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Marc Calleja Bayliss

Marc Calleja Bayliss

Friday, 06 August 2010 06:30

Malta: Auditions for Animae

Within the last couple of months, one of the rising talents in Malta has surely been Animae. This name belongs to a Gospel Group which originated thanks to the initial ideas of Glen Vella and Pamela Bezzina.

The group which still consists of it's founding members is always growing and changing and that is why a call for auditions is being made. The poster which the group have published onto the social networking website Facebook states that they are looking for male singers who could be either tenors or basses from the age of 18 till the age of 35.

Source: Facebook

Sunday, 15 August 2010 20:07

Malta: The Rockestra Returns

One of the main events that the people are getting accustomed to is surely the Rockestra which was inaugurated last year to great success. The event is always organised in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund in order to help whoever is in need within the organisation of which the President of Malta, George Abela is the main patron. Last years' event had a start studded line-up including two time Eurosong participant Raquela who has been having a sizzling career thus far having performing with world renowned artists Gigi D'Alessio and Joseph Calleja apart from rocking the MFCC stage with her 2009 Malta Eurosong entry "Cross Roads" as well as Claudia Faniello who will be scaling new heights in a couple of months with her new album out soon.

This years' event will be bigger and better than last year actually with a whole variety of musical acts including former Eurosong participants Neville Refalo and Petra Zammit amongst others. The show which is set to take place on the 11th September 2010. All of the proceeds from the tickets will go directly to the Malta Community Chest Funds. The standing area of the event costs 10 Euro for adults and just 2 Euro for children whilst the seated area costs 15 Euro for adults. It will surely be an event to remembers. Speaking to conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra namely Sigmund Mifsud, he stated the the event features a great mixture of pop-rock along with the orchestra and is surely is scintillating event for all of the family. Tickets can be booked online through www.rockestra.org

Source: Rockestra

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 06:19

Malta: Claudia Faniello Set to Launch Album

The Maltese music scene is becoming even more impressive as the years go by and this is because the mentality is changing and progressing in a way where professionalism is key. The young fresh artist which is set to take over the scene by storm will be none other than Claudia Faniello whose single "I Hate This Song" will be included within her album entitled "Convincingly Better".

The launch of her new album will be taking place this Friday the 20th August within the Coca-Cola factory in Qormi, Malta. Entrance to the event will be free of charge and open to anyone so that all of her fans will get the opportunity to be present. As far as album launches go, this will surely be a different one because despite having a live set due to the fact that she will be performing some songs from her debut album written by both local and foreign songwriters. The material which the singer will be publishing is going to be sold at the launch with a reduced price with some of the proceeds going to the Malta Community Chest Fund which aids people in need.

In the meantime, Claudia Faniello is gearing up with regards to promoting this album having made the front cover of WOW! Magazine speaking about her problems with Bulimia and low self-esteem within the early and late teens as well as opening up a youtube channel which will be featuring never released material like for example "The Making Of". You can view this channel by clicking through this link here. The promotion of the album is being aided by Cap-Sounds thanks to an A&R link which anyone can access just by clicking here. Claudia Faniello first got onto the scene thanks to the Malta Song for Europe back in 2006 and therefore, fans state that she should not forget her roots and do her best to mark a return to next years' selection within the same style of the album.

ESCflashmalta.com will be on hand to bring you exclusive pictures and possibly videos from the event so make sure that you continue to tune in as we bring you everything in relation to Malta within the Eurovision Song Contest, Maltese artists, foreign selections and more.

Source: Bubbles Media & Entertainment

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:36

Malta: This Week on ONE's Eurovision News

The local media is always in a frenzy when leading up to either the national selection or the actual competition abroad. One of the programs which is keeping us posted with the latest news is surely 'Eurovision News' shown on ONE Television presented by Wayne Aquilina who manages to tell us everything that takes place within that current week with regards to Glen Vella and his entry 'One Life'. Below you can find what this weeks' edition of the program will be dealing with.

This week during Eurovision News, Glen Vella and his promotional campaign abroad is given the prime attention. Our representative also got the chance to meet up with former Eurovision Song Contest winner, Anne Marie David who won for Luxembourg back in 1973 with the song 'Tu Te Reconnaitras' and was in Malta on a one day visit. In the meantime, the betting odds for this years' event will also be tackled as a rundown of the favourites is taken up whilst another give songs will be previewed so that the viewers can become better acquainted with the entries int his years' event.

