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They promised, they delivered
KUWAIT CITY, May 13: “Goencho Avaz”, The Konkani musical show held at Kuwait Boys Scouts Association Auditorium, Near Ministry of Communication, Hawally – Kuwait, on Friday, April 26th 2019, received a thunderous applause from Kuwait Konkani community. The show was organized by Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait, in aid of less fortunate children, under the theme “Essence of Positive Living” and “Be Smart – Carry on Safe” for a humanitarian NGO “Udant” based in Goa. Udant is a registered organization working in the fields of HIV/AIDS and related issues with youth in educational institutions and workers in hotels and other industries. Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait, shouldered the responsibilities to enhance the lives of children with multifaceted needs such as care, education, treatment as well as general support.
The generation next stars of Konkani world left no stone unturned to entertain Kuwait Konkani community. In simple words, they promised, they delivered, and in fact they delivered much more to the expectations of enthusiastic audience. A big shout-out to these amazing talented young artists, most of them privileged to perform on international stage for the first time. The star performer of the evening was “Goencho Avaz” Season – 1 winner and playback singer of the famed Konkani film, “NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR” Cielda Pereira, Cielda lived up to the expectations with her four solos and in-between teaming up with medley, specially composed for the event by music director Lenoy Gomendes. Others who enthralled the evening with their melodious voices were, Avina Furtado, Elaine Pinto, Everleigh Mascarenhas, Stacey Mesquita, Cyrus Fernandes and Frenzie Vito Rodrigues. They were the seven star performer winners/finalists of “Goencho Avaz” over the years initiated in Goa by Herald publications since 2015.
Also others who sparkled the evening were, Holly Rodrigues, the winner of Nightingale of Goa 2017, Florinda Cardozo, Winner, Goencho Tallo – 2019, (Abu-Dhabi, U.A.E), Romeo Braganza, Winner, Gulf Voice of Goa – 2019, (Kuwait), Baltazar Pontes, Bernie Vaz, Olinda & Simon Dias. Among young guns and future stars of “Goencho Avaz” Adela & Gaynelle as Morias Sisters and another pair of siblings, Valentina & Valentino Pinto, as Kuwait based talents weighed on bigger scale.
Kudos to the organizers for the surprised addition to the show, for the first time in the history of Konkani musical, a Sri Lankan female singer “Disna Lakmini” honored to sing creation of Late Chris Perry, originally sung by the legend “Usha Uthup”, “Meu Amor” a fitting tribute to a legendary musician. Music director, Lenoy Gomendes praised for his scintillating music, he was accompanied by Tony Fernandes on drums and Sri Lankan band “Sunrage’ under the leadership of Lalith Prasanna.
For political taste buds, newfound on political horizon & special invitee; Alison Gomes, junior political singer ignited the stage with his imitating style of seasoned political singer. Alison will definitely fill the void as the first political singer in Salcete since the bygone era of late William de Curtorim.
O’luv, Pioneer of Goan Pop, also a special invitee; made his grand entry with his signature emblem, traditional Goan baker’s horn and kankonn, his first song was a tribute to the victims of bomb blast in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 2019, the song was presented with a fitting images on graphic presentation sent the audience to tears. Later he switched to his regular Konkani pop songs and entertained for the rest of the evening.
WAVES Events – Kuwait, the pioneer in event management lit-up the sparkling stage with colorful led lights, laser beams and led screen backdrop, nowadays it is a trend for events and every stage performance, but making a best use of it is an art, and WAVES technicians did justice mastering every department surely to next level.
Many prominent personalities, patrons, ministry officials & commercial vendors witnessed “Goencho Avaz” organized by Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait. The organizers would like to thanks whole heartily to one n all for their contribution and support in their endeavors.
The man of the evening was none other than “Agnelo Borim”, an all-time Konkani compere in Goa, well stocked, flawless, humorous and sometimes humble too, marked his bench in overseas as well. A worthy addition to any Konkani events, our desk news reporter calls to Global Goans to taste the thunder through our Maim bhas Konkani. Agnelo was energetic throughout the five hours non-stop entertainment where audience glued to their seats even after the end of the show. “Goencho Avaz” to be remembered until we see something different from generation next, till then savour “Goencho Avaz”.
A gratitude to Chief Guest, Mr. Robert Kimbrough, Regional Security Officer, American Embassy Kuwait, and Guest of Honor, Mrs. Kristina Kimbrough, for their time and generosity, they were introduced to the audience on stage during the show, Mr. Robert praised the organizers for a wonderful show for the cause, he said “I don’t understand what’s going on here, the music was good, it’s an honor to be here for an important worthy cause, wonderful to enjoy the amazing talents of the artistes performing today”, Mr. Robert thanked the audience for their presence and support. Mrs. Kimbrough in her few words thanked the organizers for their efforts and cause, she also thanked for inviting her along with her husband. All the artistes were given mementos as a token of appreciation through the hands of distinguished guests Mr. & Mrs. Kimbrough. The ceremony compered by Remus James.
