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The ever growing local music industry has seen a number of acts prove themselves to be worthy of the scene and in recent years, one of the acts to gain recognition has surely been Josmar having appeared at the 2009 edition of the Malta Eurosong competition with his self-penned entry 'Circus' before making headlining appearances at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza also within that same year with the song 'Rendez-Vous' and the following year with '5 Minuti'. This time round he is ready to launch himself in the best possible way with his first official single.

The brand new single which Josmar has just released is entitled 'I want u 2 know' and it was performed just a couple of weeks ago during the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest. Written and produced in the United Kingdom by none other than Paul Evans, Josmar hopes that success with the r'n'b track will be achieved especially noting the fact it will be released both locally and internationally. This track is also lifted off the debut album of the single which will be released early next year under the title 'Loud'. Josmar is working closely with Zube Records in collaboration with Generation Media. ESCflashmalta will keep you posted with the latest developments as soon as they will be made available.

Source: Press Release

The Public Broadcasting Services has not only retained its high standard of media through their premier channel known as Television Malta (TVM) which in my opinion remains the most viable station in the art of programming. Next year, a celebration of fifty years in broadcasting will be celebrating and that is why, a brand new identity led by a brand new logo and a brand new set of technical specifications has been co-founded by the officials. One of the shows which combined the subjects of drama and music altogether is surely the series 'D.R.E.A.M.S' which has now been airing for over a month as we move onto the fifth episode.

The stories are developing quite quickly so to speak because life is a never ending procession of events. One of the main story-lines belongs to none other than Brandon Cutajar (Jean Pierre Cassar) whose career in the art of Basketball has been inexistent for the time being due to the fact that he has to bring up his grades before being let to compete once more. He has now managed to acquite the help of the extremely intelligent Antoinette (Analise Psaila) who is still facing her own problems due to the fact that her parents do not know that she has taken up languages instead of scientific subjects and is being blackmailed out of the school musical by Jasmine (Rachel Tedesco Triccas) due to this issue.

The link between the stories is quite interesting as one of the mean characters, Jasmine (Rachel Tedesco Triccas) will soon be seeing a ray of light in her life despite having been abandoned by her mother who feared for her very own life and left her with her drunk husband. This evening, the viewers will also get to know Melanie (Carly Zarb) better because thus far, it has been revealed that she is a young intelligent girl who would like to be the friend of Antoinette.. In the meantime, the same aforementioned Antoinette, is still in a flurry of thoughts about what to do about the musical, because one could note that she is determined and ambitious yet is ultimately scared to speak her mind in this issue despite the revelation that she and Jasmine are ultimately cousin.

Supporting members of the cast for this evenings' episode will include none other than Pantomime star; Rachel Tedesco Triccas, former reality television show 'SFIDA' contestant; Rachel Genovese, former Malta Eurosong participants; Domenique and Ruth Sammut Casingena, former reality television show 'ID' Winner; Analise Psaila, former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative; Daniel Testa and also a former Junior Eurosong star in the form of Kayleigh Cassar. It is also to be noted that the music of the series has been composed by none other than Ray Agius, the man behind the entries at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 and 1997 as well as the same individual behind the winning entries in the past two editions of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Therefore tonight at 20:45 just after the main evening news bulletin on Television Malta (TVM), tune in to D.R.E.A.M.S for another extraordinary musical experience.

Source: Press Release (Rewind Productions)

Clubbers! Put your hands in the air and give a grand applause to Dimal n’Maddee’s new single which will surely be pumping up our clubs in the coming weeks! The Crimean hip-hop singer-songwriter based in Malta, best known as the “Russian rapper”, in collaboration with his fellow Malta-based singer/songwriter Maddee, have just released their latest clubish single, namely “Go Low”. Dimal’s unique style of rapping and Maddee’s powerful vocals are just the perfect match for all those clubbers out there who are on the look-out of the latest club hits for these upcoming last weeks of the long Summer party nights out. The hip-hop and R’n’B duo co-wrote this track with Sasha JF from Russia, and it was mixed and mastered professionally also in Russia by Ilya Ferre, with whom, they had also produced their very first single called “I C U Like me”.

