Coffee with Remo Fernandes…

Aug 17, 2009

“The next time you come down and don’t meet me – watch out!” he had said on his way back to Goa.

At the “The Asian Rock Fusion” in Dubai, Remo was at his best. What a performance – a true legend

Well, that was almost 2 years ago.   Although we did keep in touch occasionally exchanging emails and text messages, I was not too sure if he would actually find time to see me, now that I was in Goa.

“Hi Ronnie, so good to hear from you. We must meet.  Please make time to come over to my house for a meal or at least a cup of coffee. When is it convenient to you?  My village is very close to Mapusa.

15 minutes drive. Want to come over right now?  Most welcome!  Please do!” Less than 30 minutes later, we were at Remo’s +/-150-year-old magnificent ancestral home.

A warm hug. “So good to see you again Ronnie, been a long time!”.  I was at ease instantly.

We had warned Shane (our youngest) to behave himself; within seconds he ignored our warning and disappeared with Capitão, the 5-month old Great Dane, and Coronel, the 6-month old German Shepherd.

He Came running back a while later panting, “There is a swimming pool in the backyard!”

“Go guys jump!”  Remo insisted. The kids wasted no time - within minutes all three were jumping and screaming in the well maintained big swimming pool, while we sat chatting over a cup of coffee.

We chatted about his childhood, about his father, about his strict grandpa who wouldn’t allow his kids to take up music, how his father was delighted Remo had inherited his love for music, and went out of his way to give Remo all the support which the father himself had been deprived of. Non-stop questions were answered with ease. Remo smiled about his ‘Hippie days’ in Europe; “They were the best days of my life!”  he says. 

'The Golden Key to Alexandria' award conferred on him by the Egyptian Government, as was the ‘Padmashree’ by the then President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam. He frowned upon the current political scenario in Goa.  Answered questions about his refusal to accept award from the Goan Government, when he publicly quoted the Goan ministers’ corruption and criminal activities as the reasons for his refusal.

It was now time to venture into Remo’s home recording studio. Ceilings decorated with colourful Indian Sarees, guitars neatly placed in a corner. High-tech computers and microphones.

This was truly Remo’s world!

Awestruck and mesmerized, we had a sneak preview of “India, I Cry” - his latest piece of work about to be released for FREE download on his website in a few weeks. Watch out! This one is mind blowing!

“This song is not even a wake-up call; I tried to give those calls 25 years ago” he says. “This is a lament about the fact that we did not wake up all this time, and that now it is already too late.”

Interestingly 25 years ago Remo had released an album titled “Goan Crazy!” containing a song called “Goa, Goan, Gone”. He has re-recorded it a few months ago, and also made it available for free download on his website.

“People congratulate me at parties for my socio-political songs/activities, saying that I have lots of guts, but I don’t accept such congratulations” he says. “I want their involvement. Where are their letters to the editors? Where are their own guts?

I want them to make their stand public, not praise me in private and then go and polish the boots and palms of corrupt ministers in order to get their ‘work’ done!”

“We have to do something before it is too late!” they say. I tell them “Hello, wake up and smell the coffee!

It is ALREADY too late!”

Patriotism oozing from every pore of Remo – A True son of Goa, and of India.  Sorry Remo, probably we don’t deserve you! As the saying goes, ‘we have learnt to bury our heads in the sand’.

Warm hug again as we say goodbye. “So nice of you to drop in Ronnie, please be in touch.”

Shane went back running to him from the gate: “Uncle, are you really Remo Fernandes?”

“Yes son!” he says with a huge grin on his face..

by Ronald Pasanna
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Comment on this article

  • matts Fernandes, Goa/US

    Thu, Oct 08 2009

    You are the Man!Really you got something in you that need to come out from you that is you could be a Good Guardian of Goa by Floating your Panel in Good Politics, People will Remember you many many decades to come.Remember This Place is Occupied by Aliens from other state and countries there is only one Shivaji of Goa that is Goa Long live my Idol.

