On this page we present you the art and culture scene of the Cottonera.
‘Artists in the Cottonera - who are the ones to watch’
In 2015 Amber performed during the CHOGM opening ceremony held in Malta, in front of all the common wealth heads of states including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.
In 2016 Amber was invited to perform for a sell-out audience at the Isle of MTV concert alongside Wiz Khalifa, Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit, Steve Aoki amongst others. Following this she went on to top the iTunes and local radio charts with hit singles “Messed Up Love”, “What They Say”, ''Power'' and “Warrior”.
Amber grew up in the village of Kalkara. Apart from living in Kalkara, part of Amber's family is from Vittoriosa. Her mother together with her family lived in Vittoriosa for many years. They were more known as 'ta' Carachi' and 'tal-labra'.
Amber became widely recognised following her representation of Malta in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Since scooping the maximum 12 points Amber has continued to develop her unique style and sound.
For the past few years, Amber has been under the vocal guidance of Pamela Bezzina. Amber has taken to the stage across Europe performing at sell out shows in the UK, Austria, Malta and Russia whilst duetting with names such as Joseph Calleja along side Ronan Keating, Gigi D’Alessio as well as Suor Cristina, winner of ’The Voice Italy’ 2014.
Amber has also performed during the Valletta 18 opening as part of the 'Erba Pjazez' show. Amber was also part of the writing team of the official song for the shooting world cup held in Malta 2018 which she performed along side Christabelle.
Redemption, released November 2016, is Amber’s debut album release.
Amber also took part in other various stage performances including ‘Il-Ħanina Maddalena’, Ġensna and 'Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej'
Amber also co-hosts a drive-time radio show on Magic Malta as well as TV program on TVM called il-'Kumitat'
You grew up in the Cottonera, do you have any memories regarding your childhood?
I spent most of my summers at Rinella with my family.
I also have beautiful memories in Birgu especially during the feast of St Lawrence since my family is from there. It was always a must that we leave the 10th of August free to head to Birgu.
I was also part of the Prince of Wales own band (St Domnic in Birgu). I also have fond memories of my time here. I still remember attending rehearsals and lesson every Wednesday at the band club, the feast marches, the concerts and all the other celebrations related to the feast fo St Domnic.
The regatta was also something I remember very well. I remember heading down to Cospicua or the port to watch the regatta. It was always a family outing were we used to spend the whole date there. I still flow the regatta till this very day.
My Memories in Cottonera are very special to me. Its part of who I am and I cherish them throughout my life :)