“Vale’, Gypsy King” – By Des Kelly I met him for the first time, when in 1973 I visited Ceylon for the first and last time, after migrating to Australia. Sunil Perera was 21 years old, and his Dad Anton who was responsible for the organization of the Original Gypsies, including Sunil and younger brother Nalin, met me and invited me to his home in Ratmalana to audition this young Gypsies band whose main jobs at the time, were to play music.  Anton Perera was indeed a remarkable father-figure. He provided Sunil, Nalin and the rest of the boys in the band, not only a spacious area in his luxurious home simply to practice their music, but also paid them each a salary to play music and become hopefully a band of renown. They had been at it, for a few months, and he now wanted me to tell him ...

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Sunil Perera: Sri Lanka’s larger than life music legend dies at 68 By Ranga Sirilal and Ayeshea Perera Source:-www.bbc.com His songs have pulled people on to dance floors at weddings and parties for decades. Sunil Perera, one of the stalwarts of Sri Lanka’s baila genre – a memento of Portuguese colonisation – died on Monday aged 68, his family said. He is believed to have died of Covid-related complications. Along with his band The Gypsies, Sunil wrote and performed songs with catchy tunes and clever lyrics, often about Sri Lankan life and politics. His song Uncle Johnson from 1987 related a hilarious tale of a ruined wedding anniversary party, while Signore focused on the laments of a defeated politician berating his ungrateful voters. Saima Cut Vela gave advice to a hysterical young woman convinced her husband was fatally ill when in fact he was just drunk. “It was his presence ...

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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC –  By – Algi Wijewickrema When you have an email address like “noproblemperera” I’m sure you readers would expect an out of the ordinary person. Out of the ordinary is an understatement really for arguably Sri Lanka’s most versatile and entertaining musician. He is the leader of a band that is not only popular among Sri Lankans living here but also popular with Sri Lankans abroad. He is none other than the leader of the “Gypsies”, Sunil Perera. When I visited Sunil at his studio in Ratmalana where their family business has existed for decades, he was ready to accommodate us but the interview was inevitably disturbed by many telephone calls that kept coming which to me proves how busy this man can still be and how the popularity of Gypsies has not diminished. Beginning with his school days at St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, Sunil recalled ...

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The leopards of Wilpattu National Park The leopards of Wilpattu National Park. By Dinal J. S. Samarasinghe Wilpattu Leopard Vs Sloth Bear Wilpattu National Park Drinking Water Leopard of Wilpattu National Park Wilpattu National Park Sri Lanka | Sri Lankan Leopards Leopard VS Sloth Bear at the Wilpattu National Park  Tiger_Sri_Lanka_(wilpattu_leopard) ...

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Golden melodies of Rohana Weerasinghe-BY ISURU THAMBAWITA Source:Sundayobserver There dawned a vibrant ray of light on the music industry of Sri Lanka. Veteran musician Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe who has marked many milestones in the Sri Lankan music culture, brought glory to Sri Lanka by performing at Australia’s prestigious Sydney Opera House on September 3, 2006. It was the first time that a Sri Lankan musician performed at the world-famous Sydney Opera house. Many crowned artistes such as Nanda Malini, Victor Rathnayake, Sunil Edirisinghe , Edward Jayakody, Priyadarshani, Nelu Adhikari, Charitha Priyadarshani and Dayan Jayathileke had adorned the concert “Rohana Ransara” organised by Yasiru Multimedia pvt Ltd , the leading Sri Lankan entertainment company based in Australia. As noted by the veteran musician Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe, performing at Sydney Opera house is a golden opportunity for any musician. It was Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe who conducted the orchestra. However, unfortunately, the mainstream ...

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WE ARE THE WORLD COVER (GOA) Something to cheer us in the lockdown This is an excellent and well presented production from perhaps a little known ethnic group… The Goanese Their Portuguese antecedents are clearly identifiable from their family names, just as they are in Sri Lanka. GOA SINGS TO THE WORLD’S COVID 19 FRONTLINERS. A Nicholas Fernandes presentation sung (in English & Konkani) by Goa’s finest singers and musicians as a tribute to the WORLD’S COVID 19 FRONTLINERS.   ...

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Kerrigan La-Brooy wins Lifetime Award for “Fair Play” at the Red Carpet Award Show in Holland Europe Kerrigan feels so honoured to have won the Lifetime Award for “Fair Play” at the Red Carpet Award Show in Holland Europe. And what a significant day – Father’s Day! Apparently, it’s the Highest Award one can get. While the Award is something Kerrigan will treasure forever, what touches him even more, are the beautiful words expressed by the awesome organisers; a couple who are filled with integrity and are so hard-working, Gaby and Peter: “Dear Kerrigan, a true man of God with talent and today he has been rewarded with the highest honor we will ever give away in our shows, the award for being fair play in the music industry. You can only get this award once in a lifetime and it is valid for life.” Kerrigan sends a Heartfelt thanks ...

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 THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS –  MAGNIFICIENT This is an inventive rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  As people weren’t allowed to sing in church because of Covid-19, this is what they came up with. A digital project bringing together live and recorded performances of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus – in spectacular pandemic style. Three hundred and fifty singers from Spain and Portugal together with professional musicians, in the magnificent Gothic Basilica of St Mary by the Sea in Barcelona. Videos were projected onto various surfaces inside the Church. ...

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