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'Bombay Dreams' stormed London
Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Bombay Dreams', a theatrical creation set against the background of the heady exotica of Bollywood masala, opened in London's Apollo Victoria on June 19.

The live action of song and dance of Bombay Dreams is rocking West End. The play has been staged by the London based Sunday Times as 'a spectacular tribute to Bollywood'.

Back here in Sri Lanka though this spectacle will not be viewed, it will still live in its entire freshness and life with the music being released in India by Sony Music last week. The play has been critically acclaimed by one and all for the unique representation of Bollywood in its entire aura and colour and for the exotic music scores by A R Rahaman.

The play is associated with big names behind the scenes such as Shekhar Kapur (from the 'Elizabeth' and 'Bandit Queen' fame), Farah Kahn (ace choreographer), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steven Pimlott. Meera Syal (star of Goodness Gracious Me) has written the play and Don Black (Oscar winning lyricist) has given the lyrics and A R Rahman.

Starring newcomer Preeya Kalidas, the story is about a young slum dweller, played by Raza Jaffery, who dreams of being a big movie star. His fateful encounter with the beautiful Priya (Preeya) and her father, the corrupt but powerful, seal his destiny. The entire play revolves around the storyline of how Aakahs (Raza Jaffery) the aspiring movie star, becomes one and then realizes that he does not like it up there as he cannot live with the people whom he grew up with. Raza Jaffery and Preeya Kalidas have played their characters with such charm that they come across as the perfect romantic pair.

Sony Music released the music of the spectacular Bombay Dreams produced by A R Rahman and co-produced by Marius De Vries. The heartbeat of Bombay Dreams is the songs that make the play brighter and grander. Each song in the album is a musical narrative, fusing contemporary production and rhythms together with rich Indian instrumental and captivating melodies. The album was recorded both in India and UK using the finest Indian musicians including the celebrated percussionist Sivamani.

The highlights of Preeya's vocal performances include, 'Only Love' and 'Happy Endings'. 'Closer Than Ever' and 'How Many Stars' are both sweeping and beautifully orchestrated duets by Preeya and Raza. While Raza's solo vocals can be heard on 'Like An Eagle', 'I Could Live Here' and 'The Journey Home'. Rahman's Chaiyya Chaiyya' is included too, in a re-recorded version. Marious De Vries (better known as the BAFTA award-winning producer of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack as well as major artistes such as Bjork and Madonna) along with Andy Bradfield have done the remixes for the album.

Shakalaka Baby was the first single to be taken out from the Bombay Dreams album and the track is definitely a melting pot of pop promise with sitars and tablas used and skittering beats and rolling baseline.

The songs in this album are a medley of A R Rahman's tunes given a facelift with Don Black's lyrics. The idea is as unique as are Rahman's tunes. "There has never been a musical like this. You can't compare it with any other show", says Don Black who has given lyrics for the songs.

The Bombay Draems' audio tracks on CD and cassette are now available at the M- Entertainment Music shop .

DJ Everton to start new DJ school soon
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Romesh Fernando, better known as DJ Everton in the music field celebrates his twelfth year in Showbiz.

Being in the DJ scene for well over a decade, Romesh is a top mobile DJ in the scene.

Educated at St. Peter's College, Romesh started his DJing career from his college days.

'But the major breakthrough came my way when I performed at Brown's Beach Hotel in Negombo in 1993', he said.

Presently he is working with his own outfit "Sound EFX Entertainments', where he handles most of the dances, parties and gigs in Colombo.

'I think my success is mainly due to my ability to cater the audiences with their choice of music at the correct time', he added.

Romesh plays music according to the taste of the audience, his versatility and changing music style is more professional.

Though his favourite types of music are Rock Hip Hop and Garage, he dishes out commercial pop, reggae, Blues and Baila too.

'I always follow all the charts and go through the web to find out the latest releases. That way I can be in touch with all the latest releases', he said.

At present Sound EFX Entertainment has nine DJs and they all spin at the hotels like Eden, Browns and Blue Oceanic Hotel in Negombo.

'My latest project is to train the new up coming DJs. In Sri Lanka we do not have any facility to learn the art of DJing or there is no one to give the helping hand. We have gone through the mill and I'm ready to help the others,' he said.

Another website show at BMICH

Clarence, Annesley and Indrani, the Pop Trio will blast off to Cyberespace to the scintillating sounds of the Gypsies when they launch their Official Web Site www.original with a mega musical extravaganza, at BMICH on August 4 at 7.00 p.m.

In this connection Lanka Internet Services Ltd., the Official Internet Service provider to the Pop Trio will showcase some of the latest features of Internet Technology, incorporated in the Official Web Site of the Original Pop Trio.

With the Pop Trio on the Internet, they would instantaneously expand their audience reach to all corners of the Globe and provide a much- awaited opportunity for their avid fans, mainly expatriate Sri Lankans who have virtually grown with them for over 3 decades, with their electrifying music.

The original pop trio consists of the late Clarence Wijewardena, Annesley Malawana and Indrani Perera. The late Clarence, the "father of Sinhala pop music" has created some songs that are "evergreens". The songs that Clarence composed have stood the test of time and even after 3 decades these songs are still popular amongst the young and old.

Infact the Sinhala pop music industry in Sri Lanka owes a lot to Clarence as he is the one who gave the initial impetus to Sinhala pop music which is now on a sound commercial footing.


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