Forca Goa - Chol Sangathan: FC Goa fan favourite of the season
Story: BASIL | SYLVESTER | 08th December 2017, 07:30 Hrs
While the FC Goa fan songs of the old rang through the stadium in the build-up to the Gaurs first home game for the season on November 30 at the Fatorda fortress, another fan song is slowly getting into the sub-consciousness of every Gaurs fan which was played out a few times as well.
Purely a fan effort for the love of the State and football, Shine On Duo - comprising of Silvina Lopes and Sidney Soares - have produced ‘Forca Goa - Chol Sangathan', a music video primarily in Konkani, which is bound to catch up with the pulse of every Gaurs fan. "It was about a year ago when Sidney Soares had worked on the song, but we had not released it for the last ISL season as we wanted to develop it further," Silvina, the better half of the singing duo, said. Prior to the commencement of the ISL season this year, with a better team to back them they decided to renew the endeavour to come up with a music video of the FC Goa fan-based track.
Sidney, who composed the song, revealed that he and Silvina are die-hard fans of the team and have been keenly following FC Goa from the outset of the ISL. In fact, both are members of the fan club, ‘FC Goa Fans', and for the first home match of the season against Bengaluru FC, went in a group of around 50 people who bought their own tickets and went to the Fatorda stadium to cheer their team from the North Lower Stand.
"The song came together nicely when we teamed up prior to the new ISL season with professionals like Lloyd Paul, who pitched in with the rap part while Lester Fernandes provided his cinematography expertise," revealed Sidney.
The team worked for nearly a month on the visuals, with Silvina contributing with the conceptualisation and Martin D'Costa, a well-known dance instructor, provided dancers from his school, Dance Illusions, who became an integral part of the peppy music video. Notable names featured in the video include football greats from the State, Brahmanand Sankhwalkar and Bruno Coutinho, who gave a glimpse that their dribbling skills, and known tiatrists, Luis Bachan and Rons.
Apparently they had offers to do the song in English and Hindi, but Shine On Duo thought it would be prudent to abandon the idea. In lieu of banking on commercial success, which a Hindi version would bring with the sale of copyrights or instantaneous hit that fellow musicians advised them that only an English version would bring, the Loutolim-based musician couple chose to shoot in Konkani. Given that today's youth have a preference for EDM, the music for the video track is up tempo and certain to bring together two left feet as well to move to the catchy beat.
The footage has been taken at different locations across the State which includes the main Verna plateau, Velsao beach, Velsao bridge, Loutolim chapel, Mala-Fontainhas in Panaji, along the NH 17 in the heart of the Capital city as well as the Athletics stadium at Bambolim for visuals of the team at training. "We wanted some shots with the team which we were disallowed by the FC Goa management as our cinematographer reached the stadium from another shoot a little later than from the time assigned to us," Silvina disclosed. "In fact, we had made a signature step for the players, to do the step at the time of the chorus played out in the music video but were unable to do so and captured them at the training session instead," Sidney added.
The music video had a soft release at the auditorium of Chowgule College, Margao on November 14 and three days on was uploaded on YouTube. Till date, it has crossed 51,500 hits on the channel and it is on its way to becoming the FC Goa fan song for the season.
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