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Maltese singer Roger Tirazona (who is also half Filipino) has just returned from representing Malta in the 11th New Asian Singer contest, which this year was held in Beijing, the Capital of the People’s Republic of China.  In a very tough competition of singers coming from virtually every continent, Roger managed to go through 2 elimination phases and classified in 6th Position out of 35 contestants of extremely high level.

He was also awarded the “Most Promising Singer” award.  Roger representing Malta managed to get where countries like Japan and Korea didn’t manage, even though they are the two greatest contributors to the Asian music market.  Contestants came from countries like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Philippines, Finland, Canada, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Slovenia, Australia and the United States.  The winner of the contest was the singer from Philippines who is sure to be a next Asian Superstar.  The contest was aired on Satellite Channel Yunnan TV (YNTV) which covers the Asian continent and billions of viewers.

In the contest, Roger got to perform the Malta produced song “Silver Rain” (Composed by Paul Abela and Lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia) which was extremely well received in terms of music, arrangement and lyrics and commented by the jury as “a lovely European style pop ballad with poetic lyrics”.  Other Asian singers and impresarios in the contest have requested to record this song to be released in their own Market.  “Silver Rain” was performed in the first elimination where Roger was chosen in the top 15 singers.  After that he performed his cover versions of the songs “Alla Luce Del Sole”, “You Raise Me Up” and the Filipino song called “Anak” which all enabled him to keep advancing to the next phase till the Super Final.

When asked about his experience in China Roger says: “The 11th New Asian Singer contest was one of the most pinnacle experiences in my life where I can say that I have sung with some of the best voices in the world.  All of the contestants were of world class level and all were remarkable in their own style and musical genre.  To be very honest I did not expect to manage to reach the very end of the contest as all the contestants were of extremely high level.  But I kept believing in myself and giving my best and I am very proud to have taken the Maltese flag to the very final stage of this prestigious, eurovision-level, Asian contest and gotten a very high placing for Malta and myself.  However this just scratches the surface of my experience there.  The meeting of professional producers, making new friends from all over the world and appreciating the wonderful hospitality of the Chinese people and the beauty of their country cannot be compared to any festival result.  While in China we did not just sing.  It was a great pleasure to show my respects to the Chinese people suffering drought in Yunnan Province.  All of us singers from around the world planted trees and used water brought from our countries to water them.  I have first handedly experienced an amazingly produced and organized Festival and one of the best hospitality in the world.  It will be an experience I will never forget.”

Roger is a member of the World Association of Festivals and Artists (WAFA).

Source: Press Release

Maltese singer Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001/2006) returns to the local and international music scene. In the last few years a lot of efforts and work has been made to bring back totally one of the most popular Maltese singers abroad in music scene. 'I no can do' is the first result and promises to be the start of a new era in the career of Fabrizio Faniello!

The brand new single by Fabrizio Faniello has already been a huge hit for the artist "Wali" with more then 4 million downloads and more then 1 million sold CD´s and reached the top position in the charts in his home country Indonesia. Now Fabrizio is presenting the exclusive English version of this hit with lyrics by Mary Susan Applegate ("The Power of Love" -- Jennifer Rush, Celine Dion and Air Supply) and a new pop version recorded in Sweden & Germany, supported with an outstanding top video made by Jan Reiff.

The song was presented in worldpremiere during the Slovak National Final for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest is now available worldwide on itunes. Several promotion visits in Maltese media is planned and already radiostations are picking up the new single of Fab, as friends are calling him largely. Also from several countries, interest in the song has been expressed, so it looks like we might a new hitsong from Malta across Europe!

You can see the video clip of the song here.

 

Many people believe that the local music scene is quite limited yet with a proper management and some investment, things can go a long way. Over the years, our country has seen a number of singers take centre stage at some big events. The latest singer to take up such a road is the popular Claudia Faniello.

The female artist was a relative unknown just a couple of years ago before making her debut on a reality show called Hotspot finishing in fourth place. During the same year she competed in the Malta Song For Europe competition with a composition by Ray Agius called High Alert before competing every year since then finishing in second and third place with Caravaggio and Sunrise. Following this years' eight place in the Malta Eurosong competition with the song Samsara written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, her management started working on her album.

The debut album which will be entitled Convincingly Better will be released in due course. It incorporates a number of tracks written by mostly foreign songwriters barring a few. More details about the album itself will be released soon although it is being distributed by a major recording label and produced professionally abroad.

Source: Bubbles Media & Entertainment

One of the well established artists on the Maltese Islands surely has to be Aldo Busuttil who will soon be representing the country in a festival within the confines of Turkey known as the "Cesme International Song Contest". This will be taking place from the 29th June 2010 till the 4th July 2010 in the city of Izmir. He will be joined in Turkey by Frederick Zammit.

The tenor will be competing on behalf of Malta amongst a number of notable nations with the song "Amore Passeggero" composed by Philip Vella and written by Gerard James Borg. A total of fifteen countries are taking part in this festival including Germany, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia, Russia, Latvia, Switzerland, Finland, Nigeria, Italy, Sri Lanka, Spain, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Romania and of course Malta. The festival culminates in a gala which takes place over two evenings being the semi-final and the final. The audience for each gala will amount to 5,500 along with several viewers via satellite and web-stream access thanks to this link here.

