Remo on a 'folk trip'

| 06 February 2002 23:30 IST

Tourists from all over India and abroad flock down to Goa to enjoy the cheap liquor and dance at the tunes of western English songs at the beat shows and special Carnival nights. But Remo, the Goan English pop singer of international repute, is running away from the pomp and glory of the cities.

After coming out with a spiritual album ‘Beyond India’ two months ago, the creative pop singer and musician of Goa is on a ‘folk trip’. He spent two days last month at the unique seventh Goa Yuva Mahotsav, organised by the youth of Konkani Bhasha Mandal, in the interiors of Sattari taluka, in the deep north.

He was quite impressed with folk performances of the college-going village youth as well as special programmes of traditional instruments. While intermingling with these young village artists, Remo even played his flute with the help of ‘ghumat’ and ‘dholl’ – the traditional instruments of Goan villages.

Taking a step ahead, he is now performing this week at the historic First All India Konkani Music Festival, keeping his whole band away from the stage and singing at the beats of traditional percussion instruments. "It will be a unique show in my life", says Remo, who is mesmerised with the traditional folk music.

If you know Remo, then it is a good sign that something much more unique is in the making. What’s that unique stuff, well, one has to wait impatiently till he comes out with a new album.

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