Monday, September 27, 2010

Adeus Madrin

Adeus Madrin

Tomacina Pinto e Carneiro
Aquem Baixo / Navelim
Died: 25/09/2010

We will always miss your smile, sense of humor and your love but we will have your memories to cherish forever.

Adeus beloved Madrin, Sorginchem Raj tuka favo zaunk amchem Magnnem.
May your soul rest in peace. God's love, and care, over you.

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Godchild Tessy/Norman & Marissa Noronha
Kuwait / Navelim-Goa


AVC-Kuwait deeply mourn the sad demise of Mr Jose Sebastiao Crasto (Cheddo), beloved father of our player Mr. Peter Crasto.
May the Almighty Lord give strength and courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

May his soul rest in peace.

Sunday, September 26, 2010



The President and members of Navelim Youth Centre – Kuwait,
deeply mourn the sad demise of

Mrs. Tomacina Carneiro

Mother of our member and
Ex-President Mario Carneiro (Katty de Navelim)
and Moris Carneiro who expired on 25th September 2010.

We convey our heartfelt sympathies to their families
and pray to Almighty to grant her soul eternal rest.


The Chairman, President, Managing Committee and Members of Goan Cultural Centre-Kuwait expresses their heartfelt condolences to Mario Carneiro (Katty de Navelim) and Morris Carneiro on the sad demise of their beloved mother, Mrs Tomacina Carneiro.

Our sincere prayers to the Almighty Lord to give strength and solace to the bereaved family members. May her soul rest in peace.

Carmo Santos, Chairman
Goan Cultural Centre-Kuwait

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

News Media and Goans in Kuwait

News Media and Goans in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti press, which is characterized by relative independence and openness, holds a special position on the Arab media scene due to widespread private ownership of the papers in the country. Some of the Kuwaiti press houses have become large informational and commercial establishments, in which newspaper publishing is just one of several business activities.
The Kuwaiti press also has an important position among its Arab peers since it raises controversial issues relating to other countries in the region, such as terrorism, tensions among the Arab states and corruption scandals, which the press of these countries has difficulties raising. However, the Kuwaiti press is facing some major challenges, which could jeopardize its achievements. The Kuwaiti parliament passed a new press law in 2006.
The first newspaper to appear in Kuwait was the monthly Kuwait in 1928. In 1958 Kuwait had a newspaper specialised in news relating to the oil industry, called the Oil Newsletter. Al Anbaa, a widely distributed pro-government newspaper delivers an uncritical coverage of local news and an extensive supplement on business and sport. Website:
The oldest English-language newspaper in the Gulf, Kuwait Times established in 1961 delivers an all-round news coverage of both local and international issues and varied opinion pages. Kuwait Times publishes 16 special pages for the expatriate community: eight in Malayalam and eight in Urdu. Website:
Arab Times, the English-language sister of the liberal Arabic-language Al Seyassah, caters mostly to Kuwait’s large expatriate community and especially to readers from the Indian sub-continent since 1977.
The leading independent, liberal newspaper in Kuwait called Al Qabas was established in 1971 , which has become increasingly critical of the government. Website:
The editorial line of the independent, liberal Al Rai Al Aam established in 1969 often backs up the government. Besides a good coverage of local news, it delivers extensive coverage of the Kuwaiti financial market. Website:
Al Seyassah, established in 1965, an independent, strongly liberal newspaper, has close ties to both the ruling family and Saudi Arabia. Its editor-in-chief Ahmad Jarallah, who received a letter bomb in 2004, on a regular basis writes painfully straightforward front-page editorials backing the West, bashing the Islamists and attacking Iran. Website:
A conservative newspaper Al Watan (established 1974) has close ties to the ruling family besides the extensive coverage of the activities of the monarchy and the government. Website: It now has an English edition together with the Herald Tribune.

It is understood that Goans have been gainfully employed in Kuwait’s English dailies as early as in the 1960’s.
A large number of Goans had successful careers in the English dailies namely the Arab Times, Kuwait Times, The Times (weekly) and Al-Watan. It is with pride that we enlist these Goans who are dedicated towards their profession and specialization in the print industry in Kuwait. The staff, reporters and administrative/technical staff: Kuwait Times: Tony Coelho (Sanquelim), Xavier Moraes (Santa Cruz/Kalafura), Julius Coelho (Sanquelim) and Seby D'Souza (Anjuna). Arab Times: Josephine D’souza (Ucassaim), Peter D’Souza (Britona), Francis Fernandes (Britona), Agnelo Fernandes (Pomburpa), Xavier Pires (Pomburpa), Nazareth Fernandes (Pomburpa), Clifford Cardozo (Quepem), Vicky D’Souza (Pilar), Anthony Fernandes (Raia), Jitendra Wadkar (Tivim), E.G. Vaingankar (Santa Cruz), and Jose Dias (Old Goa), The Bombay-based Goans are: Anthony Rodrigues, Albino Pinheiro, Bobby Monteiro, Tony Sequeira, Vincent Rebeiro, Osbert Rodrigues and Glenn. The Times: Joseph (William) Fernandes (Parra), Reaven D’Souza.

