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ESCflashmalta Team

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu has published the names of the songs through to the final with those lending their voice to them, publishing through social networking website, Facebook that they will be the ones interpreting the songs. L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija is turning 43 this year, and has been one of the most influential competitions in the local music scene having given rise to some of the most recognisable talent in Malta.

Bejn L-Erba' Ħitan - Kayley Cuschieri
Dawl Għajnejja - Fabrizio Faniello
Din Għalik - Francesca Zammit
Fil-Ħoġor tat-Tieqa - Ruth Portelli
Fil-Klassi - Ishmael Grech
Għadu Mhux il-Waqt - Janice Mangion
Ħallini Nħobbok - Jade Vella
Id-Ditta Tal-Ġlekk - Joseph Refalo
Il-Verità - Philip Vella
Jekk Tafx Min Jien - Nedved Galea 
Mhux Li Kien - Justine Bezzina
Minn Kajfas Għal Għand Pilatu - Rachel Lowell
Misraħ Ġawhra - Dorcas Debono
Pjazza Ġdida - Mark Cachia
Tfewwaħ - Cherylis
Vuċijiet - Maria Spiteri

One of the more recent winners to have left a mark was definitely Karen DeBattista whose entry “Jien Ma Naħdimx” penned by Rita Pace to the music of Mark Scicluna stirred up quite a debate on whether mothers actually work. Last year’s winner was Michela Galea, a former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza winner, who was also Miss World Talent back in 2017, having won the Miss World Malta crown. Her song, “Mhux Kulma Jleqq Deheb” is penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss with music by Renato Briffa.

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. 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: ghanjafest.com, L-Għanja tal-Poplu (Facebook)

Making a surprise return for 2018, Malta’s national selection this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest also includes the addition of original songs - for the first time in eight years. Budding artists aged between 8 and 14 from the island were invited to submit their original compositions earlier in the summer, whilst PBS enlisted the help of an expert jury to shortlist sixteen of them for a live show.

The national selection will take to our screens this Saturday (8th September) at 16:30 on TVM and TVM HD, live from the Where’s Everybody’s studios in Qormi. The host will be local TV presenter and actress, Taryn Mamo Cefai. PBS has released all of the finalists’ songs on their website, for listening before the show. Below you can see the full list of artists taking part in the competition - click their names to read more about them and hear their song.

 

01. Luana Schembri - "No Rest For The Wicked" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella, Luana Schembri)
02. Giorgia Borg - "10" (Muxu, Gillian Camenzuli Kerr)
03. Zaira Mifsud - "Shout Now" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
04. Jahel Cardona - "Home" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
05. Katryna & Rihana - "The Puppet and the Clown" (Christopher Azzopardi, Kaya, Katryna Borg, Rihana Azzopardi)
06. Isaac Tom - "Bonfire Nights" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Dario Bezzina, Isaac Tom Spiteri)
07. Albert-Lauren - "Paper Boats" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Cyprian Cassar, Albert-Lauren Agius)
08. Kristy Spiteri - "NANN" (Ritienne Frendo, Cyprian Cassar & Mark Scicluna)
09. Yarin Coleiro - "Can You Be the One" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
10. Lora Grech - "Finish Line" (Muxu, Elton Zarb)
11. Riona Degiorgio - "Infinity" (Muxu, Dominic Cini)
12. Kylie Meilak - "Crystals" (Muxu, Elton Zarb)
13. Eliana Gomez Blanco - "Music Takes Control" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
14. Aiden Aquilina Cohen - "Wherever You Go" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
15. Ela Mangion - "Marchin’ on" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Cyprian Cassar, Ela Mangion)
16. Thea Aquilina - "Back To My Freedom" (Bruce Robert Francis Smith, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Rickard Bondel Truumeel)


The outcome of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be decided by a public televote and an expert jury, each having an equal say in the result. The public can vote once all of the songs have been performed, by calling the number 523021XX (the last two numbers being the songs’ number in the running order). Only one vote from each line will be registered. The winner will fly to the capital of Minsk, Belarus, to represent the country in the international final of the competition on November 25th - competing against 19 other countries in the biggest edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest yet.

