Mangaluru : Band ‘Black Velvet’ all set for ‘Benefica’ -a Concert to ‘Make-A-Difference’ among Orphanage kids

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Mangaluru : Live music by “Black Velvet” band will headline at the “Benefica” concert fundraiser in collaboration with Make A Difference (M.A.D)-Mangaluru.. The charity gig is set to take place at the atmospheric “Riverdale” in Ullal on November 21, 2015, with MLC Ivan D’Souza and MLA J.R Lobo gracing the event.Together with M.A.D., Black Velvet aims to make “Benefica”, an event like no other. ‘Benefica’ is a huge departure from the humble fundraisers the band members came to expect from M.A.D.-Mangaluru – for ‘Benefica’ is bigger, bolder and better than anything before. It’ll be one heckuva concert where you can expect to hear a variety of music including Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Rhythm and Blues Etc Etc-the band’s song list includes favorites by Dire Strait, Eagles, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Shakira, Jason Mraz, Seether, Maroon5, Toto and others.

Band Black Velvet currently based in Mangaluru is presenting this charity event which will be the first of its kind to happen in Mangaluru, with the proceeds of the event going towards youth driven non-profit organization called ‘Make A Difference’ (M.A.D) that works nationally, to empower children at risk, in various shelter homes and orphanages. Apart from music, the event will also feature some dance performances by the dance crew-‘Friction’. There will also be food booths serving Mangalorean specialities and other snacks.


All I can say is that “Benefica” Concert gives new meaning to the concept of donating your time to a good cause. And the members of ‘Black Velvet’ band have done a great service by sacrificing their time and energy in planning this unique mega concert to benefit a good cause. Yes, the event will be filled with live music and other entertainment in an effort to raise money for the Make-A-Difference organization. I believe [the concert] is the first of its kind held in Mangaluru which aims to promote awareness of the work done by M.A.D, as well as encourage as many people to be involved as possible. I am in full support of this event, since it encourages young and the old to participate in such events, since they can make a difference to their community by donating their time and talent. I humbly request the readers of to lend their support to this event aimed for a good cause, and thereby make a difference in the lives of the less fortunates, especially the children living in shelter homes and orphanages. Yes, together we can make this event a grand success!

About ‘Black Velvet’- the Band is the brainchild of artiste Rayan D’ Souza and aspires to be the powerhouse of the music scene in Mangalore. The band members consist of fresh-faced youths Miss Ria D’Souza and Danny J on vocals, Rayan on keyboard, Jill D’souza on drums, Clyde Lobo on lead-guitar and Floyd Pereira on bass. The band revives tracks ranging from Pop, Rock and Funk to EDM and redelivers them in the form of invigorating covers and unique musical interpretations.

About Make A Difference (M.A.D.)-it is a youth-driven, non-profit organization working to ensure equitable outcomes for children in orphanages and street shelters across India.Make A Difference Mangalore was established in the year 2008. The chapter is currently working with 3 shelter homes across the city. With a current volunteer base of 135, M.A.D Mangalore has impacted 356 children through their 4 core programs – Ed Support, Discover, Propel and Dream Camp

According to the organizers your ticket to the fundraiser guarantees you a chill-worthy evening soundtracked with live music from the band. Adding to the highlight is a special performance by the dance crew Friction. There will also be food stalls to satisfy your gastronomic cravings while you enjoy the night. ‘Benefica’ is essentially an event dedicated to the community – an event to celebrate Mangaloreans as folks who are truly capable of giving back to the society. Gains of the charity will go to the children at risk in shelter homes across Mangaluru.


Speaking to Rayan D’Souza- member of the Band said,” Those who want to donate/sponsor for this Fund-raising event to support a cause that works for child welfare and development, in return for their generosity, their firm will be provided with publicity and coverage via: 3 National newspapers and 2 local newspapers, 2 local TV channel advertisements, 3 public Hoardings in the city, Posters of the event in the city, FM Radio coverage, Main stage banner, Projector screen advertising during the event. The publicity for their firm, will be according to the sponsorship rating scale/guide, and depending on the amount sponsored the priority will be decided. For more details they can call one of the numbers mentioned below”.

To gain entry to the fun-filled event, call (+91)-9886691940 to obtain advance passes. Early-bird tickets are priced at Rs.300. Tickets will also be available at the door for Rs.500

Visit the Facebook page and hit like for more updates. For enquiries and sponsorship, call or mail to the contact below.

Email: benefica; Phone: +919886691940; +91702212946

Please Note : Band “Black Velvet” will perform live as ‘Promo Show’ at G6 Music Cafe-Valencia on Sunday, 8 November from 8.30 pm onwards. Be there to witness ‘Black Velvet’ go Wild and Loud.

While once again requesting the ardent readers of and the rest of the citizens to support and help the needy/less fortunate kids through this Fund-Raiser event, I end this column with thought-provoking lyrics from the song “We Are The World” written by Lionel Richie, Lionel and Michael Jackson:

“There comes a time when we hear a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And its time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need


We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
Its true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart so they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand


When you’re down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall
Let us realize that a change can only come
When we stand together as one


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