This festival also gives the opportunity for several artists to guest star singing a number of songs in a format which looks like a typical concert. Such artists include former Eurovision Song Contest stars Ani Lorak, Ajda Pekkan, Yohanna, Linda Martin, Al Bano & Romina Power, Emilija Kokic, Tajci and Duo Datz whilst huge International stars such as  Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Duran Duran, Vanilla Ice, Patricia Kaas and Samantha Fox. This years' special guest will be none other than Bonnie Tyler. This festival was inaugurated in 1986 with the collaboration of the Minister of Tourism in Turkey, the municipality of Cesme and the Show Television broadcaster.

Source: Press Release

The Maltese music scene is always welcoming new artists yet the latest one to crack it is surely Domenique who has been a part of the competitor list in the annual Junior Malta Eurosong for a number of years. The teenage artist has just released her debut single "Ucuh" which is written by none other than Mark Spiteri Lucas and Paul Ellul whose compositions have been quite successful in the past.

This single is being released following the fact that she was the winner of the competition bearing the name "Sas-Sitta Teen Singing Challenge" held on Net Television. The production, arrangement and mastering took place at Freetime Productions with the aid of Elton Zarb. In the meantime, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment along with Domenique would like to thank everyone who played a part in the making of this single along with Phyllis Spiteri Lucas on behalf of Beautique Parlor in Birkirkara, Holger Camilleri for the singles' design as well as Palmyra Limited for the duplication.

Source: Press Release

The summer months are always quite entertaining within the Maltese Islands and this is due to the fact that a number of events take place because of the local feasts which take place in each and every city or town. One of the more memorable events which is taking place has been given the name "Dining In Style".

The event which will also feature a three course meal will be joined with the entertainment of local artists such as former Eurovision Song Contest representatives Mary Spiteri who reached third place back in 1992 and Olivia Lewis who did not pass to the final back in 2007. They will also be joined by Claudia Faniello who is quickly working on become the countries' top artist with a single from her debut album already released onto the market. The event will be taking place at the Beland Club Hall in Zejtun with bookings taking place at the Beland Club from Monday to Friday from 5pm till 11pm and in the weekends from 10am till 11pm. The price of the event is a modest 20 Euros.

Source: Jonathan Bondin (Facebook)

Following the success which the musical "El Mellaha" had achieved last year when on the Anniversary of the Council it was staged, this time will be marking another staging in the form of "Imhabba fuq il-Gholja" which is also a music which brings about together the repertoire of the Maltese group New Cuorey. The musical written by Frederick Zammit and musically arranged by a member of the group and maestro Paul Abela make the showcase one to view.

All of the artists within the musical hail from the town of Mellieha and some of them even managed to make a name for themselves kicking off their career through such a show. The local council is fully supporting this project as the talent within the city is being represented to it's full extent. The musical will be staged on the 11th September 2010 at the Yard of the Sanctuary. The entrance is completely free of charge.

The story encompasses two principal characters in the beginning namely Vitorin who is an elderly woman living in a residential home within the town of Mellieha as well as her nephew in the form of Sarah. Whilst the latter is visiting the former, memories are quickly brought back to life with several songs including "L-Ahhar Bidwi f’Wied il-Ghasel", "Poezija", "Il-Bajja tal-Mellieha", "Id-Dghajsa tal-Latini", "Ghajnejn Sbieh", "Kemm hu Sabih", "Poezija Mhabba u Melodija", "It-Tunnara" u "Riviera Blu".

The main cast comprises of Georgina, Annabelle Debono, Victor Bonanno, Ryan Abela, Luisana Bartolo, Yvonne Borg, Gaetano Sultana, Alfred Vella, Amanda Aquilina, Jesmond Fenech, Daniel Cutajar, Joe S Grech, Alice Grech, Mattei Curmi, Nadine Bartolo, Eleanor Vella, Alexia Farrugia, Thea Gauci, Aston Morgan. Marisa Sammut, Glorian Scerri u Daniela Vella. One of the main members of the group New Cuorey was none other than Sammy Bartolo who had died back in 1997 is given a special dedication when all the singers perform the song "Lehen f'Tarf il-Wied".

Under the direction of Frederick Zammit and lights by Anthony Caruana, "Imhabba fuq il-Gholja" is surely the event to see!

Source: Press Release

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 11:41

Malta: Sophie Returns to Music

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One will always remember that beautiful witty girl who appeared on our screens back in 2006 competing within the Junior Song for Europe. In the end she managed to achieve first place and then went on to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Bucharest, Romania. Despite a mediocre result, Sophie has managed to go on to achieve great things, signing with a record label, releasing material onto the local and foreign scene before taking a little time out of the spotlight focusing on other projects but now, she's back.

16 year old Sophie has been working underground for the last 11 months. Recently she returned to the Music scene and is now very quickly making good progress in her music career, supported by the team at Thru The Mill the company in the UK she appointed in February to manage her.

