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It is extremely vital to see the local music industry growing in strength and popularity over the past couple of months and with the support of Bay Radio, the songs are getting quite a hefty amount of airplay showing that talent is indeed existent within the Maltese Islands. An exponent of the various sides of the music industry here in Malta, we strive to promote each side equally and that is why, every week we bring you the latest update to the chart as accounted for during the Saturday afternoon programme with Nathan D, a regular contributor to our features in the past couple of months. A number of movers and shakers for this week including a very interesting new entry, one which will surely interest many of our readers. Check out the news and the full chart below.

This weeks' airplay figure have turned out to be quite interesting noting that all of the songs except for the new entry which we will be speaking about, moved about whether they went up or down meaning that there were no tracks which are non-movers for this particular week. The track which made the list for the very first time is actually one which was played two weeks in succession and that is 'Ain't Nobody' performed by Glen Vella and remixed by renowned Disc Jockey, Joseph Armani. The track which is actually a cover of the 1983 version performed by Chaka Khan has gone down well with the general public hence it's ascent to the chart.

Over the past weeks, there have been songs which have made a mark within the chart and have considerably made their impact and when one change of the guard occurs, a new set of entries gain significance. At the lower end of the chart, the first entry that rose was none other than 'Heathers Rope' performed by Two Time Shooter now at position #8 having entered just two weeks ago. With just one week of initial airplay, Lyndsay Pace seems to have left quite the impact so to speak rising up to the challenge and now hitting position #5 with her new track 'Lovesick' which she will be performing at the Farsons Great Beer Festival in just a couple of days time. Another entry which has been rising quite slowly but has pushed on quite well for this week is that of Funk Initiative entitled 'Paris', a dedication to the capital of France. This punk-rock tune ticks all the boxes of success in my opinion and it seems that viewers agree putting it in position #4 this week. Being a former chart topper puts on a lot of weight in terms of expectations but the group Airport Impressions have been known to be successful for so long that we will probably see their latest single 'Retro Star' at the helm next week but for this week, they are now at number #2 being kept off by the singer Davinia whose 'Bottled My Teardrops' hits number #1.

As entries rise, others fall yet the significance of these songs is somewhat impressive especially when they span on the chart for quite a couple of weeks. Moving out of the chart in a very lengthy period are none other than The Crowns whose debut single 'Memories' is currently at #10 having topped the chart for a number of weeks earlier this summer. Another song which is getting the boot following a couple of weeks inside the top ten is 'The Courtney Effect' by Three Stops to China now at position #7 as is Raquela, the former Malta Eurosong competitor whose song 'Entertain Me' produced by Boris Cezek has gone down to position #6. The final song to spearhead down into oblivion is 'Sun Won't Shine' or rather its remix by the group Wintermoods which was topping the charts in the past two weeks.

Source: Bay Radio

Looking at the calender, one would notice that summer is passing by relatively quickly this year yet the television programming is still somewhat extremely fresh on each and every station with music being the predominant subject. The idea of a musical reality television series proved to be quite interesting and with clear success during its first season on Favourite Channel, Eileen Montesin brings her show 'Don't Stop Me Now' to the Public Broadcasting Services hoping that more success will be ultimately achieved. Joined by her daughter in hosting as well as guest judges; Moira Stafrace of 1993, 1994, 1999 Eurovision Song Contest fame, local television presenter Catherine Mifsud and Musical theater performer Ray Mangion, their aim is to find the best possible performer whilst helping the acts develop their characters. This will be the first week in which the show will be live due to the fact that the first two programmes were pre-recorded a couple of weeks ago.

The finalists of the second edition of the show are as follows in alphabetical order; Ann Marie, Carl, Corinne, Derrick, Letizia, Raisa, Ramona, Shirley, Therese and Ylenia. Each week they will get to perform a song of their choice within the selected theme by the Expert Panel mentioned above. In the meantime, each participant will also get to duet with Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up Richard Edwards who had a say in the choice of the finalists and will now be performing each week with the contestants in the form that we giving them the opportunity to embark on a new journey in the industry. The theme chosen for this week is Sixties. Finally, their task outside of singing taken care of by Christine Haber will be basking and collecting money in aid of Dar Il-Providenza. Therefore tomorrow at 20:30 on Television Malta, don't forget to tune in!

