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Sri Lanka – The Golden Era Of Sinhalese And Tamil Folk-Pop Music


2LP, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM, Black Vinyl

Pozostało tylko: 1

SKU: 0742832756808 Kategorie: , Tagi: ,
numer katalogowy: AKULP1003

Podczas gdy muzyczne dziedzictwo Indii i Pakistanu wzbudziło już zainteresowanie wśród zagranicznych odbiorców, Sri Lanka nadal była jednym z rzadkich krajów Azji Południowej, których ludowa muzyka z lat 60.-70. nie została jeszcze opracowana za granicą. Ta luka ma być teraz wypełniona.


Z dumą prezentujemy podwójne wydawnictwo Złotej Ery Sinhalese i Tamilskiej pop-muzyki ludowej.


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While India and Pakistan’s respective musical heritage had already aroused interest among foreign audiences, Sri Lanka still remained one of the rare South Asian countries whose folk-pop music from the 1960-70s had not yet been compiled abroad. This gap is now to be filled with Sri Lanka. The Golden Era of Sinhalese and Tamil Folk-Pop Music. This double compilation is conceived as a panorama presenting the diversity of Sri Lankan musical styles between 1967 and 1979 through 30 titles. It comes along with a booklet depicting the country’s historical, cultural and musical context.


As a deeply multicultural society, largely based on religious affiliations (Buddhist Sinhalese, Hindus Tamils as well as Muslim and Christian minorities) Sri Lanka possesses a great variety of musical traditions and influences which have been shaped by centuries of regional and international exchanges. If Sri Lankan music is undeniably part of South Asian musical culture, its heritage is also a product of almost five centuries of European imperialism.


Coming from an original form of creolization, as defined by Edouard Glissant, the Baila bears the trace of both the African diaspora and the Iberian influences on the country. The Kaffirs – African slaves deported by the Portuguese – introduced African sounds while the Portuguese brought their musical traditions and instruments (cavaquinho, mandolin, violin, tambourines). The baila, which is reminiscent of Caribbean calypso, became the ultimate popular music and dance, performed on every festive occasion. Although much more recent but similarly popular, the sarala gee (also called light classical music) is a combination of Indian inspired music, either classical or close to Bollywood productions, with Sinhalese lyrics and a slight pop accent.


In the early 1960s, the country’s musical scene was very dynamic, partly under the influence of the music label Sooriya Records. Its founder Gerald Wickremesooriya was determined to put into light proper Sri Lankan music in opposition to poor copies of standards of the times. He then invented the « new sound of Ceylonese pop » with the help of a few composers, musicians and singers. Very quickly, the label’s hits came one after another. They were performed during concerts organized by the label, the “Sooriya Shows”, or broadcasted on Radio Ceylon, which remained the number one radio for a long time. Sooriya Records’ catalogue reflected the diversity of Sri Lankan musical styles of the times: Anglo-Saxon influenced Sinhalese pop stood next to the baila or the sarala gee. Traditional instrumental music, characterized by large drum ensembles called hevisi, or even nurthy music originating from theatrical tradition, were also edited by the label.


This mosaic of musical styles is to be found in Sri Lanka. The Golden Era of Sinhalese and Tamil Folk-Pop Music. This selection, which is mainly constituted of titles from Sooriya Records’ catalogue, presents the most popular artists of the times: virtuoso sitar and violin player Pandit Amaradeva, singer Indrani Perera, Paul Fernando and his lively baila rhythms, the psychedelic touch of Tamil producer Paramesh, or even the Sinhalese pop of both Clarence Wijewardena and the Golden Chimes and Baby Shiromi.


Includes a 24-page booklet, maxi postcard and download code.


Artwork – Cheb Gero

Liner Notes, Research – Marie-Emilie Lorenzi

Mastered By – Jean-Pierre Bameulle

Producer – Fabrice Gery

Translated By – Therese Perera

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33 1/3 RPM


140 GRAM / 12"

Includes download co





Sri Lanka (The Golden Era Of Sinhalese And Tamil Folk-Pop Music) [LP 12″]

  • A 1. Egoda Gode – Paul Fernando00:03:15
  • A 2. Soken Pala Ne – W.D. Amaradeva00:02:54
  • A 3. Gamen Liyumak – Clarence Wijewardena00:03:36
  • A 4. Naan Unnai Thedum – M.P. Paramesh00:02:59
  • A 5. Instrumental Baila Medley – The Fortunes00:03:12
  • A 6. Netha Giya Hematanae – Sanath & Malkanthi Nandasiri00:03:17
  • A 7. Kaffiringha – A. E. Manoharan00:05:34
  • A 8. Ceremonial Drums – Pani Bharatha & Party00:02:58
  • B 1. Jeevithe Vasanthaye – Mignonne & The Jetliners00:02:46
  • B 2. Anbil Valarnthai – Shan00:02:43
  • B 3. Pinna Mal – Amitha Dalugama00:02:50
  • B 4. Mama Bohoma Bayauna – Maxwell Mendis00:02:49
  • B 5. Vairodi Wannama – Police Reserve Hewisi Band00:02:36
  • B 6. Handa Haami – Shiromi Fernando00:03:04
  • B 7. Goyam Gee – Wimala Amaradeva00:04:03

Sri Lanka (The Golden Era Of Sinhalese And Tamil Folk-Pop Music) [LP 12″]

  • C 1. Eka Dawasak – Indrani Perera00:03:21
  • C 2. Mindada Heesara – W.D. Amaradeva00:03:03
  • C 3. Roshi – Winslow Six00:03:17
  • C 4. Sigiriya – The Moonstones & Indrani Perera00:02:34
  • C 5. Deepa Tupe Vihare – Sanath Nandasiri00:02:57
  • C 6. Drum Orchestra – Sidasi Turya Vadakayo00:03:32
  • C 7. Gavaskar The Century Maker – Nalino Nel00:02:42
  • C 8. Bolanda Katha – Los Flamincos00:02:44
  • D 1. Sinidu Sudu Muthu – W.D. Amaradeva00:06:42
  • D 2. Malli – Lilanthi Karunanayake00:03:06
  • D 3. City Of Colombo – Claude And The Sensations With Noeline Mendis00:03:11
  • D 4. Durakathanaya – H.R. Jothipala00:03:04
  • D 5. Amma – Indrani Perera00:02:57
  • D 6. Kimada Naave – The Golden Chimes00:03:06
  • D 7. Perakumba Davasa – Victor Ratnayake00:03:03

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