POPULAR ENTERTAINER DESMOND DE SILVA NO MORE! (13 JULY 1944 – 09 JAN. 2022) – Iconic entertainer bids farewell – by Upali Obeyesekere It is with profound sadness we learn that popular entertainer Desmond de Silva succumbed to a heart attack whilst in Melbourne today. A living legend he was born in Matara but bred in Colombo. His versatility was limitless – singing in both English and Sinhala with relative ease and sometimes even in Tamil. Des was 77 at the time of his sudden demise. He was one of the greatest Sri Lankan entertainers of our time with a super stage presence. A resident of Sydney, Australia, Des was in Melbourne to perform at the New Year’s Eve dance on December 31st. Desmond Anaclitus Rajiva de Silva launched his music career in 1963 or 1964, as lead vocalist of FIREFLIES band led by Milroy de Silva with Darrell de ...

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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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JAYASRI twins…in action in Europe Source:-island The world over, the music scene has been pretty quiet, and we all know why. This pandemic has created untold hardships for, practically, everyone, and, the disturbing news is that, this kind of scene has been predicted for a good part of 2022, as well, The band JAYASRI, however, based in Europe, and fronted by the brothers Rohitha and Rohan, say they are fortunate to find work coming their way. Over the past few months, they have been performing at some of the festivals, held in Europe, during the summer season. Says Rohitha: “As usual, we did one of the biggest African festivals in Europe, AfrikaTage, and some other summer events, from July up to now. Some were not that big, as they used to be, due to the pandemic, health precautions, etc.” For the month of October, JAYASRI did some concerts in Italy, ...

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Forging a path as a solo artiste in COVID times, a tough challenge says Tashni-by Nilanthi Amerasinghe Promotional poster for Kage Kawda Source:Dailynews Tashni Chaturangi Perera burst into the spotlight due to her scintillating voice, beauty and excellent showwoman skills when she took part in the popular television reality show Derana Dream Star Season 3 in 2011. She was placed fourth at this contest. At Derana’s request she then took part in Star Challenge Season 1 and Season 2, coming first in Season 1 and second in Season 2. Thereafter she joined three likeminded young women to form the singing foursome Kochchi. She left the group at the height of the group’s popularity as its other members were against her husband joining them when they were to tour foreign countries. She has since left Kochchi and is now forging a path for herself as a solo artiste. Q: Tell our readers ...

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            “THE GYPSIES’ KUSSIYA” – By Des Kelly      It was in 1973 (or was it 72 ?), I remember this Gentleman named Anton Perera inviting me to his most beautiful home in Ratmalana, to audition his young Gypsy Band. I was on my first trip back home, from Melbourne, where I was resident from 1962, and, for the first time I met this remarkable man who had founded the Gypsies, giving his sons, including the late, great Sunil Perera every given opportunity of forming this band, organizing a fully equipped basement “studio” where Sunil and the boys could practice their musical repertoire in the hope of becoming a most famous Sri Lankan Band. Anton Perera paid for everything required, including a salary for each member of the Gypsies, for the hours spent each day, just to achieve the high standards of musical ability ...

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A Tribute to Sunil Perera – by Yellow Beatz In loving memory of the legendary entertainer – Sunil Perera Music and entertainment industry of Sri Lanka won’t be the same without you and this song is the least what we could do as new and upcoming artists. Please accept this tribute Sir Sunil Perera You will be missed ! All credits to the original artist of the above songs Artist : Sunil Pereira Music and rights : Gypsies  ...

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BAILA KING & I: 1987-1993     CONFESSIONS OF A GLOBAL GYPSY By Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena DPhil President – Chandi J. Associates Inc. Consulting, Canada Founder & Administrator – Global Hospitality Forum chandij@sympatico.ca Source:-island.lk Today, instead of chronologically narrating another episode of the story of my career, I will write about a music legend. Uswatta Liyanage Ivor Sylvester Sunil Perera left us this month, saddening generations of Sri Lanka music lovers around the world, including me. Many tributes have been written about him during the last few days. Therefore, in this tribute, I will focus on my entertainment collaborations with Sunil during six short years three decades ago. It was a period when I was closely involved with the western music scene in Sri Lanka. First Meeting in 1972 In early 1972, when I was a trainee waiter at the Mount Lavinia Hyatt Hotel, I was asked by the ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 15th September 2021 – 5th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “KOTHAMULLI” – By Des Kelly A Pleasure To Serve My Country Walter May – by Ernest Macintyre K see – by Krishantha Cooray – Silver linings in the dark clouds of Covid 19 Watch Cricket Highlights – Sri Lanka vs South Africa T20 Series – September 2021 MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – by Des Kelly Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner for T20 Cup Till The Mountains Disappear Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 70 10 09 2021 Health & Views September 2nd issue 2021 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Bambaragala Raja Maha Viharaya – cave temple with serene vistas By Arundathie Abeysinghe The next generation of computing: DNA Computing By Aditya Abeysinghe The Sri Lankan National Anthem (Short version) sung by The Fricilia Mixed Choir & The ...

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Sunil Perera will live in the people’s hearts forever-BY NIROSHA RAJAPAKSE Source:Sundayobserver Napoleon Bonaparte once declared music reminds us that the human race is greater than we realise. The music played by a legend in the domain of the Sri Lankan music industry, whose enormous contribution towards the upheaval of the Sri Lankan music bears testimony to the above declaration. The island bid adieu to Sunil Perera, one of the highly acclaimed and renowned stalwarts of the Baila genre of Sri Lanka. Albeit Sunil Perera is no more, the legacy that he left behind would remain in the annals of Sri Lankan music forever. No hyperbole remains in declaring that Sunil was undoubtedly and indisputably a giant, whose colossal and genuine potential and capacity in music do not need an introduction; it is ubiquitous and well known both among the Sri Lankan music fans and critics alike. ...

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Good News From Jayam     September 15, 2021 Pls Scroll Down 35 items “We Will Never Forget” National Day of Remembrance September 11, 2021   President Congratulates Sri Lanka Cricket Team President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday congratulated the Sri Lanka cricket team for its performance in the series against South Africa which was played in Colombo.“A victorious comeback of Sri Lanka’s cricket team, scoring a series win against South Africa. Congrats and thanks to the team and coach for their commitment to a great performance that gave us so much to be proud of,” the President tweeted. Sri Lanka won the series against South Africa 2-1 and it was the first ODI series victory after 8 years. “What a gutsy performance and a massive victory for the new look Sri Lanka team! Brilliant to see the energy and enthusiasm of this young team. Congratulations to Dasun Shanaka and the entire ...

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