W. D. Amaradeva (Amaradewa)

Midi Songs of W. D. Amaradeva

Wannakuwatta Mitiwaduge Don Albert Perera  (born 5 December 1927) in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, is a Sri Lankan vocalist and musical composer. Primarily using traditional instruments like sitars, tablas and harmoniums, Amaradeva incorporates Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas in his work.
In the mid-1950s, Amaradeva in his Janagayana project consulted experts of the Kandyan dance tradition like Pani Bharata, Kiriganita, Gunamala, Ukkuva and Suramba in his path to understand what constituted Sinhala folk music. Noting that it mostly revolved around a single melody, he decided to add verses that would lead up to the central melody which would now be a chorus thus forming two parts (unseen earlier in traditional Sri Lankan music) removing restrictions that had existed earlier. In doing so, Amaradeva created a uniquely Sinhalese music style that stayed true to folk tradition while incorporating outside influences. His work was vital in the creation of the sarala gee genre practiced subsequently by artists like Victor Ratnayake, Sunil Edirisinghe and Sanath Nandasiri.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._D._Amaradeva

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Adawan U Denethin Galana

Victor Rathnayake

 MIDI Songs For Victor Rathnayake

Victor Ratnayake (Sinhala:වික්ටර් රත්නායක) (born 18 February 1942) is a popular Sri Lankan musician. He was the first Sri Lankan musician to hold a live one man concert; His concert known as "SA" was first performed in 1973, and was an instant success. Ratnayake credits his success to his "fitting blend of Western music with Ragadari classical music." [1] His songs deal with diverse themes that vary from love, to patriotism and Buddhism.

Matara Achchi is the first film he composed music for and it's Sandakada Pahana song sung by Sunil Edirisinghe is still very popular among Sinhala music fans. Ratnayake also has composed music for films like Siribo Aiya, Podi Malli, Sarungale, Hulawali and Athuru Mithuru.

Ratnayake was born in a small village near Kadugannawa. His father, Rathnayake Veda Mahaththaya, was an apothecary and sang "noorthi gee," a type of Sinhala folk songs. Victor got his first instrument at the age of nine when his father presented him a harmonium for his birthday. He studied singing and various instruments under musician Cyril Perera at the M.G.P. Institute in Mulgampola in his teens. In 1963, he began attending the State Music College, now known as the Institute of Aesthetic Studies. He wrote his first song, an ode to Lord Buddha, in 1964; it received play on radio stations run by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1966, Ratnayke joined the Ministry of Education as a music instructor, and was assigned to a post at Eththalapitiya Maha Vidyalaya in Bandarawela. He would later look back to his days as a teacher in his song "Sihil Sulang Ralle," which described the beauty of his surroundings that he noted as he travelled on the train to the school. The lyrics were penned by Sena Weerasekera on Ratnayake's recollections.

 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Ratnayake

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Andura Bindinata Rayak Dawalu 
Api okkoma rajawaru
Andura bindinnata rayak dawalu

Rookantha Gunathilaka

 MIDI Songs For Rookantha Gunathilaka

Rookantha Goonatillake (Sinhala:රුකාන්ත ගුණතිලක) (born 5 September 1959) is a popular Sri Lankan singer, songwriter and composer. Rookantha started his career as a solo singer in late 1980s. He frequently duets with his wife Chandralekha Perera.

Rookantha is one of the most successful musicians in Sri Lankan pop industry. His albums have sold around 10,000 copies in Sri Lanka. He known as the person who added latest electronics sounds in late 80's for his songs.

Rookantha Goonatillake was born in Kegalle to a middle-class family in Sri Lanka. From his young ages, Rookantha loved music. As a result, his parents sent him to a music teacher nearby to teach him to play the keyboards.

Rookantha once said in a radio interview that this teacher was not that friendly and punished him several times for not using correct fingers. Also, he found out that he is getting restricted to what the teacher wanted him to learn.

He learned music at his school, St. Anthony's College, Kandy from great musicians such as Stanley Peiris and Cyril Brown.

Soon, Rookantha gave up his music lessons, and started to play his very own songs, according to his way. By doing so, Rookantha had the opportunity to experiment with new songs.

Rookantha Goonatillake originally in 1976 pursued a career as a composer. In 1985 he found himself without a singer to provide the vocals on one of his compositions, "Bambara Pahasa." With a deadline hanging over him, Goonatillake provided the vocals himself beginning his career as a singer.

His song "DIGANTHAYE" featured in the "WORLD CHART SHOW" produced by RADIO EXPRESS in L.A during the late 90's. Rookantha has got awards as: BEST PLAYBACK SINGER OF THE YEAR 1994 ('Suwanda Danee' from film 'Saptha Kanya')and 1995 ('Siyumali Rosa Malee'from film 'Chitti' )

He recently appeared as one of the main judges in a reality talent show "SIRASA SUPER STAR" (American Idol concept) Rookantha's most recent album was named "MAIME INDAN" which was released on the 21st of August 2005 along with his wife Chandralekha's album named "MAGE ADARE",during their exclusive show, "RU SANDA RAE The Concert" at the famous BMICH in SriLanka.

