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First time in history - Kuwaiti singer to perform Konkani song at GVOM semis


By Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait
Daijiworld Media Network - Kuwait

Kuwait, Sep 17: A general thinking in the minds of people is 'Konkani is a language of Mangaloreans' and has a limitation due to which activities in this language are usually confined to a certain population. Still there has been many efforts throughout the world to represent this language through many associations. Many music CDs in Konkani are released, many competitions are conducted and many events are organized in India, Gulf and many other countries to make it international. Still it has failed to be an international language and limited to a community.

As an effort to make Konkani more popular, Youth Recreation Centre Kuwait has taken a step ahead. During Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 4 semis on Friday September 19 at the American International School auditorium, Kuwaiti singer Mubarak Rashed will be performing a Konkani song. Even though many Indian Bollywood singers have sung Konkani songs earlier, there is no record of any foreigner doing so. It will be an exciting moment to listen a Kuwaiti national singing Konkani for the first time which will be a record in the history of Konkani.

Mubarak Al Rashed Al Azmi, a Kuwaiti national is a very big fan of Bollywood oldies and is popularly known as Kishore Kumar of Kuwait. He has sung many Kishore Kumar melodies during Indian events which have been liked by the crowd. Even though he cannot speak Hindi, his accent and clarity in uttering Hindi lyrics is commendable.

Mubarak’s love for Indian films began at a young age when he saw mega star Amitabh Bachchan on television screen for the first time. It happened long back when he was dining in one of the Indian restaurants; he liked the Hindi music which was playing there and started to hum the lyrics.

Mubarak’s initial experiments with singing were restricted to occasional humming within the confines of his room. With regular practice, he somewhat mastered the art of singing. Even though he admires Mohammed Rafi, he likes to sing Kishore hits as his voice resemble his. It took him almost seven years of watching Hindi movies continuously to understand the lyrics and sing in a fluent manner.

Mubarak's first stage debut was during 2008 Saregama performance. Since then, he has performed in many Indian stage shows inviting huge applause from overwhelmed audience. When I approached him to sing a Konkani song for GVOM, he hesitated and but was ready to sing a Kishore hit instead. When I sent a Konkani song with lyrics in Arabic and a video link, he changed his mind a little. When there was singing rehearsal for contestants, Mubarak agreed to come. Before entering into the practice room, we both sat in the car to check the lyrics as the words in Arabic script completely differ from Kannada/Devanagari scripts. After a 20-minute warm up, we entered the practice room. All the musicians were stunned to see him as this was confidential and they were asked only to prepare the music. When he started to sing all of them gazed in awe as it was a unique and amazing moment to see a Kuwaiti singing with perfect tune. His videos can be viewed on YouTube by typing 'Mubaral Al Azmi Kuwait'.

Let us wait and see how far he can meet the expectations and touch the hearts of the audience. Along with his performance, there will be bundle of entertainment scheduled to make the GVOM semi-final event more exciting.

After the competition visiting artistes Anitha D'Souza and Prashanth Raj along with previous GVOM Orson D'Souza and Gladys Lorena will entertain the audience with songs. Rib-tickling comedy by Kuwait's popular stage artistes Stephen Machado, Anil Menezes, Renny Menezes, Lucy Aranha and Rajesh Fernandes on jokes written by writer/ poet/ stage artiste Lancy Rodrigues is bound to create a riot of laughter. Scintillating dances by Desi Strikers who are popular for their theme dances and 7 piece live music by Kuwait's famous Konkani musicians 'Muzik Colllective' under the leadership of Kiran Gonsalves will be the special attractions of the day.

 

 

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  • Thomas Valder, Bahrain

    Sun, Sep 21 2014

    Amazing ! Konkani song by Kuwaiti singer with added flavor singing second part in Arabic like blend of salt and lemon !! Keep it up Mr. Mubarak, you are simply the best !! Cheers !!

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  • Sir Lancelot, Manglore

    Thu, Sep 18 2014

    Let him try to sing HENRY Dsouza's ye ye Kathrina
    It will hit n rocks for ever.

