Sunday, August 9, 2009

http://www.konkanisongbook.com/

http://www.konkanisongbook.com/

Reliving Konkani's greatest hits
TNN 10 August 2009,

PANAJI: Goans can now sing along with their preferred singers as all time Konkani favourites like Cathrina', Claudia', Bandra Festak', and other hit
songs of the yesteryears have been put together in one book.

Original hits of the last 50 years are available, in Konkani, besides some popular Portuguese and Swahili songs too, have been compiled by non resident Goans from Toronto, Canada, Francis Rodrigues. Unavailable music of the likes of Chris Perry, Frank Fernand, M Boyer, Alfred Rose and others is now available - transcribed note-for-note.

The songs include Adeus Korchea Vellar', Lisboa', Kampala', Sacrament Zoddlo', Mollbailo Dou', Malaika,' Maria Isabel,' Encosta Tua Cabecinha', Cecilia', Mogacho Divo', Proud to be a Goan', and others.

Besides the lyrics, the compiler has provided the chords for the songs. Not only have these been annotated to the music, but intricate chord-diagrams have been supplied for each song, making it easy for the musician.

According to Rodrigues, himself a musician and a lawyer by profession, the songs can now also be accompanied by harmonic instruments without sheet-music like the piano, accordion, keyboard and guitar. For bands and musical groups worldwide, separate music in tablature form for the guitar have been included.

Besides maintaining the originality and authenticity of the lyrics, there are cross-references from myriad sources, conveying the composer's intentions and the background of each composition.

"Each song has not only been accurately translated, but the translations have been set to verse/rhymed. Not only can the songs be poetically resung in English, but can bring the original music to the doorsteps of the world," says Rodrigues.

The book also includes programme notes, original and detailed historical liner-notes and anecdotes. "It has been painstakingly cross-checked and researched from numerous sources," said Rodrigues.

Other than the book, which can come handy to any music lover, a free DVD is a priceless bonus. "All the songs have been filmed and performed by Canadian jazz pianist Victor Martins. So that can help anyone to observe closely how to perform the music."

Greatest Konkani Song Hits (Vol I)' was released on Sunday by NRI commissioner Eduardo Faleiro, who lauded the efforts put in by Rodrigues for the book, which he said will help Konkani reach every nook and corner of the world.

Konkani writer Tomazinho Cardozo said the book will boost the language across the globe and it will help keep alive traditional Konkani culture among Goans scattered worldwide. The book is being released worldwide for World Goa Day on 20 August.


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* FIRST time ever - all original best-selling music of the last fifty
years, not just Konkani, but even Portuguese and Swahili! Unavailable
music of Chris Perry, Frank Fernand, Wilfy Rebimbus, M. Boyer, Alfred
Rose, H. Britton, Fadhili Williams, Henry D'Souza, B. Magno, Los
Payos, Paulo Borges, Manuel Alphonso, Silviano Barbosa, Romeo Mendes,
Reginald Fernandes, etc!

* SHEET-MUSIC - available for the very first time - transcribed
perfectly note-for-note. Songs include: "Cathrina", "Adeus Korchea
Vellar", "Claudia", "Mog Tuzo Kithlo Axelom", "Lisboa", "Kampala",
"Sacrament Zoddlo", "Bandra Festak", "Mollbailo Dou", "Malaika" "Maria
Isabel", "Encosta Tua Cabecinha", "Cecilia", "Mogacho Divo", "Proud To
Be A Goan", "Marialina", "Maria Pitache", "Calangute", "Bebdo",
"Sweater Kori", Tambdde Roza", "Hanv Saiba", "Don Kallzam", etc.

* CHORDS - not only have the chords been annotated to the music, but
intricate chord-diagrams supplied throughout each song! The songs can
now even be accompanied by harmonic instruments without sheet- music
like the piano, accordion, keyboard, guitar, etc.

* GUITAR TAB: For bands/groups worldwide, separate music in tablature
for the guitar are a stunning addition!

* LYRICS - original and authentic, cross-referenced from myriad
sources, conveying both the composer's intentions and the background
behind each song!

* TRANSLATIONS - a fantastic innovation, worth many times the cost of
the book! Each song has not only been beautifully and accurately
translated, but the translations have been set to verse/rhymed - now
not only can the songs be poetically re-sung in English, but bring our
music to the doorsteps of the world!

* PROGRAM NOTES - another superb plus, original and detailed
historical liner-notes, anecdotes, painstakingly cross-checked and
researched from numerous sources, to not only authenticate the
background, but illuminate the legend behind each song!

* FREE DVD: a priceless bonus!! ALL the songs have been filmed
performed by Canadian master pianist Victor Martins, so you can
observe close-up in intricate detail how to perform this superb music.
The invaluable DVD cost alone is worth its weight in gold!

* RELEASE: the book is being released worldwide for World Goa Day on
20 August, 2009.

Launch copies available in Goa at Pedro Fernandes and Furtados
(Panjim). International orders will be filled online, so please
register free here to be informed of availability. Or drop us a line
to register, at info@konkanisongbook.com.


Pic courtesy: Radio-Goa.net

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