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Friday, 02 February 2018 23:16

MESC 2018: Speaking with Avenue Sky

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Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was a group, making their debut in the Malta Eurovision. These are Avenue Sky with the song "We Can Run".

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

Being one of the sixteen final acts this year makes us feel a rush of different emotions. First and foremost the thought of performing on the MESC stage gives us an adrenaline rush. We feel extremely happy to be a part of the show this year and also very excited that after our second attempt we managed to make it through to the finals.

You’ve been performing together for just over two years now. Who had the idea to bring you all together as a group?

Well basically it was Kevin’s idea. He always wanted to be in a boyband. So he discussed the matter with Glen Vella, who is our vocal coach and mentor, and then the members started being chosen. Since all of are also trained soloists in the same Vocal training school both Glen and Kevin knew our style and what we could contribute to the group. And 2 years later we are here as 1 of the final 16 acts for MESC!!!!

Tell us more about your song, "We can run". What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

Our song We Can Run is penned by Matthew Ker and Jonas Gladnikoff composed by Matthew Ker, Jonas Gladnikoff and Glen Vella. Our aim with this song is to present to the public an uplifting message. Basically the song is saying that whatever situation you might be going through, never lose hope, and do not ever give up because as long as there is blood in our veins and air in our lungs you are surly able to rise again. Through music you can find your inner strength to keep on going strong.

At this point what we can say is what makes it an ideal candidate for MESC When we heard our entry the first time we fell in love with it. The positive energy that the melody and lyrics have gave an amazing vibe. And it is because of that, that we feel it is an ideal contender for MESC. And basically we are working very hard to be able to transmit this feel good vibe to both audiences at home and in the auditorium.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

Preparations are in full swing at the moment. We meet up almost everyday with our vocal coach Glen Vella and also our choreographer Sandro Zammit to rehearse. What we can reveal at this stage about our performance is that we are going to be 6 on stage .

What is the most difficult thing about being part of a group?

Probably the most difficult thing would be co ordination. To try and co-ordinate 6 individuals for rehearsals, tv appearances, clothes and all that it involves being in a group.

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

We are all Eurovision fans some of us fanatics too . However we all agree that our favourite entry and ESC winner is Heroes by Mans Zelmerlow.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

Well it goes without saying that at this stage, since we are one of 16 finalists we are there to try and make it to the top. However while keeping grounded with both feet on the ground and aside from the element of competition our goal is to have fun and give the best possible show to all MESC fans who will be watching us live from MFCC and also from home. MESC is the most anticipated local song festival on our islands so we want to give our best on stage so that the audience both at home and in the venue will have as much fun as we going to have!

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

Once MESC is over we are planning to go back to our routines of building a solid repertoire and also releasing our second single this upcoming summer.

Thanks for your time, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

We would like to say a big hello and also a massive thank you to all the readers for your support and also for taking the time to read our interview. We would also like to say a big Hello to all the Eurovision fans. Hope that you like our entry for MESC 2018 – ‘WE CAN RUN’. Also we would like to thank you all for promoting Eurovision and also for contributing to the growth of this prestigious Contest.

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was father-son duo Richard and Joe Micallef, who will perform "Song For Dad".

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! Richard, how does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest once again – but this time as a duet with your father?

It's always a great experience to be part of the MESC finals, but I must admit that this year it's extra special that I get to share the best platform in Malta with my father. I already know that I'm gonna share this memory for the rest of my life, regardless of the result.

Tell us more about your song, "Song for Dad”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

Our song is about the relationship between us so it's quite emotional for both of us. I wrote the song last year and knowing how amazing I felt on the MESC stage in the years before, I thought it would be great to try our luck for the contest again but this time as father and son. I sampled the song to my dad one time when he was over at mine for a coffee - he said that he liked it but once I told him that the song was written for him and that I would like to submit the song for the festival, he said "..ohh no, you should sing it with your brother or sister instead, nobody wants to see a Nannu on stage!”. I said that I either sang it with him or not at all - so after a bit of pushing from me side, he then agreed. We then got in contact with local DJ/producer Cyprian Cassar to produce the track which gave it a modern touch while still keeping my style. Now we are here and the fact that we have made it to the finals is absolutely mind blowing - I really can't wait for the 3rd of February.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

What you hear and see is what your going to expect and get I suppose. It will be me and Dad singing a song to each other that describes our relationship together straight from the heart. As far as preparations go, we are mainly focusing on the vocal parts of the song to make the harmonies as tight as they can get.