Just to bring you up to date with what has been going on with Sophie s life. 2009 was a year where she took time out to review her career and plan more for her future. Now with a clearer road ahead, but with the same will, determination and talent she has always had, Sophie is back and everyone is excited to see and hear what’s next?!
Sophie’s new UK Mangement Company have kept her busy in the studio, making the best music she has ever made, with most tracks for her forthcoming album to be released in summer 2011, already at a very advanced stage, she is now back focusing on live appearances.

So far she has appeared at Swieqi Day, Independenza, Notte Bianca and Birgu Fest, Meanwhile Sophie has also been asked to review songs for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which of course she is no stranger to, having taken part in the competition when it was held in Bucharest in 2006.

Sophie says “ being involved in Junior Eurovision 2010 like this has ignited a spark in me and along with my Musical Director Elton Zarb we have written a song which we are considering entering for the Eurovision Song Contest, we seriously believe that it could be very strong as an entry for Malta”. Over the last twelve months Sophie has learned a lot about the music industry not just as a performer but also as a business woman, she has set up her own music publishing company Totally Sophie Music Ltd, as she reflects on moving into the commercial side of music, Sophie muses “ not only do I think that Totally Sophie Music will be good for me, I’m hoping we can discover new and develop existing talent in Malta, by giving them greater control over their own futures and finances.

“I am fortunate that I am very well advised professionally and legally now, but the music business is notoriously tough and not all artists get what they are due, hopefully TSM can help change that”

So what’s next for the sixteen year old singing sensation, putting together her own band maybe, that venture back into Eurovision or maybe on the back of a starring role in a recently made film for German TV, more acting, Sophie is quick to answer “ All of those things if I have the chance, as long as I can entertain people then I’m happy” Sophie is ready and planning a big year in 2011. To keep up to date with everything ‘Sophie’, check out her website just by clicking through this link here.

Source: Press Release


Tuesday, 19 October 2010 04:38

Malta: Starring in Australia

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In recent years, the extremely large Maltese communities within the nation of Australia have been getting some good local entertainment due to the fact that a number of local singers have been coming and going to the continent to give shows there. Normally the locals there are treated to different styles of music, but this time round one can say that they will become accustomed to a specifiic genre.



In recent days, two well known artists namely former Eurovision Song Contest entrant Debbie Scerri whose performance of the song "Let Me Fly" netted ninth place for Malta along with former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza winner Mark Tonna who is also remembered for his comeback earlier on this year; they both flew away to Oceanic Continent to entertain the locals their. Such a tour normally encompasses visits to a number of centres in which the now Maltese Australian people hang out regularly. In the meantime, another well known artist was set to embark on an Australian tour and that is three time Eurovision Song Contest entrant Chiara whose beautiful and melodic voice will truly serenade those present to watch her perform.

Source: Facebook


Going back a couple of years, a local would surely remember the annually held "Għanja tal-Poplu" festival which was a showcase of local talent within the Maltese language as previewed in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Things have always been changing within this showcase yet it might be regaining some of it's composure following some more changes within it's regulations. This evening will mark the 2010 edition of the event which will surely be an entertaining one.



This years' Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place within the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Phoenicia and it will be broadcasted live on ONE Television through the programme "Bla Agenda" which is normally fronted by former Maltasong Board Chairman, Norman Hamilton who is also a consultant for the current team in charge of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The showcase will be presenting fourteen entries, all of which were chosen by an undisclosed three member panel of judges. Find the running order of this evening's show which is set to be presented by Deo Grech after Vanni Pule pulled out at the last minute for personal reasons. Walter Micallef will surely be a great interval act for those present in the hall and the viewers watching the show live on ONE TV.

Running Order:

  1. Sur Wara Sur (Antonio Olivari / Stephen Ferrito) - Tale Kwali
  2. Fejn Int? (Mark Agius) - D-Seven
  3. Mill-Għajnejn tat-Tifla (Corazon) - Corazon u l-Ħbieb tal-Qalb
  4. Il-Palma (Natasha Turner / Augusto Cardinali) - Marie Claire Attard Bason
  5. L-Għanja tal-Għażżien (Danjeli & Justin Galea) - Danjeli & Justin Galea
  6. Rimors? (Vince Zammit / Charlie Dalli) - Lyndsey u Angodika
  7. Tifkiriet (Teddie Zammit) - Teddie Zammit
  8. Hemm Dawl (Frank O'Neill) - Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi & The Miners
  9. Lil Missirijietna (Robert Farrugia / Plato's Dream Machine) - Plato's Dream Machine
  10. Qabżitli c-Cinga (Charlie Dalli) - X-Tend
  11. Rakkont ta’ Omm  (Deo Grech / Heathcliffe Balzan) - Petra Zammit
  12. Bażar (Antonio Olivari) - Justin u Antonio
  13. Kamra Bla Hitan (Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina
  14. Indunajt (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace u L-Ħbieb tal-Ħbieb

We have come to learn that during rehearsals, the sound might not have been as optimal as it should be for a festival of such a calibre but these technicalities are actually being fixed upon as we speak. The Team at ESCflashmalta would like to wish the Organisers as well as all of the competitors the very best of luck this evening and hope that the best songs get the top prizes in this years' competition.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu