Elsie and Mervyn Maciel (he of Bwani Karani, From Mtoto to Mzee and countless stories and articles spanning a wide spectrum of his life) have each carved out a special niche in the tapestry of the Goan community around the world. Much loved, respected and admired, they deserve to celebrated every moment they are amongst. One Tusker and a glass of champagne coming up./
This fairly long article was written by very good friend Trevor Grundy who knows Africa better than most people. He is a very special friend I had the pleasure to work with in Kenya.
Joseph Murumbi, whose death 27 years ago was marked last month, remains one of the most significant but mysterious figures in Kenya’s political history. In this ...
He remained an ‘outsider’ in the eyes of the President’s mono-ethnic inner circle.
Soccer star, athlete, unforgettable
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
The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 11 am at Mary Mother of Mercy Chapel, Barnet Avenue, Rookwood 2141 NSW. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate if donations could be made to Alzheimer's Australia https://www.fightdementia.org.au/ Condolences to email@example.com
From Joe's children:
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.
Monday (29 May 2017) was the last time he was awake
and aware. When we were leaving the hospital, my mum leaned over and
kissed him goodnight and told him she loved him, as she did with every
good morning and every goodnight … this time was different though … this time
my dad looked at my mum and spoke clearly when he said to her “I love you too”.
You see, the heart never forgot. Those of
you, who know our parents, know they love a good laugh and being
surrounded by those they love. Family life was no different. Our dad was strict
with us for all the reasons we respect and appreciate him for now … he was also
there to listen and offer advice, he was fair, he was fun. He enjoyed taking us
all for a drive after dinner and usually end up by the water somewhere -- he
loved being by the water -- and
we would go for a walk as a family and just chat. Our dad always wanted a son so he was happy to have Josh
come into the family, giving him a son-in-law that he counted as a son... Josh
also found in him a gentle guide and a wonderful friend. To be honest, our dad
was probably also glad to finally have another male to deal with all these
women! Although his battle with Alzheimer's meant many of their
years together were in some ways lost, Josh feels so privileged to have come
into the family at a time he got to see the very best in our dad: the constant
gentleness, the happiness, the softness ... he truly enjoyed the quieter
moments they often shared in what was often an otherwise loud and busy
household. We are fortunate to have beautiful and loving memories
with our dad. We always knew we were loved, and always knew he would have our
backs … and we know this love and support will continue from above. Our one wish was that our dad would meet his grandchild
and for his grandchild to meet the man that set the bar for every man in our
lives, and whose legacy would be carried through. This wish was granted.
Jonah and his Grandpa have had a special bond from the start, one we
cannot explain yet one we know is there and Jonah has had three years together
with Grandpa. Joe Gonsalves, the man, the legend ….our Dad, and we
couldn’t be prouder to be his daughters.
By Cyprian Fernandes
JOE Gonsalves was a young
soccer player and athlete in Mombasa at a time when the Kenyan coastal capital
was blessed with some of the greatest Goan sporting heroes of our time: First
there was the greatest of them all, the Commonwealth Games double sprint gold
medallist, Seraphino Antao, Albert Castanha (the finest all-round sportsman),
Joe Faria (sprinter), Jack Fernandes (sprinter), Laura Ramos (sprinter), Franklyn
Pereira (hockey), Joe Fernandes (soccer), Tony Masky (soccer), George Da Costa
(soccer), Wilfred D’Souza (soccer), Leslie Pinto (hockey), Silvano Pinto
(hockey), Michael Fernandes (hockey), Reynolds Pereira (hockey), Alan Noronha
(sprinter, hockey), Michael Fernandes (Hockey Olympian 1956), Anthony Pinto
(cricketer), Ernest Vianna (spectacular tennis player), Xavier Vianna (tennis),
Alcino Rodrigues (400 metres specialist), Effie Antao (sensational soccer goal
scorer). There were many others, too, and whose names have faded just as much
as my own memory continues to fade with time. God Bless ‘em all. So it was amongst this
exquisite collection of male and females sporting icons that Joe Gonsalves
walked tall with great pride and even greater humility. It was sufficient that
his teammates looked up to him and those he played against respected his
skills. He would have played in the English Premier League, or at least had a
shot at it, after soccer coach Ray Batchelor arranged for Joe to trial with a
premier club. However, being the only boy in the
family, his father asked Joe to put his family first and put an end to the idea
of going to the UK. Two great English players, Sir Stanley Mathews (Wolves,
West Brom, various) and Len Shackleton (the Clown Prince of Sunderland) were
very impressed with Joe after conducting various soccer clinics in Mombasa.