Make sure not to miss this weeks' edition of Eurovision news which is broadcasted on ONE Television, produced by MediaBox and hosted by none other than Wayne Aquilina.

Source: Press Release (Wayne Aquilina)

Saturday, 21 August 2010 09:22

Malta: Claudia Faniello launches Debut Album

Yesterday evening marked the beginning of a new journey for Claudia Faniello because she launched her debut album bearing the name of "Convincingly Better". As part of our special coverage throughout the week, ESCflashmalta.com reviewed her illustrious rise to fame including her first television performances, her Malta Eurosong trials, her foreign festival endeavors and most recently, the launch of her debut single. The artist is surely set for success in the very near future and should be in the elite list of individuals who have managed to become big both nationally and internationally.

The album launch which took place at the new bottling plant of the General Soft Drinks Company Limited was part of a fund raising activity for the Malta Community Chest Fund entitled "GIVE". At around eleven in the evening, Claudia Faniello took to the stage in a short black dress to perform a string of tracks from the new album including the tracks, "I'm Dangerous", "Walk With Me", "Guardami", "Convincingly Better" and "I Hate This Song". The album shows a new side of the artist, a side which she definitely enjoys because the way in which she interpreted the songs was something out of this world. Following her performances, she met with the people and sold the album, part of the money going as a donation to the aforementioned charity. In the meantime, you could also buy the album online through this link here.

As a special treat and an end to our special focus on Claudia Faniello this week, we are going to open up a competition in which, YOU can be the winner of one of the five debut albums that we have been given by the management of Claudia Faniello. The simple question that is being asked is none other than "When did Claudia Faniello achieve her best result at the GO Malta Song For Europe?" All answers should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till the 31st August 2010 with the winners set to be informed by email on the 1st September 2010. Make sure to send your mobile number as well as your postal address.

One of the most anticipated events on the Maltese musical calender surely has to be the Konkors Kazunetta Indipendenza which is an open air event held in the Floriana Granaries during the Independence festivities. Several local stars participate in the event promoting Maltese culture and lyrics. It is expected that this years' edition will be bigger and better and this is due to the fact that the festival is moving within its twentieth year and therefore, this marks a little bit of a milestone.



We are in an exclusive position to reveal that this years' edition of the Konkors Kazunetta Indipendenza received a total of 103 Entries, 14 of which have been submitted within the Teen Category, showing a decrease of 18 submissions from last year whilst a total of 89 entries were submitted in the Established Category, a decrease of 4 from last year. I believe that the reason for the decrease all owns up to the lack of studios in Malta and also the Secondary and post-secondary level education exams which are currently taking place. Next Saturday, the songs which have been submitted within the Established Category will be witted down to 50 and those chosen will perform live in front of a different panel of judges later on where the final decision are then made known.

Source: KKI Committee

Saturday, 25 September 2010 09:45

Malta: Danica Muscat Impresses in Io Canto

Time and time again, I have gone on record stating that we have a very good selection of artists here in the Maltese Islands and what is even greater is that they come in all different ages. One of the people who impressed me a couple of years ago is making a name for herself at the moment. I am speaking with regards to Danica Muscat, an artist whose first experience in a previous edition of the Malta Junior Eurosong.

The young prodigy now aged sixteen (16) has been singing since 1997 when she just fell in love with the soundtrack song of the movie "Titanic" starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio. When one works out the mathematics behind this, they would realise that she would just three (3) years old back then. Danica Muscat came to be known to Maltese viewers in 2006 when she finished sixth with the song "Play Your Violin"  and a year later for her self-penned entry "Stolen" which finished as the runner-up in the Malta Junior Eurovision back in 2007, before returning to the same festival in 2008 with two songs; "Trust and Believe" and "Touch of Joy" with the former finishing in sixth place as well.

The Times of Malta have been in contact with Danica Muscat after seeing her on Canale 5's show Io Canto presented by Gerry Scotti and they managed to find out how she managed to get onto the popular show. In fact, her Italian singing teacher let her know that a talent scout would be coming to our Islands to conduct a search for a singer and give the chosen candidate the opportunity on the  famous television show. With regards to her experience thus far, this is what she had to say "This is a unique experience. I’m making so many friends and meeting famous people. It’s nice to represent Malta." Danica's quest to win Io Canto continues having made it into her third week.

All of the Editorial team here at ESCflashmalta.com wish Danica Muscat the very best of luck!