Joe – whilst your family has been involved in the Malta Eurovision at various levels over the last few years, you’ve never been part of it yourself. Why did you decide for this year to be the one where you gave it a go?

I have in fact been part of the MESC finals back in 1991 with a song called "Can't let go" sang by myself and Helen Micallef. I also took part another year as a backing vocalist and believe it or not as a dancer in a song called "Poor Little Rich Girl" sung by Ann Jenkins.

Richard - you have said that this year will be the last year where you take part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Would you consider to be part of it the future, be it as a songwriter or composer?

Although this will be my last time as performer at the festival, it will definitely not be the last time I write songs for the MESC. There are some talented young singers on the island and I would be honoured if my songs were performed by these fine talents on the Malta Eurovision stage in the future.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

My goal was to reach the finals and get to sing a very personal song with my Dad on the best platform in Malta - so, in my eyes I have already reached my goal. Anything extra will be the cherry on the cake.

What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?

Richard: I enjoy listening to all styles of music, but I do have a soft spot for good country-folky stuff. It's a style that feels at home with me and maybe it's not hip, but it sure puts a smile on my face. I also enjoy listening to acoustic music that's raw and real. I find that acoustic music is a style that never seems to get old. I appreciate musicians that rely more on their talents rather then the dependency on technology to get a good sound.

When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?

Joe: I might be a pensioner but at the age of 71 I'm still very active. I spend lots of time in my own community radio station which I manage myself, I spend lots of hours in my home recording studio, I spend lots and lots of hours babysitting, I try to do my daily walk to stay fit, I cook, I clean, I am a taxi service for my hard working and beautiful wife, I write songs, I still have the odd performance here on there when the kids need a replacement....I'm very busy, but I can't complain as I love it this way. I feel blessed.

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

Richard: Get busy being a Daddy, if god permits. Me and my beautiful wife to be Raisa are expecting a baby boy two weeks after the festival.

Thanks for your time guys, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

Thank you very much for supporting all the local acts, we hope you and your readers enjoy the show and keep the spirits high.

The 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live on TVM, TVM 2, tvm.com.mt and Radju Malta this Saturday starting from 9pm. You can keep up to date with all the news related to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at ESCFlashmalta.com, alongside our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Source: PBS, tvm.com.mt

30 semi-finalist participants, shortlisted by a panel of ‘expert judges’ on CD, were put under a #live test in front of a second panel of professional ‘expert judges’, and the final verdict was released earlier on Tuesday 5th December with a total of 17 songs put forward to the festival, L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ 2018. Back after a decade long hiatus, the competition drew a lot of support when first announced and it seems that the demand and interest is rather high.

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 saw Brooke, Marilena and Christabelle make a name for themselves by virtue of finding the right message to share back in 2005, 2006, and 2007 respectively. The next winner will come from the following list of 17 participating entries.

Bradley Debono - Bla Isem, Bla Kunjom (Paul Ellul, Marco Debono)

Eliana & Aidan Jay - Dwell (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Dario Bezzina)

Thea Gauci - Għerf il-Baħar (Rita Pace, Geordie Debono)

Thea Gauci - Ħmistax (Ingrid Vella, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Riona Degiorgio - Il-Ħolma (Ray Mahoney, Dominic Cini)

Charisse Ann Vassallo - Il-Verita' (Ivan Debattista, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Thea Aquilina - Kieku Nista’ (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Cyprian Cassar)

Eliana Gomez Blanco - Kliem (Ingrid Vella, Philip Vella)

Rachel Lowell - Li Tiżra’ Taħsad (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella)

