When you get a glimpse of around twenty singers on a glittery stage, you can expect the unexpected from all the talented artistes and musicians. And, as you listen to all those thought-provoking songs, there will always be time for deep reflection on subjects related to love, family life and social themes.
A Konkani musical concert ‘Mogacho Porzoll’ by Pio Agnelo Fernandes, staged at Navelim (Padr Pio Friary) and Margao (Holy Spirit Church grounds), last week, received an overwhelming response from the audience. It was an evening of nostalgic moments with theme-related songs and soul-touching music.
The concert, one of its kind, was divided into two sections – the first comprised of devotional hymns and songs, while the second had renditions on love, family and social themes. All the songs rendered live on stage were presented in the form of solos, duos, duets and choral.
The show, chalked out by talented composer and singer, P Agnelo Fernandes had a taste of its own, with unique renditions and good live music. The themes of the songs were based on prayer, a tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary, losing oneself in the Lord, following Christ and subjects related to love relations, destruction of life, and preserving Goa’s identity.
At the onset, an instrumental by Selwyn Braganza and his team of boys helped all the artistes introduce themselves on stage. A solo, Magnnem, by P Agnelo Fernandes followed immediately, which highlighted the importance of prayer and how one could stay connected to God.
Acacio Pereira, an accomplished singer rendered his solo Sopnam, throwing light on how dreams help the growth of a human being. For all the blessings received from the Almighty, one cannot forget God, who is the ultimate giver. Lulu Fortes entertained with her solo I Lose Myself to You in a melodious voice.
Amchi Saibinn Maim is a choral by P Agnelo Fernandes and team, which is a tribute to Mother Mary. Another choral Come Follow Me by Fr John Albano and P Agnelo Fernandes is a call from Christ.
Elvis Mascarenhas comes with a solo Maim Pai, a reflection on parents in the family. But, the type of treatment given to some of the guardians is worth reflecting upon.
Raise Your Hands, is a choral by Lulu Fortes, Ryan, Valiejo and Asssenca. It is a foot-tapping song and appeals to everyone offstage to raise hands and sing God’s praises. Show me the Way, a duet by Fr John and Astrid, is a prayer to God, seeking His help in moments of loneliness and despair.
Povitr Kuttumb Nazaretcho is a choral by P Agnelo Fernandes and his team and it speaks about the Holy Family of Nazareth. Mogacho Porzoll, the title song by the entire team, is worth listening to. So, is the concluding song Ho Avaz Goenkarancho which has a unique message for the listeners.
In the second half, there’s a choral Sot mandun ghe Somiak by the band of singers and a duet Sokallim Utthun by Lulu and P Agnelo speaks about the new dawn. Vaitt Laili Jivachi, a solo by Voller D’Costa is a call to the youth, who go astray due to addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Polko Hero, a solo by Avers Pereira and Mog, Mog, Mog, a choral by P Agnelo and team are worth listening to.
Sobit Utor Tem Mog a duet by Voller and Kimberly, and Jivit Ek Sopon by Ryan Borges and Goemchi Osmitai by P Agnelo speaks about two varied themes.
Selwyn Braganza as the music director, entertains throughout with his trumpet and violin. There’s Theo Alvares on the trumpet, Olavo Fernandes on the saxophone, Melroy and Sheldon on the keyboard, Jespo on the lead guitar, Edelbert Azavedo on the bass and Kassel Gomes on drums.
This musical concert must move to other cities and villages, especially parishes so that the faithful can enjoy something unique and different. Apart from enjoyment through songs and music, the audience will also get to carry varied messages back home.