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In 2014, Nadine Axisa released "Velvet", a twelve track collection of original songs in smooth jazz style. Since the launch of the album, the veteran female singer has kept herself rather busy both locally and overseas.

She performed in "A Night of Modern Jazz" (May 2014), Perugia (July 2014), the Italian Jazz Festival in Berlin (December 2014), 'SONGS' (January 2015), and the Mediterranean Literature Festival (August 2015), among others. Her most recently performance was in Frankfurt in December 2015 at the European Cultural Days of the European Central Bank.

The album received favourable reviews including a four star review on the UK's Jazz Journal. Moreover, it was featured on local and international radios; the latter include virginiamusic.eu (a radio station dedicated to female jazz vocalists, Netherlands); 'Mainly jazz' on Alive 107.3fm, UK; RTP Play which is Portugal's official radio station and Channel Radio, UK.

On the 11th and 12th March 2016, Nadine will be performing the album 'Velvet' in its entirety at Robert Samut Hall Floriana, accompanied by four excellent musicians who will bring a wealth of experience to this performance.


For those who are already familiar with the album tunes, the event will be an opportunity to listen to the tunes interpreted by different musicians, with slight but effective and engaging changes to the arrangements. For Velvet first timers, it will be a night of smooth jazz tunes, fresh and relaxing melodies; an exquisite infusion of swing, latin and ballads.

Nadine will be accompanied by Joe Debono (piano), Oliver Degabriele (double bass), Joseph Camilleri (drums) and Walter Vella (saxophone and flute). These four jazzmen have studied their own discipline; they hold a track record of recording and performing with various artists both locally and internationally.

In order to obtain tickets for the event, costing €14 (or €12, early bird) please visit www.ticketline.com.mt, 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: Press Release


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It is fair to say that musicians have a yearning to record an album while active in the music industry, and although this feat is not easy to achieve, it is not impossible. This statement is echoed by several, but most recently by Nadine Axisa, a veteran female singer whose work in the festival circuit has been well documented throughout the past twenty years. “Velvet”, a subtle name which evokes a sense of peace and tranquility is the name that the female artist chose to name her debut album, a collection of 12 original songs, all of which are ‘jazz-infused’.

12 months on, and Nadine Axisa is still riding high on the positive critical acclaim received, so much so, that the project has led to the release of a music video, this time for the song “Stormy Night” with music and lyrics by Kris Spiteri. The professional cut is mainly based on the sound, rather than theatrics and hence, one could see a cluster of musicians, well representative of those who were involved in the production of the song. We urge you to watch the music video below, purchase a copy of the album through iTunes, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release


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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.

Glen Vella, a male singer/songwriter who requires no lengthy introduction, having amassed considerable a positive reputation over the years, and as a result, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the local music industry, was Malta’s representative in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “One Life”. He tried his luck once more, in two different scenarios, the first being in 2014 as a songwriter for the song “Love Will Take You Home” sung by Franklin Calleja, which managed a respectable 7th place, and the second as a lead vocalist with the song “Breakaway” co-written by Simon Gribbe and Kevin Borg. The male vocalist also plays an instrumental part in the Gospel Choir, Animae and has recently taken on the position as Director and Tutor at Vocal Troupes.


Nadine Axisa, a veteran female vocalist, who has taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a total of nine (9) entries, the most recent being Once In a Lifetime composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Mario Farrugia and performed in a duet with Clifford Galea. She has recently made a much anticipated return to the local music scene, albeit within a new genre, Jazz. Looking back to 2006, Nadine had already experimented with this style but nevertheless, compiling an album of original material is another story. “Velvet” which is available for purchase in local record shops as well as iTunes has been well received by the industry.


The third and final guest this week will be none other than Paul Ellul, a songwriting legend, having written countless hits for the a number of established performers, amongst them; Nadine Axisa, Neville Refalo, Danica Muscat, Marilena Gauci, Graziana Axisa, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Roger Tirazona, Debbie Scerri and Mark Tonna. 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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Paul Ellul, a renowned local lyricist, has compiled all song lyrics in written between 1991 and 2013 along with some other poems in a new book, "Fejn Staħbejtli". The chosen title is a reflection of the most well known song ever written by the aforementioned Ellul, with singer/songwriter Ira Losco being the recipient winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001.

It will be officially launched on the 17th January 2015, at Sir Temi Żammit Hall in the University of Malta with live performances by Gillian Attard, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Nadine Axisa, Cherise Attard, Roseann Cordina, Mark Tonna, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Roberta Cassar, La Voix Academy Choir and Debbie Scerri. The latter, will also be hosting the evening, with Mark Spiteri Lucas set to accompany each performance on the keyboard.


The 400-page publication, with original designs, may be obtained at the end of the evening, with proceeds going directly to the Millennium Chapel in Paceville. Entrance to the event, being organised in conjunction with KSU, Għaqda tal-Malta - Università, Outlook Coop, APS, and Copyserv is strictly by invitation, which may be requested by sending an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Paul Ellul (Fejn Staħbejtli)


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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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Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:00

Malta: Nadine Launches Debut Album this Evening

On the 27 February 2014, the album Velvet by local singer Nadine Axisa will be launched. The album includes twelve original songs in the ‘easy listening jazz’ style, penned by various composers and authors. The album features a total of 38 top musicians renowned in the local jazz scene such as Dominic Galea, Sandro Zerafa, Charles ‘City’ Gatt, Paul Abela, Vinny Vella and Paul Giordimaina amongst others. Nadine is also collaborating with foreign musicians in this album, where two tracks feature bass player Roberto Badoglio and saxophonist Gabriele Comeglio respectively.

