Des’ Birthday Celebration ……By Phyllis De Silva Desmond brought so much joy through his music and has touched many lives.  I have had hundreds of text messages, letters,emails and cards from all over the world, sharing with me how he has touched lives either through his music or simply by encouraging a fan to follow their dream.  His warm and caring interactions, in person or on the phone, showed how he always made time for his fans of all ages – personal messages and photos were never a problem for him…he was always happy to spread joy to his fans. Birthdays were special to Des During the pandemic, Des was often called upon to surprise many fans, young and old, on their special birthdays or anniversaries by video appearances…he loved doing that…you would think it was HIS birthday with how excited he was! Desmond never failed to remember birthdays and ...

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Honouring The Legend Desmond De Silva Tribute Concert & Dinner Dance Honouring The Legend Desmond De Silva Tribute Concert & Dinner Dance MUSICIANS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE LEGACY 7:30PM 22 OCTOBER 2022 PARRAVILLA FUNCTION CENTRE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA TO RESERVE TICKETS CALL: Duke: 0487 177 156 Puncha: 0415 337 402 Shiran: 0438 001 215 Pius: 0409 880 541 Sureen: 0410 847 391 ...

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The Legend Desmond De Silva is honoured on the King & I Casey Radio 97.7 FM Corinne & Ian hosts of the “King & I” Program on Casey Radio 97.7FM paid tribute to Desmond De Silva to mark 3 months passing of Sri Lanka’s popular & Iconic Legend.  The tribute was on their show on Friday 22nd April.  A link to the Tribute is Corinne & Ian are consummate professionals who love their service to the community through their 2 hour program every Friday night between 8- 10 pm.  ‘What inspired them to host this program’ I asked of Corinne and here is their story. Since Corinne was eight years old she has been writing under the close guidance of her late Dad, Douglas Noel Pereira (D.N.P.) who was a teacher of English and the Classics at St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia in Sri Lanka.  As a child Corinne had ...

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Legendary Singer Desmond de Silva Passes Away   Source:Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – february 2022 Veteran Sri Lankan singer and entertainer Desmond De Silva passed away at the age of 77 in Melbourne, Australia. He had reportedly passed away due to a sudden heart attack. Regarded as the ‘King of Baila’, the legendary singer was born in Matara in 1944. He launched his career in popular music in 1963 as the lead vocalist of the Fire-Flies. He also performed with leading Sri Lankan pop groups – ‘Spitfires,’ ‘Gabo and the Breakaways,’ and the ‘Jetliners.’ In 1976, he decided to form his own band, “Desmond and the Clan”, which performed in various countries in Southeast Asia, including the Maldives. Known for his popular renditions of Sri Lankan ‘baila’ music, Desmond celebrated 40 years in show business in 2019. He has had a string of baila hits including: ‘Polkatu ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 16th January 2022 – 5th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter VALE’, DESMOND De SILVA – by Des Kelly Desmond De Silva – Keeping his memory alive the way he wanted us to! – By his wife Phyllis De Silva “GOLDEN GLORIES” – by Des Kelly Desmond De Silva….a rare gem of Sri Lanka music plucked away to another galaxy – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE A tribute to Desmond De Silva – යන්න ඔබ ගියා ඉන්න හඬ තියා ලස්සන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ – cover by Yellow Beatz Music POPULAR ENTERTAINER DESMOND DE SILVA NO MORE! (13 JULY 1944 – 09 JAN. 2022) – Iconic entertainer bids farewell – by Upali Obeyesekere Milroy. R. Martyn J.P and Jacinta Ratnayake Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 31st of Dec 2021 Match Highlights – Sri Lanka ...

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Corinne and Ian King on Casey Radio – a tribute to Desmond De Silva – produced by eLanka The King & I – Corinne and Ian King celebrated their 100th show on Casey Radio 97.7 FM (Melbourne) in October 2020 and they look forward to their next 100. Corinne talks about Desmond De Silva in a beautiful tribute to the ledgend!      ...

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MUSIC INDUSTRY LOSES PART OF ITS SOUL: – by Joe Van Langenberg Once again as many times before, death has snuffed out the life of yet another gifted performer, who could be deservedly described, as one of those who left his footprint on music industry’s hallowed turf; the other two been Sunil Perera of the Gypsies and Ronnie Leitch. His name was Desmond Anaclitus Rajiva de Silva, popularly known as Desmond aka Baila King. Life is replete with twists and turns. It’s a bitter and unpalatable pill to swallow, but it’s a harsh and cruel reality we need to accept. With the unexpected passing of Desmond, while being at the top of his game, the music industry has lost an entertainer extraordinaire. Desmond’s monumental loss has made the music and entertainment industry weep. It’s no exaggeration to state, that music has lost a part of its very soul, leaving many ...

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A tribute to Desmond De Silva – යන්න ඔබ ගියා ඉන්න හඬ තියා ලස්සන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ – cover by Yellow Beatz Music Let this be a tribute to Desmond De Silva who left us unexpectedly. Sri Lankan Baila music and the entertainment industry won’t be the same without you. As young and up coming artists, this is the least we can do. Please accept this tribute Mr D Credit to the original artists or this songs and special thanks to our lyricist  Sukhitha Srimal Bulathsinhala for the special writeup.   Song : Kirilli Ran Kirilli Artist : Desmond De Silva Lyrics : Vornon Perera Music : Stanley Pieris Song : Le Kiri Karala   Original Artist : Wally Bastian Artist : Desmond De Silva Lyrics : Wally Bastian Music : Wally Bastian   Song : Yanna Rata Wate Artist : Desmond De Silva Lyrics : Hadson Samarasinghe Music : Desmond De Silva   Creative cover by Yellow Beatz Music ...

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THARINDA GUNAWARDENA RENOWNED PHENOMINAL LYRICIST CRUISING TO PINNACLE OF FAME – by Sunil Thenabadu Tharinda Gunawardena is a renowned lyricist ,media personnel an Attorney -at-law by profession turned a proficient lyric writer lately though had shown symbols to have talent as a lyricist from his tender age. He and family migrated to Canberra the capital city of Australia over seven years in year 2014.As a song writer apart from the above he possesses the ability to combine his thoughts, ideas and passion blending together to bring out his intentions to his gratification. As any other song writer Tharinda is bound to improve by leaps and bounds on his skills by mounting erudition. The lyrics of Tharinda deviates from the usual decoration of lyrics like love, hatred etc which could be illustrated when his songs are overheard also through the titles of all his songs. Tharinda hails from Kolonnawa has had his ...

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Desmond De Silva….a rare gem of Sri Lanka music plucked away to another galaxy – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Brilliant musician and singer/ entertainer Desmond De Silva was tragically snatched away from our midst in cruel circumstances when he suffered cardiac arrest while in his sleep in Melbourne. He was 77. Desmond De Silva had been in hibernation for several months due to the devastating outbreak of Covid which shut down many parts of Australia. After border closures were lifted he embarked on a 31st night dinner dance at the Sri Lounge in the Docklands in Melbourne where he delivered his last fully energized performance. Widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s best singer/entertainer by far over five decades, Desmond De Silva has covered every spectrum of music in Sri Lanka and later in England and Australia while wowing millions of adoring fans around the globe. His achievements in music cannot ...

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