Birthday boy Desmond does it in style source :-The Island I’m not a big fan of the baila. It’s not that I dislike this fun-type of music but there are artistes who tend to overdo it, in a mundane way, at their concerts, and that, invariably, leads to boredom. Obviously, taking all this into consideration, I was a bit apprehensive to check out “A Celebration with Desmond de Silva.” On the morning of the show, I was in two minds, but the home crowd insisted that I join them. Let me tell you that the legendary Desmond de Silva proved my thinking wrong…with a superlative performance that made me wish the three-hour concert could have gone on and on!. Of course, Desmond is a maestro and when it comes to showmanship and presentation, he is streets ahead of the rest. He galvanized the large crowd into immediate action with his ...

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  Book 1 featured over a hundred personalities who have, more or less made a name for themselves in what must surely be one of the most difficult “games” in the World. Most of us, in Ceylon (at the time), only treated “Showbiz” as a part-time occupation. I remember it well. Even some of the “big-bands” & top-musicians used to “hit the stage” on a part-time basis. Everyone had to have a full-time job, showbiz being the “cream on the cake, if you like.      Ishan Bahar, the compiler of “AHOS” (1) was an extremely talented & well-known showbiz personality who decided on the crazy idea of documenting the “stories” of this particular genre of “Western-style” Artistes, which he did, & very well, with the assistance of ” the man with the horn”, Dallas Achilles, Television Personality & “Englebert-style Entertainer” Derrick J,  & , making up the third “D” was ...

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