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From the editor’s desk :-

Dear Do..Re..Me..Fa.. browzers,

Once again, a hearty and warm welcome to each one of you, to this unique music column. After the scorching heat of the month of April / May, the monsoon rains have struck our home land in India.  Many families from the gulf have packed their baggage to spend their summer vacation in the rainy weather of Mangalore / Goa / Mumbai etc.. Keeping in mind this happy note I’m ready to play for you a sweet chord of Konkanni music.  This sweet chord is a living legend with a lovely smile, a lady with sparkling eyes, a singer with a voice that is pure dynamic.  She is none other than the world famous ‘the voice of Goa’ of ‘Hello Lorna’ fame – LORNA.

Truly, Lorna is unique. She make Konkanni music lovers in Goa and worldwide proud everytime she picks up the mike and with her golden voice fills the air.  I was really fortunate to have a personal meeting with this nightingale few days back here in Muscat.  I cannot forget her simplicity and warmth that she displayed during our meeting. As I present to you the extract of our meeting, I’m sure you will have a vibrating experience of musical waves through each and every of your vein.

Thank you, dear, for browsing this unique music column.  See you again next month at the same site, with another sweet chord of music.  Until then, bye.

Gerry D’Mello


“HELLO LORNA”
“LORNA” – The nightingale of Goan Music

On 7th of May 2004,  Lorna was at Muscat enchanting and enthralling her music fans with her golden voice.  It was a superb performance touching a chord in every Goan and Mangalorean heart in Muscat.  Lorna singing live again!  During Lorna’s short stay and busy schedule in Muscat, the editor of this column, Gerry D’Mello was privileged to have a brief tête-à-tête with the artiste.  The following is the extract of that interview.

Q : Lorna, you have a place of pride in Goan Music.  Could you tell us about your family and Goan connection?

A : I was born in Mumbai on 9th August 1946 and was brought up there.  But my parents hail from Saligao, Goa and ours is a typical Mumbaiyite Goan family.  My father’s name is Theophilus and Mother’s name is Cecelia Cordeiro.  We are 6 children in the family, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.  I am the third child among them.  I had my education in Mumbai and I have finished my metriculation (SSC) there.  I used to love music from my childhood and particularly I liked singing Konkanni songs.

Q : Who were the persons that influenced to bring out your music talent to lime light; and who was your music guru?

A : My family encouraged and supported my singing talents.  But undoubtedly the Goan music genius Chris Perry made me a popular singer and he is my music guru.  Recognizing my music talents, Chris Perry chose me as a singer in his 24 piece Band.  From the age of 15, for 9 years, I sang for Chris Perry’s Band in English, basically as a Jazz singer in Star Hotels and Night Clubs not only in Mumbai but also in Delhi, Calcutta, Madras and Bangalore.  Chris Perry also composed many Konkanni Songs for me which I delivered them perfectly.  The songs like Pisso, Bebdo, Red Rose etc.. have become unforgettable hits resounding in every Goan family.

Q : Could you tell us something about your mysterious self-imposed long exile from music?

A : Yes, on 9th August 1973, on my 27th birth anniversary, I went into an exile from music due to an u

