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10 Singer-Songwriters to Keep an Eye Out For

Here are some promising artists we’re digging right now

David Britto Aug 12, 2020

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Febronia

 

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#SAVEMOLLEM Here’s a little something I did to spread awareness about #MYMOLLEM campaign. I would love it if you could share this around as much as you can. This goes out to every Goan, non-Goan, every individual that has always wanted to visit Goa & admires this beautiful state. We boast about how Goa is not only about beaches and how we are blessed with a large part of the Western Ghats. What will be boast about when these forests are also wiped out? The 3 proposed projects will not only lead to a large scale destruction of wildlife of Mollem National Park & Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary but also affect Goa’s waterways tremendously. While we stay in our homes during the lockdown, many species will be losing theirs. In the sanctuary resides 235 species of birds,219 species of butterflies, 44 species of fish, 27 species of amphibians, 80 species of odonates, 75 species of ants, 721 species of plants and so much more. We can’t afford to let this happen, so LET’S BE THE CHANGE. When there’s an opportunity for us to do something, don’t back down. I urge you to go follow @mymollem.goa @mollem.memory.project >Click the link in their bio >Sign the petitions >Write to leaders >Spread awareness using their dedicated media and art toolkit It’s time to do our bit to save our beautiful green state and the vast biodiversity that it holds. Goa will never be the same if Mollem is destroyed. #savemollem #mymollem #withdraweia2020

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Over the past year, Goa-bred singer-songwriter Febronia Fernandes (who goes by her first name) has been carefully notching up views on her Instagram for her covers and original songs which include “Looking For Someone,” “Come Home,” “Dark Side” and “Table For 2.” The musician’s captivating vocals and intriguing melodies certainly caught our attention, making her an artist to definitely watch out for.

Joel Padikkal

 

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Although Mumbai musician Joel Padikkal has been involved in the country’s music scene for several years, fronting blues-rockers The Tripp and also part of pop duo Joel & Dez, he’s now kicked off a solo project. Padikkal’s breezy voice as well as his clever lyricism make for a fun listen. He’s already penned a couple of songs including the whimsical “Sessions” and is working towards releasing his solo material soon.

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Giselle Pinto

 

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Powerhouse vocalist Giselle Pinto is a staple performing at hotels across Mumbai. The singer’s incomparable voice coupled with her strut and pizazz is second to none. Pinto has already garnered plenty of attention for her pop covers, and more recently she’s been entertaining audiences live on Facebook, gathering plenty of praise while doing so.

Blake D’Silva

Photographer and singer-songwriter Blake D’Silva’s music can best be described as jolly and wholesome. The musician’s sensibilities and choice of chord movements on his songs is quite impressive. D’Silva has been performing around Mumbai’s club circuit for a couple of years, entertaining audiences with his quirky covers while he preps to release his own material.

Maanuni Desai

Pop artist Maanuni Desai (who goes by her first name) has built herself quite a following recently from working with Hindi rock outfit Anand Bhaskar Collective to interviewing guitarist Ehsaan Noorani and singer-songwriter Tejas via Instagram live recently for her series ‘Midnight Sesh w Maanuni.’ The vocalist already has the crunchy track “Be Alright” in her locker and has also been collaborating with a bunch of artists on covers, exposing her soaring vocals and dynamism.

Palak Bheda

Vocal and piano instructor Palak Bheda may not have songs to her name yet, but she’s been proficient around Mumbai’s open mic and jam scene. Not only has she shown her vocal prowess live, but the young musician is also giving back by hosting her own open mic events online since the lockdown was imposed. Keep your eyes peeled to what she has in store next.

Rinaldo D’Souza

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Goa-based Rinaldo D’Souza – who also performed with Mumbai blues-rockers The Tripp – has developed into quite a songwriter ever since he moved to the beach state a couple of years ago. D’Souza’s laidback approach and poetic lyricism is what caught our attention recently. In 2017, the musician released his debut solo single, the poignant “Come Over” and is now readying to release more self-produced music.

Astrid Alphonso

If you’ve been following Mumbai’s cover scene, the name Astrid Alphonso would ring a lot of bells. The vocalist – who fronts cover band Astrid and the Misfits – is known for her impressive voice and commanding stage presence. As we await for Alphonso to put out her own music, the singer has been busy during the lockdown having artists over on her Instagram live for her open mic series called ‘It’s All Staged.’

Nathanael Mookhtiar

Singer-songwriter Nathanael Mookhtiar’s music would fall perfectly into a romance playlist with tracks such as the dreamy “Stay” and passionate “What Love Does to You” under his belt. The singer-songwriter – who also runs event company Tilt – has been gigging nonstop at venues across Mumbai and getting his name out there while also recording his still to be released music.

Sarah Monteiro

Mumbai vocalist and filmmaker Sarah Monteiro’s profound vocal ability is definitely one of her strongest points as an artist. The young musician gathers from pop, soul and R&B and has already penned tracks such as “Miss Me,” “The Scene” and “XOXO.” As Monteiro still finds her feet with her music, she’s certainly one to watch out for in the future.

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