Taking Konkani Music Across the Seas

Jun 20, 2008

Dubai-based NRI Benedict Lobo from Goa, is doing his best in helping Konkani music transcend its traditional boundaries and be available worldwide, through his unique initiative, Radiogoa. 

Today, this internet-based music network is a hit with resident and non-resident Goans alike. ‘Being an NRI residing in Dubai, I came across people here listening to internet radio in Malayalam, Tamil, and other languages and thought to myself why not Konkani,’ says Lobo. 

Thus was born, a non-profit making venture. The station aims to promote Konkani music worldwide and provides a global platform for Konkani artists, especially new talent. The network is funded entirely by donations from Konkani music lovers.

He said that the actual idea was conceived when his US-based friend asked Lobo to send him some Konkani CDs as he was longing to hear some old Konkani songs. ‘Konkani music is not available in the US easily. A similar complaint was echoed by another friend of mine in Canada,’ recalled Lobo.

‘I wanted to take the idea of Radiogoa further and create a radio service that not only broadcasts good music but provides interactivity with the listener. It had to be different and better then the existing radio stations,’ he adds. For this, he developed the software in-house. 

In UK, the service is supported by NRI Goan Rene Barreto, and back home in Goa by Cheryl Lobo. Radiogoa promoters feel that Konkani music is losing its magic today, as it lacks originality now.

‘Most of the Konkani music released today has lyrics set to popular Western tunes. We have a real-time voting system on Radiogoa which helps us calculate the popularity of any song. I must say the old hits are most popular on the network even though we play the latest hits as well,’ Lobo remarked. He added that there were some exceptions such as the album ‘Dini Dini’ by Melvyn Rodrigues. 

While transporting music from one corner of globe to another has traditionally been an arduous task, the boundaries have vanished with the onset of online radio. ‘Online  radio  does  not  have  any  geographical  restrictions, which  is  why  we  can  reach  any Goan  or  Mangalorean  anywhere  on  this  planet  if  he  has  access  to  a  internet  connection,’ enthuses Lobo. 

But with accessibility, the issue of piracy also raises its ugly head. ‘Though this is a debatable issue, I would not call it piracy as we don’t allow anyone to download music on our site. To further protect the content, we have a very low bit-rate for both the streams which is much below FM quality unlike some national and international internet radio stations which broadcast CD quality,’ he assured. Radiogoa has taken copyright permission for almost 80 per cent of the content.

‘Konkani music industry is currently not as organized as their national and international counterparts and it has been a struggle to get contacts of the copyright holders, especially for the old songs. We have not received any complaints from any Goan artist so far and all have been appreciative of this project. If we do get any objections, we will take their music off-air immediately,’ concluded Lobo.

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Comment on this article

  • eddie alvares, londonuk

    Tue, Oct 23 2012

    to whom it may concern we are just not getting the above station really missing it could you help any reasons regards a frustrated staunch goencar thanks

  • Milla, Candolim/africa

    Tue, Aug 24 2010

    Keep up the good work - still remember my old konkan music - bye

  • Juliana , Mumbai/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 19 2009

    Please keep up the good work and keep konkani alive........

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Tue, Jun 24 2008

    Taking Konkani Music Across the Seas - Fantastic initiative Benny. We need many more dynamic people like Mr. Lobo to popularize Konkani language, culture and our way of proceeding through song and music via the Radio. Konkani language, music and song are becoming popular in key places across the planet.

    One comes across Konkani singers in Rome, Portugal, the UK, US, France, Gulf countries, Australia, Pakistan and in different parts of India. Kolkata, Delhi, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Solapur and even Ahmednagar have Konkani singers from Mangalore and Goa who time and again burst into Konkani song and melody. Dev Borem Korum Tuka !

  • Tony Alvares, Dubai/Goa

    Mon, Jun 23 2008

    Fantastic news for konkani music and music lovers,this will help increase sales of CDs and introduce Manglorean music to goans here. @Sebastio :Goto and press play on the embedded player. Good work Ben.

  • Divina, Goa/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 23 2008

    Benedict, you need a great're doing an amazing job!! Its indeed a splendid treat to tune in to Radio Goa & listen to all my old time favourites! May Radio Goa be blessed with rich konkani tracks...both old and new!! Well done for promoting Konkani!!

  • Sebastio,

    Sun, Jun 22 2008

    I am very happy about the konkani songs. Thanks a Lot Please inform how we can hear the konkani songs. Sebastio Noronha

  • Sandeep Josline Nathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 22 2008

    Well done Ben great job!!!!!

  • Joseph Mendonca, Pernal/Udipi

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    Great,Benedict Lobo deserves a great salute from all Konkani lovers.

  • shanthi, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    Congradulation to you, advise me how to listen Manglorean and Goan Songs.

  • Reshma D'cruz, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    Congratulation to Mr. Benny lobo,I wish you all the best in your konkani music across the globe

  • fazludeen, MANGALORE ULLAL/ taif K.S.A

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    Congratulation to Mr. Benny lobo,I wish you all the best in your future.

  • maurice renjal, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    well done congraulations

  • martina dmello, Goa/duabi

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    Well Done Benedict Lobo, Congratulations to you. Are you from Calangute Cobra Vaddo? If I am not mistaken...

  • Cajetan Coelho, Assonora Goa, Dubai

    Fri, Jun 20 2008

    Hi Benny, Congratulations to you for your very innovative and encouraging concept which will benefit our Goans and other konkon folks.Keep up the good work and wish you the very best in your pursuit to spread the good work worldwide.

  • johny, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 20 2008


  • Cynthia Fernandes, Dubai UAE

    Sat, Jun 21 2008

    Congratulations - well done, I feel I m in Goa while listening to Goan music. Keep the music flowing Ben. Cynthia Fernandes Dubai

  • Joe Fernandes, Goa/Dubai

    Fri, Jun 20 2008

    Bravo to Mr.Benny Lobo for promoting the konkani music across the globe.

  • Lancelot Norbert Tauro, Manglore - Doha qatar

    Fri, Jun 20 2008

    Welldone and Congratulations to Mr. Benny Lobo, The name it suits well RadioGoa, means for Konkani. Please include Mangaloreans songs too.

  • Stany D' Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 20 2008

    Please advise the internet web link to listen to Konkani Music ( Goan / Magalorian Songs.

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