To add a bit of style and personality to their new club single, the Russian rapper and the dance diva, have created a very particular and quirky CD cover; Infact, the duo have decided to promote their single with an animated version of themselves!

In November 2010, Dimal won the “Best Hip-Hop and R’n’B Artist” award at the Malta Music Awards. He was also nominated for 3 other awards, namely “Best Dance/Electronica Song” (for the single: I C U Like me) and “Best Hip Hop/Trip Hop/R’n’B Song” (for the single: Shake it, Shake it) at The People’s Music Awards and last but not least, he was nominated also for the “Top Online Release” award (for the single: Shake it, Shake it) at the MMI Listeners Picks Poll. The song “Shake it, Shake it”, produced by MelowBOX,  received major air play in our island and was on Malta’s Top 10 Charts for 4 whole week on Bay Radio, together with Itunes and Amazon worldwide. Dimal has also supported established artistis, namely Flo Rida and Ja Rule.

Currently, Dimal is working on his EP Mista International which will be supported by DJ Kris-Stylez(USA) from Black Wall Street and will be released later on this year.

Source: Press Release

With all of the European charts at the moment focusing on the two albums released by Amy Winehouse, it is quite obvious that one would get lost within the music of the great artist who passed away a couple of weeks ago but in Malta, the charts are somewhat different despite the fact that the artist has also been getting a lot of airplay in recent days and weeks. In the meantime, let's turn our attention to the local tracks which are at the moment getting a lot of airplay due to increasing demand from the people at home. The music industry is currently in a boom and new tracks have been released for each week for quite a couple of weeks now and that is why things, look very much steady. As always, there have been a number of changes although this might be the quietest chart update in quite some time as you will soon note.

Kicking off with the songs that are now exiting the chart following a number of weeks within it where they have managed to garner airplay, attention and somewhat a new fan base. Actually, there are only two tracks which have gone down but they are both former leaders of the chart and have kept their place within the top ten for quite some time. At the bottom part of the chart, at position number #10 there is none other than the singer Davinia with the catchy tune entitled 'Bottled My Teardrops' whilst just a couple of spots above it, at position number #8, one would definitely note the group Wintermoods whose remix version of the song 'Sun Won't Shine' still stands but clearly dropping as opposed to their high position last week. When one group surges ahead, it is quite reasonable that another takes it's place quite quickly.

As entries fall, others climb and the number of songs that have managed this feat for this week has been somewhat exciting. Kicking off at the lower echelons of the chart, at position number #7 there is the latest single of Ivan Filletti which bears the name 'Weeds'. This is the second single from the well known artist which is surely one of the many tracks that will be available in a new album sometime soon. Moving up by just one position to number #6, the brand new entry of last week by Carlo Gerada Feat. Scott Walker & Chess entitled 'Never Meant' whose mixture seems to have been liked by the listeners of the station and the programme brought to you by Nathan D every Saturday afternoon. This years' Eurovision Song Contest representative continues climbing up the chart as Glen Vella ft. Armani managed position number #5 this week with their take on the well known hit 'Ain't Nobody'. The final track to have managed to climb the chart comes from the singer who currently lives stateside working on getting more music done as she continues her education and that is none other than Mikaela with the song 'Hear Me Out', now at position #4. This artist continues to add to her portfolio being, the winner of the Vodafone Upcoming Artist in 2011, the Malta Music Awards' Best New Artist and a judge during the first phase of this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Before noting this weeks' non-movers, we decided to bring you the only new entry within the chart this week and that is the track which bears the name 'King Of The Night' by none other than one of the most popular dance artists in Malta, JJoy. He comes in at position number #9 and will be hoping to improve on that next week. In the meantime, there has been no change at the top with the top three remaining the very same as last week meaning that 'Lovesick' by Lyndsay has continued to perform well managing #3 once again as do Funk Initiative with their track 'Paris' which manages position number #2 for the second week in a row. At the top of the chart for the third consecutive week and the longest reign on anyone in recent weeks are Airport Impressions with the song 'Retro Star' which was launched at Numero Uno just a couple of weeks ago.

