisations.

As a means of supporting this noble gesture, a theme song is recorded, and what is intriguing is that several familiar faces make an appearance, all in the face of charity. This year, the song is entitled "Int Min Int", and is composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Giovann Attard with production entrusted to Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions.

"Int Min Int" features the vocals of; Amber (ESC 2015), Dominic (MESC 2015), Renato (ESC 1975) , Ina Robinich, Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 2013), La Barokka, Mary Spiteri (ESC 1992), Mary Rose Mallia, Noel Zarb, Georgina (ESC 1991), Janvil (MESC 2005-2006, 2009), Josmar, Iona Dalli (MESC 2015), Lawrence Gray (MESC 1998, 1999, 2001-2004, 2010, 2012, 2015), Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Deborah C (MESC 12-14).

We urge you to watch, and donate during this year's edition of "L-Istrina" as it is aired on Television Malta, ONE Television, NET Television, F Living and Smash Television during the traditional "Boxing Day", otherwise also known as the 26th December, the day following Christmas. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: L-Istrina (Official Page)

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