Men Move It Like this
By Sanath Weerasuriya
The ceartors of Bahamian music Baha Men is the star of this week's
'Original Music Competition', which is organised by M- Entertainment
in collaboration with TV Times.
The Bahamian music and dance tradition of Junkanoo, which traces back
to the slavery days when slaves were allowed to gather together one
day a week for festivities, is fused with the modern influences of
dance rhythms, pop music and Latin percussion by Isaiah Taylor and
his band, The Baha Men.
"Billboard", the group "Straddles the line between
Caribbean and western popuar music and does so while putting smiles
on people's faces and a bounce in their steps."
debut album, "Junkanoo", released in 1979, was heavily
rooted in the Junkanoo style and featured updated versions of tradtional
Bahamian tunes. The Baha Men have increasingly leaned towards modern
music. Their second album, "I Like What I Like", was produced
by Tommy D (Michael Jackson), Don Dubose, John Holiday and Trevor
Steele (The Escape Club) with Holiday and Steel co-writing five
songs with the band. The first single from the album was "That's
The Way, Etc.", a medley of tunes by K. C. And The Sunshine
The Baha Men
continued their more contemporary approach with their third album,
"Doong Spank", relased in 1999. Who Let the Dogs Out,
featuring the Grammy winning single "Who Let the Dogs Out",
was issued a year later. The album went on to sell over five million
In early 2002,
the Baha Men attempted for more Top 40 stardom by issuing the follow
up, 'Move It Like This'. The Original CDs and Cassettes of this
album "Doong Spank"are available at all M Entertainment
preferred dealers. All winners of previous contests can collect
their prizes from Maharaja Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd., at 330, T.B.
Jayah Mw., Colombo 10.
To enter this
contest, all you have to do is to answer the question on the coupon
No.75 and send it to the address given below. The address is "Listen
to Original Music Contest, No. 75, C/o Maharaja Entertainments (Pvt.)
Ltd., 330, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.
Tell: + 941672425-8,
Fax + 941699070. E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
All the entries must be originals from the TV Times and no photocopies
or faxes will be entertained. All correct entries will be drawn
by a panel of judges.
should reach the above address by June 11, the latest. The decision
of the judges will be final and the names of the winners will be
announced in The Sunday TV Times accordingly.
Here are the
winners of contest no. 71 . The winners of two Sony original CDs
are Izrry Haniffa of Kandy and Sarani Perera of Kandana. Two audio
cassette winners are Anushka Fernando of Nugegoda and Aroshan Fernando
10% off gift
Vouchers go to Santushi Witanachchi of Nugegoda, C.D. Senevirathne
of Mirigama, Randula Uvin Gunasena of Colombo 8, J. Lishantha De
Silva of Ja-Ela, Prabath M. Perera of Wellampitiya and Lakshini
Mendis of Dehiwela.
are Tanya Hettiarachchi of Moratuwa, Chamal Sembupperuma of Boralasgamuwa,
Janaka Abeysundara of Colombo 6, Sathya Udana Weerasinghe of Kaduwela
and Miss T. Ossman of Kottawa.
dances around the globe
Ballroom and Latin American dancing is now called Dancesport. Very
soon it will be included in the Olympics too. There are many International
Dancesport Championships around the world and Dancesport is not
a new thing to Lankan dance enthusiasts.
Dharshan Wijesooriya, one of the popular figures in the field is
the only Sri Lankan to officiate as an adjudicator at International
Dancesport Competitions. Dharshan, the organizer of the Annual Footwork
Dancesport Championship and a British qualified dance instructor
has adjudicated 12 International Dance Competitions during the past
three International Competitions in Singapore and Hong Kong last
month. He has received invitations to adjudicate at the Malaysian
International in July and at Singapore International in September
this year. The Hong Kong International Dancesport Championship on
April 28 included a demonstration by Jukka and Sirpa, the world
Latin American Dance Champions. Presently, Dharshan is in England
to attend the Blackpool Dance Festival. Blackpool UK Open Dancesport
Championship is considered as the main Dancesport event of the year.
Dancers from all over the world gather in Winter Gardens Ballroom
in Blackpool, England for the week long Championships.
The whole city becomes a festival where one will see the dancers
walking in streets with costumes, guest houses and hotels are packed
with spectators and competitors.
Judging at International Dance Competitions is not an easy task
says Dharshan. Sometimes there are 18 couples on the floor and have
to select 12 for the semi finals. Six finalists will be selected
out of 12 semi-finalists. The time duration for a dance is approx.
2 minutes. With the large number of contestants taking part, these
competitions start in the morning and run till midnight.
The adjudicators will be on duty from morning till night. For Dharshan,
the most interesting part of the visits are meeting the world famous
dancers. He has got the opportunity of meeting most of the top dance
couples in the world and it is interesting to know that they are
keenly interested in Sri Lankan dancing.
a founder member of the Asia Dancesport Council, which is based
in Hong Kong. This council helps its member countries to develop
and promote Dancesport and better understanding among the participants.
With the help of Asia Dancesport Council, Dharshan plans to organize
International Dance Competitions and dance workshops in the near
In Sri Lanka,
Dharshan runs a dance school in Colombo called The Dance Academy
and is the Managing Director of the leading Entertainment outfit
- Footwork (Pvt) Ltd. He is also a one of the few event producers
here who has handled many events with perfection.
Rasputin from Creators
The band Creators are the real creators in music these days. They
mix Sri Lankan beats with western rhythms to generate the ethnic
music, which is the 'in trend' in USA.
'Creators' have launched their new song called 'Rasputin Sri Lanka
It's the Rasputin
song of Boney M. 'creators' with the sounds of thammettam, getabera,
dandubera, together mixed with the music of Boney M. This song will
be aired on Sun FM, and Gold FM. They will be hoping to release
two more songs with different styles soon. Roshan Yehiya the leader
of 'creators' has thanked DJ, Yuki, Chamika, Rajive de Silva of
'Take 1' studio, where they recorded the song and Ravi Bandu Vidyapathi
for the help given. "Creators" comprises of five youngsters.
Nineteen-year-old Roshan Yehiya is the leader of the group. He plays
the flute. Ramesh Silva is another talented musician, who handles
thammetama, getabera and davula. Harsha Perera handles guitar, violin
and Dombera, Dinesh Perera plays the flute, horenava and bera. The
only girl in the group Maria Leeyan handles vocals and she is expert
on congo and drums.
did a recording with 'Brown Boogie Nation' at "Take 1"
studio and the songs will be on air soon. "It's not just normal
mix of only eastern and western music. We use the different instruments
to create a special sound. The kind of sound that never leaves your
system." The 'Creator's' hope to launch a CD in the near future.
"We are creating few more songs for the new CD and as soon
as we complete, we hope to go to the studio,' Roshan explained.