‘Ridma Plus’ from Chaminda
Chaminda Livera, a popular Sri Lankan musician
residing in France will give his first stage performance in Sri
Lanka on August 12 at 3.00p.m. at the Elphinstone Theatre in Colombo.
The show titled ‘Ridma Plus’ will
have Chaminda performing mainly Sinhala songs and a few English
songs, all of which are of western rhythm and are a mix of rock
and roll, reggae, African music etc. They are also all original
compositions by Chaminda which have already become popular among
his fans in Paris.
An old boy of Maris Stella College. Negombo, Chaminda
had his initial training in music at the Don Bosco youth centre
and along with being the main vocalist in his band he also plays
drums, guitar and keyboards. His earliest inspiration to become
a singer came from his maternal grandmother who was musically oriented,
"I play at shows in France regularly and
have also played in Germany and England. Soon I hope to play in
Italy and Cyprus," said Chaminda who has his own band in Paris.
His band is also backed several local singers and dancers when they
performed in Paris.
However for his show in Sri Lanka, expect for
two dancers, the others will be his old friends in Sri Lanka who
formed part of a band before he migrated to France 18 years ago.
They include Manjula Moonasinghe,(head of band-keyboards), Leader,
Chandana Boteju and Ajith Gamaarachchi.
Chaminda had his first exposure to the Sri Lankan
audience when his song "Hinahee, Nelavee" reached third
place on the "Rasa Risi Gee" chart and stayed there for
several weeks. This music clip was made in Paris and Chaminda was
surprised when a guest at a wedding he attended recently recognized
him from his music video and inquired when he was hoping to release
"I have made another music video and hope
to release it soon." he said.
Among Chamnida's fans in Paris are not only Sri
Lankan but also many French people. The chorus of one of his songs
is sung in French as well.
So music fans if you want to have a really different
musical experience, here is the chance to experience it on August
12 at the Elphinstone Theatre in Colombo.