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‘Centigradz’ opens its second innings

New album ‘Ru- siri’ hits the charts
By Sanath Weerasuriya

Popular band ‘Centigradz’ released their second album ‘Ru- siri’ recently.‘Ru- siri’ comprises 18 new songs penned by Amila, Udaya, Ishan, Thusith and Thilina.

‘Mage Adere’, ‘Pahasara’, ‘Sith Saluna’, ‘Rusiri’, ‘Thumko’, ‘Ranwan Maldam’, Divurala Pawasanna’, ‘Gammane’, ‘Sandamadala’, ‘Ara wahina’, ‘Holman’, ‘Kotuwa’, ‘Jaya Jaya Sri Lanka’, ‘Sudilana’, ‘Punchi Yamak’ and ‘Pahasara2’ are some of the songs on the album.

‘Centigradz’ spent two years recording ‘Ru-siri’, which marks a confident return to the RnB/Pop - Rap template that best defines the group’s sound.

Amila Niroshan, Udaya Wickramasinghe, Ishan Lakmal, Isuru Dasun and Thilina Jithendra released their first hit album ‘Heritage’ in 2005. Since then they had a whale of success, ups and downs in the local showbiz scene.

The journey started with four ordinary college students who shared a common dream which fuelled the desire of producing distinctive music. Amila , Udaya , Isuru , Ishan and Thusith . Guys started off with cover versions of popular Pop / Ethnic RnB / Alternative bands and as new comers all their performances were highly appreciated by the audience , in 2002 they recorded two studio singles ‘Tradition’ and ‘Dark Angel’ to perform at eminent gatherings and college conferences . These up tempo songs were instant hits and grabbed the immediate attention of some leading media networks in the country and both the songs received air play in 2003.

The song ‘Tradition’ entered the Sri Lankan hot 40 chart at No. 2 and their amazing song ‘Dark Angel’took only 24hrs to jump in to the ABC Network’s Sun Fm Hot 40 Countdown and right next week, it was sitting pretty at the No. 1 spot after competing with major International acts.

Due to the overwhelming popularity and the groove; the songs received airplay on BBC Radio 1. The two songs sent their 2005 debut album ‘Heritage’ rocketing up the charts and it holds the record for the selling fastest debut album and highest first full week of sales in Sri Lanka.

CENTIGRADZ released their first music video ‘Sulanga Se’ in 2006 Directed and co produced by Tharshana and Manuranga and was generally well-received. The benchmark of the group’s launch to fame was the videos of ‘Dark Angel’ and ‘Natamu’ directed by Pravin Jayarathne of Dil Films. They followed it up with three more ground breaking videos Directed by Chothira Shanaka of CS Creations . Shanaka’s creativity in ‘Pahasara’ ‘Oba Ekwenawado’ and ‘Ranwan Mal Dam’ made Centigradz rule the Video Charts for 15 straight weeks in 2008 .

Riding the high waves of success, Centigradz were sorted out by the movie directors to produce the theme song of the movie ‘Heart FM’ and a mid tempo ballad for the movie ‘Asai Man Piyabanna’ directed by Udayakantha . The group also appeared in the movie ‘Heart Fm’ directed by Senesh Bandara.

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