Once Upon a Time in Goa: Music and Dance in a Charming Region and its Diaspora


Author: Joaquim Correia

9788194963240 | PB | pp. 280 | 2022 | Goa1556 & GPR Associates

Once Upon A Time in Goa is an introduction to the world of Goan music and dance from the 1950’s onward. It covers bands, festivals and more.

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From distant Lisboa, Joaquim Correia has been tracking the world of Goan music and dance. This is his second book on the subject and the first in English.

His earlier work focuses on “popular music in the last years of the Estado da India Portuguesa”. This well-documented and richly-illustrated work goes beyond that era.

Much of the writing about Western music and dance is hard to access, or scattered across a lot of diverse publications. In this text, Correia does an amazing job of bringing so much within one set of covers.

This book covers Goan Music of the 1950s, bands of the time, the famed Johnson and his Jolly Boys, and many others (almost 40 bands are mentioned), and traditional theatre in Goa. It covers festivals like Carnival and Shigmo, sacred eroticism, unusual therapies, and New Year’s Eve of another era.

There is a focus on the radio waves emanating from Goa, ancestral celebrations, rock and roll music. There are even chapters on the seemingly-unrelated topics of the academic life of the time, and football and other sports, even racing cars… but, somehow, music is always part of the story!

Goa’s influence on Jazz and Blues in Bollywood is covered. So is Goan music in Africa, including Moçambique and the other Portuguese former colonies. One chapter covers Goan music in Portugal between the 1960s and our times.

No book on Goan music would be complete without a focus on Remo Fernandes. Traditional music gets covered in a special entire section on the Fado, Mando, and traditional forms.

Most essays have been written by ethnomusicologists and music researchers, with the aim of promoting and preserving those sounds of a distant era. The Foreword is by Frederick Noronha, Goa-based journalist and online networker and the Afterword by the noted Portuguese lawyer Edgar Valles.

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About the Author

The author was born in Coimbra, a city in the centre of Portugal. He studied in Portugal and Angola, where he also did Military Service. He lived for 11 years in Macau, which is the starting point to discover the Orient. He is the author of several works related to research, particularly in the musical field.


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