In happenings, there’s a launch party for Anil Balasuriya’s new album, ‘The Last Few Pieces of April’. It’s this Saturday 8ish at Onyx (in the Taj). Album plus entry is Rs 500, which is actually less than the usual penis tax at the door. I wasn’t around when Independant Square was, but local original music is rare enough that I’ll definitely check it out. I think Sri Lankans look a bit silly as death metal rockers or gangster rappers, but the rock music doesn’t make me cringe. Anyways, I don’t know Anil Balasuriya or Independent Square, but I’ve included a list of the local music I’ve been listening to in order to, um, fill space.
I was buying some One Tree Hill in Majestic City when I heard this playing. I was talking to the clerk and he said a lot of people liked the Chinthy album and I too bought a copy. I think the beats and composition are excellent, really clean and brilliant. Like all Sri Lankan rap, however, I cringe when they rap in English. It’s like they’ve taken all the offensive and crude parts of American rap and none of the creativity or wit. Plus Chinthy sounds like Mase with a cold, I actually don’t like his voice much and I don’t listen to the album much anymore.
Bathiya and Santhush
Akki Suranimala bought the newer album and was apparently playing it non stop. I like the one before better, with the phallic album cover with B&S sitting on two giant balls. They’re both good, the singing is very catchy. Again, the rapping annoys the shit out of me and makes me embarrassed to play those songs for anyone else. Hearing ‘slap the taste out your mouth’ from a skinny 5-foot Sri Lankan is just silly. But I digress, I really like B&S and it’s great that they’ve had the success they had.
Brass Monkey Band
BMB had one of the worst promoted shows I’ve seen last week at H2O, with their new Swinly replacement. Few photos here. Their last two shows have been a bit disappointing, though for lack of organization much more than talent. I’ve actually never been crazy about the music, but the shows were always fun. Meh.
I’ve never heard this Sirasa Superstar sing, but I see him everywhere – Mobitel ads, back of buses, etc. He’s Sri Lanka’s first bonafide sex symbol and that’s cool.
And that is all the SL music I listen to, besides Nanda Malini and whatever they play on the bus. As mentioned, there’s an Anil Balasuriya concert on Saturday so I’ll be there to see what the new has to offer, like.