During the late 1950s and 1960s, there were three tremendous soccer
teams in Mombasa and the rivalry among the three was as ferocious as it is
between the UK soccer giants Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Ironically, one of the teams was called Liverpool (name after its UK
counterpart, later, for political reasons it was changed to Mwenge) and the
others were Feisal and the Mombasa Goan Institute. Matches between any two of
these teams attracted hordes of supporters, sometimes even reaching as many as
8,000 or even 10,000. This may seem small in modern times, but in those days of
small populations, it was big time. As opposed to the somewhat “hard” style of soccer played by their
northern counterparts in Nairobi representing tribal groupings like the Luo
Union (later Gor Mahia), Abaluhya, Maragoli, Nairobi Heroes etc, soccer at the
Coast was all finesse mixed with goal-nets smashing power. Joe Gonsalves
provided the finesse and creative genius for Feisal before he moved to the
Mombasa Institute. Effie Antao was an absolute goal net smasher. The leading
Goan players (only the best made it to the three teams and wannabes were droves
in number) were shared between the three teams. Against each other and other
teams, especially the ones from Nairobi, there was nothing soft about the
battles. However, the Coast teams add finesse with deft touches to their power
plays. Sadly, they did not always succeed. The Nairobi teams had a larger
population to pick the best from.However, Joe did play alongside and against the likes of Kadir Farah,
Ahmed Breik, Ali Sungura (the barefooted left winger with the deftest of turns
of feet and a bullet like shot) and Ali Kajo (simply the greatest ball player
in Kenya for a very long time; his skills and finishing was sensational). The thing about Joe was that, way before his time, and way before the
advent of the professional supremos of the international game, Joe had already
the finessed skills of super anticipation, the unbeatable through ball for
someone else to score and the ability to read the game beyond the first two or
three passes. Joe, the quiet genius, made the game look so easy, yet he was no
pushover. He was solid as he was as quick as the cheetah running away from his
markers or lethal as a leopard in scoring goals. Joe played mainly for the
Mombasa Goan Institute and represented the Mombasa regional team. He should
have played for Kenya but the administrators in up country Nairobi always
seemed to have other ideas in relation to their coastal cousins. Like Joe, many
more Goans, should have represented Kenya especially my own personal favourite
Franklyn Pereira, one of the great hockey players of our time. That wonderful Kenyan coastal newspaper the Mombasa Times (forerunner to
the equally successful Coastweek) religiously chronicled all aspects of life at
the coast, especially sport. Needless to say, Joe featured in many a headline.
Sadly the beloved Mombasa Times is no
more. However, Joe’s daughter, Jocelyn, was able to
salvage one or two clippings. Here are a few glimpses in match the Goan lost
2-3 to the mighty Liverpool (they had previous drawn 2-2 twice in the same
competition, the Nyama Cup). This report is by soccer and athletics coach Ray
Batchelor (I know he would have been proud to pay a tribute or two to Joe, Ray
was always a great pal of mine): “The Goans attacked and J. Gonsalves pushed a
cunning ball through the middle and the deceptively slow moving Seraphino Antao
was on the spot to push the ball past Hassen to give the Goans the lead.”
