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Absence of Color at 'The Boom'
"Look with your heart, not with your eyes, the Absence of Color." These are the words that cut to the heart of this supremely talented group. With a knack for incorporating everything from pop and R&B to blues, gospel and reggae into their distinctive sound, AOC are adamant to defy stereotypes. "It's not about color, it's about the music," says the guitarist Stephan "Pfun Pfun" Perry. "If you take color out, then all you have left is the music.

This Seven Member Group will perform at the newly refurbished Club, 'THE BOOM', (formerly known as Colombo 2000) at 'Galadari Hotel', commencing Friday, December 13 right through until mid February 2003.

Fronted by the Jackson twins, Scharod "Danger" and Scharodrick "Preach" as well as Terrence "Toyy" Murphy, the AOC sound is at once contemporary and reminiscent of their musical roots. The Jackson twins bring to the table a strong tradition of gospel music foundations with deep, strong voices honed over many years of performing in church. Toyy, grounded in gospel traditions as well, provides smooth soul vocals along with the best of contemporary pop and Hip Hop. Meanwhile, Pfun Pfun delivers consistent rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocal support, and stunning Hendrixlike solos, and Nate "Almighty" Johnson serves as the group's musical foundation, holding it all together on keyboards and rapping occasionally.

Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, AOC's musical career has evolved into a global sound from several years of touring in Europe and Asia. Performing in night clubs, crooning other artist's songs night after night was an "eye-opening and beneficial experience" for the group.

The experience has clearly paid off, as the group easily effuses a comfortable rapport with audiences. AOC's performances include high-energy dance routines, which are further electrifying due to the natural synergy between the twins. "On stage our personalities are the same," says Preach, born three minutes after 'Danger'. "We don't have to communicate and we end up doing the same thing."

True to their name, they don't plan to limit themselves to any one style. "We've been doing this for so long and have travelled so many places," says Danger. Our goal is to translate those experiences in our music, which we hope will be something unique that the whole world can share."

Canadian born songstress, Quisha Wint, who will join AOC for the New Year's EVE bash at the 'Boom'.

Six nights a week with the exception of Monday, 'THE BOOM' will be open from 10.00 pm onwards and ironically the music scene locally which was devoid of color until now will boom to the sounds of 'Absence of Color'.

AOC is brought down by 'Arena,' the lifestyle store.

MTV ties-up with Radaan TV
One of Indian Tamil Screen's popular television series 'Chithi' will be telecast at 8.30 pm daily on Shakthi TV.

This will be the first project after Maharajah Televison enters a joint venture with India's Radaan Media works.

This was revealed by Maharajah Group Director Mano Wickramanayake at a glittering extravaganza held at the Taj Samudra Hotel last week to mark the fourth anniversary of Shakthi TV in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Radhika Radha, daughter of the legendary and the famous Tamil Film Actor, Nadigavel M.R. Radha, is the creative head of this company and also plays the lead role in 'Chithi'.

Mr. Wickramanayake said the purpose of the joint venture is to share expertise of both companies to produce programmes shows and TV serials acceptable to all the Maharajah channels. Immediate plans are afoot to produce a mega teleserial for Sirasa TV, the Sinhalese Channel of the group.

Raju Radha, is the director of Radaan Media works limited, and the international operations of the company come directly under his purview.

He will therefore oversee all operations in Sri Lanka.

'Silvery Echoes'
'Silvery Echoes', a musical evening organised by the Convent of Our Lady of Victories Moratuwa will come alive at the School Hall today.

'Silvery Echoes' will be a presentation of talents by past students.

The popular band Super Pink and Purple will add more colour to this entertainment.

The chiefguest will be Mrs. Srimanie Ranasinghe a past school captain and a professional music teacher in London.

There will be a wide range of performances including songs, dances (Western and Eastern) and instrumental items catering to both young and old.

Bonsoir on kids
Bonsoir this week will be taking the viewers into the world of children. It will show how in France, teenagers take special courses on how to baby-sit infants, how premature babies are taken care of by their mothers who use a brand new method called "the kangaroo method" and how being a foster parent can help drastically change the life of a child.

In Sri Lanka, childless couples have now a better chance of starting a family. All this and a lot more on Bonsoir.Presented by Aminta Paiva and produced Sumaya Samarasinghe

Bonsoir at 9.30pm on Channel Eye on December, 9.

Sebs X'mas carols
A one-hour Sing-along Christmas Carol Service, organised by the Old Boy's Association of St. Sebastian's College will come alive at Ranmal Holiday Resort, Moratuwa on December 18 at 7.30 pm.

Some of the popular artistes in the local showbiz scene namely Sunil, Piyal, and Rajeev Sebastian will participate at this event.

According to the organisers, it is anticipated that distinguished Old Boys of the College with their families numbering over 500 would participate at this function.
The Carol Service will be followed by a joyful family get-together with dinner and music by old Sebs like Rajive and Sunil

S. Thomas' - Resonance FM
The Radio Club of S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia will host a radio station namely 'Resonance FM' from the December 6 to 12, on 96.1 FM.

This transmission would include all the latest hits as well as the best of the past from 6.00 am to 12.00 mid night all days.

The following programme will feature on Resonance FM. Resonate - with music that gets you going, Perspective - something to think about, Melting point - a pop music show, Crunch & Munch - music for your taste buds, Classics - a blast from the past, loops - mixing trix, Cruising - hip and hop to the Rhythm & Blues, Dusker - the request show, Countdown - ticking on to the top, Six feet high - will rock you to the X-treme, Ace of Hearts - let the music heal your soul and End of the Road - Dance into the night.

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