MEGA MUSICAL CONCERT ‘LOVE YOU GOA’ ENTERTAINS KUWAIT
Report by Gasper Crasto, Photographs: Pearl Vaz
Kuwait: Goans had an amusing evening at the ‘Love You Goa’ Mega Musical Concert organized by Kala Mogui Kuwait (KMK) on 14th October 2016 at Dr. Kamil Al Rayes Theatre, American International School Auditorium, Maidan Hawally, Kuwait. Credit for organizing the show, goes to Kala Mogui Kuwait, a premier Goan art & cultural association in its 15th year of existence.
A colorful, lighted sets, rarely seen for Goan shows, electrified the stage backdrop adding sparkle to the stars on stage. The show was quite interesting and entertaining for the audience which was fairly average in attendance to compare to KMK’s last show “MANGO BONANZA” a year ago.
O’LUV SHOWS HIS CLASS
One of the major attractions of the show was O’luv Rodrigues, a promising Konkani pop singer. He did not disappoint the audience in the songs that he sang. Oluv’s entry on stage from amidst the audience sparking ‘honks’ of the traditional Goan ‘poder’ was wonderful.
The mega star sang his trademark song ‘Love You Goa’, a nice, catchy song, apart from singing Sounsarant Sovaskai Nam, Suknnean Soirik Moddli, Kor Kantar, Moga Mandoline, Score a Goal, and ‘Ami Goykar’.
For sure, the singer demonstrated diversity in style from the customary Tiatr singers. His song ‘Sonvsarant Sovoskai Nam’ and the song on Goan Football were outstanding. A group of dancing children accompanied the star on stage during some songs which made the performances special.
DANCING KIDS DELIGHT
The dancing kids were simply amazing and well admired by the audience.
The little dancing angels included Arana Lourenco, Chanele Maria Fortes, Anna George, Raina Alva, Jelena Mathias, Kiannah Raymond, Irene Lins, Amala Biju, Trista David, Tanya Coutinho, Anthia Ferrao, Ella Pereira, SriRam Ramesh Kumar, Edlyn Ananda, Mehul Khedekar, Ananya Sawant and Harshal Fernandes.
The dances were incredibly choreographed to attractive steps and rhythm by Miss Penny Rebello of Penny’s Dance-Aerobic & Yoga Academy who was later presented with a memento for her efforts.
OTHER STAR PERFORMERS
Famous Goan Tiatr singer Olga Vaz, as expected, was excellent in her songs. Her aggressive political solos received great applause and encores while her songs with Anil Pednekar were good too.
Saby de Divar was delightful as usual, his duet ‘Bailanchi Zat’ with Kuwait-based superstar Gracy Rodrigues was greatly applauded by the audience.
Joyrus Mascarenhas and Divya Naik, two young and upcoming singers from Goa were fluent in their songs. Joyrus’ first song was Kiteak Kortai Nokre from Bhuerantlo Munis, his other song was on Goan musicians during which he played the trumpet as well. Both Joyrus and Divya were fabulous.
Divya Naik sang yesteryear tribute hits ‘Pixem’ of Antonette Mendes, Meu Amor of Usha Uttap, Cha Cha Cha (of Mangalorean star Preema Rodrigues) and Noketr Udentichem (of Hema Sardesai).
Albino Lourenco sang Viva La Goa, a tribute song to melody king Alfred Rose.
Simon and Olinda Fernandes sang an interesting love song called ‘Mog’, Simon later sang a solo which was flawless.
GOA’S SUPERSTAR LIVES UP TO HIS IMAGE
Goa’s superstar Prince Jacob is always a phenomenon on stage. His noble presence and clean comedy along with his brother comedian Humbert has probably stamped a legacy and won a place of pride for Goan Tiatr comedy and comedians.
One of the act performed by the two brothers entitled S.M.B was so hilarious, it was a super-duper laugh riot. Audience anywhere in Konkan world would love to watch the brothers perform this particular skit again and again.
KUWAITI SINGER STEALS THE LIMELIGHT
Though a Konkani musical, one of the best songs of the show, was a Hindi song sung by a popular Kuwaiti singer Mubarak Al Rashid. He sang ‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’, a song from the popular 1977 film Amar Akbar Anthony.
The singer’s ‘hero’ presence on stage was dazzling while his voice was as impeccable as Kishore Kumar, the original playback singer of the song.
SPECIAL GUEST & DIGNITARIES
The evening was attended by Ms. Kyoko Matsukawa, a Japanese Researcher who has done extensive research on language issues in Goa in the recent past. Ms. Kyoko flew all the way from Japan especially for the event.
The young researcher amazed everyone by speaking in Konkani at the beginning of the show. She said she was thrilled to be at the ‘Konkani’ show and among ‘friendly’ Goans.