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  • jesse, mangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    please post that song in you tube. so that i can believe

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  • Clara Fernandes, Bombay/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Mubarak is a tremendous singer. I have heard him singing Hindi songs, personally. He just loves music. All the best to Mubarak. Also wish good luck and success to all the semi-finalists.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Haim aikovn Moily.
    Sobith soli maka Poily.
    Dhavon aaili mousi Ouily.
    Moily aatham baarich Jolly.
    Sobith aasa Choli odli Paatholy.
    Mousi thuka Moily sanktha Molly.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Sobith Choli.
    Hatant Petnoli.
    Phulanchi Dhaali.
    Uzo phunkchi Noli.
    Konkni jeevich Aaslli.
    Bhurgim aamchim Bizllim.
    Konkni aamchi baari Pik’lli.
    Paaus mugdhala dharn Suklli.
    Gaaytha eik eik phulanchi Paakli.
    Vohloo maarlo dholo choli Dhaawli.

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  • Check you tube, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Mubarak Al Rashed Al Azmi, Kuwaiti singing
    HINDI SONG
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XArxlOeTDFo
    TULU SONG
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lgYjuCOs
    SALAMAT RAHE DOSTANA HAMARA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpWtT963PX8

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  • Reshma Lobo, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Wonderful news to hear Mr. Mubarak Al Azmi - Kuwaiti national to sing a Konkani Song. I personally have listened to his Hindi songs and he is superb.. his voice is similar to Kishore da.. It is such a honour to have Mr. Mubarak among the Indian community. Looking forward to watch him sing alive. All the best. Hats off to GVOM organizers.

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  • lavina, mangalore/kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Our mangalorean children says we don't know Konkani even though their parents speak Konkani at home.Shame for us mangaloreans, when we see a Kuwaiti singing Konkani song and our children hesitate to speak Konkani.

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  • Gerald Dsouza, Riyadh

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Congrats Mr Mubharak.Arabs are singing KONKANI song and we some Konkanis are shameful to speak our own mother tongue.

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  • AD., Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Music knows no boundaries!! Having lived here and hearing him sing even at other events, you should applaud that this person from another land loves our national language more that what you and me do. Today he takes another step to sing in Konkani as against many of our own people who conveniently forget it.

    Half the kids back in Mangalore seem to have forgotten Konkani and the rest who lives overseas pretend that they have never heard it.

    Wilson truly a great effort of getting him here. I am sure people will enjoy him singing as this guy just loves his music.

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  • Lancy Henry Moras (Lhm), Moushmi Creations, Bajjodi

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    "Singing is my passion and something that I still love to do and I'm always going to want to do it".

    Hearty congrats the Kuwait GOVM organizers. This is really a lovely gift to our beloved mother tongue “KONKANI”.
    I agree with w.t.f, Mangalore’s request for a tulu song if he sings but would be best if he sings the following song of someone can provide him the lyrics.
    Namma kudlada uru ye
    Tuyere Porlu Ye
    Kudla Urudu puttina
    Wundu namma yi baghya ye
    Dhakkeg ponda toodu baroli, meen da kaantilu
    Anjaal , etti, maanji, bangude, malla butayilu
    Batthi lekkane loryd pardh peedayi popundu
    Andaa namma nasib ye tinyere maatra “TAARU BUTAYILU”



    I Dil Se wish Ustaz Mubarak Rashed all the best and will hopefully try to introduce him in Mangalore God willing.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    @ Lancy bab

    Namma Kudlada Kalee(Tody)yeh
    Pardh jana Aaper Pili yeh
    Puli-Puli ithhindala popundu chalee yeh....
    Arey Madal Barbara ge, Mainda pira - pira ge!!

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  • Lancy Henry Moras (Lhm), Moushmi Creations, Bajjodi

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Misquitham,accurately said.



    Kudlad porluda jaage BAITURLI
    Wah wah amal bokka cheepe tikkonddithend KALI
    Gudded kullud parpuna style with kadyechen nisten KURLI
    Kali partinaye onji gantted awonditthe PILI
    Amal piri bokka yillade bannaga budedi dumbu maatra YELI
    Paapa podige areg podi apund pandded BERI


    I vigorously miss "MY KUDLA".