Source: PBS, Press Release (Frederick Zammit)

One of the leading bands in the Maltese Islands nowadays is for sure Airport Impressions.  After their outstanding performance in front of 5,000 people in Zejtun, a couple of days ago, they were confirmed as the main band at the inauguration of the most modern drag racing arena in Europe.  This will be part of the  prestigious FIA European Drag Racing championship.  The opening ceremony will feature a live and electric concert by Airport Impressions.



The Tierp Arena, which is built just 1 hour north of the Swedish capital Stockholm, will be fully booked for this 3-day racing event.  Performing in front of an audience of 20,000 people, Airport Impressions will play a full electric set on Saturday 11th June 2011.  They will also feature on Swedish television and radio stations throughout their stay. Mr. Leif Andersson, who is a three time European Championship and the man behind this new built arena, was also present during the Zejtun concert.  He was thrilled with the performance of the band.  In fact, his comments stated that the band passion during the performance was something that he had never seen for years.  He is convinced that Airport Impressions will be the best choice for the opening of this arena.

Howard Keith, the bands manager stated that they have been working very hard for their acts, and this summer will not be an exception when it comes to live shows in other foreign countries.  Although last November they signed a non exclusive deal with a tour booking agency for their acts, it’s always the cherry on the cake to be invited to such BIG shows and summer festivals.  The best way to promote an act is always live but sometimes doing the small club circuit can be a burden on the finance side.  This may lead to leave the acts with no significant results.  Obviously these kinds of offers are always tough to conclude.  Howard Keith is convinced that  Airport Impressions has developed into  a great live band and he is very confident that their journey is about to begin.

In the meantime, the band, made up of 4 members, has a very busy schedule in the coming days in the Maltese Islands.  Following the already mentioned Zejtun concert and their well received show at the Valletta Waterfront during James Blunt’s concert, Airport Impressions are set to perform on the 25th June at the Numer Uno.  They will play a live electric set.  This performance will also mark the launch of their brand new single from their debut album Minutes of Lifetime.  'Retro Star' will be launched in the coming days followed by a music video.

The front man of the band, Errol Sammut, together with the rest of the band, stated that they have always looked ahead in a positive way and after 3 years, they are determined to keep on going.  They are aware that this kind of work is very fluid, but eventually, hard work is always paid off.  Their album has exceeded the expectations and thanks to their audience and fans, they have the strength to move on. The band is extremely happy for this great experience and opportunity and they do look forward to take their music out internationally!

Source: Airport Impressions Official Website, Manic Malta


One of the slogans which many avid Maltese music followers have taken to heart is surely 'Live Life the Bay Way' with the radio station becoming even more popular with each passing day within a number of time-slots. Once, more we are keeping tabs on the local top ten which is presented to the public every Saturday Afternoon by none other than Nathan D. In the latest chart updated announced a couple of days ago, there have been quite a couple of changes especially near the top of the chart.

At the helm of the chart for the very first time are none other than The Crowns whose debut single 'Memories' has been on the rise since it's initial entry a couple of weeks ago. This was one of the local bands which we have recently previewed on our website and with a slick start in the industry, it seems like more success will be on the way for the lads. In the meantime, taking on position number two also for the very first time with the track 'Sun Won't Shine' are Wintermoods, definitely a crowd pleaser actually noting that they have managed to garner quite the fan-base over the years. Other songs on the rise this week are the three songs which were new entries last week meaning Davinia whose 'Bottled My Teardrops' has now reached number #5 in the charts, Raquela whose 'Entertain Me' is causing quite the stir going up to position number #6 and of course Cable 35 who will soon be launching their debut album hitting the chart at position #9 with their brand new single 'Memories'.

Unfortunately, it seems like next week, we will be seeing a change within the chart, and a huge one indeed as many songs seems to be heading out of the top ten with the three week leader 'Far Into The Night (Without You)' performed by No Snow/No Alps heading down to position number #3. Further down the chart, there is 'Really Care' by Permanent State Feat. Taya Cade now at position #7 as well as 'Take The Blame' by Relikc which peaked at number #7 just last week falling down to number #8 this week but still a success indeed. There was one non-mover for this past week in the form of Bridget Bone whose song 'Monkey Role' is standing at position number #4 whilst there has also been a new entry at position #10 with Three Stops To China and their single 'The Courtney Effect'. You can listen to the whole show with all of the gossip, buzz and so forth in the industry by playing the link below. See you again for another update in a weeks' time.

