“KEEP GOING” by Edgar A. Guest – by Des Kelly Once in a while, I turn my thoughts from Music to Poetry, because, after all, poetry, and/or lyrics are what makes a good song GREAT. This said, once in a while (again), some superb poetry appears out of nowhere, it seems, that I wish to share with our thousands of avid e’Lanka readers.  As I have quoted many times,  Positivity is infinitely better than Negativity, and THIS superb poem ought to make every reader stop & think about it, KEEP GOING, as a matter of fact. Please do read it, and if it helps even one reader. I feel that it would be well worthwhile. Here we go then :- “When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, and the road you’re trudging, seems all up-hill, when the funds are low, and the debts are high, and you want to ...

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‘Her legacy will live on’: World pays tribute to Australian ‘icon’ Olivia Newton-John Australian entertainer Olivia Newton-John has died at her ranch in the United States with her family by her side.   Source : sbs.com Australian singer and actor Olivia Newton-John is being remembered as “a beautiful soul” and “an inspiration”, following her death at the age of 73. The British-born star died “peacefully” at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends, her husband John Easterling has confirmed. Newton-John was best known for her role as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 box office hit Grease, which she starred in opposite John Travolta. The global success of the film saw it overtake the Sound of Music to become the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time, with Newton-John’s performance earning her multiple award nominations, including two Golden Globes, and various other accolades. In addition to ...

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VIOLIN VISHARAD THAMALI RASHMIKA JAYALATH ACCLAIMED VOCALIST IN SINHALA AND HINDI, SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER IN AN EFFERVESCENT VOYAGE – by Sunil Thenabadu   Predominantly the traits of virtuous singer are that  she should possess a ‘voice trained’ vocal voice ,love for music, self-confidence, commitment, patience, passion and determination also the ability to deal with criticism and rejection. All these characteristics are possessed by Violin Visharad Thamali Rashmika who hails from Marawila.Her family consists of her parents and a brother without any hereditary affiliations to music.Her singing and playing the Violin is through her innate talent. She had loved music from her small days which she had asserted as primarity her soul and life.Her first music master had been late Quintus Jayakody whom she believes receives his blessings.Thamali had been sent to study music by her parents to Erandathi Fine Arts College in Kurunegala .Her teachers at this music school had ...

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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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“THE BAILA-BEAT” -by Des Kelly Sent in by our good friend Charles Schokman, here is the BEST exposure of the Baila-beat with a difference. Cannot possibly identify the dancers, but I am almost certain that the music comes from The Gypsies, as the front-man sounds very much like the late, great Sunil, leader of the famous band from Moratuwa. Possibly, e’Lanka has publicised this before, but this is well worth a repeat anyway, so here goes. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka. ...

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Lalithakala Visharada Deshamanya Manoj Peiris in an effervescent dominant voyage of over four decades in the field of music – by Sunil Thenabadu There are many successful musicians today who had no other choice of career except music, so they give their hundred percent to it. To implement focusing only on a musical career, one requires a lot of confidence in oneself. Manoj Peiris is a musician who has mastered his art one who needs to give his whole time and energy to the art. A sense of adventure in a musician is a good motivator to dive deep into music and make it the only priority and path ahead. It is hard work of Manoj his stepping stone for success for approximately for four decades. Manoj as a successful musician is into music totally practicing hard in his early days, to date too as a highly talented exponent of the ...

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Remembering San Michele ( Sandra Joseph ) 1960 – 2018 – by Patrick Ranasinghe   I share this post with a very heavy heart tonight, as today I had to say goodbye to my dear friend Sandra Joseph. You were taken from us so suddenly that I feel I’m still dreaming, I’m lost for words, but what I can say is thank you for all the memories and fun times and there were many over the years. (Sandra Joseph) Daughter of Betty Joseph  San Michele & Savore Latin Jazz Quartet performing at The MC Showroom. Feel the rhythm take over your body … Let the bass and percussion extend firm roots in your being … Be awestruck by the mastery shown on guitars … Get intoxicated by the smooth elixir of the voice you hear. Latin Jazz at it’s finest … Samba, Bossa, Bolero, Rumba, Cha Cha & Tango. Savore, ...

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KatchaMusic – 13 Years in the Making – Kat & Cha ​”Two creative souls united through their undeniable passion for music…  When singing sensation/music teacher, Kat met prodigy drummer/ vocal student, Cha…  They  had an instant connection! They eventually fell in love and formed ‘KatCha’ going on to perform as a husband and wife duo in venues across the country.  Together, they found the music that carried their heartbeats and so began their epic journey of soulful connection, planting seeds of love and healing through their music, learning together and inspiring so many as musicians, teachers, mentors, producers and event managers – growing from strength to strength over the past decade….”   GIG  GUIDE – 2022 ​ MARCH 2022 SAT – 12TH MARCH – WINDSOR LEAGUES – 8PM  SUN – 13TH MARCH – NORTH ANNANDALE HOTEL – 4PM  SAT – 19TH MARCH – PRIVATE FUNCTION – 5PM FRI – 25TH MARCH – CAT & ...

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NADINI PREMADASA ADMIRABLE VOCAL PERFORMER AT THE SUMMIT OF FAME MESMERIZE AUDIENCES – by Sunil Thenabadu   Nadini Premadasa has been in the limelight of our music arena for nearly two decades possessing an ideal singing voice, self-confidence, passion ,innate talent,commitment,patience,determination having the ability to accept criticism and rejection.Nadini like other singers tend to be a predominantly artistic individual, meaning that they are creative and original who work well in a setting as a cohesive partner that allows for self-expression. She is  innovative, which means that she is usually quite a natural performer who flourish at influencing persuading others.It is purely her innate skill she possesses for the singing aptitude sans any hereditary affiliations.   Nadini Premadasa was born to parents’ duo Kalinga and Manel Premadasa. As many vocalists Nadini too had displayed her talent in music starting from school days at Musaeus College.  Nadini has had a rousing appetite ...

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