Maltese dancer hits over 3 million views on baby stroller Instagram Reel

 - Lifestyle - Jul 8 SHARE ON:
Maltese dancer hits over 3 million views on baby stroller Instagram Reel

Instagram Reels and TikTok videos have become huge not only locally but also globally, but few have managed to hit the whopping 3 million views like Roxanne Cutajar Gauci, known as ‘The Dancemama’ on Instagram.

The local content creator just celebrated her 1-year anniversary back in June and posted a brand collaboration video with a baby stroller which closes automatically, which welcomed a flurry of likes and comments on the reel.


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Roxanne is a local content creator, dancer, choreographer, artistic director and mother who posts relatable lifestyle content and, judging by her jaw-dropping 3-million-view reel, she is going nowhere but up.


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Here’s everything that’s going down at this year’s City Jazz Series

 - Events - Jul 7 SHARE ON:

The famed Jazz Festival will be coming back to our island in its abridged counterpart due to COVID-19 restrictions – The City Jazz series. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the City Jazz Series will include free masterclasses as well as exciting live events all across Malta’s capital city, Valletta. Including an exhibition curated by Therese Debono titled ‘Jazz Expressions’, the City Jazz Series is set to bring some exciting names to teach and perform. The masterclasses are free but registration is required on www.festivals.mt/masterclasses.


Piano Masterclass by Yonathan Avishai

Sharing his experience as a teacher and artist, Avishai will offer the basic tools to allow for finding balance during the creative process. Through listening to early jazz styles, Yonathan proposes an original and accessible approach for learning and connecting to this tradition. The Masterclass will take place at 5pm on 12/07/2021 at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

Drums Masterclass by Francesco Ciniglio

Francesco Ciniglio will focus on the original flow of drumming through traditional teachings. The masterclass will be explaining how to develop a four-way single taught onto the drums, through a routine exercise perfected by Ciniglio himself called the Matrix. The masterclass will take place on 13/07/2021 at 5pm at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

Alto Sax Masterclass by Dmitry Baevsky

Baevsky will cover a wide range of topics; from building the repertoire to harmony; from rhythm and time as well as ensemble playing. Dmitry can speak about the sound, articulation and rhythm to all those interested in specific saxophone students. Masterclass will take place on 14/07/2021 at 5pm at Hotel Phoenicia, Green Lounge.

Online Guitar Masterclass by Lage Lund

For his masterclass, Lage will demonstrate how he organises a typical practice session and the other different areas he covers during the decisions. Encouraging participants to ask questions, Lund’s masterclass will take place online on 15/07/2021 at 5pm.

Vocals Masterclass with Chiara Pancaldi

‘To sing means to relate to the inner part of ourself and be able to share our deepest feelings and emotion, the art of singing is one of the finest and maybe most ineffable form of art.” Pancaldi will work on exercises that can help singers approach melody, phrasing and improvising. Her workshop will take place on 17/07/2021 at 10am at the Hotel Phoenicia, Club Bar.


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The Masterclasses aren’t the only part of the festival as performances will be heralded by some of the most talented singers and musicians of our time. The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet will be launching the festival with a performance on Monday 12th July for a night under the stars at the Hotel Phoenicia’s Bastion Pool. Entrance for this event is free, but booking via email on [email protected] or by calling on 21222541 is required. Yonathan Avishai, one of the most sought-after pianists in the international jazz scene will continue with his trio on the 13th of July at the City Theatre Valletta.


The Hinge Project, heralded by Jes Psaila will take to Pjazza Teatru Rjal on Wednesday 14th July. Made up of old ideas and new tunes, the style in instrumental fusion with an often mellow embrace of jazz and rock influences.

Nadine Axisa will be performing her second album Il-Hoss tal-Ghabex, showing her versatility and passion for smooth jazz, latin, swing and soul music. Felipe Caberra “Mirror” will continue on the spectacle as he immerses the audience in the revolutionary and creative freedom of jazz.

Daryl Hall and Chiara Pancaldi will join forces as two of the most experienced musicians around at the City Theatre Valletta. Pancaldi has been noted as a musician that never fails to impress and Hall boasts 30 years of musical and professional globetrotting.

