June 13 2017:
Sydney Australia, José (JOE) Gonsalves, born 24 February
1933 (ex-Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya). He lost
a tremendous battle with Alzheimer’s. He fought so hard, long after he
lost the ability to recognise family and friends. Beloved husband of
Natty and father to Jocelyn, Sharlyn, Tashlyn/Joshua and grandfather to Jonah.
Joe’s parents were the late Josino and Violante
Gonsalves (Navelim). Brother of late Phyllis/late Francis, late
Sophie/ late Walter and Monica/late Neves and includes several cousins, nephews
Alzheimer's took away our dad's memories but our parents’
love for each other still shone through - his heart never forgot. Every time our
mum walked into the room, his eyes would light up, he would smile and reach for
her hand. His reaction was just beautiful and heart-warming. Theirs is a love to strive for. In the last few weeks, our dad had been hospitalised
twice and this took a toll on him both physically and mentally. For the most
part he was asleep but every time he opened his eyes, he'd look at all of us in
the room. When he made eye contact with my mum he
would have a beautiful smile just for her. We were extremely lucky - and will be forever grateful -
that we had a couple of days in hospital where our dad was awake for the whole
day. He was alert and, at times, aware. This was something we had not seen
him do for a couple of years! During these two days,
he hummed to music and he looked at us all like he was actually seeing us
and sometimes recognising us. He laughed a little with us -- or maybe it
was at us 🙂. He tried to talk to us, although it sounded like
babble. When we held his hand he would move his hand to the music as if he was
dancing with us. We each got one-on-one time to talk to our dad and say
everything we wanted to say. We ensured he knew how much he was loved and
appreciated by us all and how much we will continue to try and make him proud
of us the way we are proud of him.
Stage name: Chilly Boy
Genre: jazz, soul, RnB, Blues, Movie Clips.
Antonio was born in Nairobi, Kenya, the youngest of five brothers. He learnt to play the guitar at the age of four and made his public debut in a music show, playing the drums, at the age of 6 in a neighbourhood venue named Malaika Bar.
At the age of 10, he played the drums for a Christmas Show which was aired on Voice of Kenya Television.
He is a self-taught musician who learnt to play the drums by experimenting on tins and tin lids.
At 14 he got regular gig playing guitar with a Goan band called the Hotspots and played in venues like the Goan Institute Nairobi and the Goan Gymkhana. He also played in various Nairobi clubs and pubs. Played in street clubs and pubs.
He played the drums in many hotels and other clubs like the Mt Kenya Safari Club, Hilton Hotel, and Cavour Hotel and at weddings and parties.
In 1990, he went to the UK to join his mother and got a job working in a factory. He says: “My music never left me and although I was not able to find a big band, I was happy to play with local bands in the London pub and club scene.”
“Music is my hobby; I never took it any further. My music idols were Earl Klugh is an American jazz guitarist, well known in the 80s and 90 for playing acoustic guitar. Bob James is a jazz piano player well known in the 70s and 80 for his much appreciated in Japan and America and Africa specially Kenya , Nat King Cole well he is a legend in music from playing the piano and writing classic song, James Ingram well known singer and music writer who worked with Quincy Jones .”
“These days I play the keyboards at home. I have been writing and producing my own music. My favourite songs are 100 ways, Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole and Malaika by Fadhili Williams.”
He uses simple instruments, the personal computer. He plays the lead guitar, the bass guitar, drums, and the keyboards. He mixes and edits his own recordings.
He wrote and produced most of the music for the Goan Cultural society for the 10 years.
What of his Kenya heritage? “Conventional Kenya music Is exceptional and diverse,so many styles and systems that makes it all great to listen as well,
“With respect to the Coast side, there had dependably been the blend of Arabic, In Indian and Bantu, that made all the delightful Swahili tunes that we as a whole cherished , like Mama Sofia, Jambo Bwana, Karibuni Kenya, all sweet solid from the drift.
“I have not been an awesome fanatic of Kenyan Pop as it reflects American Street Culture, I dependably imagined that Kenya had a special way and taste of its on sort of music, being American or Jamaican is not Kenyan to me.
“I am still with Fadhili Williams and Daudi Kabaka, they are to me the genuine craftsman of East African music.
I am based in the UK Lived in London for some years, then moved to Reading a much quite area where I can write and produce music much better.
"My father was Jose Francisco Carvalho, who worked for the Radiant Health Clinic in Pangani, Nairobi. He passed away in 1978 when I was 13, and my mother is Dorothy Carvalho who was a housewife. She was good in making embroidery and knitting. She is in London with my brothers.
"I have 4 brothers: The eldest is Camilo, who lives in Wood Green. A second brother is Gregg lives in Harrow.
"I am blessed with two wonderful girls 19 and 11 years old, it is a shame they never had interest in music as I did. I was born 11th March 1966."
|Mervyn Maciel with his daughter Josey at Buckingham Palace|
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, London: For iconic Goan author and former colonial civil servant, Mervyn Maciel, it was really a case of (to echo the former Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies, who once said of the Queen) “I Did But See Her Passing By…And Yet I’ll Love Her Till I Die” who with his daughter Josey (standing for her mum Elsie) were among thousands at the Queen’s annual Garden Party.
It was a particularly tough day in the light of the Manchester bombing tragedy that killed so many and injured even many more. There might have been some doubt that the Buckingham Palace Party would be held at all. However, as the rest of the UK, Europe and the world joined Manchester in a show of collective bravery that answered the terrorists’ dastardly deed with typical British courage in the face of adversity.
As the Queen arrived at 4 pm, the palace’s gardens fell silent as Her Majesty joined her guests in observing a minute’s silence for the victims of the Manchester horror.
For Mervyn, the author of Bwana Karani, From Mtoto to Mzee and countless articles, it was a case of “An occasion I shall never forget … an experience beyond my wildest dreams.
“I was very impressed with the way the whole thing was organised -- not a hitch and, unlike us, Goans, punctuality was the order of the day! I was most impressed to see Her Majesty spending a lot of time with some of the guests who were presented to her. She seemed genuinely interested in listening to them.
“We were within three feet of her.
“For me, along with many of my Kenya N.F.D. memories, this occasion will forever be etched in my memory.”
“Josey said she felt so privileged to be there and was as impressed as I was with all the arrangements and friendly atmosphere. I could have danced when the band struck up "In the Mood" but fearing I might be sent to the Tower for '“unruly” behaviour, I had to control myself!!
Along with the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby, I felt like singing ...What a swell party, swell party, fabulous, rollicking party it was!
PS: When we were in Kenya, we were also invited to the Government House Garden Party when Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited. Unfortunately, my wife Elsie was very ill with morning sickness when expecting our first child, hence we missed meeting her as a Princess. She became Queen on February 6, 1952 while on holiday in Kenya and was crowned on June 2, 1953.