With love from Loutolim - Wahida Carmen Gomes comes to Chennai
Coming from a place that gave us the late cartoonist Mario Miranda and violinist and mandolin expert Emiliano Da Cruz, Wahida Carmen Gomes was never short of inspiration. Loutolim may be a typical sleepy Goan village according to her, but the musician has kept herself busy in music from the age of five, when she first sang at a school concert. “Since then, I have been singing at every school and college function, for the local church choir and other village events,” she says.
Although she usually sings covers of latest hits and retro songs of the 1970s and ’80s, Wahida is working to compose her own songs. Keeping that in mind, she has started taking lessons in classical music. “I am training in Indian classical music under Sir Ramrao Nayak, from the Kalangan Academy in Margao,” she says.
With her latest performance in Chennai coming up at the Taj Club House, Wahida is brushing up on her Tamil, we learn. “I will be singing a variety of songs in English, Konkani and Portuguese,” says the avid swimmer, who never misses an hour at the gym. Naming Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Madonna as singers whom she tries to emulate, Wahida admits that she enjoys singing covers of Bollywood songs too.
“I will attempt new styles of music once I start composing original songs,” she says.
October 29. 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. At Taj Club House. Details: 66313131