:::INTRODUCING ROMEO & ZELIA: KUWAIT FINALISTS:::
Kuwait: Names of the Kuwait finalists for Gulf Voice of Goa — Romeo and Zelia sound familiar to the immortal Shakespearean novel Romeo & Juliet.
While Shakespeare’s characters ‘represented’ love, Romeo Braganza and Zelia Rodrigues will ‘represent’ Kuwait at the 1st Gulf Voice of Goa Konkani singing competition scheduled to be held in Kuwait 22nd February 2019 at Khaldiya University auditorium.
Romeo and Zelia were adjudged best male and female finalists from Kuwait winning the auditions for Gulf Voice of Goa (GVOG) organized by Goan Cultural Centre, recently.
It’s a pleasure to present the 2 singers in profile:
Romeo was born in Kuwait to Silvester Braganza and Maria Conceicão Philomena Braganza.
Originally hailing from Saligao, Bardez, Goa, Romeo lives in Navelim, Salcete, Goa.
He had his academics through Indian Community School, Salmiya, Kuwait.
Talking about his love for music, Romeo says, “My dad had a liking for music and I listened to him singing especially when we drove anywhere by car. He always boosted our spirits by his singing. I can remember him singing even when we went through tough times.”
In the beginning, Romeo did not start singing officially or at any event.
“I still remember the song I first composed. It was called ‘Friends’. I have forgotten the lyrics that I wrote then, but still remember the tune which I often hum when I remember,” recalls Romeo.
EARLY DAYS OF ROMEO
Formally, Romeo’s singing started at the Colva Parish Youth Association when he first sang for an English mass under the guidance Philip Armando Gracias, a close friend.
Recalling the moment, Romeo says, “I remember Philip transposed the song to see how much I could strain my vocal chords to get to a higher pitch. Although it sounded like fun that time, he was the one who actually thought I could sing. Colva church assistant parish priest at that time Fr. Joe Rodrigues also saw my ability in singing, and under his guidance, I sang at many parish choir events.”
During his time in Goa, Romeo has been president of Colva Parish Youth Association, and South Goa Youth Animator for the Goa Diocesan Centre.
SINGING IN KUWAIT
In Kuwait, Romeo had joined as a teacher for Catechism and eventually joined the Children’s Choir as an assistant. The choir run by Maria Astrid and Clifford Fortes gave him another opportunity to sing and help children to sing.
Romeo’s hobbies include something that he loves to do which is emcee or be a compere at functions or dinner parties.
It is during these kind of events that Romeo normally tries to sing on karaoke which was hugely noticed by friends in recent times and even by some of his clients that paved his way to participate in the Gulf Voice of Goa Auditions for Kuwait.