 
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salman shivani, bandra Thursday, January 16, 2014
Lorna and Mohd Rafi sing together maria ,i want to meet lorna singer ,when i had gone goa , i ask many people ,but they don't know the address of Lorna ,so give the address of Lorna nice good singer
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Chris, MumbaiSunday, September 22, 2013
Hi,
Im interested in booking Lorna for a concert. Who do I contact regards this query ? Can I have Lorna's managers number or some kind of reachable contact. Thank You.
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Clement Desylva, BandraTuesday, February 19, 2013
Lorna Maza mog!
I heard Lorna's music seven years ago. I'm not a Goan and I dont even understand Konkani. BUt I love Lornas music.I had the priveledge of hearing her at the carnival in Caranzalem this year 2013. Flew down from Mumbai specifically to hear her. Took my breath away. Shes the greatest. And then I met her. Reinforced her greatness. She told me that her first big start was at the Wigwam athe Spetember Gardens in the Bandra Fair. If anybody has a schedule of her upcoming shows please email me clemde@gmail.com
Viva Lorna !
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Doris, Goa / Canada (Vancouver)Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I just love her voice. It is my dream to sing along with Lorna someday. Hope she will visit Vancouver and I can sing with her. I love her voice and have been singing her songs since I was a little girl. I am now singing her song in Richmond BC and they call me Lorna of Richmond. I love her Tuzo Mog and sing it with a lot of passion. Someone make my dreams come true.
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Rudolph.A.furtado, MumbaiFriday, January 21, 2011
Honestly, had never ever heard of Lorna, although an addict of theatre plays.Saw the advertisement of her show at "Sacred Heart Church(Worli)" golden jubilee celebrations fuction and decided to attend the same.Attended the show at "Shivaji Mandir Theatre" in Dadar and for the first time saw a "HOUSE FULL" show for Konkani entertainment.Lorna thrilled the audience with her deep bass voice, besides the entire packaged programme of skits and songs was worth the evening entertainment.
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Melroy Menezes, Calangute GoaSaturday, October 03, 2009
lorna is & will always be remembered as one of goa,s most talented singers ever.she is truly the nightingale of goa.i just blove her music & cannot do without listening to it at least once a week.i hope she comes out with one more greatest hits album.it will be a huge hit.all the best lorna.adious!!!!1
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miguel n. v. fernandes, goaTuesday, March 10, 2009

When chris died, it was a shocking news . When  I was about 7yrs, my father took me to our relatives wedding. The first time my father introduced me to Chris where he was with his complete band and my father was a great  admirer of  wind instruments.  I attended his funeral and recorded the proceedings on tape. One day I went with my journalist friend to record some statements of Lorna at Kala Academy . I made lorna watch the funeral footage, when tears rolled down her cheeks. But the contractor who brought her to Goa for that show did not allow her to record her views. I am  still searching for someone who knows the true history of the LEGEND CHRIS PERRY.

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clement, panjimSaturday, May 24, 2008
lorna is and always will be the ninthingale of goa.who still rule our hearts with her sweet golden voice.....god bless her.....from a true fan
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anthony, mumbaiSaturday, May 17, 2008
lorna voice was tuned by a wizard..to sing in tune and time to any outline given to her ....she filled the outline with many colours of music well jazz is her forte....and if she does jazz... she can blow the trumpet of jazz all down the memory lane ...from mubai to newyork..well i love her songs she is a grat singer
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Leo Fernandes, goa-mumbaiMonday, May 12, 2008
Truly,Lorna is the nightingale of Goa and along with Monserate and Lawrence De Tiracol reintroduced her back on stage at Miramar for a song after long absence and with HELLO LORNA and many other CDs with Lawrence de Tiracol, and latest being this year ONE AND ONLY LORNA who gave her back her platform in singing.I was present at some of the recordings in Mumbai though I know Lorna since 1960s along with Antonette and Late Romeo Mendes.But with latest composition of Lawrence de Tiracol with good music is the ONE AND ONLY LORNA. Get it its on CD.available in Goa.
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LOURDINA PEREIRA, BRISBANE QLD AUSTRALIAMonday, May 12, 2008
We would love to see Lorna here in Brisbane singing, I remember you singing with Chris Perry, when I was just 16, now I am 56. I have got all your songs on tape, but would really love to get them on CD. Any one with information on how I would be able to purchase them please contact the above e-mail, or any konkanni dramas that Lorna was in. Please contact my son, on the above address. Love and God Bless VIVA GOA
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Lis Pereira, PanajiThursday, November 01, 2007
A Fabulous all time singer with never dying hits... God Bless this Goan Star and give her many more years of happy singing. And is there a possibility of getting Lorna's contacts to get her booked for concerts. Any assistance is this is appreciated.
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agnelo francis pereira, goaTuesday, September 18, 2007
Lorna is a terrific singer she should be singing her own an all those hits of the past which she missed during her exile.  She should be singing with female vocalist like Nephie, Lulu, Veeam, Rita Rose
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Sameer Tambat, Pune( Now in panjim)Thursday, July 12, 2007
I simply dont know what to comment on this nigthingale of Goa. I love all her songs and dont mind listening to her songs frequently especially PITTe PITTe
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