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Colombo Music Festival: Woodstock of Sri Lanka

By Sanath Weerasuriya

The biggest ever musical happening in the South Asian region, Colombo Music Festival will come alive in the city of Colombo from 23 August for four days. This will be the latest addition to the Jaffna Music Festival held in Jaffana last year and the recently concluded Galle Music Festival. Colombo Music Festival will come alive

‘Senses and Soul, Colombo Music Festival 2012’ will commence with an opening Ceremony on August 23rd and continue full swing from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm from the 24th to the 26th August at 16 different locations in Colombo with the participation of over 100 artistes from 17 countries.

“It is fast gathering momentum behind the scenes and you may be assured that this Festival, the first ever of its kind to be held in the region, promises to deliver a superlative show worthy of the effort that is being put into the making of an overwhelmingly successful Event”, said Haadia Galely, Founder and Director, Mantra Moods; Founder and Event Director, Senses and Soul, Colombo Music Festival.

Artistes who have confirmed their participation to date include the Colombo Percussion Trio comprising Ravi Bandu, Mantra Folk Music Ensemble, Ashanthi, Rukshan Perera, Kumar De Silva, Sureka Amarasinghe, Shanelle Fernando, Noeline, Leon Michael Wijeysooriya, Tilanka Jayamanne, Ashane Bernard, Dinali David, Rcky Bahar, Shyanne Bahar, Rajitha Rupasinghe of Misty fame, Triloka, Billy Fernando, Iraj, Chinthy, Umariya, Rukshan Mark, Yashan, BnS, Battery, Stigmata, Paranoid Earthling, Tantrumental, Voice Print, Krishan Maheson, Hemapala Perera, Karunaratna Kiriwantuduwa, Chanaka Peiris and Shaman Ranaweera, while foreign artistes confirmed are Hari Prased Chaurisia, Niladri Kumar, R.K. Bikramjit Singh, The House Jacks, Pipa Wilson, Cathy Menzes, Thomas Caplin, Arjun, LA French Connection, Eugene Draw and Moon Baziz.

Sri Lankan Expat Musicians along with Taniya Ekanayake, Dylan Lye, Alston Koch, Hassan Mussafer and Riza Deen are billed to take part in this mega event.

One of the biggies happening at this inaugural festival is the presence of 4 giants in the music/ recording industry namely Sony BMG, Universal, World Wide Records and ‘The Fridge Dubai.
Sony BMG is a global recording music company which includes a vast spectrum of US as well as international artistes and is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre. Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music content company with market leading positions in recorded music, music publishing and merchandising.

Apart from Waters Edge which will be Event venue / Festival Village, other event venues confirmed are Galle Face Green, The Lionel Wendt where the Finals of ‘Spirit’ the Music Competition produced for the Festival by the David Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) will be staged.

Application forms for the ‘Spirit’ competition are being posted on the website as well as through the media. This competition is expected to bring in participants from across the country to compete at the Grand Finale in Colombo. Galle Face Green is tipped to be the official ‘Youth Park’, whilst The National Museum, MR Nelum Pokuna, Taj Samudra, Hotel Galadari, Sivan Kovil, Park Street Mews, Dutch Hospital and the Jet Liner as well as several other unusual locations.

The Artistic Directors to the Festival include renowned musicians of the caliber of Ravi Bandu Vidiyapathi - World Music / Fusion, Arunthathy Sri Rengananthan - Oriental / Folk / World Music, Rukshan Perera - Jazz, Melanth Perera / Noeline Honter - Pop, Selvi Sachithananthan - ‘Pranaam’, (Sivan Kovil); Pabalu Wijegooneawardene - ‘Fringe Pranaam’ (Sivan Kovil), Andre & Dinali David - “Spirit” the Music Competition; Sanjeev Jayaratnam and Priyan de Livera - Closing Ceremony and Choral, Mariazelle Gunatilleke - Country & Western, Nikki Marzook - Hip Hop / R&B / Rap / Rock, “The Colombo Music Festival will also serve as an opportunity to link with fans and friends of times before, whilst also being an inspiration for young and upcoming musicians.

Besides the activities planned for the ‘Festival Village’ there will be parallel fringe Events as well, all of which are up for sponsorship. For Inquiries 0722369400

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