Bahrain, Nov 15, 2019: “I think music in itself is healing. It is an explosive expression of humanity. It is something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we are from, everyone loves music.” These words of Billy Joel proved right on November 8, when a jam packed audience of over 1,500 music lovers of varied languages witnessed ‘Xperimentz’, The Concert, a music and comedy entertainer at the Indian Club grounds, Manama. As promised by the organizers it was truly a treat to music lovers in Bahrain.
The event under the patronage of Konkan Singers Club, began at 5 pm with a warm welcome extended by Shawn Machado and graceful classical dance by the students of Brindavan Dance Academy choreographed by Bahrain’s renowned Bharatanatyam Guru Hansul Gani.This was followed by a brief stage programme with members of the executive committee and organizing committee, including Simon Machado, Ronald Fernandes and Sydney Correa on stage. Fr Darrel Fernandes, assistant priest and spiritual director of Konkani community of Sacred Heart Church, Manama invoked almighty’s blessings. Steven D’Souza, president of Konkan Singers Club welcomed the gathering.
The entertainment began with renowned lyricist and Poet Llyod Rego Taccode, with the popular penname in Konkani literature ‘Ellyar Taccode’ introduced himself and shared some memories of his earlier days as a new lyricist. He then introduced the dynamic and very well-known compere par excellence Roshan D’Silva who flew in from Dubai. “A song cannot be a song without lyrics and melody,” said Lloyd who compered the event in poetic style by giving short intros of each song while Roshan D’Silva kept the audience on toes with his charisma. Most of songs at the concert were written and composed by Lloyd Rego and Roshan D’Souza Angelore.
The evening witnessed a blend of Konkani, Kannada, Tulu and Hindi songs. Renowned artistes from Mangaluru comprising of Global Konkani Music Award winner Shilpa Cutinha, Gulf Voice of Mangalore season-5 winner Robin Sequeira, and upcoming singer Rynell Sequeira did not leave any stone unturned with their melodious and soulful singing. The guest attraction was Zee Kannada SaReGaMaPa season-15 finalist, winner of ‘Daijiworld Studio Voice’ and ‘Voice of Udupi’ teen sensation Nihal Tauro who sang popular cinematic numbers.
Without music the singing would be incomplete. Music director Roshan D’Souza Angelore and his team comprising of Sanjay Rodrigues and Ivan Pereira from Mangaluru along with local musicians Deorn D’Souza, Prinson Machado, and Deil Bennies gave their best beats letting the audience to tap their feet on every performance. To add glitter to the songs, there were several dance performances by children and adults alike which were marvelously choreographed by Preetham Acharya, Vinola Lobo of Destiny Kings (Kingdom of Dance) and Malcom, Ajay and Sonia Lobo of Sea Guys Dance Crew.
An event cannot be accomplished without the support of the well-wishers and the sponsors. The sponsors were facilitated with a plaque of appreciation and gratitude. Ronald Fernandes rendered the vote of thanks.
A new Konkani music album titled ‘Sangath, a blend of music, emotions and voices’ by Steven D’Souza was released by Konkani Music Stalwart, music composer and director Roshan D’Souza Angelore. The album consists of 14 songs composed by Roshan D’Souza, Lloyd Rego, Shilpa Cutinha, Sanjay Rodrigues and Christopher Lobo and has lyrics by Irene D’Souza, Lloyd Rego, Sanjay Borkar, Roshu Bajpe, Rohan Adkabare, Shilpa Cutinha and Christopher Lobo and has 11 new Singers along with few renowned voices.
The audience in Bahrain could not ask for anything more than a hearty, belly laugh when Tulu comedies were presented by renowned and most loved Namma TV’s Bale Telipale fame Prashamsa Kaup comprising of Prasanna Shetty, Sandeep Shetty, Merwyn Aranha and Sharath Shetty who were at their best.
The event was managed by Steven D’Souza. Lights, sounds and LED provided by SJS System Management, venue arrangements by Aabex, photography and videography was done by Reuben D’Souza.
An extravaganza event to cherish and never to forget saw a great success and was much-admired by the spectators. The hard work of the organizing committee, Konkan Singers Club along with the continuous support rendered by all the volunteers before the event and during the event fetched a magnificent result.