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Kuwait : Twelve singers qualify for Gulf Voice of Mangalore semifinals

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Pics By: Joyston D’Souza

Kuwait, May 14: Following the success of the mega Konkani singing talent hunt show 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' during the last four seasons, ‘Kuwait Canara Welfare Association’ organized the preliminary rounds of ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 5’ on Friday May 13 at R.V. Party Hall - Avanti Palace Restaurant, Hawally.

After the final registration process, the event started at 10:30 am with prayer by Naveen Mascarenhas followed by entry of compere Anil Fernandes. KCWA President Albert Praveen Menezes extended a warm welcome to the audience and contestants.

Judges for the day’s competition - Kuwait’s famous and evergreen singer Mr. Gratian D’Souza of Paradela fame who has released 3 music albums, professional musician and trainer Mr. Joe D'Souza and singer, composer and music teacher by profession Mrs. Gladys Noronha were introduced by Anil Fernandes. All the three judges are well-known personalities of Kuwait in the music field. The judges were then escorted to the dais and presented with flower bouquets. SteevanMisquith – Coordinator for GVOM Season 5 handed over the judges mark sheets to the judges and briefed the audience and contestants about the competition rules, format and judging criteria.


The competitions were held separately for female and male contestants. The numbering sequence was decided by taking lots in presence of audience.Female singers were chosen to sing first followed by male. Compere Anil Fernandes thanked all the musicians for their voluntary service in training, practicing and playing guitar. Kuwait’s well known guitarist Joy Fernandes played guitar to most of the contestants voluntarily, as he has been doing in the previous four auditions of GVOM. His service was extended to such a level that out of 41 contestants, he has trained and played guitar for 26 contestants.
In his message, Fr. Blany Pinto, Parish Priest of Salmiya Parish, requested the contestants to take the results positively and appreciated the 41 contestants who were courageous enough to take part in the competition. Louis D’Costa proposed vote of thanks and grace before meals. The program was well compered by Anil Fernandes.Joyston D’Souza captured the event with his skills in photography and Alban D’Souza did the videography. Waves Evetns& Rentals provided the sound system. The event ended with sumptuous meals by Avanti Palace Restaurant.

It was a tough time for judges to choose 12 semifinalists among the total 41 contestants (14 male 27 female). Names of the preliminary round winners, who will move on to the semi-final round of Gulf Voice of Mangalore, are given below (badge number wise):


Renuka Cutinha (#3)
Lavina Praphulla D’Souza (#7)
Joyline Gonsalves (#9)
Irene D’Silva (#10)
Renita Raina D’Mello (#13)
Cynthia Mable Pinto (#19)


Rilson D’Souza (#2)
Marcus Almeida (#5)
Roshan Olivera (#9)
Hywel Pinto (#11)
Glen Vas (#12)
Maxy Thomas Pinto (#13)

These singers from the preliminary rounds will be competing in the semi-finals which will be held on Friday, 30thSeptember 2016 at The American International School (Kamil Al-Rayes auditorium) MaidanHawally. One each successful contestant from male and female categories will be chosen to go to Bahrain for the finals to continue their hunt for the coveted title, along with ten other contestants from Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The finals will be held on 11th November 2016.

The main purpose of this show is to provide a platform to Konkani singers residing in the Gulf. There are many singing talents all over GCC who do not get the right opportunity to showcase their talents. This competition will open new doors for them and enable them to bring out their hidden talents.


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  • Suman, Mangalore

    Mon, May 16 2016

    All the best semi finalists. Females most of the faces are same. Hoping to see new talents in the coming years. Good Luck.

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  • William D'Souza, Mangalore/Kwt.

    Sun, May 15 2016

    Kuwait Salmiyah Choir Group, Wah! Fantastically Delightful -Well organized, dedicated, lot of sacrifice/talents. Wish All of them Good Luck... specially good luck to the winners....

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  • Margaret Rego, Rosario / Kuwait

    Sun, May 15 2016

    Congratulations to all the Semifinalists. All the best for the final. Congratulations to Kuwait Canara Welfare Association for organizing such a prestigious event,long live KCWA.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congratulations to all Members of the Kuwait Canara Association for organizing the Konkany Competition in singing under the banner of Gulf Voice of Mangalore. What a joy to witness that 12 Semi finalists have been ed for the final performance where 12 finalists will appear on the stage in November, 2016.

    Competitions such as these require a group effort with knowledge and dedication. Talents and abilities have to be combined with a single purpose of encouraging the young Konkany singers in the Gulf region to come forward and produce their best of Konkany display. Kuwait has always been on the forefront of these kind of initiatives that have always benefited the Konkany Society not only in Kuwait but also the rest of the Gulf region.

    We have visited Kuwait since 1959 where we first went to Ahmadi with a Karnataka Cricket Team in the year of 1959. We still remember vividly the kind hospitalities that were so lavishly laid out by the Mangalorean Society in Kuwait under Ahmadi Sports Club where my brother was the first Indian General Secretary.

    The language of Konkany must be retained at all levels by giving a focus on singing competitions such as this where the Konkany Community gets together and creates a group of young men and women to come forward and display their singing talents. The Organizers have to exert lot of efforts that are selfless and requires lot of investment of their time and talents.

    Initiatives such as these make us feel proud from a distance that Kuwait still has the strength and willingness to make things happen that benefit our community and our people giving their "best of the best" in a far distant land.

    May God be with you all, and we remain with our best wishes for a grand performance in November. The journey of talents has already begun, and the journey of enhancing the value of our mother tongue should continue to survive all the time. "Dhanyawadh".

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  • ASHA, Attur- Miyar

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congrats all the Contestants. Good Luck Marcus and Renita.

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  • Alwyn Noronha, Mangalore/ Kuwait

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congratulations to all Semifinalists, very good performance by all the contestants. May God bless all of them to perform well in the semifinals.

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  • Ozzie/ janet, Kelarai

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Best of luck Cynthia

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  • Reena Rego, Alangar

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congratulations winners and wish you all the best for the semi finals.

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  • Dr Edward Lewis, Bejai, Mangalore

    Sat, May 14 2016

    All the best Joyline. Number nine is the most luckiest number. Luck is behind you the talent is within you. Good Luck.

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  • Nitin Castelino, Shirva/dubai

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congratulation and all the best

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  • Wilson D'Cunha, Permude /Kuwait

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congratulations to all semifinalist.
    Wish u all the best for semi. Thanks to KCWA for this platform. long live KCWA n GVOM.

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  • Mabel Andrade, Udupi/Kuwait

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congrats to our Salmiya Konkani Comunity Choir Members Joylene,Cynthia,Marcus and Glen for getting ed for the GVOM semi finals.
    All the best and God bless you all.

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  • Preema, Udupi

    Sat, May 14 2016

    Congratulations to all winners. Renuka and Cynthia Good Luck guys.

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