Martina Galea Loffreda - Ma Nafx Għala (Joe Julian Farrugia, Augusto Cardinali)

Luana Schembri - Manikin (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zahra)

Elisa Muscat - Sib Ħin (Rita Pace, Priscilla Psaila)

Kira Copperstone - Skont id-Daqqa Iż-Żifna (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Nathan Psaila - Stennejtek (Manuel Chircop, Dominic Cini)

Emma Cutajar - Ta’ Rasi (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Priscilla Psaila)

Ilenia Camilleri - Triq Oħra (Rita Pace, Philip Vella)

Jahel Cardona - Weġibni Ma’ (Rita Pace, Marco Debono)

The festival is set for Friday 2nd March 2018 at the theatre of St Benedict College in Kirkop. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish all the performers, and the respective songwriters of the 17 finalists the very best of luck. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ and the local music industry when it becomes available.

Source: ghanjafest.com

L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ, is making a comeback in 2018 after a 10 year hiatus, having run for a successful three year period between 2005 and 2007 welcoming Brooke, Marilena and Christabelle as winners. It is being 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.

Following the initial submission process, a professional panel of ‘expert judges’ heard the songs on CD before shortlisting on a total of 30 songs, all of which will have the chance to perform their original songs #live in front of another panel of ‘expert judges’. Please note that this next phase will be taking place on Saturday 2nd December.

Bradley Debono - ‘Bla Isem Bla Kunjom

Elisa Muscat - ‘Ċippitatu

Eliana Gomez Blanco & Aidan Jay Drakard - ‘Dwell

Sheridan Balzan - ‘Fil-Futur Qarib

Nicole Mifsud - ‘Ġejjieni

Thea Gauci - ‘Għerf il-Baħar'

Thea Gauci - ‘Ħmistax

Martina Abela - ‘Id Moħbija

Nicole Hammett - 'Id-Daqqa tal-Vjolin'

Kira Copperstone - 'Il-Ballata Tal-Vjolin'

Riona Degiorgio - ‘Il-Ħolma

Shazay Grima - ‘Illużjoni

Charisse Ann Vassallo - ‘Il-Verita

Thea Aquilina - ‘Kieku Nista

Eliana Gomez Blanco - ‘Kliem

Rachel Lowell- ‘Li Tiżra Taħsad

Bradley Debono- ‘L-Identita

Aidan Jay Drakard - ‘Ma Kienx ta’ Xejn

Martina Galea Lofreda - ‘Ma Nafx Għala

Luana Schembri - ‘Manikkin

Kacey Azzopardi - ‘Mhux Tagħna

Martina Galea Lofreda - ‘Moħħ ta’ Tifla

Kristy Spiteri - ‘Nann

Kayley Cuschieri - ‘Nanna

Elisa Muscat - ‘Sib Ħin

Kira Copperstone - ‘Skont id-Daqqa ż-Żifna

Nathan Psaila - ‘Stennejtek

Emma Cutajar - ‘Ta’ Rasi

Ilenia Camilleri - ‘Triq Oħra

Jahel Cardona - ‘Weġibni Ma

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish all the performers, and the respective songwriters of the 30 semi-finalists the very best of luck. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ and the local music industry when it becomes available.

Source: ghanjafest.com

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

After 129 entries were submitted and two elimination phases, the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. The reveal was shown this evening during the evening news on TVM - where the shortlisted artists were seen at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, learning their fate as the competition progresses to the next stage.

Since the first eliminatory phase which was announced on September 15th, the thirty shortlisted entries were filmed while performing their entries live. This footage was then reviewed by a number of local and international expert juries in order to establish sixteen finalists. These finalists will take to the stage at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a live show at the beginning of next year. 

