Dubai: Mangalore Konkans Dubai, the leading Socio-Cultural organisation in UAE will be holding the semi final round of Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 4 on 26th of September 2014, sharp at 5:40 in the evening at Emirates Theatre – Emirates International School Dubai, Jumeirah(Al Thanya). The venue will open by 5PM.
Preparations for the event are in full swing and the show will bring in lot of creativity and entertainment to the fore. The contestants have all geared up with regular practice sessions to vie the attention of the judges as well as audience.
The following singers were selected during the closely contested prelims:
Category – Female:
1. Joshal Sweeda D’Souza
2. Jane Baretto
3. Nisha Sequeira
4. Vinola Sequeira
5. Fabella Anugraha Pinto
6. Sharon Rego
Category – Male:
1. Melwyn Antony D’Souza
2. Vincent Rodrigues
3. Brian Fernandes
4. Alwyn Mendonca
5. Anil Thimothy Mascarenhas
6. Jeevan Vas
A single winner from each category will have an opportunity to represent UAE in the Finals that will be held in Muscat, Oman on Friday 7th November 2014.
The event will feature some of the top Konkani Music talents as judges which includes household names like “Yodeling King” Melwyn Peris, “Melody Queen” Anitha D’Souza and “Guitar King” Alwyn Fernandes. With these professionals in the panel of judges, everyone may be rest assured that the results will be the ‘best.’
A Brief profile of the judges:
Melwyn started singing at the age of 6 years in the parish level and inter parish level singing competitions and won many prizes under the guidance of Late brother Denis Peris.
He started composing at the age of 16 and composed songs for Konkani dramas in between scenes. He is the youngest to perform a fully fledged Musical Nite at the age of 21. To date he has performed 94 nites in Mangalore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Muscat, Kuwait and Canada.
Many of Melwyn’s songs have been awarded ‘Best song of the year’ in the Konkan Natak Sabha singing competitions. Melwyn is popularly known as Yodeling king for his unique style of singing. Till date he has produced 27 volumes of cassettes & CDs of Konkani/Tulu songs and 17 volumes of devotional songs. He is well known for Baila songs. He has also given performances with Konkan Kogull Wilfy Rebimbus, Henry D’Souza and late P H Pinto.
Awards won by Melwyn Peris:
1.Karnataka Sandesha Art award 1994
2.Karnataka Konkani sahithya award 2000.
3.Special recognition award from Toast Master’s club and international orientation center USA.
4.Best singer in the global Konkani music award also best CD of the year 2010.
2. Anitha D’Souza
Anitha D’Souza is a born singer and God has gifted her with a melodious voice since her birth. She started singing form a very early age of 5. She was honoured with the title ‘Kala Tilaka’ by the Kerala Government when she was in the 4th Standard i.e. at the age of 9. She secured the First Place in the State Level Light Music Competition at Kerala when she was in the 10th standard. After that there was no turning back in her life. She came to Mangalore and completed her Diploma and Degree in Dance and Music and performed in a number of Musical Shows.
She was honoured with the title ‘Tulunada Gaana Kogile’, at the valedictory ceremony of ‘4 the Super Singers’ a Karaoke music competition at Town Hall on Tuesday May 3, 2011. She is also conferred with the ‘Vishwa Gadinada Rani Kogile’ title in November 2011.
Anitha has sung for a Konkani Movie ‘PADRI’. She has also sung with almost all the Popular and World Famous Konkani Singers like Konkan Kogul Wilfy Rebimbus, Yodeling King Melwyn Peris, Maand Soban Erric Ozario, Claud D’Souza, Henry D’Souza.
Apart from being a talented singer, Anitha is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She also conducts Music Classes for students of all ages and also gives opportunity to the deserving students to perform in her shows. She currently runs a musical institute in Mangalore
3. Alwyn Fernandes
From being a choir boy in the sleepy town of Mangalore in India to being voted by “ROLLING STONES“ magazine as one of India’s Top Ten Guitarists, Alwyn, sure has come a long way. It was in high school that he caught the guitar bug and learned to play the instrument by himself! After playing around town for a few years, he took the night bus to Bangalore in the early 90’s. And what a journey he’s had so far. He has worked in many bands including W.A.R.D.E.N and Millennium (Heavy Metal), Antaragni (World Music), The Sign of Four (Jazz), and pop bands ‘The Web’, ‘Casablanca’, ‘Sweet Serenade’ and ‘Last Temptations’. He has collaborated with world renowned artistes like Dr. L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Corky Seigel et al. He is a versatile guitarist whose repertoire include the varied genres of jazz, pop, rock, metal, world music and classical music. His guitar licks can be heard on most of the movie songs being played on FM. Besides this, he is a brilliant composer, arranger and do it all guy! Alwyn is versatile, stylish and plays from the heart. His greatness lies in his simplicity and he sure is a charmer! His passion in life, other than shredding, is his afternoon siesta!
Roshan has been a steady face at various social events in and around Dubai. Roshan has his flair when it comes to speaking ‘Aputt Konkani’, for which he has won many laurels.
Although a new face in UAE Konkani circles, Rowena has a legacy of handling some of the high profile events such as Rachna Awards as a compere.
Besides the singing competition, judges themselves will be performing their favorite songs.
The event will also host Melodia Choir from Dubai, with their beautiful rendering of Konkani Songs.
Feat Beat Group will feature their dancing talents in the event.
Music for the event will be provided by Ramiro Band. Sound & Lighting by Broadway.
All in all, the GVOM 4 Semi Final in Dubai will be a total entertainment package.
The seating arrangement in Emirates Theatre is limited and as we expect active response to this event, those keen to attend this exciting event are requested to buy entry tickets well in advance which are priced at AED.30/- or AED.50/= or AED.100/=. Your presence will be a great motivation and encouragement for the young participants.
For bookings please contact Walter Peris on 050-455-3265 & Roney D’Cunha on 050 – 658-8383.