Ebony back with a Familiar Face
Music switches Rolika and Dilrukshi onto a high which has gained them
popularity with many a discerning audience. This duo are well known in
the music industry and have made their mark.
Rolika a versatile pianist/keyboardist was a member of the famous
Familiar Faces comprising Anne Nathan and Rovil Wolff, entertaining
audiences at Trans Asia and the Ceylon Continental. Dilrukshi on the
other hand, a talented vocalist, belonged to the well known family band
Ebony, the members from the Galappaththi family in the Southern circuit
as well in the dance scene.
The band sadly disbanded after the death of their leader Udaya
Galappaththi. But now Dilrukshi has decided to take over the family band
name Ebony with her husband Rolika. The other members of the
Galappaththi family, Sampath has joined Kings, Nuwan is now with Sohan
and the X'periments while Channa is with the group Friends in Germany.
Rolika Wickrematileke said that Ebony the duo started in August 7.
"We just returned after playing on a cruise ship. There were roughly
about 40-55 passengers and all had a rollicking good time. We are hoping
to travel to Oman on contract" said the youthful Rolika.
With an elastic repertoire that takes in the evergreens, country and
western, oldies and the popular hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Ebony
is sure to hit popularity.
The special sound of C&C
L-R - Supun, Channa, Chaminda, Heshan (Front L-R) Jacqueline,
Chandani and Anne
Growing from strength to strength the band C&C with added attractions
are making waves of success here and overseas. Before last year ended
Chandani's C&C played at a prestigious show and dance in Bahrain
organised by the very active Sri Lanka Club.
"Our playing schedule is tight what with engagements at weddings,
dances, corporate functions and our regular weekly gigs at Cinnamon
Grand and at the Colombo Hilton. New Year's Eve at the Il Ponte was
extra special "says Chandani.
The band now comprises Chaminda Hemaratne - leader, keyboards and
vocals, Chandani Hettiarachchi - vocals, Anne Nathan - vocals,
Jacqueline Hettiarachchi - vocals, Supun Fernando - bass, Heshan Silva -
drums and Channa Vanderbona - lead guitar. Anne Nathan a versatile
musician joined the band quite recently to give added thrust to the
overall sound of the band.
"We also perform as a duo whenever the occasion calls for it. At the
end of January we performed at Oman for a Sri Lankan dinner dance show.
Misty was the main band we were guest artistes, there was Annesley
Malawana too"! continues Chandani.
Catch the special sound of C&C at Hilton on Wednesdays and Thursdays
and on Tuesdays at the Cinnamon Grand and enjoy their repertoire which
includes not only English songs but also a wide collection of Sinhala
and Hindi songs.
New video clips from Anura
Soon music lovers world wide will be able to view Anura Jayasinghe's
new video clips of the songs "Welcome to Sri Lanka", and "Sri Lanka My
Homeland". He tells us that he has signed a contract with two TV
stations in France, namely R.F.O. and Tele Sud, and the two video clips
will be telecast on these stations.
"I can confidently say that as a Sri Lankan I have done a lot to
promote Sri Lanka through my songs, three of which are being telecast in
37 countries. The video of my song Nidi neti re yame entered the
Caribbean Island Video Clip Hit Parade and in a spell of two months the
song hit the top rung of the charts. The song has become popular in
Africa", continues Anura.
A crusader for musicians acquiring royalties Anura says he would like
to meet authors and composers in Sri Lanka. "I wish to explain to them
the benefits they could gain from royalties. If they could get together
and form some kind of a society for this, they will soon realize the
value of it.
Most people in Sri Lanka believe that the singer owns the song. That
is not correct. Whenever a song is broadcast on radio, the royalties
should go to the lyricist and the one who does the melody. The singer
gets the royalties if he sings the song at a musical show or a function
or else if he has signed a contract with a record company", adds Anura.
While being busy with his new video clips, Anura is looking for
experienced musicians to sing tenor for his songs and to play lead
guitar. "Most importantly they should be teetotallers" Anura is emphatic
about that. "I'm grateful to Noel Ranasinghe who was my teacher and
assisted me in many ways and also to the late Lylie Godridge, who guided
me in my singing" voices Anura.
Appointed as the agent in Sri Lanka for Alhambra Guitars by Alhambra,
Spain, Anura is looking forward to his performances on ITN and Lakhanda
Radio, here in Sri Lanka.
Jeewithaya Pura - his debut CD
A year in the making, the debut CD of drummer Ranjith Percival
Liyanage will be launched soon.
"The CD is titled Jeewithaya Pura after my first song which became
popular and threw me into the limelight as a singer in Sri Lanka. I was
a sound engineer by profession, my father was in the music business, but
I was a member of two bands Oasis and Golden Arrows", says Ranjith who
has lent his artistry to the music business as a drummer for many
The song Jeewithaya Pura has been re-mixed for the album making it
sound new. There are twelve other songs on the CD and Ranjith hopes that
the CD will be a success since his song Jeewithaya Pura was a turning
point in his career.
"I hope music lovers will enjoy my CD. I've been always wanting to
release a CD for a long time now. All the melodies are my own but the
lyrics were written by Hemasiri Halpita," reveals Ranjith.
His experience as a sound engineer at AI/QSAR Hotel in the Middle
East and also for the Dubai Film Festival has held him in good stead
since he now handles his own Vomix Recording Studio.