Although all tracks fall under the jazz idiom, there is a variation in the style of songs which include latin, swing, blues, ballads and funky tunes. Eleven tracks have lyrics in English while one song (1) entitled Għanja is in Maltese and boasts a certain musical charm. This was in fact the tune which Nadine launched as a single a couple of weeks ago. The album was named Velvet after one of the tracks which talks about the passion for music, which in turn is compared to velvet.

This album is a very special project for Nadine since it reflects her passion for this style. It encompasses the experiences she lived for the past ten years with some of the musicians she collaborated with in events such as the recording of other albums, gigs in Malta and outside Malta, and the Malta Jazz Festival. The album shows her versatility and brings together the talent of local composers and authors together with the ability of all these musicians. Nadine admits that this project is a dream that became a reality and thanks the Malta Arts Fund and other contributors for their support.

Nadine enjoys an interesting track record both in Malta and abroad, however she considers this project to be the most satisfactory accomplishment she has experienced until now. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by David Vella at Temple Studios. For more information on the album, visit Nadine's Facebook Fanpage whilst the event page encompasses the creation of the concept to the actual release of the album. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and a review of the album to follow in the next couple of days.

Source: Press Release, Bernard Polidano (Photograph)


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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, interviews and a lot of laughter. Ray Attard, is joined by Debbie Scerri, 1997 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as hosts and are known to welcome a number of personalities from all walks of life. The programme kicks off at around 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, meaning around two and a half hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

Former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Nadine Axisa and Fiona Cauchi will both be featuring with television personality Matthew Calleja in a series of fun games. It is also impossible to deny these two wonderful performers the chance to perform a track from their very own repertoire, be it a cover or an original. As always, music on the show is played by a LIVE band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Other attractions include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models as well as comedian, Toni Busuttil. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: Sibt Familja (Facebook Page)


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Nadine Axisa; a veteran female vocalist in the local music scene, known to have accompanied Thea Garrett in the 2010 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist alongside Pamela and Jackie Pace Delicata, is just a month away from releasing her debut album Velvet, an album which comprises of jazz tracks, all of which are original and worked upon by local musicians, representative of the genre.

In support of the album, Nadine Axisa has decided to release a lead single, one entitled Għanja, composed by Walter Vella and Mark Attard to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. All the instruments in the record are played by different individuals with Walter Vella responsible for the soprano saxophone, Lawrie Simpson on the double bass, Joseph Camilleri on the drums and Mark Attard on the piano. Velvet, which will be released officially on the 27th February 2014 was recorded, mixed and mastered at Temple Studios. Ghanja's front cover has artistic direction by Matt Grima Connell, photography by Joe Smith and support from Label C, Natasha Polidano, Albert of Joes and of course, the Malta Arts Fund. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook & Twitter Pages


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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 19:23

Malta: Nadine Axisa Unveils Album Release Date

Nadine Axisa, considered by many to be a veteran of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having participated with a total of nine (9) entries, the most recent being Once In a Lifetime composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Mario Farrugia and performed in a duet with Clifford Galea, has just set a date for the release of her debut album.

The working title is seemingly #nadinesjazzproject, and will include a series of original tunes, composed and arranged for Nadine Axisa's unique verstaile style. The launch is being supported by the Malta Arts Fund, entertainment.com.mt, MelitaUnipol, Modelle International, Olimpus Music, WURTH and Magro. Also, Talbot & Bons at the Malta International Airport will be hosting the album launch on the 27th February 2014. It is expected that many musical luminaries will be present as they celebrate the release of a studio album with jazz being the predominant genre. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Press Release


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In 2010, the first runner-up at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was none other than Gloriana Arpa Belli, a relative minnow in the local music industry. Her song entitled Fil-Mużika composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Doris Chetcuti almost upset the eventual winner Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant with vocals provided by Amber with just a handful of votes deciding the final result. escflashmalta.com is in a position to reveal that Gloriana intends to make her mark by entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 framework by contributing to the submissions.

Gloriana Arpa Belli might be a relative unknown but nevertheless, her experience within the music scene should be well respected having been a backing vocalist for several notable artists including the likes of Anna Azzopardi, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant. Her genealogical background is quite intriguing as well, noting that her mother is none other than Helen Micallef, Malta's 1972 representative with her uncle being Renato, Malta's 1975 representative. This means that one day, Gloriana might continue keeping participation at the Eurovision Song Contest within the family.

Gloriana is the first artist to confirm submission into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest without having previously been a part of the showcase. At this point in time, escflashmalta.com has exclusively revealed that former runners-up; Janvil, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Tiziana Calleja and Kaya will all be trying their luck whilst veterans Nadine Axisa and Klinsmann will be opting out of the selection process. Davinia, last years' second runner-up confirmed submission on the programme; TVPM hosted by Corazon. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more EXCLUSIVE news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: escflashmalta.com


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