Source: Bay Radio

The annual cultural calender in the Maltese Islands is always filled with spectacular events but one of the highlights during the year is surely none other than the one known as 'Rockestra' which is organized by the Malta Community Chest Fund. The show which has become somewhat synonomous with the local crowd is a night full of enchanting music with a 'rock' feel interpreted live by the National Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud.

The preparations for this concert are currently well under way and have been so for quite sometime actually noting that when the event finishes within the previous year, work starts on the next one as immediate as possible. Maestro Sigmund Mifsud is well known in making the musical arrangements of each and every chosen piece of music actually. The idea of mixing together 'rock' music along with classical instruments is somewhat extremely interesting and it shows the passion for music. This years' show will be even more spectacular than last years' and this is because, people will be able to see the projections done by Ross Ashton, the same individual who worked on Rockestra back in 2009.

This years' line-up is extremely interesting and despite the lack of female artists, it will surely be a pleasure to be in attendance with so much talent on one stage. In fact, males will be dominating the show as they have been within the full music industry. The acts which have been called to take part within the show this year include former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mike Spiteri, Xirka Rock, Ivan Filletti, Pawlu Borg Bonaci, Errol Sammut of Airport Impressions, John Bundy, former Eurosong finalists; Gianni, Cliff Zammit, Vittorio Gauci and Dorothy Bezzina, her brother; Gianluca Bezzina, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2010 runner-up; Gloriana Arpa Belli, Malta Music Award Best New Artist; Mikaela, this years' Eurovision Song Contest representative; Glen Vella and others such as Lello, Daniel Cauchi, Kenneth Calleja and Chris Grech. The tickets for this years' showcase can be obtained through the official website. The seated tickets for adults cost €15 whilst those of children cost €12. In the meantime, the standing tickets cost €10 and those of children just €2.

Source: Press Release (Fabian Mizzi)

One of the most popular programmes that has been airing during the course of the summer season has been none other than 'Don't Stop Me Now', a reality television show which is hosted by none other the well known Eileen Montesin. The series is coming to an end with only three programmes remaining and therefore it will be quite interesting to see how things shape up in the latter stages of the music competition. Also note that Christine Haber will be treating the singers to an task outside of their comfort zone in an aim to express their identity.

This week as has been the case during the series, the participants will be fighting to gain a total of twenty points, ten of which will be given by the weekly judges on the performances which will circling around the theme of movie soundtracks. The judges include none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representative Moira Stafrace, media personality Catherine Mifsud and musical theater performer Ray Mangion . Also joiing the proceedings for yet another week will be Richard Edwards whose song 'Finally' finished second in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. He will be performing a duet with one of the participants of the show as he has done throughout these past weeks.

Make sure to tune in to Television Malta (TVM) watch the show tonight after the news at 20:00 CET in order to watch the programme.

Source: Press Release (Frederick Zammit)

This period in time is known to be fun and cheerful especially with the carnival in tow over the past weekend and the next couple of hours. Nevertheless, the holidays have become non-existent for the late teenagers attending sixth form and higher secondary education. Evenings tend to be full of coursework but relaxation has to come into play as well and that is where one should sit on the sofa, turn on the television and tune into the musical drama 'D.R.E.A.M.S' which has registered the highest audiences for Television Malta (TVM) for Monday evenings surpassing all other programming. The episode will be airing at a specially designated slot around 21:45 CET this evening due to a special broadcaster over the current local political situation. Despite, the late time slot, this will surely be yet another cracking episode according to the preview.

