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Embrace”, a term which passes on an extremely powerful message encompassing four values of the Junior Eurovision: connectivity, diversity, creativity and respect. This is the chosen slogan for the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which Malta will be hosting in Valletta, the capital city, revealed in a presentation led by PBS Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard and Chairman, Tonio Portughese.

The announcement which also included the revelation of the artwork clearly depicted in the photo accompanying this article laid out a number of changes for the international competition which the small Mediterranean country of Malta has now won in two out of the last three years.

As a matter of fact, tele-voting has now been removed entirely from the equation noting that each country will present a jury comprising of 5 adults, and 5 children. The results read out from the country in the traditional: 1-8, 10 and 12 format will be those by the adult jury with the children then responsible for a cumulative vote.

This is one of the major changes, aligning itself with the idea that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is targeting a family audience, hence the shift to Sunday afternoon at 4 pm as well as the participants’ age which is now between 9 and 14 years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Valletta, Malta.

Source: tvm.com.mt, junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Sxw9asfX0

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 23:56

JESC 2016: Malta Confirmed as Host Country

It's Official! Malta has been chosen as host country for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, making the Public Broadcasting Services the host broadcaster for the second time in three (3) years. This time round, the small nation in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea will be hosting the event in Valletta, the capital city, and also European City of Culture 2018.

This opportunity comes as a result of Destiny Chukunyere who blew everyone away with her clear distinctive soulful voice during a masterful rendition of "Not My Soul", an original song composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, with Destiny aiding in both fields. This year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be undergoing some format changes.

The main change which has been pointed out is that the event will be moving from Saturday evening slot to Sunday afternoon, with 20th November chosen as the preliminary date. At this point in time, there is no fixed venue, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services and the European Broadcasting Union will be making use of various venues around Valletta.

Anton Attard, the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broacasting Services will again act as Executive Producer having taken the role in 2014. He said he was thrilled to organise the event again: "Within PBS we have tried to challenge every aspect of Junior Eurovision, based on our experience of hosting in 2014. We can again promise a high-quality production, together with some new additions to the format, as well as our Maltese hospitality to everyone who joins us in Malta this November."

More details about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be given during a joint press conference between the two entities at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Photo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Sxw9asfX0

Corazon, a three-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, was the star of a mini-concert in Valletta on Wednesday evening, performing a selection of well known songs, both from her repertoire and others which the audience present could easily identify with. Joined by Carlo Bugeja on the piano, the female singer/songwriter was at the top of her game, and ensured that she performed each song to perfection.

Clifford Jo Zahra, one of the editorial team members at escflashmalta.com had picked "Tema  ̓79" as his awe inspiring tune for July and to our surprise, mid-way through the performance, Corazon gave her own rendition of the track, one which bore emotion and identity. The audience applauded loudly, bringing life to the sleepy Valletta, and giving it renewed hope that such events could be held even more often. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Local Music News

On the 9th November 2013, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, the International Festival of Maltese Song will be returning to the local cultural calender following a series of calls from established artists and songwriters who had been hoping for it's revival for several years. As a matter of fact, this will be the first edition in eleven (11) years and will be featuring a mixture of upcoming and established talent.  It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, I thank the executive committee for the help and support they gave us in order to promote the competition noting the fourteen (14) interviews published over a period of three (3) weeks as well as the upload of all of the songs through our Soundcloud Account.

With just a mere €10, €12 or €15, you may be able to purchase tickets for the International Festival of Maltese Song, either through the Box Office at the Mediterranean Conference Centre or through their official website, which requires a free registration account. It is important to denote that apart from having fourteen (14) local artists, there will be another fourteen (14) acts coming from all across the world. escflashmalta.com has just learnt though that there will be six (6) hosts throughout the course of the evening, five (5) of which will handle the main ceremony and one (1) which will be in the greenroom. Alfred Zammit, Mary Rose Mallia, Debbie Scerri, Renato Micallef, Lawrence Gray will be the main hosts with Romina Mamo easing the pressure within the greenroom. The show will be broadcaster LIVE on TVM and TVM 2.

Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Organising Committee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0eHLrhhucI

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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZGM8IEg2qc

Published in Local Music News