Rookantha has released 5 albums.His first album was "AADARA REKHA" released in 1983. His second album "BAMBARA PAHASA" in 1988 and sold over 150,000 copies. His third album "DIGANTHAYE" in 1992 and sold over 100,000 copies. His fourth album "CHARUKA" in 1997 he is a very inersion actiing

 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rookantha_Gunathilake

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Anatha Maruthe Kunatu Sagare
Anganawoo, Geethe Gayuwa
Ape pothe liya nathi
As deka piyana nidaganna mata ba
Anatha Maruthe

Kasun Kalhara

Midi Songs of Kasun Kalhara Jayawardena

Kasun Kalhara was born in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka on June 17, 1982. His mother late Malini Bulathsinhala who was veteran vocalist and father H.M Jayawardena also a famous musician. He was a student of Premasiri Khemadasa also was a member of Khemadasa's opera orchestra.

His music career started with Indrachapa Liyanage in year 2000. at this time his mother was a big supporter to make his career and she was very proud about every steps of her son. once a newspaper interviewer was asking from her "what is the most memorable day in your life?" then she answered "The day Maestro Kemadasa hugged and wished my son Kasun Kalahara, following his first musical concert, That warm hug from Master Kemadasa guaranteed that Kasun had a genuine talent and a clear future".

Kasun has held couple of concerts very successfully collaborating with other artists such as "Kasun Kalhara Live in Concert", "Kasun Kalhara Unforgettable Live in Concert", "The Black Red White Concert"

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasun_Kalhara

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Adara Mal Wala Pata Kiyannada
Heenayaki Mata Adare (adaraniya wassane)
Ananthayata yana para dige


 MIDI Songs For  Gypsies

The band was formed in 1969 by Anton Perera, a confectioner at the Glucorasa company, composed of his five sons (Sunil, Nihal, Piyal, Nimal, Lal) - all of whom had recently completed high school. Lead singer Sunil Perera, schooled at St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa and St Peter's College, Colombo. Anton renovated a portion of his house on Galle Road (in Ratmalana) into a recording studio and began recording their first album. In the thirty years that followed, many changes have occurred in the group's membership that have led to the eight members present today. Sunil Perera and Piyal Perera are the two surviving members from the original line up.
Their early success was due to a series of 5 LPs they released in the 1970s (entitled Dance With the Gypsies). In the 1980s the group released their first audio cassette containing their novelty hit "Kurumitto" ("Dwarfs"), which is a cover version of Dutch musician Father Abraham's "The Smurf Song". With the arrival of CDs in Sri Lanka, they released their first CD Gypsies Gold containing 17 songs and following its success there, with two other CDs, Dance With the Gypsies and Singyore, both well received as well. The group has since released other CDs and continues to enjoy success. Sunil Perera and the Gypsies are world famous for their Sri Lankan baila music. The Gypsies have also successfully collaborated with other Sri Lankan stars like Desmond de Silva. They are also credited for having the first ever biala non stop medly. They are known for their hit song "I Don't Know Why" as well.
Their first performance out of Sri Lanka, as the resident band at the Delhi Taj for three months, was followed by successful tours in foreign countries where many Sri Lankans now reside, such as the UK, Singapore, U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
They are a highly paid band in Sri Lanka, since they constantly perform at parties, dances and perform at many sold-out concerts.
The long standing female vocalist of the group, Coreen Almeida, and Sharon Nesaduray, better known as "Lulu", have left the group. Radhika Rajavellu is the latest addition to the band after the departure of their well known female vocalist Ginger (Judith White).

 Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gypsies_(Sri_Lankan_band)
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Amathaka Karanna epa

Clarence Wijewardana

MIDI Songs For  Clarence Wijewardana

Clarence Wijewardana (August 3, 1943 – December 13, 1996) was a Sri Lankan musician who pioneered the use of electric guitar in Sinhala music. He is said to have revolutionized Sri Lankan music in the 1960s and is often named as the father of Sri Lankan pop music - having influenced performers in ranging from W D Amaradewa, Premasiri Kemadasa to Athula Adhikari. His music is often characterized by simple melodies built around a melody that features the electric guitar - this style may be best illustrated by the song Malata Bambaraku S..

 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Wijewardena

Andura ira sanda nagi me yame
Andura Ira sanda nagi (2)
Adareta kiyana kath bolanda unata
Ala dola piruna kumbura saru una

Gunadasa Kapuge

 MIDI Songs For Gunadasa Kapuge

Gunadasa Kapuge (August 7, 1945 – April 3, 2003) was a legendary Sri Lankan musician. He was well known among Sri Lankans due to the philosophical background of his music renditions and lyrics selected for his work. Kapuge's one man show called "Kampana" was a historical advent of the Sinhala music industry.

Kapuge was born on August 7, 1945 either in the village of Miriswatte in the Galle district or in the tiny village of Thanabaddegama in Elpitiya. Being the second of eight siblings, he attended Karandeniya Central College up to grade five and the latter part at Dharmasoka College in Ambalangoda, where he initially studied science before switching to music. In 1963, he left Haywood college of music, where he was studying at that time, to follow a degree course in India. In late 1960, Kapuge joined the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and in 1969 he worked as an operational assistant and in 1975 started out as a programme producer. In 1981 he was appointed in charge of the music section of the Rajarata Sevaya and later on promoted to the position of the controller of the station. Rajarata Sevaya is one of the provincial radio stations of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He later married Prema Withanage in 1978.

 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunadasa_Kapuge

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Ahasa usata naga giyata