In last year’s event, Malta was represented by Gianluca Cilia with the song “Dawra Tond” - composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. The 10 year old placed in 9th position overall, whilst obtaining 2nd place in the public vote. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2018 Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and subsequent Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. He will also perform as a special guest during the show, after all of the sixteen competing songs have been performed.

Source: ESCflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services, BTRC (Image)

L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ 2018 was held towards the end of last week, precisely on Friday 2nd March 2018 in the Theatre of St Benedict School in Ħal Kirkop. All of the participants were between 11 and 16 years of age and they presented original material in Maltese, singing about current themes which are close to their heart. The main aim of the music festival is to encourage the writing of original lyrics and melodies apart from sharing their thoughts about just about anything which is on their minds, or those of their peers.

Not 1 but 2 categories were featuring in the 4th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ noting that “Il-Ħolma” penned by Ray Mahoney, composed by Dominic Cini and sung by Riona DeGiorgio won the first category, featuring performers between 11 and 12 years ago while “Dwell” penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss, composed by Dario Bezzina and interpreted by Eliana Gomez Blanco & Aidan Jay Drakard won the second category featuring performers between 13 and 16 years of age. The latter were also the overall winners of the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ 2018.

The evening was hosted by multiple Għanja tal-Poplu winner Corazon Mizzi, alongside teenagers Kayley Cuschieri and Nathan Aquilina while the special guests featured Francesco Puzo, Rosario Lanzara and Luca Rossin, three singer/songwriters from Italy who were all led by Maestro Vincenzo Sorrentino.

Organised by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee in collaboration with St Benedict College in Kirkop, the Ministry of Education, L-Akkademja tal-Malti as well as the Malta Concert Orchestra, L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ has now seen not three but four winners with Eliana & Aidan joining Brooke, Marilena and Christabelle. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music industry and L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

Source: Press Release, għanjafest.com

In a press release issued through netnews.com.mt, the organising committee of the ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ issued the names of the finalists, their song-titles and also their respective songwriters for this year’s edition which is set to take place on the 19th September.

 

As always, this year’s festivities which will be taking place just a couple of days prior to Independence day features a number of established names in the music industry, all hoping to take home the top prize. There are also several newcomers, all hoping that this will be their big breakthrough. Last year the winning participant was Dario, with the song “Se Naslu Żgur”, composed and penned by Ray Agius.

5230 2051 – “Nistaqsi” – Marie Claire (Andrew Zammit, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2052 – “Ideal” – Marlon Bianco (Philip Vella)

5230 2053 – “Fil-Qrib” – Sarah Bonnici (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2070 – “Ftit Ħin” – Francesca Borg (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2071 – “Żagħżugħ Kuraġġ” – Mirko Bugeja (Clinton Paul, Stephen Baldacchino)

5230 2072 – “Triq Waħda” – Sebastian Calleja (Dominic Cini, Joe Julian Farrugia)

5230 2073 – “Storja ta’ Suċċess” – Cherylis (Glen Vella, Paul Ellul)

5230 2074 – “Ħabib Għalliem” – Michela Dalli (Andrew Zahra, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2075 – “Minn Wara l-Ħasira” – Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna, Rita Pace)

5230 2076 – “Xwejħa” – Dorcas Debono (Dominic Cini, Joe Julian Farrugia)

5230 2077 – “F’Idejna t-Tmun” – Michela Galea (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2078 – “Illum Naf” – Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2079 – “Polz Iħabbat” – Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2080 – “Tiegħek” – Estelle Imbroll (Mark Scicluna, Joe Julian Farrugia)

5230 2081 – “Mirja tad-Destin” – Mauro Kitcher (Dominic Cini, Clifton Casha)

5230 2082– “Jien Maltija” – Danica Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss) 

5230 2083 – “Għal Ftit” – Joseph Refalo (Francesco Grech, Rita Pace)

5230 2084 – “Pass ‘il Bogħod” – Roberta Sacco (Andrew Zahra, Clifton Casha)

5230 2085 – “Frott il-Ħidma” – Victoria Sciberras (Philip Vella, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2086 – “Ugwali” – Graziella Vella (Kaya, Ingrid Vella)

