blending of two cultures
Ranga and Sum Pic by Athula Devapriya
Afusion of two
different cultures, a blend of two different styles of music, jazz
and hip-hop...one album.
will team up with a group of people from the band Zardas and come
together as one production team to release an album, which will
be produced by Ranga Dassanayake of Hit Factory.
and Bertram Charles are no strangers to the music scene, already
having made their mark here in Sri Lanka. CharlesMark's past achievements
include making inroads into the Sun FM Top 40. Having put out singles
in the past, releasing an album will be a first for them.
Zardas, a band
based in New Zealand is an exciting new ensemble combining violin,
guitar, bass and drums who, during the past few months jazzed up
the nights of Sri Lanka. This album would not be a first for them
as they have launched albums that have proved to be successful.
saw Zardas on television and I thought it was really cool how they
mixed Sinhala music," said Rukshan Lokuge of CharlesMark. He
went on to say that Zardas had something different and an unique
flavour that deserved to be brought out and highlighted. "It
was also clear that they were the best group of people for live
recordings." Thereafter, Rukshan approached them with the idea
of coming together and releasing an album and they agreed to team
up with CharlesMark and form a band dedicated to the project.
album will be a step further from the concert we had at Tower Hall,"
says Sri Lankan born Sum Samaraweera, a member of Zardas. Having
really liked the idea and seeing how high the producing standards
were, they were all quite eager to be a part of it. "They were
also the best people to work with for such a project."
They have already
started working on the album, which is yet to be named. Consisting
of original tracks, the majority in Sinhala while a few are to be
in English, the album promises to be a blend of hip-hop and jazz,
combining Sri Lankan traditional tunes to it. The influence of the
two cultures that are fused together for this album will spice it
all up. The recording is scheduled to start middle of this year
when the others fly back to Sri Lanka from New Zealand. They hope
to complete it and launch it by the end of the year, both here in
Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
not expecting any money from this, we also hope that we don't lose
any," said Sum. "We are all looking forward to this project
and pretty excited about it," they say with their eyes twinkling.
"Launching this album is a step to take music out of Sri Lanka
and show the world what we are capable of."
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