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014



    I am one of the crazy, mad fans of Kishorda’s melodious voice & songs. The era of Rasesh Khanna’s romantic films and Kishorda’s songs (sad, sentimental or entertaining) with RD Burman Sabs music! Such a golden era will not come back.
    Sometimes I listen to Arabic music or songs (I hardly understand the meaning) but some of the beats matches our Konkani songs beats (polka or baila beat).
    Sure he will add glamour and special effect as he did on earlier occasions. 

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  • Oswald/Lily/Gloria, Valencia/Muscat

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    MUBARAK HO..MUBARAK...All the best to Mr. Mubarak Al Rashed Al Azmi.. Good luck to all 12 contestants

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  • nagesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    DW, Please let us have the video if possible

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  • Mabel, MANGALORE/Valencia

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Congratulations MUBARK for taking part in GVOM Kuwait we mangalorean are proud to have a singer like U

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  • w.t.f, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Amazing news...

    Well done organizers. Pls ask him to sing one Tulu song as well (I suggest "Mokeda singari, untude vaiyyari")

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  • Reshma Lobo, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Mr. w.t.f. Mangalore,

    I request you if you can sing in Arabic with Arabic dialect..... It is easy to comment.. At least Mr. Mubarak is singing in Konkani which is our mother tongue and not Tulu..

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  • w.t.f, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 18 2014

    Reshma Madam,
    I know it is not easy to sing in a language which is unknown to us. Since Mubarak's singing is just part of entertainment (not part of competition), I requested organizers to make him sing one Tulu song along with his Konkani songs. Because this kind of opportunity does not come every time. It would be like 'Sone pe suhaga'. It was just a request and suggestion.
    If you have problem with it, I am really sorry.

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  • Reshma Lobo, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 18 2014

    Mr. W.t.f,

    This is first time in history an Arab..Mr.Mubarak is singing in our mother tongue..Konkani.. We should b proud of him and not expect too many things at the same time. We should respect and appreciate their talents.. Thank u..

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014


    Great effort by GVOM.

    Congratulations for launching the first ever Kuwaiti national singing our Konkani songs.

    Friends, pls ensure to invite as many number of Kuwaitis and arabs to your event, so that they too will get the taste of Konkani, which will lead towards stronger friendship with our country India.

    Best of success. Also make sure to launch Azmi's video on DW soon after your function.

    Many thanks. Jai Hind!

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  • simple, bangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Vincent Rodrigues, Katpady

    Yes.
    Obama is already uttering hindi words and sentences with so many Indian Origin people in his government.
    He will be soon enough going to say loud and clear:
    "Mogacha Bavono and Bhainyano"
    and immediately there after Mangalore Konkani will be d as "Universal Language"!!!

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  • simple, bangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Mubarak Al Azmi, Kuwait.

    Great to hear you will be singing Konkani song during GVOM 2014 to be held this month.
    In future will it be called GVOMK!!??
    I wish you success and good number of fans from Kuwaiti citizens and Mangaloreans.
    Wishing you all the best and a great applause at the GVOM 2014.

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  • james menda, taccode

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    please upload video of the song byMubarak Al Rashed Al Azm

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  • Vincent Rodrigues , katapadi/Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Great news of Kuwait singer performing Konkani Song at GVOM semis which is a clear indication that our Konkani is becoming world famous.All the best to the participants and the organisers.

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  • oswald pereira, bendore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    great arab singing konkani song mabrook ya sadeek

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  • Rudy D souza & Family, Kuwait, Omzoor/ Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Just waiting to enter the Auditorium.Its looks all is well set up. No doubt it would be a remarkable and its remembrance would remain for long. With great pleasure welcoming all the great artists along with new comer to Konkanni field Mr. Mabarak Al Azmi the Kuwaiti national. All the best. God bless you both Mr. Lawrence Pinto & Mr. Louis Rodrigues (Great Pillars)for bringing out a great Konkanni event for our community, thus serving our Konakan Matha.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Photo 1..Looks like he is singing a Ghazal , Konkani style!

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    MashAllah, Mabrook.. Mubarak Al Rashed Al Azmi. بالتوفيق
    Beltawfi2.
    All the best! Let the Konkani world feel proud of you.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Wed, Sep 17 2014

    Baab Henry ...Kitle Sodtai??
    Thachee Konkani...Tukaa Malyalee!!
    Kallen Moo??
    Ugat Mabrook Kaalyaak Monthai??

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