TV Times & Entertainment


Local rock flavour for Irish air
Two of Sri Lanka's most popular and highly reputed rock bands 'Independent Square' and 'Stigmata' plan to take the Irish atmosphere at Clancy's to a new dimension.

The sounds of solid rock music will come alive at Clancy's on August 21 (pre-poyaday) from 8.30 p.m.

Independent Square has released their debut album Bring Back The Sun, a music video, and the boys are in the process of completing work on their follow up album 'Five and Half' which will treat audiences to the best of their cover versions as well as their original music. Their song 'Anger', 'Ego Centric' and 'Poison' are very popular among local rock audiences.

The band had taken a short break in order to prepare for their new album and now is ready to strum some chords for their fans. The line up consists of Anil, O.P. Niroshan, Sunil and Malinda.

The other band has been in full swing since last October playing gigs in numerous venues in Colombo. 'Stigmata' some would say the only hard rock/metal band in the country. Stigmata's original songs such as 'Voices', 'Hollow Dreams' and 'Stigmatized' are only a fraction of their own music fans will be hearing.

Their covers cross a wide segment of music from Black Sabbath to Deep Purple to 'System of a Down' and everything in between.

So buckle up and get ready to rock and roll with these two monster rockers on Wednesday of August 21 at Clancy's.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 200/- per head and will be available at the gate.

'Bless 'em all'
Bishop's College at the end of 126 years will joyfully celebrate a landmark in its history with a staged production representing every age and class in the school with a concert appropriately titled "Bless 'em all".

Mary Anne David, chorus director has carefully selected and sequenced an exciting array of music to ensure that this concert is not just another "hotch-potch" of assorted and oft repeated tunes slapped together.

"Bless 'em all" which appears on the boards from September 12 to 15 will have a condensed version of "Mary Poppins" with most of its well known songs included. This would be rounded off with a fast moving revue of the most popular melodies from over half a dozen Broadway Musicals. Audiences, who are young in heart, will be taken on a trip to the Shirley Temple era and of course which child would not warm to the evergreen songs of Disney. The producers will concentrate on making this a slick non-stop presentation.

Oosha Saravanamuttu, synonymous with good dancing, will handle the choreography and will weave movement and dance from the age of the Charleston through Rock and Roll to modern jazz.

Beatrice Devasagayam will be co-ordinating the various functions of this massive production.

Costumes have been designed to dazzle and with over 250 children bringing the magic of music through sight and sound and Colombo theatregoers are invited to "Bless 'em all".

Highlights of music show
Bonsoir this week brings the key moments of the "Fete de la musique 2002" which remains one of the best concerts to have ever taken place in Colombo.
The Fete de la musique first began in France a little more than 20 years ago. It celebrates the first day of summer and is mainly a day for music lovers. Anyone can step unto the streets and sing, dance or play a musical instrument.

This year, the 'Fete de la musique' came to Sri Lanka under the form of an unforgettable concert at the Galle Face Hotel.

Some of the key artistes of the country paid tribute to Pundit Amaradeva.

This was followed by a classical piano concert by French pianist Naomie Jeanroy. And finally, the public relaxed and danced all night long with Wild Fire. So if you were one of the unlucky ones to miss the concert, do not fail to switch on the television station on Monday, August 19 @ 8.30 p.m. on ITN.

This programme is produced by Sumaya Samarasinghe and narrated by Aminta Paiva.

'Danger Zone' at Taj
'Danger Zone'a two piece Filipino band is now in action at the Mix, the lobby bar of the Taj Samudra every day of the week other than Friday.

The popular band Wild Fire makes the appearance on Fridays. Also DJ plays during the breaks.

'Danger Zone' comprises guitarist Alex Orada and lively female singer Mediatrix G. Paeste, popularly known as 'Daya'.

Alex is the leader and the guitarist of the duo. He's been performing professionally for more than 20 years now. Apart from guitar Alex also plays the keyboard and is the man behind the synthesizer. Alex started playing the electric guitar when he was in early teens and has mastered the guitar very well. Likewise he is gifted with an excellent singing voice.

Daya as she is called is a very pleasant girl with a wide repertoire. She has been singing since she was 12 years old.

Her repertoire is flexible ranging from jazz to evergreens to commercial pop and current hits.

Also a 30-minute clothes show choreographed and presented by Arena, comes under light at the Mix twice a month featuring six female and two male models.

The show will take place every Friday and Saturday fortnightly. The next planned show dates are Saturday August 31, September 14 and 21

'Carnival of Music 2002
A musical extravaganza with a difference featuring some of the top names like 'In Harmony'. 'Stigmata' and 'Kreb's Cycle', will come alive at the St. Peter's College Quadrangle on August 31.

The show is organised by the Prefects Body of St. Peter's College and the proceeds will be channelled to the 'Archbishop's fund for a new children's ward at Cancer Hospital Maharagama'.

Within the past decade the 'Prefect's Body' has organized a number of successful musical shows. Namely 'Mega Beat' in 1991, 'Tera Beat' in 1994, 'Starlight' in 1996 'Carnival Of Music' 97, 99 and 2000, November Rain 2001. All profits were utilized to fund a number of development projects in aid of the college.

"The idea of donating all proceeds towards this worthy cause has twofold reasons. One is of course the desire to make the ardent wish of Archbishop Emeritus come true. The other is a very sentimental reason, said Shanil Perera, Head Prefect and the head of the project. The way back in 1999, when we were in Year 11 one of our friends, Lasantha was a victim of the deadly disease Leukaemia. We used to visit him often at the Children's Ward in the Cancer Hospital. Lasantha never recovered, he passed away. Memories of the pain and agony experienced by Lasantha remained in our hearts and minds. Therefore we unanimously decided to donate all proceeds to help Children suffering from cancer," explained Shanil.

"Carnival of Music - 2002 scheduled for August 31 from 6.45 p.m. onwards will feature bands such as 'In Harmony' which will cater to the older folks as they will be playing golden oldies from the 60's, 70's, 80's. 'Stigmata' and 'Kreb's Cycle' will entertain the young ones.

Apart from live band a discotheque will be in function with 'Sound EFX DJs'.

In addition there will also be many trade stalls and games of skill and also computer games for the young intellectuals.

Your presence will also serve a double purpose while enjoying yourselves., you will also be giving life to many unknown young people who have given up all hope for life,' said the 'Prefect's Body of St. Peter's College'.


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