A good number of Goans have contributed their time and efforts towards the promotion of Goan culture, sports (football and chess) as well as their mother tongue and state language, Konkani. Presently, Gasper Crasto (GaspersWorld - Navelim), Domingos Araujo (Kala Mogui Kuwait - Santa Cruz), C. Gaspar Almeida (Goa-World.Com - Parra), Lino B. Dourado (Utorda), Anthony V. Fernandes (Candolim), Sunny Nazareth (Penha de France) , J.L. Rewon Gomes (Photographer – Raia), Ulysses Menezes ( – Bastora) regularly have their voices read in the press, sometimes anonymously. While concluding, we offer our rememberance and tribute to some of the deceased Goans who were well known among the Indian community during their tenure of services to the local press including William (Bill) Pereira (Sangolda), Alfred D’Cruz (Saligao and ex-staffer of The Times of India) and Alex Fernandes (Curtorim). Many-a-times, we read articles and news clippings forwarded and penned by Goan journalists – some of them freelancers – as guest writers, but these are few. Added to it, since 1994, there are efforts being made through the website and its affiliated mailing lists to provide a chance to upcoming writers (both English and Konkani) and their contribution is equally beneficial to the average Goan internet users. There are also several other Goans as well as a galaxy of Indians who work behind the scenes in this ever growing press industry in Kuwait as well as in the GCC countries too.

- As documented by Gasper Crasto. (Additional input: Gasper Almeida).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Goa and Africa

Goa and Africa

What do you get when you put together four Goans – from the small state on the western coast of India – with such a passion for music that they each work for or own music and sound engineering companies? You get something very rare in the sultanate. You get a group that has managed to release two records in this country.

While the exact figure is uncertain, there are numerous bands playing in Oman who, because of the rules governing music releases in the country, have never seen a CD on the shelves here with their name on it. “We've had two albums released in Oman. One was a Christmas carol album and the other in Swahili called Mama Zainabu,” said Sebastian 'Sabby' Almeida, rhythm and lead guitarist of GoAfrica.

“It's quite difficult to get work published in Oman, but Clifford (D'Silva)'s got the hang of it now. He knows which ministry to go to and which people to approach. We actually have the copyright stamped and signed by the ministry. It doesn't work, though, because we recently got coffee mugs that Croyden found in Goa which have our band logo and name on them when we haven’t given rights to anyone to use these.”

Croyden Menezes, the group's bass guitarist, said, “We asked them (shopkeeper in Goa) how popular the CD is and they said, 'Well, we've sold over 15,000 copies.' We made about 2,000 here in Oman. They have coffee mugs with our logo and if we want to drink out of them, we have to buy them!”

Clifford, the keyboard player, added, “It's not really a money-making venture. What’s most important is that we have a lot of fun. We try not to take it too seriously.”

Making up the last of the four is the drummer, Rocky Gomes. Though all four are from Goa, Sabby was born and brought up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This, and the inclusion of Swahili music, which they say is very popular in Oman, gave the group their name 'GoAfrica' – combining Goa and Africa.

Sabby has now been in Oman for 21 years, half of his life, and considers this as much his home as anywhere else. GoAfrica has been together for seven years. “We've been together for a long time. Some of the other bands have not been so fortunate. They've had members come and go as they got new jobs and things like that. It's always in a fluid state. The band is there but the members keep changing,” said Croyden.

“But we're very particular. For example, let's say that Croyden can't make it for a show, maybe because he's on leave or something. We won't do the show. Either we play as GoAfrica or we don't play at all. We don't have anybody to come in to cover. If it's a show we've taken and we're committed to it, in that case we will look for a replacement. Otherwise, we all play together,” said Sabby.

“For this Christmas, we're not taking any gigs because two or three of us will not be in town. We don't want to ruin the name. At the same time, we won't water down the band. We don't play with other groups. You'll find the other bands keep rotating. One day a member will play with one group, the next day with anot-her and so on. Either we all do it or we don't do it.

“We're close friends as well as being in the band. I've played with a lot of bands and we've never had that sort of a connection. We hang around together, we party together; even on holidays, we play and try to travel together. It's a very good brotherhood.” The group's repertoire includes an eclectic mix of genres – ballroom waltzes, tango, foxtrot, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, salsa, reggae and pop. “We play house gigs, corporate parties, launches, weddings and anything in between. That's why it's such a wide variety of music,” said Croyden.

With four to six gigs every month, as well as work commitments, the four get little time for practice in their studio, storeroom and office – all rolled in one – villa in Ruwi. “Now is our main time for practice – during Ramadan – because there are no gigs on. Once the season starts, it's very difficult. We just don't have the time with gigs and our day jobs,” Sabby said.

The band’s future plans include at least one more Christmas album. “These seem to be popular. We normally do covers, changing things around and doing it in our own style. We've been looking for mostly Caribbean, soca carols with a reggae feel. Cliffy does a lot of compositions as well, so we're hoping to have another of our own albums one day with our own songs. You need to have a lot of time for that. It doesn't happen overnight,” the lead guitarist said.