Mr. Kamal El Din Hussein – Manager, Kuwait Continental Hotel was a special guest on the occasion.
Mr. Robin Joseph – Assistant Manager, Expat Properties, Mr. Kalum S. Wijesinghe – Managing Director, Mirage Media Production & Event Management, Mrs. Sayanora Viegas – Dana Optics Co., major sponsors of the event, were also present.
Major sponsors were presented mementos by Kala Mogui Kuwait as a token of appreciation while all the artistes were handed gifts sponsored by Dana Optics Co.
KMK President Domingos Araujo in his speech wholeheartedly thanked the audience for gracing the occasion. He also thanked everyone who helped in supporting the event.
MUSICIANS PAR EXCELLENCE
The Musicians played pleasing music. Young Goan Maestro Selvyn Braganza, who guided the band, looked immaculate on the trumpet.
Selvyn was accompanied by Semy Braganza (Trombone), Antonio Azavedo (Saxophone), Lenoy Gomendes (Keyboards), Francis X. D’Souza (Drums) and Gary Pinho (Bass Guitar). The blowing instruments gave great punch and perfection to the musical show.
The show was compered by Remus James and Teotonio D’Costa of Prudent Media, Goa.
PHOTOGRAPHY & PUBLICITY
Pearl Vaz was the official photographer of the event.
Simon Dias – ImagEnations Designing & Publicity did most of the flyers running down to the show.
In statement to media, KMK thanked all artistes, singers, musicians, technicians, members, well-wishers and supporters.
According to the organizers Kala Mogui Kuwait, profound thanks for supporting the show have been acknowledged to:
Agnello Fernandes, Agnelo J D’Costa, Agnelo Rebello, Alberto Fernandes – Alberto Garage, Alex Mascarenhas, Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco – Member of Goa Legislative Assembly, Curtorim Constituency, Allan Pereira – Air Arabia, Anthony de Varca, Sharjah, Ashok Kalra – Managing Partner, Mughal Mahal Restaurants,
Bella Azavedo, Goa, Benny Vaz, Braz Rodrigues, Bryan Lasrado – VMaxgroup, Cajie D’Costa, Dubai, Cecil Pinto – Expression, Claudo Pacheco – Habitat Goa, Country Club Fitness FTX, Dominic Pereira – President, Kuwait India Football Federation, E. D. Titus – Operation Head, Aman Exchange, Francisco Furtado – Oxford, U.K., Francis X. D’Souza – Drums, Fredi Dlima,
Gabriel Gonsalves – A Estrela Open Air Hall, Santa Cruz, Goa (Panjim – Bambolim), Gaspar Almeida – Social Activist Author & Journalist, Gasper Crasto – Freelance Journalist, Glady – Rock Music, Irene – Royal Terrasse Restaurant, Jesarico Dias,
Kalum S Wijesinghe – Managing Director, Mirage Media Production & Event Management, Kamal El Din Hussein – Manager, Kuwait Continental Hotel, Kishore – City Group Co., Kyoko Matsukawa Ph.D. – Professor, Faculty of Letters, Konan University, Kobe City, Japan,
Lawrence Miranda, Luis Lopes – Jacqueline’s Saloon & Spa, Goa, Maestro Shahu Almeida, Management – Dr. Kamil Al Rayes Theatre, American International School, Management – Kuwait Continental Hotel & Hussa House, Manoj Bandodkar – President, Goan Heritage Club, Marcos D’Costa, Mario Fernandes, Menino Fernandes – Kenneth International, Merwyn Lewis – Al Fajr Al Jadid, Muffadal – Edde Supermarket & Edde Book Store, Nelson Colaco, Patrick Francis Rodrigues – Naigaon Real Estate Mumbai,
Pearl Vaz Fernandes – Pearl Vaz Photography, Penny Rebello – Penny’s Dance-Aerobic & Yoga Academy, Ramiro Mascarenhas – Maestro, Sharjah, Remus James, Robin Joseph – Assistant Manager, Expat Properties, Salvador Dias – President, Kuwait Goan Association, Shariff Deen – Technical Officer, Mirage Media Production & Event Management,
Shirley Menezes, Simon Dias – Imaginations Designing & Publicity, Stanley D’Souza – Rays Group of Companies, Teotonio D’Costa – Prudent TV, Goa, Valerian Viegas – Dana Optics Co., Vally Sanctis – M&M Caterers and Confectionery, well-wishers, etc.
ABOUT KALA MOGUI KUWAIT
Kala Mogui Kuwait (KMK) is a non-profit organization formed in the year 2002 to promote Goan art, culture and linguistic issues. The main aim of the organization is to support Konkani language. Since its establishment, KMK has organized numerous events in Kuwait.1