Iconic Singer/Entertainer Desmond De Silva embraces technology to keep his fans spirits up through the pandemic….. With a home studio created, Desmond has continued to entertain his fans through a series of virtual concerts.  Created and coordinated by Different Marketing Agency to lift spirits up through the pandemic Desmond has reached many fans, engaging with them in his own inimitable style.  2020 was set to be a packed year for Desmond with engagements here and overseas scheduled in his calendar up to December.  Phyllis & Des returned to Sydney after two successive gigs in the UK which had them away and returning just in time to beat travel restrictions.  As the pandemic spread across Europe, the first casualty gigs were the two scheduled in April in Milan & Paris over the Easter season.  Flights and venues were cancelled and Des & Phyllis settled into enjoying life at home after years ...

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  “BAILA, AS I LIKE IT” – By Des Kelly        Sometimes, a video comes to me, with content that I would love to share around, with as many people as possible, the reason being that I think it could bring a little happiness into what is a chaotic World, at the moment.           “Baila”, or to be more precise, Party Music of Lanka, has been a favourite style of entertainment for thousands of people since the Portuguese introduced it into our homeland eons ago.  ...

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Photos – “Golden Ball”, the cruise dinner dance organised by University of Colombo Alumni Association of NSW – Photos thanks to RoyGrafix “Golden Ball”, the cruise dinner dance organised by University of Colombo Alumni Association of NSW was held on the 21st of September on board stunning “Starship Sydney”. The 5-hour cruise started off from Darling Harbour and toured around Sydney Harbour with the beautiful Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the backdrop. The spectacular night to remember hosted by Senani Gunasekera kicked off with the promise to offer guests an unforgettable line up of entertainment with the best entertainers in town. King of Baila Desmond de Silva with Nimal Punchihewa, Kushni and their band and DJ Shehan complemented each other with their music to rock boat on this perfect night. The event started off with drinks and canapés accompanied by light music. It was a warm welcome to the ...

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Renowned restaurateur Manjula Fernando’s product launch Reporting from the event desk – Photos thanks to Lakshan Sangakkara of framelabs. 350 guests, friends and well-wishers converged at the Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks with one thing in common; the love of Sri Lankan food and who better to tantalize their taste buds  but renowned Sydney Chef Manjula Fernando. The night represented the unveiling of this dynamic restaurateur’s “ALL IN ONE CURRY MIXES” and the congruous promotion of his tour venture Sri Lankan Travels. https://www.srilankantravels.com.au/about/ Amidst the buzz of heightened conversations and entrees emcee extraordinaire Duke Ramachandran warmly welcomed the attendees and in true Sri Lankan style the night got underway with the traditional lighting of the lamp by distinguished guests. Flanked by legendary Sri Lankan singer Desmond De Silva it was his wife Phyllis who took to the mike and warmly acknowledge Manjula’s dedication to his profession and his selfless ...

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Sandra Jackson – Memories are made of this – FROM TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE If memories are measured by those hurriedly departing this world for heavenly refuge, the consequence from the untimely demise of Sandra Jackson has not registered this yet in the hearts, minds and perspective of many. A year has lapsed, and many of us are yet in shock and denial that the Queen of Sri Lanka’s music scene in Australia has left us forever, and baffling as it is, she’s left a void that will sadly, never be filled. Yes, its already a year since Sandra Jackson took her earthly presence away from this world to join the choir of angels in Heaven but her memory lingers on although the reality and her lack of physical presence is now slowly sinking in. The much-loved singer/ entertainer left a lingering image of a larrikin performer for her sexy ...

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Hopper Night at Toongabbie DISH When Chef Manjula Fernando decided to close down DISH Restaurant in Toongabbie to concentrate on his thriving Glebe restaurant, the Sri Lankan community that patronized this cosy and homely eatery quickly went into action; calls, email and sms messages along with whatsapp notifications went rampant to secure table bookings for the final clout of the famous “All you can eat hopper feed”.  Large table bookings were made well in advance and the typical “last minute” diners were placed on a waiting list and some, regrettably missed out entirely.  It was a sell-out night and the entire restaurant was packed to capacity. Manjula and his very courteous staff lived up to expectation and did not disappoint the loyal diners who converged for this last hurrah.  “A lot of people had been asking me to open in the city,” said Manjula. “Sri Lankans can more easily bring ...

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Debonair Desmond De Silva continues to command the stage in his own inimitable style – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE      “Yanna rata wate” is one of Desmond De Silva’s favorite Sinhala hits that has plucked at the heartstrings of his numerous fans and endeared him over the decades, and although the rest of the lyrics has a decidedly different message, this could not be more profound in describing this tireless travelling globe trotter whose performances around the world continues unabated.  For many years Desmond De Silva has personified an image like no other and the magnetism of his performances has seen him conquer frontiers that many others of his vintage fear to tread. His passion as a singer/ entertainer in this respect finds few parallels in versatility and continuity at a high level as consistently as he does.  Possessing a down-to-earth demeanor is one of the weapons he ...

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Sandra Jackson plucked away in her prime – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Plucked away in the prime of her life through a cruel twist of fate, the power packed voice of Sandra Jackson will resonate no more. Lead singer of Melbourne’s top band Replay 6 and leader of the band for many decades, Sandra Jackson left this world suddenly after a short battle with lung issues later compounded by the discovery of blockages to her arteries which left the medical staff at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with no recourse to save her life. Her sudden passing has sent shockwaves through the music industry in Australia, Sri Lanka and throughout the world of musicians who knew of her fantastic talent and endeared her for it and her ever availability to nurture and promote aspiring artistes. The overwhelming response of shock and grief expressed at her passing on social media ...

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