Source: Times of Malta, Canale 5

 

A new breath of life is exerted onto the Maltese music scene when an artist manages to do what many up and coming artists wish to do and that is release an album with a compilation of original songs. After the successful launches of acts like Jessica Muscat, Eleanor Cassar, Pamela Bezzina, Claudia Faniello, Airport Impressions, Kurt Calleja and Red Elektric, another one came quickly out of nowhere, and that is the one of Priscilla Psaila who has recently been remodeling herself as Kaya.



The singer first burst out onto the music scene making it to the 2000 Malta Song fore Europe final where her song 'Our Love' composed by Alfred Zammit and penned by Cynthia Sammut finished as the second runner-up following Claudette Pace and Fabrizio Faniello who held the top posts and honours for that year. She went onto win a number of prestigious local festivals including the Għanja tal-Poplu in 2001 with the song 'Tisimgħu Tissaħħar" performed with the 'Budaj' and then the 2007 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the aid of Ivan Borg in 'Dan Hu L-Mument', also finishing second twice in this festival, once in 2006, and once in 2009.

She has also been Malta's ambassador in a number of international competitions yet her desire to succeed has never left her and it shouldn't either with the singer recently discovered by Hit Movie Composer William Camilleri helping her to expand into the unknown horizon and go into that outside world performing in the Fashion Week in New York to millions of audiences on the television and thousands in the hall. Her debut album which will bear the name 'Your Touch' will be launched at the Smoko Bar in Bugibba next Wednesday 30th March 2011. ESCflashmalta will be present during the event and we will bring you some pictures.

Source: Priscilla Psaila's Facebook


Monday, 27 September 2010 10:16

Malta: Voices Unite for a Good Cause

The Maltese Islands are full of clear cut and beautiful voices which entertain the people all the year round through concerts, festivals and other musical showcases but one of the events in which the people flock in numbers to attend is surely "VOICES", a concert which features a 200-strong choir performing some of the worlds' most amazing hits but the best thing is that all proceeds from ticket sales go to charity.



This years' edition which is being held between the 6th and 10th October as well as the 13th and 17th October is being run under the title theme of "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC" as you can see in the logo above. This year there will be a repertoire of songs which includes Volare, Nessun Dorma, Hallelujah, Viva La Vida and Philadelphia Freedom amongst other surprises. Some of the performers in the show include well known artists such as Jackie Pace Delicata (Backing Vocalist with Thea Garrett), Raquela (Malta Eurosong 2009), Claire McCartin (Malta Eurosong 2010), Dorothy Bezzina (Malta Eurosong 2009, 2010) as well as Andrew Barberi and Gillian Portelli (Malta Eurosong 2009 as part of The Elements) amongst many other great singers who unite together through a great cause in their love of music.

Since the concert of "VOICES" began back in 1991, all of the people involved offer their time on a completely voluntary basis yet their talents have been witnessed by huge flock of people and thus proceedings from sales have amounted to a total of €1.2 million which in turn have been handed out to charities. Tickets for this years' edition costing between €15 and €25 have been on sale since 10 days ago and only a few remain. You can buy them either through www.voices.org.mt, the Mediterranean Conference Centre Booking Office as well as the Booking Office of the Manoel Theatre. I have managed to get my ticket but have you?

In the meantime, "VOICES" would also like to thank  its title sponsor, Vodafone Malta Foundation, as well as its other sponsors: The National Lotteries Good Causes Fund, Banif Bank, Island Caterers, Kinnie, Studio Seven, The Sound System, Actavis, NIU, Martini, Big Bon, San Michel and XFM Radio, the official radio station for Voices 2010.

Source: Claire McCartin, Voices (Official Website)


One of the most popular male singers in the Maltese Islands is the pop tenor Ludwig Galea and during the evening of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and the following evening meaning, the 14th and 15th May, has been invited to the city of Varna in Bulgaria to perform as a special guest and also to be part of the expert jury within the 25th edition of the Discovery Festival.



The organizer of the event, Mr. Dono Tsvetkov always had a very good relationship with the singer as well as with the Maltese music scene and this has prompted such an invite quite quickly. During this event, the local star is expected to interpret "He lives in you" from the musical Lion King, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Somewhere" from the musical West Side Story and "Nessun Dorma" from the opera Tourandot. The singer would like to thank everyone involved for such an invite as this will be an experience he will never forget, he specificall thanks Mr. Tsvetkov for his support within his talent throughout all these years.

Source: Press Release (Frederick Zammit)