Source: Bay Radio

Malta's Official Countdown [MT10] 18/06/2011 by MaltaOfficialCountdown

The summer season has now moved into the month of August and that only means that things are heating up even more. The number of programmes that are being showcased have somewhat been building up and another week of competition lies ahead within the show 'Don't Stop Me Now' hosted by Eileen Montesin on Television Malta every Monday after the evening news. The ten contestants continue fighting it out to see who will be deserving of the points this week. Also joining Eileen on the show through a number of sublime features will be none other than Christine Haber who will also perform at the end of the show as she has done in previous programmes.



The theme which has been chosen this week is that of Eurovision with songs from the past and the present surely enticing the viewers to sing along noting the popularity of the annual event in Malta. Each of the acts will be then given comments based on their performances by the esteemed panel of judges made up of former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Moira Stafrace, Musical Theatre artist, Ray Mangion as well as television presenter, Catherine Mifsud. It will be up to them to see who deserves to see whose points get increased or decreased.

In the meantime, for yet another week, this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest first runner-up, Richard Edwards will be performing a duet with one of the shows' stars, who will it be this week? We will keep you guessing until the very end. The task which has been prepared by Christine Haber this week is quite exciting and this is because the contestants will surely be out of their comfort zone. So this evening, make sure to tune into Television Malta to watch 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

Source: Frederick Zammit

The local music scene has been expanding over a number of genres in recent years with pop remaining the most predominant thanks to the sound attributed with the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the spectrum of local bands but there is more to it because the Maltese Islands also have a name for their rock and metal music scene which has been establishing itself on very good pacing. One of the artists who prides herself with dark and powerful material is Marvic Lewis, better known as Indigo.

The singer who had once been a participant within the Maltese national selection for the biggest musical event in Europe alongside her sister and now former representative Olivia Lewis has taken a very interesting route with her career developing a dark side to her music and expressing herself in the best possible way. In recent weeks, Indigo has launched a brand new song under the title 'Not The End' which has been written by a total of four individuals including the singer herself. You can listen to the track through the video link provided below noting that the artist is promoting the track with an official video.

Source: Facebook, Myspace


The Maltese Islands are known for their rousing talent actually and one of the names which has always impressed with her live performances is Priscilla Psaila who has now adopted the stage name of Kaya. She is now set to go well and truly international giving a performance to an audience of over 1,000,000 people in concert at the annual 'Couture Fashion Week' which takes place within the city of New York as you can see here. This is actually the very first time that a Maltese artist takes centre stage at such an event.



The event became possible to Kaya after having been heard by Andres Aquino, who is a fashion show producer as well as a renowned fashion designer. The event which will include a Red Carpet and Concert double extravaganza will be taking place at the incredible 'Waldorf Astoria' where the Maltese singer will also be staying. All of the events during the week are being broadcast within the United States of America and also to eighteen (18) other nations worldwide. A number of performers from all around the globe have been selected to perform.

Kaya is already an established singer/songwriter in Malta having started to perform at the very tender age of six (6). She preserved in her musical studies and sat for several classical voice, theory and piano exams held by the Victoria, Royal and Trinity schools of music in London, United Kingdom. Kaya soon took to singing and before she knew it was already chosen to appear on Television on a music program which ran for two years. Then she became widely known in the country finishing in the second runner-up position at the 2000 Malta Song for Europe leading to performance in Lithuania, Romania, Italy, Poland, Germany, and Spain amongst others.

Kaya has also worked hand in hand with numerous composers and was recently spotted by Hollywood Composer William Camilleri who is signed to a major Music/Film Company in Beverly Hills and whose credits include such epics as Brave heart, The Silence of the Lambs and numerous other Hollywood Blockbusters. www.filmworks-online.com

William Camilleri was launching his latest CD Hit Pop Songs when he came across Kaya singing on You tube and could quickly tell this was a rare talent to be reckoned with, William then contacted Kaya and composed a song specifically for her and this sparked off the interest of the “Couture Fashion” who heard a sample of it on his website. The producers then contacted William  and were astounded by the song and by Kaya's voice which now led to Kaya singing at this event in concert. Kaya is being given her own display table to present Malta in New York and also Red Carpet interviews.

