Herald: Singing in Konkani with pride
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Singing in Konkani with pride

05 Aug 2018 03:58am IST

Report by
Dolcy D’Cruz

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05 Aug 2018 03:58am IST

Report by
Dolcy D’Cruz

The fifth edition of Goencho Avaz, the All Goa Konkani singing competition presented by Herald Group and Ulhas Jewellers, supported by Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, and powered by MVR Homes,will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Panjim with a total of 18 solo singers and seven pairs of duet singers

Goencho Avaz, the fifth edition of the

renowned Konkani singing competition by Herald Group and Ulhas Jewellers will be organising its Panjim finals on August 6, 2018 at Kala Academy, Panjim at 6:30pm as the audience is eager to hear the new voices that will be making their debut on one of Goa’s biggest stages. This year, the finals will see the participation of 18 solo singers and seven pairs of duet singers. The participants were shortlisted from the auditions that were held at Quepem, Margao, Panjim, Ponda and Vasco. After the final selection at the semi-finals, the finalists are now all set to take the stage with the perfect performance of their solos and duets in Konkani.

The Goencho Avaz participants will be performing to the music of Roy Menezes and his troupe for the finals at Panjim and Margao. The band comprises James Vaz on keyboard, Wilbur Rebelo on bass guitar, Rousseau Fernandes on lead guitar, Jack Rebello on drums, Theodor Alvares on trumpet, Senon Silvestre DeSouza and Roy Menezes on tenor saxophone. The sound is by PD Sound while the décor is by Dias Decorators and M Electronics. The show will be compered by Agnelo de Borim and Elaine Pinto.

Besides the onstage performance, the online voting contest for ‘Goencho Avaz - Popular Contestant’ is being organised by Ulhas Jewellers on its Facebook page. The count will be based on the cumulative results recorded on the system. The participant with the highest number of collective likes, hearts and wow icons from each category (solo and duet) will win the title ‘Goencho Avaz - Popular Contestant’. The purpose of the title is to encourage families, friends, college mates and people from each village to come forward to cheer for and encourage the contestants as they prepare for the finals. It also gives participants the opportunity to handle public exposure on social media in addition to having good talent. The contest is open to the public for a limited time period to vote online for the title of ‘Goencho Avaz - Popular Contestant’ and will end on the morning of August 9, after which, the system will automatically lock access to all videos and votes will be counted.

Clifford Pereira from Cortalim and Malonza Barretto from Chinchinin will be performing ‘Xitulem ani Pandurang’, a song originally sung by Alfred and Rita Rose. The duo was introduced about two months back by Fr Blair Fernandes and they have been rigorously training for their performances. Clifford is a civil engineer from Panjim and Malonza is a third year Bachelor of Arts student at Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao. “This is the first time I will be stepping onto such a big stage and I want it to be perfect. We are very excited and are still practising our choreography as the overall presentation of the entire song is important,” says Clifford.

After performing as a musician for various tiatrs, Elton Simoes from Morjim will be finally singing on stage for the first time at Goencho Avaz. A post graduate in Psychology, Elton has been performing as a one man band as well as freelancing for tiatrs directed by Alexin de Morjim and Tomazinho Cardozo. “Musicians who perform for tiatrs are always seated below the stage and this is a huge moment for me as I now sing on stage. I have been singing songs in different languages for the shows and composing songs for special occasions but singing in Konkani is a proud feeling,” says this multi-instrumentalist who will be singing ‘Kombi, Bohddi, Mazor’ by M Boyer.

Based in Dubai, Aviella D’Souza is originally from Candolim and takes great pride in singing in her mother tongue, Konkani. Daughter of Agnelo and Ivon, the love of singing in Konkani was inculcated by her grandfather, noted tiatrist Peter Celestino D’Souza from Saipem, Candolim. She has been singing in Konkani tiatrs and musical shows, including World Goa Day in the United Arab Emirates, for the last ten years. “I was the first child artiste to sing in tiatrs in Konkani in the UAE and I have been singing after making my debut in Comedian Augustine’s tiatr in Dubai. I also performed at Sangodd at Candolim on June 29, 2018,” says Aviella, who has been trained in singing by Remmie Fernandes, who is known by his stage name, Young Ferns. For her final performance, Aviella will be singing ‘Mog’ by June Gracias.

The winners of Goencho Avaz will be announced at the Mega Finals, which will be held on August 11, 2018 at 6:30pm at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.

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