A voice for the voiceless
The Country Music Foundation is staging its annual Country Roads
concert in aid of the welfare of Sri Lankan children. The concert again
which will be held on February 17 at the Hilton Colombo is not only an
occasion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Foundation, but also
to raise funds totalling Rs. 1 million to set-up three court houses for
cases involving children.
A joint UNICEF-Government project, the Foundation is planning an
extravaganza for the appreciation of the audience. As such, a stellar
line-up of international artistes will be flown in for the event. Astrid
Brook, a singer/guitarist with an amazing stage personality will be a
great attraction. Her repertoire of country music will not only take you
down the roads of nostalgia, but also showcase the new and popular
country songs of today.
Bob Livingston, the pedal steel guitarist from Texas is looking
forward to performing on our stages. He is no stranger to the country
music scene. He enjoyed performing to the children in the refugee camps
when he was in Sri Lanka. The other international act will be the
Mavericks who with their country creativity will go all out to keep you
in your seat until the last note is struck.
Our own musicians too will be there to support the cause in a big
way. The spotlight will fall on the leading light Mariazelle whose love
for country music has never diminished. The other artistes will be
Cosmic Rays led by Tyronne Pieris and of course Jury and Feizal
committed country music singers, dedicated to helping children in Sri
Lanka to a better way of life.