old 'Rock Company' is back
re-emerging of rock music, Sri Lankan rock music fans are in a treat
after a long silence with a massive rock concert featuring everpopular
rock legends such as Cancer with Prasanna, Prins and the Friends,
Rattlesanke and Venom. The Concert has not been finalised, but will
be held towards the end of March.
Company", was a unique club that existed during the seventies
and eighties at the height of the Rock era that engulfed practically
the whole world. The Club was formed with the objective of bringing
forth hidden talent and also to propagate camaraderie among Rock
music lovers in Sri Lanka. Monthly meetings were held at famous
KOKO's, where a large crowd of Rock music lovers gathered providing
an excellent opportunity for young talented musicians to expose
their talent in an ideal environment. It must be also said that
the 'Rock Company' was the breeding ground for many top musicians,
who are playing for popular bands of today.
the monthly meetings helped to generate much goodwill and friendship
among its members due to their common love for music.
Bands and artistes played for free with a newsletter being sold
and a nominal fee charged as entrance just to cover the expenses
such as hall hire and sound equipment hire etc. At that time the
'Rock Company' had a large membership from all parts of the country.
Today rock music
has re-emerged as the choice of music among the younger generation
with Alternate Rock which is currently very popular in Sri Lanka.
The recently concluded Levis Rock festival had eight local Rock
bands playing original compositions of their own with some of the
songs played being of International quality. In addition this young
segment and older segment - who were Rock music lovers during the
80's - still pursue Classic Rock music that even now are very popular
in both these segments.
The good news
is, few of the old Rock Company members have organized to resume
the 'Rock Company' on a regular basis as a monthly event so that
Rock music lovers could meet on a regular basis.
It is also envisaged
that through these monthly meetings the Rock Company could offer
exposure to up and coming talented musicians to bring forth their
talents while setting the background for development of camaraderie
and friendship among each other.
planned Rock Company monthly meet is the first step towards this
objective and in the current context will at least generate - in
the short term - the possibility for new talent to emerge and expose
their talents to such a gathering. The first revived Rock Company
meeting is scheduled for March 30,the last Sunday of the month from
5.00pm to 10.00pm at the 80 Club, Independence Square, Colombo 7.
The event will
start off at 5pm with an unplugged Folk rock session for individuals
or twosomes to be followed with an electric session from 6.00pm
onwards where new bands or members from different bands could join
together to perform Classic or Alternate rock music for around 45
minute periods allowing the opportunity for at least five such events
on this day offering the opportunity for young talent to emerge.
Fifteen years of 'Ebony'
By Sanath Weerasuriya
The popular band Ebony will celebrate their fifteenth
anniversary with a big bash at Bishop's College Auditorium in Colombo
on March 31.
is a family band with four brothers and a sister. The band comprises
Udaya Galappaththi, the leader, who plays lead guitar and on vocals,
Channa Galappaththi on bass and vocals, Sampath Galappaththi on
keyboards and vocals and Dilrukshi on frontline vocals.
I started this band in 1986 with few of my friends. After some time
only my brothers and sister joined in and we started to function
as a family band since 1987," Udaya said.
Channa joined the line up in early 1987 along with their cousin
brother Lasantha Boteju.
my other sister was on frontline vocals during that time and Nuwan,
who showed his talent from his tender age remained as the stand-by
artiste often replacing other brohters", Udaya said.
In 1990, Nuwan
joined the band as a permanent keyboardist filling the vacancy created
by Lasantha, who joined "Stealers", a popular outfit during
late eighties. Apsarika after her marriage paved way to the younger
sister Dilrukshi Galappaththi to take-up the front line vocals.
of the band was their father, late Hubert de Silva.
mainly to form this family band, which was his long standing vision.
He too a musically talented person occasionally joined the group
as singer. It was his great efforts that ultimately stamped the
success of this popular band with bright future. His younger brothers
Derrick de Silva of the band "Crystal Set" and Lincoln
de Silva of "Supper Pink & Purple" are popular musicians,
who gave their fullest cooperation to his brother and the children.
After the demise of their father Udaya Galappaththi, the Leader
attends to the functions of his late father as Manager as well,
on the line and training given by him.
band "Ebony" performs at the "Blue Leopard"
night club of GOH on Fridays and Saturdays.
addition to the line-up is Shanaka Senadeera.
lead guitar as I am not too well to perform during night times.
Though Shanaka is not a family member, he is just like one of ours",
Anniversary Show" will feature some of the top singers in the
current music scene along with the band.
Set With Sam"
the Man', Lanka's popular entertainer with more than two decades
of experience, now performs with his band at the Terrace of the
Mount Lavinia Hotel on Sundays.
Sam at the Terrace are Sarath Perera on keyboards and Vocals, Ricky
Christoffelsz on lead guitar and vocals, Granville Gomesz on bass
guitar and vocals with Peter Welt on drums and vocals.
"Sun Set With Sam" the programme commences at 6.30 p.m.
and goes on till mid-night. Sam plays all the romantic songs of
the 50's and even earlier times . His signature tune "You Are
My Sunshine" dates back to 1940.
be an ideal opportunity to perform for real music Lovers because,
Mount Lavinia is my favourite place from the very begining' said
Sam, who returned to the Island recently after a very successful
tour in Dubai.
Last July Sam
was invited to perform in Dubai and he proved to be a real crowd
puller. In early December he was invited for the fourth time (since
July) to perform during the season in Dubai.
career - now in its 47th year - Sam has a record of around 30 International
tours. From New York to Washington D.C. to California and Arizona
in the U.S.A to London and Leicester in the U.K. and then to Melbourne,
Australia and to Auckland in New Zealand . Also Toronto in Canada
- Bahrain - Dubai- Pakistan, India and Lusaka in Zambia are some
of the places Sam has performed with his old sax.
surprising of them all was when I was invited by a Spanish businessman
to perform at his daughter's wedding reception in Teneriffein Grain
Canary Island. I was also Sri Lanka's sole representative performing
with a Japanese Band at the Toyama Trade Fair in Japan 1989."
from Canada to perform in Toronto (1989) saw SAM taking his entire
outfit. "This was the most disastrous tour of my life-as all
the members of the band stayed behind in order to claim refugee
status. Only the renowned Tenor Saxophonist and Jazzman Malcolm
de Zilwa returned with me." he said.