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Well received performances
It was all a different scene for the trio Silvas, but coming home
from Zurich and performing on our stages was sheer happiness to them.
The Silvas at H2O
Mano Silva and his two daughters Komali and Mihiri joined in by
Tharaka their son were in action at H2O on December 28, at Clancy's the
next day Friday 29 and they had their last performance at R&B on
Mano who plays guitar, left Sri Lanka when the band Rendezvous
comprising Russell Fernando, Chitral Somapala and Udaya Welikala flew
into Europe to fulfil the commitments they signed themselves into.
That was some years back and now here in Sri Lanka the Silvas tackled
the requirements of Sri Lankan dance groovers with ease. Their
repertoire includes rhythm and blues and hip hop, which though quite in
demand in Europe, is equally in demand in Sri Lanka.
The glitz in the trio young Komali and Mihiri both singers and
keyboardists made an impact on our youth groovers and plan to make a
return hopefully this year. To them it was all exciting and they made
Young Komali in Zurich during the week works as consultant for the
Winterthur Insurance Company and also follows studies at the Government
Business School in Bern. Mihiri who enjoys dressing up, is studying to
be a fashion designer at the Government School for Dressmaking and
Fashion Designing in Bern.
By the time you read this the Silvas would have taken wing to Zurich
and Mano goes back to the daily routine of working as an Application
Engineer for UBS in Zurich.
But as they told us they will carry with them happy memories of their
performances in Sri Lanka which was a first time for them and didn't
they create a large fan base for themselves!
Spitfires Reunion Concert
It's going to be a reality the Spitfires Re-union Concert live at the
The popular band that held the top rung of popularity here in Sri
Lanka during the 70s, as well as in the Middle East, will relive their
glory days with the songs that made their repertoire memorable.
Just imagine Priyanthi, Raja, Noeline, Desmond, Dalreen, Conrad,
Ronnie, Chinti, Laurensz, Budrin, Maxie and Claude all on one stage
after 30 years with two back-to-back concerts with that new generation
of sounds they created. Its home grown talent at its best!
Musicians in jazz action
Music makes many musicians to rapport with one another whatever the
time of day. On January 7 (today) after a hectic New Year's Eve night,
leading musicians will gather to exchange jazz chords at the soiree at
the CR & FC from 1.30 pm onwards. A lot of surprises we understand are
on the cards. Saxophonist Ricky Senn back home from the cold climes will
be in swinging action.
The opening set at 1.30 pm will be Latin flavoured with percussionist
Hans Mater heading a group with Hilary Christie - piano, Basil Paiva -
bass, Shanthi Seneviratne - drums with Judy and Kanthi de Silva -
The featured band will see the powerhouse bassist Alston Joachim
spreading creative vibes with Tammy Ruberu - piano, Lal Witiwala - drums
and joined by Surekha Amerasinghe - flute and Lelun Ratnayake - congas.
Karl Katz Combo will be performing today.
Sir Cliff - soon in town
Cliff Richard's Asian leg of his world tour commences next month and
the celebrated singer will be in Sri Lanka for his first ever concert in
Sri Lanka on February 23. With something like 128 hits in a career that
has spanned 48 years, he is Britain's biggest ever hit maker.
If you grew up enjoying Living Doll, The Young Ones, Lucky Lips,
Congratulations and a host of other favourites it's going to be a
reality to see him performing live.
When he was once asked whether he has a vocal coach, he replied that
he has no vocal coach, that he did take vocal lessons once, but now he's
got a warm up tape which he plays and rehearses just before he goes on
He commented that he knows what he is doing now when compared to the
early years and that sometimes he feels he'd like to slow down but it's
difficult to do that. So what he is trying to do is to space things
further apart so that he'll be doing the same things but not as often.
"Show business is about doing things over and over again and
improving them. That's why I still tour. I've done acting in musicals
and on film, I've done TV and radio - I've done the things I want to do"
Sir Cliff remarked at a recent interview.
Asked who he would like to play him in a film of his life, Cliff said
"I'd pick Brad Pitt. If he can't sing, I'll get Daniel Bedingfield to
sing for him."