One of the supporting characters in the series; Joe Vassallo (Martin Catania) has been phased by a number of issues in his life due to his drinking addiction but he has been trying to turn his life around for the sake of his wife, Doreen Vassallo (Mariella Chetcuti Delmar) and Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas). He tried to find a job but is rejected each and every time. The new characters in the series continue to grow in their roles actually noting that Jasmine has a newfound interest in the form of Jeremy, but will he come to terms with her lifestyle? She almost came to terms with it herself during a heartfelt conversation with Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) in the bathroom where some truth has been shed that nothing can ever be completely right and that no one is indeed perfect. Another story-line which has continuously gained prominence is the one which involved Samatha Hearts (Samaryah Sammut) who was injured by the wife of Professor Clive Cortis (Dorian Micallef) who happens to be her father. Her birth-mother is very protective of her and therefore, she will not let him get to her and drop the case but past demons come to haunt her when a seeming ex-lover demands money. Finnigan (Evelyn Saliba de Rosa) gets her two proteges out of trouble during the supermarket where they had been caught stealing but ultimately, will it be their last offence?

This weeks' episode of 'D.R.E.A.M.S' should be equally interesting. Jasmine Vassallo Grima is encountering what seems to be her first conversation of truth when she speaks to Jeremy in this evenings' episode. He would like to know the real her following his heartful chat about his life. In the meantime, Jade Vella Petroni continues to be haunted by her mother who expects only the best behaviour as they seem to be awaiting guests during a high class meal at a fancy restaurant. This problem of the over-protective and seemingly innocent mother is one which haunts many people without any outside knowledge. The issue of Samantha, her mother, Clive Cortis and his wife continues to grow even deeper and the problems are being accentuated. Blackmail has become a thing of the present and this is somewhat ludicrous especially when the situation is as it is at the moment. It will be quite interesting to see where the story with Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar) and Antoinette (Analise Psaila) will lead onto noting that she heard the conversation of Jade whilst in the bathroom for her love of Brandon without him really knowing and now, her break up might have instill some issues.

This television series is the original work of Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber who in turn write the lyrics to all of the tracks performed as opposed to the music which is written by Ray Agius, the man who wrote the last two winners of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' as well as the Maltese Eurovision entries in 1995 entitled 'Keep Me In Mind' and in 1997 bearing the name 'Let Me Fly'. A number of supporting members of the cast have stunning musical credentials including former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Nicole Azzopardi and Daniel Testa, former Malta Eurosong finalist and host; Ruth Sammut Casingena, former Sfida Contestant Rachel Genovese, performer Rachael Tedesco Triccas and the ever so stunning winner of 'ID'; Analise Psaila. The episode will be airing at a specially designated slot around 21:45 CET this evening due to a special broadcaster over the current local political situation.

Source: Press Release, Jessica Vella De Sauveterre

The Maltese music scene has been blessed with a number of artists who are capable of reaching the heights of success with the right paths yet it is always important to remain humble and do your bit towards good causes. This will be the case for the ŻĦN Symphonik Choir whom as we mentioned last week organized a press event at the Shopping Complex within The Point shopping complex announcing a concert running by the name 'Let the Sun Shine' which is taking place on the 29th and 30th July, at 20:00 CET within St.Paul's Pro-Cathedral in the capital city of Valletta.

The concert which is being held in aid of the Equal Partners Foundation aims to bring about all of the work that carried out by the aforementioned foundations in harmony with the music of the ŻĦN Symphonik Choir so that they message would be put across in the best possible way. The concert will be featuring both sides of the Symphonik  Group meaning, singing and instrument playing and the mixture of genres between classical, gospel, pop and rock will surely be evident in order to attract all types of audiences and please note that some Maltese songs will also be performed.

At the present moment, the choir has around twenty members with an accompanying band who play in a number of concerts around the Maltese Islands. Amongst the people who are included within the showcase are former Malta Song for Europe finalist, Jean Claude Vancell; Lead singer of the band 'Salt', Janice DeBattista and Backing vocal, guitarist of the upcoming band 'Relikc', Luke Grech. All of the members carry out this project as volunteers and one could note that this really requires time and dedication and therefore should be appreciated. The main aim of the Symphonik Choir is to contribute to the Young Christian Workers’ mission of promoting social justice and raising awareness about social issues.