William Camilleri noticed the Kaya's incredible talent immediately, as when Kaya sings she has an emotional impact that is rare today and is becoming one of the worlds leading vocalists. Kaya's vocal range is astonishing and she is equally at home singing pop or classical music. Kaya will publish her new album “Your Touch” in March.

Source: Press Release

The summer season has now moved into the month of August and that only means that things are heating up even more. The number of programmes that are being showcased have somewhat been building up and another week of competition lies ahead within the show 'Don't Stop Me Now' hosted by Eileen Montesin on Television Malta every Monday after the evening news. The ten contestants continue fighting it out to see who will be deserving of the points this week. Also joining Eileen on the show through a number of features will be none other than Christine Haber who will also perform at the end of the show as she has done in previous programmes.



The theme which has been chosen this week is that of Italian songs which surely go down well with the Maltese, in fact a number of songs are available instantly on the local airwaves and the listeners frequently request such songs. Each of the acts will be then given comments based on their performances by the esteemed panel of judges made up of former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Moira Stafrace, Musical Theatre artist, Ray Mangion as well as television presenter, Catherine Mifsud. It will be up to them to see who deserves to see whose points get increased or decreased.

In the meantime, for yet another week, this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest first runner-up, Richard Edwards will be performing a duet with one of the shows' stars, this week it's Therese who gets the opportunitu to sing with Richard Edwards. Christine takes the participants on another task, and this week they will be doing an interview with Agenzija Zghazagh and thus they surely need their character to shine through. So this evening, make sure to tune into Television Malta to watch 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

Source: Frederick Zammit

We are living in a country in which one of the main qualities of a number of individual is surely that within the musical industry noting the fact that performers and musicians continue to find their feet each day and then go onto represent the country through their talent abroad. This is the case for the group 'RiSE' which was formed back on the 13th April 2003 with the aim to showcase music for worthwhile causes. In the past years, they have played in a variety of events including 'Oħloq Tbissima' for example which is a fund raising charity and they will be doing what they do best in Madrid within a couple of weeks time.

Due to the fact that the group are going to Madrid, they need to get some things settled in order to make the most out of their trip where they will be performing within the World Youth Day on the 16th August at 10am within the Teatro de Titeres. In the past they have performed within the local editions of Youth Day back in 2006 with the song 'Believe In Him' and in 2007 with the song 'You are the Light'. They would eventually build a profile and in the Youth Day of two years ago, they were awarded for the best entry submitted with 'Għażiż Għalliem' promoting the Maltese language along with their music for the very first time.

The group RiSE consists of none other than Amanda Farrugia on Vocals, Gianluca Cappitta and Conrad Dimech on Guitars, Joseph Galdes on Drums and Jonathan Magri on Bass. So in order to get things ready for Madrid, a fundraiser will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday 10th August 2011 at the Mile-End Restaurant & Take Away in Ħamrun. Tickets will cost €10 and will be available at the door with all proceedings going to the Madrid Fund. So make sure to make yourselves present for this event for the sake of local music.

This article was sponsored by EXOR Group Ltd

Kumpanija Teatru Rjal will be once again preparing a great show for those who love musicals and those who love modern music with a different touch.The show will actually be divided in two parts. The first part of the show will feature ‘Moulin Rouge’ live in concert with some of the best local talent taking the stage to perform in one of the most popular musicals whilst the second part of the show carries the name – Pop Goes Gregorian – as some of the most famous pop songs will be given a new touch and will be interpreted in a Gregorian style.

The cast for this show includes; Kurt Calleja, Debbie Scerri, Lawrence Gray, Neville Refalo, Nadine Axisa, Mark Tonna, Dominic Cini, Clifford Galea, Vittorio Gauci, Laura Bruno, Ina Robinich and Ivan Debbatista amongst others. The spectacular show will take place at the Catholic Institute Theatre on Saturday the 26th of February 2011 at 7.30PM and another performance will be held the following day on Sunday the 27th of February 2011 at 6.30PM. Tickets are available from www.istitutkattoliku.com and from the booking office or the bar of the Catholic Institute on the following telephone numbers: 21238429/21242551. One can also buy the tickets from Pawlu Testa travel by phoning on 21/27223340.

Source: Press Release