The Sri Lankan music legend Kalaasuri H. R. Jothipala is remembered
on his twenty second death anniversary by Nalin Jayawardena who has
released a CD of 21 of the immortal songs of Jothipala.
All the songs are sung by Nalin Jayawardena which includes duets with
Santhuri Waidyasekera a 16 year old from Gampaha. Nalin who is domiciled
in Australia has titled his remembrance CD Upahara Sihiwatana tells us
that the CD also contains a tribute song to H. R. Jothipala the lyrics
for which were written by Dr. Vicumpriya Perera.
The music direction was handled by several leading artistes and
musicians including Sangeeth Wickramasinghe, Ananda Waidyasekera and the
popular band Seeduwa Sakura. The twenty one songs on the CD have been
produced with a variety of styles in mind. Some songs have been
re-created with an ambience of a live stage performance while others are
almost closer to the originals with high quality recording using the
same musical arrangements.
To suit the current musical trends and tastes of young music lovers
some songs were modified accordingly. The songs are available to be
downloaded through http://netcd.lakderana.com and at www.amazon.com and
will be distributed free of charge in Sri Lanka.
Nihal has also released another CD Paata Paata Heenayak which
reflects the creations in the past five decades of music in Sri Lanka,
contains rap, nawa rithma, Kaffringha and other music traditions, styles
The CD which is his fifth CD also carries a tribute to one of the
pioneering music gurus Fernando from Kahalla, Katugastota who composed
songs in the late 50ís and taught music to some of the leading Sri
Lankan musicians of today.
Nalin proudly claims that he was the first Sri Lankan artiste to
release a Sinhala CD through the internet to help fans to download the
album free of charge.
International Music Day on June 21 is an opportunity for you to
display your hidden talents especially if you are not a professional
singer and you spend your singing hours under the shower. Who knows like
Susan Boyle you have the opportunity to keep your audience rooted to
their seats with admiration.
So hurry obtain your application forms from the Alliance Francaise de
Colombo at Barnes Place Colombo 7 and enrol for your big day.
Apart from singing if you can play any music instrument or if you
wish to join music groups, school bands you are welcome to show off your
talents. May be you are dance crazy then keep your inhibitions back at
home and dance your feet off solo, or with Dance Schools.
International Music Day is your day to enjoy a great day of Music and
fun free of charge.
The organisers will provide the Hall, Sound System and a backing band
the popular Annesley Malawana & The Super Chimes who will also perform
for your enjoyment.Just imagine what started as a small International
Music Day on a Paris street has grown into a huge event with thousands
and thousands flocking to the streets and parks to embrace different
kinds of music that goes on the whole day.
Here in Sri Lanka the event is from 12 noon to 7.00 p.m. so brush up
your pop, jazz, classical, rock, baila or anything else like compering.
Bring along a friend or your family, and be a part of the experience.
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