in the Heat wave
How time flies! Today is the last day of January and it seemed like
only yesterday that everyone was saying goodbye to 2015 and welcoming
2016! Aubrey Weiman and Heat were in full flow at the New Year's Eve
dance at the Cinnamon Grand. "It was a successful dance for us at this
stand out venue. We had a rousing midnight medley and with Watsala
Goonatilleke joining us on the vocals, we took the dance to a high"
expresses Aubrey who is happy with the performance of his band Heat.
Heat have a large following of fans and in fact they have been enjoying
success ever since they started off in the Sri Lankan music industry.
The good news we have for you is that come March, Aubrey and his band
will take wing again to the States, Canada and Australia to entertain
the Sri Lankans domiciled there and who are eagerly awaiting their
arrival."This time our tour is going to be interesting. We are invited
to perform at the dances by the old boys of Royal College, Old
Anthonians and the Nugegoda Saints. Our schedule will see us on stage in
New York on March 15 and 19, Los Angeles on April 2, Toronto on April 9,
Australia on April 16 and we go back again to Australia on July 4. We
have made a big name for ourselves we are a brand now and we have to
make sure that our brand goes on - so we are once again looking forward
to our tour."
Heavily influenced by the music of Richard Marx, Michael Bolton,
Lionel Ritchie and the Sri Lankan band Cardinals Outburst, Aubrey Weiman
enjoys singing ballads and the music of the 80's. What's his opinion of
the present music scene?
"There are a lot of bands in today's music scene in Sri Lanka and
with this factor a lot of competition. That's good. Because apart from
having a wide repertoire you have to involve yourself in social media.
It's hard work. Our repertoire reflects the hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s to
the current contemporary hits _ be it Enrique Iglesias, Pitt Bull or say
Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, One Direction, the list is long. What the
ladies want - well we do those songs!"
Heat have been on the scene for something like 15 years and the band
has played at almost all the night clubs and all the hotels in Colombo -
Hilton, Galadari, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Inter Continental Hotel, Trans
Asia and out of Colombo at the Tangerine Beach Hotel. The present line
up reads Aubrey Weiman - vocals/sax, Dhamika Sugathapala - lead guitar,
Subash Fernando - bass, Indika Addikari - drums, Chaminda - keyboards
and Kithsiri Gunasekera - keyboards/vocals.
the exciting sounds of the band at the Margarita Blue on Thursdays.
Incidentally Aubrey is a popular host at the Ladies Night at the
Margarita Blue. On Saturdays The Breeze Bar at the Cinnamon Grand sees
the band in action with a repertoire of pop, jazz, rock, reggae, baila
and cultural music. Take your pick. Other dates that you can keep are on
Wednesdays and Fridays at the Keg Pub and on two Sundays and Mondays at
the Kingsbury Lobby Bar.
In a spool back for the beginnings of Heat, Aubrey admits that he
never expected to come thus far with success.
"I was keen on music from my young days, and on having my own band.
There were a couple of friends like Christopher Mant and Dave de Hoon
who were playing in a band, we got together and the guys were with me
for a long time. We were wondering what to call the band and then an
inspiration struck us.
At the time we started there was the band called Burn and they were
able to turn the heat on everytime they took the stage. So we decided to
call our band Heat. At this stage I must say a big thank you to Mary Ann
David for moulding me into the singer that I am today. She's fantastic!
I have had no problems with my musicians. They never falter on
rehearsals, we have it once a week on a certain date and they are
"I tell them what the next set of songs are and they prepare the
songs. Now for instance we are going to the States and we have already
got a list of songs they would like to hear and I've given the members
of my band the list to rehearse. In the meantime make a special date
with Heat on March 3 as we invite you to a Sing-a-long session at the