Kuwait Continental Hotels Group, Air Arabia, BEC Exchange, Al Fajr Al Jadid, United Steel Factory, Martin Machine Shop – Auto Garage, IFAtech Solutions, Joyalukkas Jeweller, Smart Solutions Co., Mass Express – International Freight Forwarders, Family Baker’s Salmiya, Eng. Ashutosh Panchal, Mr. Agnelo D’Costa – Panchwadi/Kuwait, Mr. Francisco Almeida (Shahu), Mr. Luis N Connie Mesquita – Candolim, Mr. Gasper Almeida – Goa-World Team, Mr. Derrick Gomindes – President-KIFF & Mr. Albino Lourenco – Santa Cruz/Kuwait.
Kamel El-Din Hussain, Allen Pereira, Ramdas Nair, Simon Dias (ImagEnation), Prakash L. Gonsalves – Mangalore, Anand Devadiga – Mangalore, Jeffery Lawrence Fernandes – Mangalore, Lawry Pinto – Mangalore (Rising Stars), Bernard Rubin D’Souza & Fly. – Chickmagalur/Kuwait, Flavio Fernandes – Santa Cruz, John Fernandes – Arab Times, Holy Spirit Margao – Kuwait, Miracles sports Club – Kuwait, Goa Football Club – Kuwait, Nuwara & Sourjah – Sri Lanka
Lalith Prasanna – Sunrange/Kuwait, John Cardoz – Mandur, Julie D’Souza – Anjuna, Marcos D’Costa – Navelim, Fidelis Fernandes – Ex-President-KIFF, Agnello Fernandes – Navelim, Alex Mascarenhas – Mumbai, Peter D’Costa – Quepem, Julio Cardozo & Fly. – Canacona, Rodolf & Maria Rodrigues – Mumbai, Joseph A. Rebello & Fly. – Maina Curtorim, Jones & Celine Fernandes- Anjuna, Johnsy & Marianinha D’Mello – Anjuna, Peter & Esmy Mendonca, Reji Rodrigues (Jackie), Raaj Go – Saligao-Goa, Charles Fee & Heather Ward, Maurice D’Costa – Navelim, Braz Rodrigues – Parra, Agnelo Fernandes – Fatorda, Rosario Luis – Chandor & Ram Mohan – Suntech.
Domingos Araujo – President, Kala Mogui Kuwait, Agnelo Rebello, Agnelo Fernandes (Raia), Melvin Lavina Fernandes, Nazi Azavedo – SFX Boys, Gaudencio Gomendes, Braz Rodrigues, Alex Mascarenhas & Shahu Almeida.
Agnelo Borim (Compere), Lenoy Gomendes (Music Director), Frenzie Vito Rodrigues, Cyrus Fernandes, Alison Gomes, Holly Rodrigues, O’luv Rodrigues, Cielda Pereira, Avina Furtado, Elaine Pinto, Everleigh Mascarenhas, Stacey Mesquita & Florinda Cardozo.
Romeo Braganza, Baltazar Pontes, Bernie Vaz, Olinda & Simon Dias, Adela Morias, Gaynelle Morias, Valentine & Valentino Pinto & Tony Fernandes (Drummer), and Sri Lankan band “Sunrange”.
Aldrin Menezes, Carmen Menezes, Tony Dias, Shirley Dias, John Noronha, Cynthia Noronha & Norraine Mendes.
Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait, Agnelo Fernandes, Jesarico Dias, Armando Mergulhao, Mervin Nunes, Arun Pinto, Henry Fernandes & Pascoal Filipe.
Gabriel Felix Fernandes
Rivon Gomes (Goa-world Team) & Stacy Araujo (Digital World Enthusiastic)
Emtiyaz Momin, Lestino Jake, Yadab Shrestha, Anil Rai, Hegazy Ibrahim, Mhod. Basha, Imran Burud, Robert D’Souza & Abraham Lijo.
Arab Times, The Times, Kuwait Times, indiansinkuwait.com, daijiworld.com & goa-world.com
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Many among the audience went LIVE using advance media technology, a distant viewer and the father of one of the star singer, Luis Mesquita from Candolim – Goa, mentioned in his comment to Dominic Araujo, “you picked the cream of “Goencho Avaz”. This was an opportunity for the young talented singers to showcase themselves. And you and this organizing committee gave them a chance to do that in Kuwait. Many doors will open for all of the graceful singers to perform internationally in the near future”.
Julio Cardozo, a legend and a multi-talented personality, the best critic too, updated his status on facebook, “Let me emphasize in the very beginning of this little post…. Konkani music is alive and kicking and the next generation is ensuring that all is not lost…., I was a little apprehensive wondering if a musical in Kuwait without the usual so called popular super stars of the Konkani stage would succeed…. And boy, am I glad I was so wrong!!!” he lamented. “If I was forced to find one tiny fault, it would be the length of the show. Maybe it should have only included the overseas artistes, with no dis-respect to the locals who performed extremely well too. Having said that…. We enjoyed every bit of it” he concluded. Dominic Araujo, a devote to Goan culture & mother tongue Konkani language, and a strong supporter of “Goencho Avaz” updated his status on facebook, “Over the years many shows were held in this part of the world… but nothing like “Goencho Avaz”… personally huge respect to you all”, Mr. Araujo’s earlier facebook post soon after the show, it was in Konkani language, he said “there were no kings, nor queens, only the pleasant music and melodious voices”.