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Dance to 'JLo Video Collection
By Sanath Weerasuriya
After a few weeks of silence, 'Original Music Competition' starts today as usual with Sony CDs, audios, gift vouchers and posters on offer to the readers of TV Times.

Popular Singer Jennifer Lopez comes as the star of this week's 'Original Music Competition', which is organised by M- Entertainment in collaboration with TV Times.

Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez was born in the Bronx, NY on July 24, 1970; after starting out in musical theatre as a child, at age 16 she made her film debut in the little-seen My Little Girl, but her career then stalled until she was tapped to become one of the dancing "Fly Girls" on the television sketch comedy series In Living Color.

A recurring role on the TV drama Second Chances followed before Lopez was thrust into - the limelight co-starring with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in the 1995 feature film Money Train; smaller roles in pictures including My Family/Mi Familia, .Jack and Blood and Wine followed before she landed the title role in 1997's Selena, portraying the slain Tejano singer. Co-starring opposite George Clooney in 1998's acclaimed out of light, Lopez (the product of a Puerto Rican family) became the highest-paid Latina actress in Hollywood history; the following summer, she returned to her musical roots with her debut pop album on the 6th, scoring a major hit with the infectious single "If You Had My love."

Lopez didn't waste time perfecting a sophomore effort, the appropriately titled J. Lo, which was issued in early 2001.

You can now get the Jennifer Lopez Video collection " Feelin' so good" available on an Original VCD and available for Rs.600/= only from M Entertainment preferred dealers and look out for more original VCDs of your favourite artistes.

All the 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.81 and send it to the address given below.

The address is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 81, C/o Maharaja Entertainments (Pvt.) Ltd., 330, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

Tell: + 941672425-8, Fax + 941699070. E Mail:

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.

The entries should reach the above address by October 29, 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. 77 . The winners of two Sony original CDs are Jaliya Kasun Hewagamage of Borelasgamuwa and Dilki Weerasena of Badulla.

Two audio cassette winners are B.S.W. Tayler of Nugegoda and Kaushaliya De Silva of Matara.

10% off gift Vouchers go to M.N. Lambert of Kurunegala, Anton Nilanga of Chilaw, Sudara Ranaweerasinghe of Malabe, Shahra Suhaid of Colombo 08, Mahesh Sampath Withara of Rugghawila and Safra Fouze of Kohuwela.

Posters winners are S.L.N. Navaratne of Colombo 10, Janith Jayasundra of Mabima, Champika Ruwanjith of Galle, Thilini Wijesinghe of Mt. Lavinia and Nuwan Samarasinghe of Mt. Lavinia.

Let's Freak Out for Christmas
By Sanath Weerasuriya
'Freak Out', the latest band formed by Sri Lankans in Germany, is gaining popularity in European circuits.

The band is a brainchild of Roy Atapattu and Nimal Perera, which started as a hobby band playing only during the weekends, but the success brought them back to the professional stage. Now they perform mainly in Switzerland but also in Germany, Holland and Austria. They are well known for their wide range of repertoire (from Louis Armstrong to Shakira) and the punchy sound which is handled by Roy Attapatu.

"The presentation of songs are fabulous and also each member gets a chance of showing their musical ability in appropriate songs. And also they have a very good repertoir of Sinhala songs as they perform for Sri-Lankans in Switzerland and Germany,'' said Asiri Gunawardena formerly with 'Chase' and the local representative of 'Freak Out'.

'Freak Out', comprises some of the top names in the music scene, including Nimal, Roy, Suzette Croner, Gordon Rossairo, Prasad Liyanage and Marcel Heffner.

Nimal Perera is an ex-member of 'Gypsies', 'Desmond and the Clan', and in Europe of 'Serendib' and 'Clan'. He is one of the best drummers and percussionists in the Lankan music scene. He sings Joe Cocker, Lionel Richie, Bon Jovi, Queen and ballads.

Roy was with Ayesha and the Dream Team and in Europe with 'Chase' and 'Indiana Jones'. He too is a percussionist and a good drummer.

Suzette Croner was with 'Friends'. She sings songs of Celin Dion, Shakira, Barbara Streisand, Toni Braxton, Tina Turner and Mariah Carey.

Gordon Rossairo is an ex-member of Flame, clan and he plays guitar for 'Freak Out'. Gordon sings songs of Louis Armstrong, Barry White, Bob Marlery and 'Third World'.

Prasad Liyanage is also a former member of 'Ayesha and Dream Team', 'Chase' and 'Live Band'. He sings 'Gypsie kings and the Rapper' in the present lineup.

Marcel Heffner is the only Swiss Musician in the band and plays keyboards. He is jazz musician, performed with African and Swiss bands.

The band 'Freak Out' will be in Colombo for the festive season.

Nimal says he loves to play in Sri Lanka after almost twenty years.

'Maris Fantasies 2002'
'Maris Fantasies 2002', a Dinner Dance organized by the Old Boy's Association (OBA) of Maris Stella College, Negombo will be held at October 26 at the King's Court, Trans Asia Hotel. The Bands 'Rajiv & the Clan' and 'Cosmic Rays' will be in attendance. The veteran DJ, Harpo Gooneratne will compere the event.

The above event being one of the prestigious events of the OBA calendar brings together a host of distinguished Old Boys and well wishers of the College every year. Total proceeds of the dance will be utilized for further developments of activities of Maris Stella College.

'Halloween Howl' at Le Garage
'Halloween Howl', another fun and scary night, will come alive at Le Garage on October 26.

'This years Halloween Night will be on a different theme. There will be Devils, Ghost with Halloween Ballet Girls. The spooky girls doing Fire Limbo would be another attraction at this night', said Rushdy Raheem, the Manager of Le Garage and F & B.

The Ghostly music will be provided by DJs of 'Master of Sound's and Yes Crew. The Lighting and sounds will also be provide by MOS.

Tickets are priced at Rs 500/= per male and the ladies can enjoy the free entrance to the spooky night party.

'There will be lots of surprises, thrills, competitions, games with weekend packages gift vouchers and gift packs for the revellers,' said Rushdy.

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