Music of Goa

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Music of Goa refers to the music from the tiny region of Goa, on the west coast of India, a former Portuguese colony and a centre that has produced a number of prominent musicians and singers for the world of Indian music too (and including for the films of Bollywood). In recent times, Goa has become home of one strand of the Trance music scene.

Western, indegenous, Indian 

Goa, a part of India since 1961, had been ruled since the 16th century by Portugal, and has thus had historically closer connections with Western classical and popular music than the rest of India.

Over the centuries, indigenous Goan music was blended with European music, particularly that of Portugal.

Music of Goa

Big Names from Goa 

Goa has produced some of the finest performers of Hindustani classical music, such as the eminent vocalist Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar (1892-1977). Lata Mangeshkar, the most famous singer in the history of the Indian film industry, is the daughter of a Goan, Dinanath Ganesh Mangeshkar, as is her sister Asha Bhosle. Remo too is Goan.

Pop from Goa 

In the area of Western music there are several pop stars, among them Remo Fernandes (b. 1953). Goan popular music is generally sung in the Konkani language.

Traditional music 

Traditional Goan music includes religious music, theatrical music, art music, dance music and songs used to mark special occasions and events like marriage.

The most widespread kind of folk music in Goa was the mando, (also written as manddo) a kind of dance music that evolved out of wedding music, specifically the Ovi.

Mando is meant for dancing, and, in contrast to the Ovi, uses a chorus. It probably evolved after the 1830s, when ballroom dance was introduced to the area.

Goa’s Home for electronic music and Goa djs
In modern times, Goa has become a home for electronic music, especially a style called Goa trance. This genre began its evolution in the late 1960s, when hippies from the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere turned Goa into a tourist destination.

When tourism began to die out, a smaller number of devotees stayed in the area, pursuing a specific style of trance music. Early pioneers included Mark Allen, Goa Gil and Fred Disko.

3 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. I am visiting Goa. for performing at Goa Kala Academi during Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki Festival.

    2. Dr. Mrs. Tanuja Nafd on September 7th, 2009 at 11:19 am
  2. Are there Metalheads around in Goa?

    3. Hansel on March 26th, 2007 at 7:36 pm
  3. Does Heavy Metal exsist in Goa?

    4. Hansel on March 26th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

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