5230 2087 – “Titkellem bis-Sinjali” – Maria Christina Desira (Kaya, Christoper Azzopardi)

5230 2088 – “Eliżir” – Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul)

5230 2093 – “Bħal Fjura” – Nicole Falzon (Mark Spiteri Lucas, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2094 – “Ċans tad-Deheb” – Chanelle Galea (Philip Vella, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

5230 2096 – “Infallibli” – Nicole Micallef (Cyprian Cassar, Rita Pace)

As you can note above, each song has been allocated a tele-voting number. The song which gets the most votes will be given a seperate public opinion trophy, noting that the final result of the competition will be decided by a panel of professional judges. The 25 entries chosen were at first divided into two categories, Talent Stabbilit, and Talent Ġdid. They will all compete on the same playing field as one major category. On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish everyone all the very best of luck. Stay tuned to this portal, even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: netnews.com.mt

On Saturday 2nd September, the 41st edition of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted by Clifford Galea, Sarah-Lee Zammit, with comic interludes provided by Aiken Buhagiar. Introducing each entry by virtue of their songwriters, and then a postcard which featured the artists in different surroundings, the 18 songs were performed, accompanied by the 40-strong member Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mro Paul Abela, and Mro Joe Brown. 

The evening was a true celebration of music, with each participant putting forward an original song in Maltese, our national language, and one of Malta’s two official languages. The evening also had the inclusion of two special guests, kicking things off with the Kinetic Dance Studio who performed a routine to new music composed and arranged by Sean Vella, as well as Mary Rose Mallia, an iconic female artist who is celebrating her 50-year anniversary in music. At the end of the evening, the following awards were given out. 

Best Recording: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’)

Best Singer/Songwriter: “Min Jaf” – Ryan Grech (Ryan Grech)

Best Original Song: “Narak Kuntent” – Odelsie Camilleri (Odelsie Camilleri)

Best Interpretation: “Ritratt” – Monica Said (Philip Vella)

Third Place: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’)

Second Place: “13, Strada Stretta” – Dario u Grecia Bezzina (Dario Bezzina, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

First Place: “Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat mas-Silġ” – Jessica Magro (Pamela Bezzina, Paul Ellul) 

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 131 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

Have you heard? ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ is back for a 3rd consecutive year. Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have recently announced that they have extended the application date for interested male or female singers as soloists, duos, trios or even groups, by just a couple of days. The deadline is now set for Monday 7th August.

Therefore, if you’re interested in having a spectacular experience of performing #live during the most popular programme on Saturday nights, while accompanied by a band, then do not waste anymore time, and get in touch with the production team. Previous winners of ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ have included Victoria Sciberras, Martina Abela, and Gail Attard, three talented girls whose talent knows no boundaries. Who will follow in their footsteps? That is yet to be seen, but it could be you!

For more information about participation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which has now been extended to Monday . We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2K-X_JUYvY

Broken Unprepared” is an intriguing title for a debut single, and no one at this portal would have expected any different from Crosswalk, who first emerged onto the scene with their promotional track, “So Simple” at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Written by Boris Cezek, the song has an interesting flair to it, almost out of a musical, to be more direct, “Rent”.

Despite having formed back in 1999, as a band between two friends, Steve Camilleri Bowman and guitarist Kenny D’Ugo, 2017 seems to be a year of firsts, adding vocalists Janice DeBattista to the line-up as well as songwriter and producer Boris Cezek. In support of the release, the band have also issued a lyric video, created by Duane Laus, the same mastermind behind lyric videos of Firelight, Gianluca Bezzina, Avenue Sky, and Janice Mangion amongst others. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Crosswalk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo8r9Y_UYw4

The 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija is going to take place on the 2nd September at Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the accompaniment of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela and Maestro Joe Brown.

This year saw 131 entries received by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee, which they whittled down to 48 semi-finalists thanks to a jury panel which consisted of Maestro Manuel Pirotta, Dr Michael Spagnol, Alfie Fabri and Joe Piscopo, after hearing the CD recordings. In the second phase, the semi-final, another jury panel, this time consisting of Vince Fabri, Christopher Spiteri, Justin Galea, Phyllis Debono, Noel D’Anastas and Frank O’Neill, picked 18 finalists, all of which will get the opportunity to share their songs, their messages to a wider audience. 

