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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Musical extravaganza

Musical extravaganza


Nalin Perera

The Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind need to improve further the welfare, education and quality of the students of both schools. As such a host of contemporary young musicians and singers have come together to provide the best in entertainment at the car park of the Hilton Colombo on September 21 from 6.00 p.m. onwards.

The day coincides with the 21st birthday bash of the hotel and guests attending this musical extravaganza will be treated to the very best of acts in Sri Lanka - Marians, Ashanthi, Iraj, Centigradz, Chinthy, Natasha, Phase 3. Well that’s not all!

The dancing stars from the TV world Dushyanth Weeraman and Hashini will provide the exciting glitz for the evening while Revelations The ‘Choir Champions’ will be in sharp focus, displaying their award winning vocal artistry.

A search for Ashanthi the “hip hop Queen” took us to the recording studio where she was streamlining the music tracks of her second album which contains Hantane and Pem Kumara.

“I’m looking forward to meeting up with my fans at this bash. I’ve been busy recording four new music videos which I will be completing before the end of this month. Hantane will be released in two weeks. In all probality I will be singing new songs from my second album to rapport with my fans.

On October 1, B & S will be leaving abroad for three weeks for a series of six concerts. We will be performing in London, USA and Canada and will be returning by October 21” an effusive Ashanthi clues us in.As for the Marians we were able to speak with their dynamic leader Nalin Perera who coincidentally talked of leaving our shores to proceed to Korea for a concert.”

We will be leaving on September 11 morning. There will be two concerts for us on September 13 and 14, and we will be back home on September 16.


Do you back singers performing English songs?

“Yes we do. We played at many corporate events and at dances. We were in Nuwara Eliya for the season. We enjoy playing an English repertoire. Because of the different styles and rhythms we have learnt a lot.”

What about composing?

“I’ve done that for new comers. I’ve been in the field for twenty years. I’ve released six CD’s in the last six years. Our unplugged concert at the BMICH is now on DVD. Coming back to new talent I’m happy about the standard. We need competition and the music industry needs them to take over after us.”

So make your tracks to the anniversary concert and be a part of the music and the surprising cuisine in a carnival atmosphere, all in aid of the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind.

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