Bob Marley is a trishaw God here. The most popular international non-prophet in Sri Lanka would probably be him or Che Guevara. Right now, Che Guevara seems to be winning (judging by trishaw art) but Bob Marley is much better IMHO, having not killed people or run prison camps. Anyways, since he died his sons have been carrying on the reggae/rastafari tradition, including one Julian Marley, who will be gracing our shores this Sunday.
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It’s not quite Gangnam Style, but this video by Sister Deborah (her friends call her Derby) is pretty amazing. This is a song about Uncle Obama and his bananas, and her monkey. It’s an entertaining and simple song from the Ghanian artist, briefly featuring the FOKN Bois, whose own video Sexin Islamic Girls is pretty bananarotic.
I just saw this music video by Macklemore, produced by Ryan Lewis. Both the music and video are really engaging and well produced, and deep and honest and true. It’s in support of the Music For Equality campaign, as the right of gay people to marry is spreading across the US. People all over the world are still struggling for the right to be gay at all, but marriage is an integral part of preserving families and relationships. I only hope that this, one of the last civil rights struggles, reaches Sri Lanka soon.
Sri Lanka has a lot of entertainment personalities become politicians but few that went the other way. Mervyn Silva excluded, I guess. One politician that became a singer is MP Dayasiri Jayasekera. I’ve heard him speak and he seems like a capable lawyer and MP (UNP), and he’s also a pretty good singer, coming second place on the Mega Star show (bit of an odd ending, he probably should have been first). Above is his first music video, Sansare, via Lanka Help Magazine, via Kottu.
‘I Want Fakht You’ means I want just you in Hindi, but it obviously comes across differently in English. It’s from the movie Joker, which apparently is quite odd and interesting. The video alone is priceless, especially at the end where a whole village is singing ‘Fakht You’.
Sri Lanka has a lot of popular exports, tea, cinnamon, MIA,
Raj Rajaratnam. Another one, which I hadn’t heard of till Rohan De Livera sent me a link, is that Sri Lankan origin singer Siva Kaneswaran is blowing up with his boy band The Wanted. Which is meh. Just another in the continuing line of miscegenation between Eurotrash house music and R&B/Hip-Hop. I’ve embedded above but they suck. Apparently popular. Another Sri Lankan making it abroad is Nayomi Andibuduge, contestent for Miss Italia.
The Colombo Music Festival kicked off last night and it’s kicked in today. It took forever, but I made all the shows into events on YAMU, so you can get the prices and times and add to your Google Calendar or whatever. They’re all indexed here. Highlights are the conversion of spaces – there’ll be music at the Sivan Kovil in Kotahena, National Museum in Colombo 7, and Dutch Hospital in Fort. There’s also a crazy electric violin and drums concert at Waters Edge, among many many other things.
The Pettah Interchange concert in the Gaffoor Building was one of best shows I’ve been to in Colombo. Picture, if you will, the scene. The Gaffoor Building is a triangular colonial edifice that points to the Colombo Port. It is one of the more iconic and beautiful spots in the CMB (check out the 24-hour Harbour Stop restaurant) but it was also severely neglected during the war. They even made part of it a parking lot. As in, paved over paradise, you know. Last weekend, however, artists from all over reclaimed the space and Colombars retook the space again.
This is the greatest music video, perhaps ever. Well, I dunno, I still like Take On Me. This video by South Korean rapper PSY is still pretty amazing. The title refers to Gangam, a posh section of Seoul, but beyond that it’s general madness. I especially like how they’re bringing figurative dance back. It’s hilarious and awesome, and also intentional. Great stuff.
Border Movement, a new South Asian collabo, has a great write-up on the electronic music scene in Sri Lanka. They say Colombo, but it really runs from Unawatuna to Hikkaduwa on up. In the review Dr. Tetsu Denzil Perera II (great name) covers everything, from the Offshore Life parties to DJ Shiyam to the younger DJs like Asvajit. He’s obviously been around and it’s quite comprehensive.