  • D.M.D''Souza, Bantwal

    Thu, Aug 20 2009

    Thanks Ronald-Bajpe for giving Remo''s website . I''ll be in touch with his soul n his music now thru this info.

  • lolita, udupi

    Thu, Aug 20 2009

    Wow nice to hear about remo i met him in goa ,when he came for health check in manipal hospital when i took ECG of REMO. I WISH U GOOD HEALTH and all the best

  • Reena Furtado, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    I saw Remo 5 years back in Mangalore. He has performed at Eden club. His music made everybody dance before the stage, so great was his strength of music. Remo come again with that beat to enthral us.

  • vincent d''souza, Bantval/Bangalore

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Hai Ronnie.Hearttouching article.Good talent. Hope u remember your classmate n friend vincy. where is Rony Sequeira now? Myself working as a branch manager in MNC at Bangalore keep in touch. god bless

  • Deenath Shetty, Bantwal/ Abudhabi

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    We had organized a mega event of Remo in October 2002 in Pune. It was mind blowing and as usual he rocked a crowd of 15,000 people. Will always remember his golden words," The secret of my energy is daily 2 pegs, 2 cigarettes n sex". Hats off to you Remo!!!

  • Melwin Pereira (New Zealand, Bajpe,Airport -New Zealand

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Hi! Rony Good article, Keep writing Hope you remember me. Your bajpe classmate & neighbor Melwin

  • Jemilson Monteiro, GOA / Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Remo, i Salute you for your courage to standup to the evil forces that are hell bent on destroying amchem GOA. GOD bless you and your family . long live GOA

  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Oh Ronny what an article ! You sure have a knack for writing. A few words and you can tell it all. Great piece of writing. Thanks

  • Ronald Pasanna, Bajpe / Sharjah

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Hi, you can get in touch with Remo through his website: Thanks Ronnie

  • Anthony Pereira, Goa /Dubai

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Hi Remo, hats off to you for the blunt attitude, you are a true Goan to the core, sadly people like you are misfits in this so called perfect world.


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  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Mr. Remo...your music is really great and hence your personality also must be great

  • Prakash kumar dsouza, Arkula/Israel

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Wow remo,great show that time in managlore.such a genius.I wish you all the best in your music and life.

  • Fr.Greg, Kinnigoly

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Cannot forget Amma....Amma....Amma....Congratulations. Please give the life history of of Remo Fernandes.Remo God Bless you and your family.

  • Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    I remember as a child seeing Remo perform live in Mlore.. It was an amazing show, Remo is truely a great star of our times.

  • Ronald Peter Almeida, Brahmavar

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Remo seems to be a political activist of the kind this country needs a lot more of. I really like his writing especially the article on the Goa film festival. Bollywood is one of the curses of this country, if only people would see it in the right light and speak up against it.

  • Stan, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Rony, indeed a Refreshing (coffee) Article to connect with like minded people. A Celebrity though, down to earth person, illustrated in an apt manner by you. The pictures instantly tells how comfortable you all were in his company. A great musician, could have been a great politician with our unconditional support. We had the opportunity to meet him in Dubai during 1998. My elder son who is now 17 was 6 then, and learnt to sing "Maria Pita chey". Even today, he is humming that song. Truly Genius, Remo Fernandes.

  • Roshan D''souza, mangalore/dubai

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Superb article, Dear Ronald is there anyway I can get to see Remo''s performance in Dubai on Youtube? Can you please send me the link. Thanks Roshan

  • Vijay, Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Wow...Whenever I had been to Goa, I had a wish if I could meet my favourite Singer/Musician Remo. Good to know Remo''s concern for the society. Thanks Ronnie for this nice article.

  • D.M.D''Souza, Bantwal

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    I fortunately was there in Dubai, when Remo performed live. I just couldn''t have enough of his gutiar work that cold night. I wish I was with him from my childhood to learn that mastery of guitar playing. Next time give more details about Remo, his address or email id if he permits. We r curious to get in touch with such a genius. I wish all the Best for him n his music.

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