The list of finalists in alphabetical order is as follows:

13, Strada Stretta (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Dario Bezzina) - Dario u Grecia Bezzina

Antifona ta’ Mħabba (Joseph Calleja / Edward Magri) - Kapitlu Tlettax, Dominic Cini u Ina Robinich

Arani Ngħix (Andy Muscat / Cyprian Cassar) - Andy Muscat

B’Kelma (Charlie Dalli) - X-Tend

Dil-Qalb (Fleur Balzan / Paul Giordimaina) - Anna Azzopardi

Dwejra B’Tieqa Fiha (Giovann Attard / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Charlene Rae Muscat

Għanjiet (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Andrew Zahra) - Michela Galea

Ħallejt il-Ħolm Iġorrni (Mario Scerri / Brian Abela) - Amplified

Ħolqa (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Luke Agius / Julie Pomorski / Augusto Cardinali) - Julie Pomorski

Kliem Ix-Xiħ (Mark Cachia) - Mark Cachia

Li Kien Għalija (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) - Rachel Mamo

Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat Mas-Silġ (Paul Ellul / Pamela Bezzina) - Jessica Magro

Mill-Għatba ‘l Barra (Dario Bezzina) - Sebastian Calleja u Michela Dalli

Min Jaf (Ryan Grech) - Ryan Grech

Narak Kuntent (Odelsie Camilleri) - Odelsie Camilleri

Ritratt (Philip Vella) - Monica Said

Rutina Tgħallina (Xarulu) - Xarulu

Stalett (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. 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: għanjafest.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj7oxnL4llQ

Born on the 30th May 1998, Sarah Bonnici is an extremely talented female singer/songwriter whose reputation in the local music scene is growing at a pulsing rate. During the past couple of months, she has been working on her sophomore single, following her debut with “Bandwagon”, written by Pamela Bezzina and Emil Calleja Bayliss back in 2015.
 
Breathe Your Love”, co-written by Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe is a fusion of Pop and Electronic Dance music which is surely going to get people groovin’ on the dancefloors this summer. The new single is being released by K_Records with coordination by Ironic PR & Artist Management.
 
I am thrilled to have had the chance to work on a song with Kevin Borg, one of the most recognisable names in the pop music industry” said Sarah adding that the song is “fresh, current and an absolute joy to perform”.
 
Kevin Borg, one of the two co-writers on the track was “impressed by Sarah’s abilities as a performer during a gig and had to work with her” continuing to say that when “the muse flowed, I knew that Sarah had to be the one to perform, Breathe Your Love”.
 
In support of the release, which officially took place on the 30th June 2017, Sarah Bonnici and her team thought it would make sense to work on a lyric video, hoping to get the song’s message across through a myriad of colours and designs. This lyric video which was launched on the 28th June 2017, was produced by Jordan DeGiorgio and Rebecca Barry on behalf of DeeMedia.
 
“Breathe Your Love” is available for purchase on all major digital stores such as iTunes, Amazon and Apple Music as well as streaming through Spotify and Deezer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
 
Source: Press Release
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-i1zczFA5c

It is no secret that following the first rehearsal, countries make amends to their respective stage performances in order to improve in time for the live broadcast, either during the first semi-final or the second semi-final unless the host country or part of the big five, cause in that case, the grand final.

Malta’s very own Claudia Faniello will be treating the audiences at the rehearsals a completely different look on Friday 5th May. It has been promised that the second outfit will be less demure, and thus showing some skin. It is following this particular rehearsal that #TeamMalta will be deciding which look to go for, and then unveil it during the jury dress rehearsal which take place on Wednesday 10th May.

I think it is important to mention Claudia’s styling team which comprises of Justin Brincat, who’s responsible for the make-up; Ritianne Borg who’s responsible for her hair, and Gaetano Busuttil who’s responsible for the custom dresses that she is wearing. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfoq7udRPwk

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