On the final night, the Joe Debono Quintet will be rocking at the City Theatre Valletta on the 17th of July with their latest project ‘Acquapazza’ which features a collaboration with Sicilian musicians. Debono is a very active player and currently gives improvisation classes at the Malta School of Music. Last but not least, Danny Grissett Trio will be bringing the festival to a close on the 17th of July at the City Theatre Valletta, with three of the most sought-after musicians of our generation.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.festivals.mt/mjf


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Looking Like a Man | by Għajjejt u Xbajt

 - Lifestyle - Jul 7 SHARE ON:
Looking Like a Man | by Għajjejt u Xbajt

Right off the bat, I’m going to assume that the title of this piece immediately gave you a mental image. Be honest, what’s the first thing that came to mind? Some cross between Johnny Depp, Hercules, and the kind eyes of Western-Movie-Interpretation Jesus. Now if you are, or have ever met or seen any male, you’d know that that is nothing like reality, so why is that where we go to when we think not about “looking like the perfect ideological god of a man”, but simply “looking like a man”?

I vehemently disagree with a faction of men who are taking umbrage with a new focus on issues which are predominantly being felt and spoken about by women. Visibility is not uninclusive, and the truth is that the faction isn’t wrong in saying that issues like body image and sexual violence are not strictly a woman’s experience, but nobody is implying that either, chill. So with this spirit of visibility, can we please just realise that there are certain universal struggles caused by the human condition that are not bound by gender stereotypes? In this case, I speak predominantly of body image and its effects on people’s psyche. Since my experience is male, I’ll be a little slanted, but I promise you there is nothing exclusively mine about it.

Being a 17-year-old with ridiculous hair, experimenting with facial hair, predominantly baggy clothes overcompensating for a host of self problems by being louder, larger, funnier was my chosen coping mechanism. While body image was not the main catalyst for my distress, it certainly piled it on some days. I was always the funny fat kid growing up and I was set on doing my utmost to not remain that way, but alas genetics and general lack of motivation held me there. What I now realise as I still have relatively the same body shape as right back then, nobody cared even remotely as much about it as I did. Considering everything, I had the world at my hands, but I was more preoccupied with projecting my self-hatred onto the world thus self-sabotaging every few months. I felt alone, fat, unwanted, lazy, slow, ugly.

According to the BBC’s reporting just a couple months ago, out of 2000 men aged 16-40, 48% were found to have struggled at a point because of body image in a study by the Campaign Against Living Miserably and Instagram. 58% were negatively impacted by the pandemic in terms of body image, only 26% were happy with how they looked, and only 21% would never speak to anyone else about it. The Mental Health Foundation meanwhile also found that out of their 4505 adult male respondents, 11% had suicidal ideation due to body image issues while 4% resorted to self-harm. 21% meanwhile dress in a way to hide their bodies, and 22% essentially made themselves feel miserable by comparing themselves to people they considered better.

Yes, the statistics above are UK based, but this issue definitely isn’t. What I take from those statistics is that there is a great chance if you’ve never had self-image issues, then someone very close to you most definitely has. The fact of the matter is that men are taught from a young age to ‘be the man’ which includes natural ability in sports, while being attractive to multiple women, while retaining an effortless confidence, while looking like they visit the gym twice a day, while dressing like a fashion designer, while driving a great car, while living in a sweet hang pad, while making time to hang with the bros, while providing for his next of kin, while I don’t know building a lifeboat out of driftwood off the side of a shipwreck and saving the other passengers.

As far as I’m concerned, “looking like a man” is as obscure a mental image as looking like a mushroom. Sure there’s a general idea, but I mean, do all mushrooms even actually look like mushrooms? This obsession with looking, acting, reacting like a real man is so overdone and overrated at this point. What our generation owes the next one is to cut this image-based bullshit and start focusing on values. Just to clarify, I don’t mean traditional family values, I mean learning the values of loving who you are whether you look like what you apparently illogically should.

You got this.


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Family holidays in chaos due to Malta’s travel restrictions on unvaccinated children

 - International - Jul 7 SHARE ON:
Family holidays in chaos due to Malta’s travel restrictions for unvaccinated children

Many families from the UK had their holiday plans in Malta thrown out the window as the island requires arrivals aged 12 to 17 to be fully vaccinated. Youth aged 5 to 11 can travel if they are accompanying fully vaccinated guardians, provided they still show negative PCR test results, whereas children under five need not be tested. The UK is however currently not vaccinated under-18s, with advice in the country being that 16-to-18 year olds being offered a Pfizer jab if they are in a priority group or live with someone with weak immune system.

Several families criticised the regulations. Bookings for holidays, as well as several other activities for many families, had to be straight up cancelled due to the ban. The Maltese authorities state that the health restriction on this age group is due to the virus spreading faster within it. Health Minister Chris Fearne has also stated that around three out of four children who have received a vaccination appointment have already received one dose. 


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