Doha, 20 Sept 2012: The stage is set for the semi-finals of Gulf Voice of Mangalore -3 Qatar chapter. Qatar’s best 12 are well-prepared and awaiting September 21 to set the Al Ghazal stage on fire. It’s going to be a tough competition as stated by the MCA’s organizing team and well qualified Judges are on their way from Mangalore. The MCA’s GVOM team has done their best to select the best 3 judges from Mangalore well experienced, Qualified and Capable to choose the finest 2 voices to represent Qatar who will compete with the best chosen voices from Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.
The eminent Judges for Qatar Semifinals:
Ashith Pinto Prem Lobo Allwyn Noronha Cyril Gregory Sequeira- CGS Tacode
One of the ace singers of Konkani, Prem Lobo has been gifted with a melodious romantic voice which ruled the Konkani Stage for over 40 years. Started singing at a very young age. He sang with konkan kogul Wilfy Rebimbus from the very first “Wilfy Nite” since 1969. He has rendered his voice for 249 wilfy nites, 42 Albums. He staged his fist musical show “Premal Saanz’’ in 2010, composed over 25 songs - lyrics & music, brought out his maiden album “Premall Ulo in 2010, sang for Mangalore Akashvani. Prem is also a dramatist, written 4 novels, 60 short stories and poems in leading Konkani magazines. He is a retired employee of corporation bank, an active member of Milagres parish council, member of the finance committee and a choir member. He is the convener of Konkani Natak Sabha singing competition. Presently he is the director of MCC Bank Ltd.
Well known musician & composer. Professionally he is a High School Math’s teacher in St. Joseph’s P.U. College, Bajpe. He is the choir master of Bajpe parish. Trained Bajpe parishioners to win Diocese level singing competitions organized by the Konkani Natak Sabha for consecutive 3 years. Judged the above compitations for consecutive three years. He has a vast experience in judging the singing competitions in and around Mangalore. He has composed many songs and brought out two music albums “Bhangramani” and “Bhogthiponi” and composed and arranged music for “Bhogthiponi”. The songs from the audio “Bhangramani” won several prizes specially the most favorite being “ Pondar Thujya” He has staged seven Musical Nites, sang for several musical albums and harmonized several devotional albums. He was a vocalist for the bands “Human bondage” and “ Cosmic Rays ”. Presently runs a one man band called “Micro band”.
Has been a sound engineer for 8 years at Sandesha Digital Studio Mangalore and has recorded over 500 albums, documentaries, jingles etc. for all the Konkani Legends and budding artists. He is a bass guitarist and played for more than 200 musical shows and more than 180 music albums with eminent Konkani music personalities. He has composed music for 10 music albums, one of which was awarded the best Konkani Album at the Global Music Awards in 2009. Has been playing Guitar for over 16 years. Has worked as a guitar tutor and has trained many students. Presently working at Technicolor Bangalore as a Quality Control (QC) Engineer.
The comparer for the evening is none other than MCA’s own Cyril Gregory Sequeira popularly called as CGS taccode.
A well known writer in Konkani who has written several stories, poems and humorous for the past forty years. His column in Rakno weekly named “pugyeto” was very familier among the Konkani pople. His more than 25 books realesed among Sister Shobha, Dukam and kuniyegarachi khun are the novels. He has written many humorous books pugyeto, pokana, bulbule, sulsule are few to name and his new humour “thamde gule” will be released on this occasion. Written 12 social, comedy and radio plays. Worked as a sub editor in Rakno Weekly and as a edito for kanik and Umalo papers. He has received Gao academy award for his book “ Dukam” Konkani sahity academy award for Sulsule and also he has honoured with Daiji Dubai Literary award. He was worked in Dubai and Qatar for few years. Presently he is having a real estate business in Mangalore. Being the MCA’s founder member and worked in the Executive committee for the initial 2 years, the association is proud of the immense contribution of CGS to the Konkani literary field and will honor him on this occasion.
Along with the GVOM Semifinals, the evening will also mark various performances from local talents – Comedy skits by Aloysius D’Souza, Charles D’mello Pangla, Sandeep Noronha, Anil Cutinha and Clement Saldanha.
Popular Qatar singers Joyce Mascarenhas and Rupert Lobo will join the Guests judges to perform some beautiful songs.
Qatar’s budding talents Sana Britto, Rupal Aroza, Anushka Crasto, Emilita Martis and Cybil DSouza will dance to the popular Konkani tune.
Joswin Pinto Ace musician from Mangalore will join Qatar’s “Music City” to support the Semifinalists with foot-tapping splendid Music.
Delicious “Noven Jevan” from Mangalorean Cuisine will be served for all. The entry is free for all and MCA invites all Konkani lovers of Qatar to be a part of this event and encourage the upcoming talents.