Aidan - Dai Laga (Aidan Cassar)

Avenue Sky - We Can Run (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, Brooke Borg)

Christabelle Borg - Taboo (Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhar)

Deborah C - Turn It Up (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert)

Dwett - Breaking Point (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Matthew Anthony - Call 2morrow (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)

Miriana Conte - Rocket (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Petra Whiteford - Evolution (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef)

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)

Tiziana Calleja - First Time (Tina Stenberg)

From the list of sixteen finalists, twelve of them have reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision selection in the past - five of them featuring in last year's final. Around half of the songs have been produced locally - whilst the others are by international teams based in the United Kingdom and Sweden - some of them also being behind songs of finalists and winners in the Eurovision Song Contest previously. Richard Micallef, who will perform his entry with his father, was of course part of the group "Firelight", who reached the final for Malta back in 2014.

The newcomers to the festival are 18 year old Matthew Anthony, Aidan, Avenue Sky (which Aidan is also a member of) and Dwett - consisting of Mikhail & Cherylis. Last year, Mikhail was seen auditioning in Romania with his song "Sail Back" for their national selection process. 

More details about the 2018 Malta Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced by Public Broadcasting Services in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: tvm.com.mt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXn-Ettr7yk

Public Broadcasting Services Malta (PBS) have announced a shortlist which made it through the first eliminatory phase of the 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the island's well followed selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The news was revealed online at tvm.com.mt after the TVM evening news on Friday, September 15.

A total of 129 entries were submitted to PBS, twenty-seven less than the year before. From these, the broadcaster has shortlisted thirty, which will be further shortened to sixteen within the next month. The list of names announced features a feast of seasoned professionals on the Malta Eurovision scene, along with a number of new names. No details of songwriters have been announced, but it is expected that songs are by a mix of local and international composers. 

Abire Sekkaki - Casablanca Love

Aidan - Dai Laga

Aidan - See You

Avenue Sky - We Can Run

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold

Christabelle Borg - Taboo

Dan - If Only

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time

Deborah C - Turn It Up

Deborah C & Josef Tabone - Human

Dominic Cini - Pictures

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life

Ishmael Grech - Good Times

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas

Kelsey Bellante - Super Woman

Kevin Paul Calleja - Great Adventure

Kimberley Curtis - Monsters

Kurt Anthony Cassar - You Will Find Me

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade

Malcolm Pisani - Kiss

Matthew Caruana - Call 2morrow

Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri - Breaking Point

Miriana Conte - Rocket

Nicole Azzopardi - Mixed Feelings

Petra Whiteford - Evolution

Raquel Galdes - In My Mind

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad

Stefan Galea - Closer

Tiziana Calleja - First Time

International fans will surely recognise the names of Richard Micallef and Nicole Azzopardi - the former representing Malta in 2014 as part of "Firelight", and the latter taking part for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010. Other notable mentions can be made to Eleanor Cassar - returning after a number of years away from the local festival scene, in addition to Christabelle Borg - re-entering the festival after working on her first EP with international producers. 

It has been said that during these past couple of days, singers have been invited to a live audition phase in order to hear how their songs sounded when interpreted live. During this elimination phase, a number of local and international expert juries will be involved to choose the top sixteen finalists which will then compete during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TVM, PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POwL37CIZTg

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

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

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu committee invites authors, composers, musical groups and singer-songwriters to participate in the 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, a festival of original songs in Maltese. Applications for this festival will be received on Thursday 11th May 2017.

Authors and composers are encouraged  to feel free to write songs which express  their emotions, aspirations and experiences and use the style of music they prefer, and not necessarily limit themselves to songs with a social theme. A new prize for originality has been introduced to encourage creativity. This festival gives the same importance to lyrics and music.

The festival final will be held on Saturday 2nd of September 2017, at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, where the participants can either be accompanied by the  Malta Concert Orchestra, or accompany their own songs. The organising committee encourages Maltese artists  to create an enjoyable festival.

More details can be found in the regulations and the application form can be downloaded from www.ghanjafest.com. In these regulations one can find innovations which are favourable to musical artists. Last year's winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was Corazon with the song "X'Se Jsir?", while Neville Refalo and Mikaela Bajada finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with their songs "Ta' Billejl" and "Mellisni".

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: Press Release

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