Wednesday, September 29, 2010

‘MUSICIAN’ – a new Konkani Video Film shot in Kuwait

‘MUSICIAN’ – a new Konkani Video Film in Kuwait by Shahu Almeida

Musicians usually specialize in particular types of music although there can be the opportunity to move between the genres. The job requires high levels of skill, expertise and dedication. Most musicians do their job as they have a passion for music.

Kuwait based Goan musician Shahu Almeida, first Goan musician to play a one-man band in dramas, has been playing a variety of music right from his young age. He ventures his skills into direction and singing in a Konkani songs video (DVD) album comprising select Goan artistes based in Kuwait.

The album, entirely shot and produced in Kuwait is scheduled to go public on 1st October 2010 at Kuwait Medical Association Hall, Jabriya, Kuwait.

For decades Konkani language songs 'Cantaram' on radio and on stage have been taking their cues from real life. Konkani singers are quick to get across their views, on life and day-to-day issues, with stunning boldness, criticism and satire.

However, in a video film, the challenge any videographer faces is to create a video that keeps the ‘watcher’ captivated. It requires an extra effort spent on special effects and specialized editing techniques. Those who are new to the business may not have time to develop such techniques as they refine more basic capabilities—like learning to shoot efficiently or streamline their editing workflow—before finding the specialities. Ignatius Fernandes, the editor of the film realizes the time and burden that these demands add to a typical edit and has covered it up with a very decent cinema-photography.

‘Musician’ doesn’t have creative elements to boast of but it definitely portrays fabulous artistic quality in both Shahu the musician and Ignatius the videographer. The DVD has sparkling quality in clarity.

Being shot in Kuwait, many would expect the unexpected with Ignatius to exploit what the structural beauty of Kuwait City has to offer. Still, Shahu and Ignatius have done a tremendous job. Shooting a video-film in a country like Kuwait, known for it’s strict legislation for outdoor filming, is difficult indeed. But Ignatius, the young, budding filmmaker shows great potential and professionalism with a more than average creation.

Report: Gasper Crasto

[As forwarded to]

Konkani CD "Gheyat, Punn Diyat"

The well renowned Bab Andrew proudly presents to you, his fourth Konkani album “Gheyat, Punn Diyat”. The music album which was earlier released in Qatar and Bahrain has catchy tracks by well known Bab Andrew, Andrea, and Andson, Aaron. They are well supported by Albert Cabral, Marcus Vaz, Francis de Tuem, Tony de Ribandar, Alias & Tommy(Jr Nelson). It is well knitted with good solos, duets, duos, Trios, and a well sung Chouko by the family.
In the opening song Bab Andrew tells us about the consequences we face we we don’t return our debts in time. A well sung solo which also suggest us to save something for our unseen difficult times instead of enjoying our life. The second song is by Marcus Vaz who brilliantly come out with the importance of wearing a rosary and a scapular, which is rarely worn by the people in thes modern times. The third is a Albert-Andrew duo that sings highly about the priests and the sacrifice the make for
the society and instead of appreciating that some people just makes a mole out of an anthill and depicts them as a nuisance in the same society. A very catchy tune and great lyrics. Then there is beautifully rendered solo by Andrea on ‘Niddukai’. Then come Francis de Tuem with his typical style. Here he sings about the malpractices at the “Fatorda Stadium”. Bab Andrew sings “Fokannam” with his daughter Andrea and his two sons - Andson and Aaron. A humorous 'chouko' by the family which is very rare these days. Further to that Tony de Ribandar sings a well knitted solo “Bogsonnem” wherein he sings about the care we should take while we discipline our children. Great lyrics indeed. Then come a duet with Andrea which highlights the importance of marriage vows taken on the wedding day. Alias renders a solo “Fotkiro” on the hardships faced by a people who stands as surety for others in need and ends up paying the debt themselves. Once again Albert-Andrew comes out with the religious values in the duo “Miss” demonstrate there is nothing more holy than the holy mass. In his song “Fond Vikinaka” Tommy (Jr. Nelson) speaks about the recent trend of buying the grave in the cemetery. And goes on to say that if everybody does this all our cemeteries will fall short and there will no place left for all of us. And finally the last song is a political trio sung by Bab Andrew-Albert-Tony de Ribandar. The music is superbly composed by Norman Cardozo and this Album is recorded at “Audio Masters” by Aurville Rodricks. His three previous released albums namely: SONVSAR KONNACHO, MAIM PAIK SAMBALL, and CHEAR SOTAM (VCD) were well received by the audience. And this album too is a must for all household.

[Review by Mickey Fernandes]



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A big e-welcome to you. Tumcam Maie-mogacho ieukar. Enjoy Life - This is not a rehearsal! Konkani uloi, boroi, vach ani samball - sodankal. Hich Goenchi osmitai ani amchem khalxelponn. Goenchi amchi Konkani bhas! Ekvottachem saddon Goenkaranchem. This is Gaspar Almeida from Parra, Bardez, Goa, based in Kuwait and am connected with the website created by Ulysses Menezes, and as Moderator of the famous first of its kind Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter (since 1994) and The Goan Forum and several Goan and Indian associations and forums and e-forums in Goa, India, Kuwait, The Middle East and worldwide.