Goans turned up in huge numbers to celebrate iconic saxophonist Braz Gonsalves with a musical and music concert ‘Raga Rock: Revival of Jazz’ organised by Communicare Trust in partnership with Lotus Film and TV Production and Help India at Kala Academy, Panaji.
The musical provided snapshots into Braz’s life right from his initiation into music to his introduction to jazz, the beginning of his professional music career in the circus to his steady growth in the music world, apart from his personal life. The musical which was directed by Portuguese artiste Maria Meireles featured 16 children, four of which were from the Bethesda Life Centre, St Cruz. Music was provided by drummer Lester Godinho; grandson of Braz, saxophonist Jarryd Rodrigues; and organist Jason Quadros who also helped recreate the scores for the musical. The tunes in the musical were all originals by Braz. Young jazz band The Coffee Cats then took the stage and entertained with both original tunes as well as putting their unique touch to some popular tunes. Post this, Braz himself took the stage performing with his old band mates Louiz Banks and Karl Peters, and other musicians. His performance together with his grandson Jarryd especially made the event even more memorable, as were song performances by wife Yvonne and daughter Sharon, both accomplished singers themselves.
Noted Goan cartoonist Alexyz sprang a surprise towards the end when he gifted a ghumat with a cartoon design done by him to the organiser and president of Communicare Trust Nalini Elvino de Sousa as a recognition for the work she does in promoting everything Goan. Another ghumat specially designed by Alexyz was gifted to Braz and Yvonne Gonsalves.