August 25, 2019

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Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay. The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were…
Music-making sister duo The New Victorians have just released their debut single ‘Dustpile' which was also accompanied by a music video. “The song is about trying to be a good person – sweeping up dust – and someone else – the cat jumping in – making a mess all over again...” said Bettina (one of the sisters). The New Victorians, fronted by Sister duo Bettina and Philippa, is made up of Kurt Vella on drums, Pete Farrugia on percussion, Sean Borg on violin, Ryan Abela on double bass, Bettina on keys and Philippa on guitar. The band had a number…
"Someone Else", co-written by Gianluca Cappitta, Jean-Paul Mollicone, Chris Ciantar, Luke Vella Clark and Victorio Gauci as The Crowns, has been officially unveiled as the new single off the debut album which bears the same name. Recorded at Temple Studios, the sound that the band have been known to promote is a mixture of pop and rock, a successful formula which has seen them top the local radio charts on more than one occasion. In support of the brand new single, the band have even gone one step further in releasing a music video, created specifically for the song by…
Shauna Vassallo, Christina Magrin, Maxine Pace, Federica Falzon, and Gaia Cauchi are all success stories to emerge from La Voix Academy, a school for aspiring vocalists to hone their talent under the masterful gaze of singer/songwriter Gillian Attard. It seems that triumphant stories will continue to inspire for children to reach their dreams as a troupe of vocalists will be returning from the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia with their heads help up high, considering that they swooped the top places in every category. Rachel Lowell & Jean Claude Azzopardi placed 2nd in their category, whilst Clarissa Cauchi placed 3rd…
On the 27th September, Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. What is different about 2014 is that there was a public call for artists who wanted to be a part of the spectacle, a call which in turn led to 118 submissions, all of which were heard by a professional panel of judges and shortlisted to represent the best possible talent that Malta is proud to offer. Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public…
Mark Tonna, a veteran singer/songwriter, most recently recognised for finishing in second place during the 2013 edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song with "Poeta Bla Kliem", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss, is jetting off to Ravello, a scenic town in south of Italy where he will be making a guest appearance during the Canzoni Dal Mondo competition. The appearance is coming directly as a result of the success achieved by the veteran singer/songwriter in the local competition and keeping that in mind, lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss has translated the first runner-up entry…
Maxine Pace, a female singer/songwriter whose debut single "Fed Up" quickly rose to the upper echelons of Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay is back with a new track, "Alive". Co-written by Maxine and Ramzi, the song speaks about the carefree months of summer, and how one should always be ready for the next challenge by virtue of being alive. Maxine Pace was nominated for Best New Artist at this year's edition of the Malta Music Awards held in February, finding herself in great company alongside; Norbert, Andi and Plan Zero, the latter being the eventual winners.…
Corazon, a three-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, was the star of a mini-concert in Valletta on Wednesday evening, performing a selection of well known songs, both from her repertoire and others which the audience present could easily identify with. Joined by Carlo Bugeja on the piano, the female singer/songwriter was at the top of her game, and ensured that she performed each song to perfection. Clifford Jo Zahra, one of the editorial team members at escflashmalta.com had picked "Tema ̓79" as his awe inspiring tune for July and to our surprise, mid-way through the performance, Corazon gave her own…
In less than 2 days, on the 7th August, the Għaxaq Music Festival in collaboration with La Voix Academy will be putting on a nationwide concert featuring Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon, Ludwig Galea, Vincenzo Carni, Davinia, Marco Vito, Shauna Vassallo and Maxine Pace, all of whom will be accompanied by a LIVE orchestra under the direction of Maestro Joseph Chircop. escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of attending this evening's rehearsal and was gobsmacked by the astonishing line-up of songs that the organisers have in store for those who will be present, either standing or else sitting down. It is to be…
Philippa & Bettina Cassar, Kurt Vella, Sean Borg, Pete Farrugia and Ryan Paul Abela are collectively known as The New Victorians, a new age project managed by Howard Keith of Jagged House Studios, the same individual responsible for acts such as Airport Impressions, Tribali, The Rifffs and Ira Losco. In releasing their first original single, The New Victorians have gone for a quirky sound, an equally intriguing music video and lyrics which at first might not make sense, but the whole package is one which brings up a sense of professionalism, awaiting for comes next. "Dustpile" was officially launched during…