All profits from this concert will be donated to the Equal Partners Foundation, a parent-run, non-profit foundation providing individualized support programmes to over 300 children and adults with disabilities and/or learning difficulties and their families. Their scope is to give people with disability an independent and meaningful life within an inclusive society. All funds from this concert will go towards the EP project 'Beyond the Label - A Celebration of Talents' which will highlight the talents of persons with disability in sports, art, drama, music and literature.

The concert which we remind you is running under the name 'Let the Sun Shine' will surely be an event not to be missed by anyone. Tickets for this showcase cost €8 for adults and  €5 for children under 12 years of age. They can be booked either through email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchased from the Equal Partners Office, Monday to Friday 8am-4pm in 7 Market Str, Floriana. Should you require more information, please visit the official website of the Symphonik Choir.

Over the course of the past couple of months, one of the most important programmes on local television has surely been 'Don't Stop Me Now', a reality television programme in the vein of Pop Idol where a number of singers auditioned live and got shortlisted by a panel of four judges made up of Richard Edwards, Moira Stafrace, Ray Mangion and Catherine Mifsud. One can always remember that the show is it's a second season having commenced through the Favourite Channel just a year ago. This time round, it is being hosted by the national broadcaster, meaning the Public Broadcasting Services. The contestants of this years' edition include none other than; Ann Marie, Carl, Corinne, Derrick, Letizia, Raisa, Ramona, Shirley, Therese and Ylenia. All of the acts fight it out for sets of points given by the Jury through the power of song and also through the weekly tasks.

This week, the series reaches a half-way point and what a show has been lined up for the people to see. All of the participants in the programme will be performing live duets with established artists and this might also show a change of guard within the actual music industry noting one generation to the next. Hosted by Eileen Montesin, the acts will be judged on their ability to perform by former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Moira Stafrace, Classically Trained performer; Ray Mangion and Entertainment Figure; Catherine Mifsud. In the meantime, in another segment of the show, Christine Haber will be taking the acts on yet another extra-curricular task where they will be vying to use their skills outside of performing with the aim of them releasing their inner characters so that the people at home can get to watch them better. One final deed that will take place is of course the weekly duet that this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up will be doing with one of the participants. So this week, tune in to 'Don't Stop Me Now' on Television Malta hosted by Eileen Montesin.

Source: Press Release (Frederick Zammit)

Over the past couple of years, one of the best representatives of the Maltese Islands has surely been none other than the popular tenor Joseph Calleja who has often been hailed by the foreign press as the next Luciano Pavarotti following some stunning performances over time in a number of venues around the world. It seems that this remarkable artist is peaking at the present time when it comes to fame noting that he has cracked the British Charts with his latest album which resoundingly bears the name 'The Maltese Tenor' and is being distributed through recording label, Decca which is the classical subsidiary of Sony Music, one of the flagship music labels in the world.

The local tenor continues to ride on his way of success maintaining a perfect record that he has been building over time actually. Performing in the middle eastern regions of Europe just a couple of days ago proved to be a great experience according to Joseph himself as stated through social networking website, Facebook where he said "a wonderful experience in Israel despite a very heavy schedule preceding it. It was lovely to sing opposite Renee and Zubin again. Can't Wait for next time! Israel is an astonishingly beautiful country. Truly magical with great people. Jerusalem and Massada were the obvious two highlights and I got to float in the dead sea! Bliss!". This was one of the many appearances of Joseph Calleja this year noting that he is set to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in the next couple of months having just taken part within his annual summer concert on the Granaries in Floriana where he performed with Italian Legend, Lucio Dalla and also Zulu Hayley Westenra. Charting in the United Kingdom is a huge achievement actually and managing #65 in the official charts and then #2 in the Classical Album charts. We will be following his progress in the coming weeks.

Source: Official UK Charts, Allen Venables (for Image)