Soon after Liverpool equalised, Joe was at it again: “From a free kick,
away went J. Gonsalves and his cleverly engineered opening for Lucas Remedios
had the crowd really screaming.” Sadly, the shot was stopped by the full back. The
Joe Gonsalves-Seraphino Antao has gone down in soccer history as the
combination that terrorised most teams at the coast. A special tribute
by Hockey Olympian Raphael Fernandes: As the Sports Fraternity especially the soccer players share their
deepest sympathies and condolences to Natty, Jocelyn, Sharlyn, and Tashlyn, not
forgetting Joshua & Jonah, we respect, reflect upon and reminisce Sir Joe
Gonsalves, an officer and true gentleman who touched everybody’s lives with his
warm and handsome smile that portrayed his love, kindness, and generosity.
will always cherish the day I had the pleasure and honour of meeting Joe with
the Kenya Hockey Union Committee in Nairobi, as Reynolds Pereira and myself
attended the trials at the City Park Stadium, and he sure showed how proud he
was of us as we represented the Coast – Mombasa, where he grew up.He
inspired me to be great sportsmen with diplomacy, in guiding me through the
golden rules of sport: Love, Respect and Discipline. I will always be grateful
for his kind attention.We
definitely built a great camaraderie through the years and I had the pleasure
to meet his gorgeous angels -- Jocelyn, Sharlyn, and Tashlyn, and finally his glamorous
niece Alison, who is now my loving wife, thanks to Joe for being very
all our visits to Joe and Natty’s home in Nairobi and Australia, he always
welcomed us with open arms, as he built a home full of love, kindness and
respect that portrayed that generous coastal warmth, and I will always treasure
those fond memories.Sir
Joe Gonsalves, the diverse sports fraternity around the world and I will
personally salute you indefinitely and will always be there for Natty, Jocelyn,
Sharlyn, and Tashlyn.Kwaheri
Mheshimiwa – Tuta Onana! (Goodbye Sir,
We will meet again) Joe was not only a great football player but also a great sports
administrator. One of his many admirers was the hockey great, Franklyn Pereira,
who remembered a brilliant but shy star who did not seek the limelight, who
was, in fact rather shy. Franklyn went on to become a leading businessman in
Mombasa, chairman of the Mombasa Goan Institute for long spells and one who
really helped the folks of the coast wherever and whenever he could. “A fantastic footballer
and his legs spoke the language; he was a great dribbler with full control of
the ball – it was magic but most of all he shared his talent with many
youngsters who wanted to play the game.” In Nairobi, he served as the vice chairman of the powerful Kenya Hockey
Union and chaired its disciplinary committee. With Hygino Vaz, Joe started the
Vikings hockey club. He was a bit of a gentle godfather to the team. Very
special relationship. Alcino Rodrigues (ex-Mombasa), another contemporary of Joe’s, was also
an elite athlete: “My memories of Joe are that he comes from a God loving and God
fearing family and a great gentleman, someone many would like to emulate. He
was a true sportsman on and off the field.”
Alban Cardoso (ex-Mombasa): “Uncle Joe was a natural musician. He
played the violin, accordion and flute rather well. I remember him once playing
the violin for the Goan School band. As a natural athlete/sportsman, he
played badminton and field hockey in his younger days. Of course, he was
pre-eminent in his beloved soccer, and played the game with passion, tactical
brilliance, elegance and sportsmanship. I remember how thrilled he was when he
met Sir Stanley Matthews, the" wizard of the dribble." He
was also complimented by Len Shackleton.” Patrick Martins (ex-Mombasa/Nairobi): In the late 1970s, Joe was the
founding Vice -Chairman and sponsor of the Vikings Sports Club, formed as a
breakaway from the Goan Institute Nairobi, with a view to providing youngsters
with the opportunity to compete with the hockey leaders at that time. The
legendary hockey umpire Peter Barbosa was the first chairman. The team included
Olympians Leo Fernandes, Silu Fernandes, Hygino Vaz and the late Hippol
Fernandes as goalkeeper. That was Joe, he loved sport and believed the
strengths of youth when combined with experience could be a winning combination
for any team. After a Kenya Cup game in Kiganjo against the mighty Sikh Union,
Hardev Singh (brother of the legendary Kenya coach Hardial Singh) called the
Vikings the future Kenya team ... not only because of our performance but
because of the mixed blend of players from all walks of life. I guess, where
Joe, Effie, Masky and all presently find themselves is the cycle of life ...
those were the days ... when we were all fearless ... and today we watch the
next generation carry the baton ... fearless too ... in all of their
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.