Everyone is familiar with Goa being the land of music. The diverse music culture, extravagant nightlife, and with every Goan being born with music in their blood, every Goan lives and breathes music. Though Goa has a dominant western musical influence due to the Portuguese rule, Konkani music is also very popular across the state. Portuguese Fado, Goan Mando, Tiatr, Dulpods, all these have produced many prominent musicians from the beautiful state of Goa.
Music From Goa
Mando consists of various dance songs whose major theme is love. The other minor themes centered around the Mando are historical narratives, grievance against exploitation and social injustice, and political resistance during the Portuguese presence in Goa. Everyone, be it Goan or an outsider, loved a Dulpod. It is a dance song with quick rhythm and themes from everyday Goan life. Due to the Portuguese rule, Fado has its roots embedded into the Goan culture. Fado is a music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon, Portugal, and is performed with instruments such as the guitar, mandolin, and violin. Tiatr, a well-known source of entertainment in Goa is derived from the Portuguese word ‘teatro’ meaning theater. Tiatr is a type of musical theatre still very popular with Goans not only in Goa, but those also residing in Bombay, Bangalore, the Middle East, London, and other major western cities.
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Significance of World Music Day
The Fête de la musique, also known popularly as World Music Day is an annual music celebration on 21st June and is celebrated in more than 120 countries around the world. On this day, artists and music enthusiasts organize free public concerts of all genres in parks, stadiums, and public places, mostly for music lovers and learners. The main goal behind this day is to encourage young and amateur musicians to perform in the streets, under the slogan “Faites de la musique” (“Make music”). This celebration is not only for artists, but even those who love music can enjoy this day by listening to their favorite songs or artists for enjoyment and relaxation.
The underlying theme of World Music Day 2021 is “Music at the intersections” and to encourage the importance of nurturing one’s passion for music and sharing music with all without any restrictions. With the rising Covid19 pandemic, public celebrations of world music day in 2021 will be taking a backseat. However, many artists and music are likely to celebrate World Music Day virtually by organizing online concerts, competitions, and fests.
History of World Music Day
The first World Music Day or Fête de la Musique was celebrated on the Summer Solstice in France in the year 1982. The former French minister of art and culture, Jack Lange, along with Maurice Fleuret started what was then known as Fête de la Musique in Paris. That is also why World Music Day is also known as Fête de la Musique and celebrated on the day of the Summer Solstice, which is 21st June.
Fleuret was a French composer music journalist and radio producer. He is the one who initiated and organized this day for music and its lovers. Gradually its importance became more known across the globe and now is celebrated in more than 120 countries. Since France is where this celebration originated from, it still remains the hub for World Music Day with the country organizing the highest number of events to observe the day.
How to celebrate World Music Day in Goa in 2021
You must be wondering how to celebrate World Music Day in Goa or wherever you are with the current Covid-19 restrictions. Though live concerts will not happen this year, we still have the digital world providing us with many opportunities to celebrate this day differently. Here are a few things you can do to celebrate.
- This is the best time to explore new music and listen to all your favorites as well. Use a music streaming app to immerse in your favorite music with your family.
- You can also try reading some interesting articles on music and share them on social media.
- If you are an artist, what better way to celebrate than to invite your friends and followers to participate in an online music concert either on social media platforms or other streaming apps
- If your family loves music, why don’t you jam with them and record it to share with your friends and relatives for fun.
World Music Day 2021 Quotes
“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare
“As long as we live, there is never enough singing.” – Martin Luther
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
“I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.” – James Taylor
“One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it.” – Madonna
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
“I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.” – Adele
“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” – Elton John
“Music is all about transporting people; speaking a language which languages fail to express.” – A. R. Rahman
“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards
“Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz
People haven’t always been there for me but music always has. – Taylor Swift
Music is a safe kind of high. – Jimi Hendrix
Goan Artists to Listen to
Tsumyoki – Sunlight
NUCLEYA, 2jaym, Sublahshini – Kanaa
Jaden Maskie – Dreaming In My Mind
Aneesh Gera, Naique, Valerie D’Silva – Cocoon
Gretchen Barretto – Rise
Skeletron – Nachle (Ft. Satyum)
Tsumyoki, Kidd Mange, 2jaym & Elttwo – JACKETS
Georgie Dias (Ft. Zander) – Mistake
Dr. Coke – DOOM [Collective 1] ft. GUD KID, Noyzee, Adil & GoanGlock
BONGISIO – FAKE
Exsite & Tangoes! – Crashing Down
Frazer & GoanGlock – Mate
Allister Martins – Thief (feat. Giselle Figueiredo)
Shaun Moses – Breathe (Original Mix)
Varun Fernandes – Wicked Game (Jerome Isma-Ae & Kamilo Sanclemente Extended Remix)
Wajaxx – Sahi Hain
Waking Grunt – TON POI
Nadia Rebelo – Guitarra Triste
Febronia Fernandes – Table for 2
Krazy – Seedha Maut (ToTheCulture Records)
Yung Taz, Karen, Killoshi Clan – Urrak
May R – Everything is Lit
SHARLAINE & MORRISON BARRETO FT. SHIKHA LAGALI – RISE
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