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Clarence Wijewardena

Clarence Wijewardena

Clarence Wijewardena


Clarence Wijewardena Background information BornAugust 3, 1943 OriginHaputhale, Sri Lanka DiedDecember 13, 1996 (aged 53) GenresPlayback singing, Sri Lankan music OccupationsSinger–songwriter, guitarist, record producer Years active1965–1996 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 Read more on Last.fm
Clarence Wijewardena Background information BornAugust 3, 1943 OriginHaputhale, Sri Lanka DiedDecember 13, 1996 (aged 53) GenresPlayback singing, Sri Lankan music OccupationsSinger–songwriter, guitarist, record producer Years active1965–1996 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 Se (Translated: Like a Bee To a Flower). Biography Early life Clarence Wijewardena was born on August 3, 1943, in Haputale, Sri Lanka, to an estate medical doctor. His family moved to Batugedara, Ratnapura in 1964, where Wijewardena eloped with the daughter of a local landlord, and abandoned a budding planting career to pursue music full time. Moonstones Wijewardena formed the Moonstones at the age of 21 with Annesley Malewana as lead vocalist.

Managed by a leading advertising icon, Sri Sangabo Corea, the group recorded several songs to be aired on the Saturday Star program in 1966. The young musicians were mentored by Sri Sangabo Corea together with veteran Radio Ceylon/SLBC broadcasters Vernon Corea and Vijaya Corea. Their 1968 debut EP Mango Nanda was released on the JVPC007 Philips label selling up to 5000 copies. It included the songs "Mango Nanda," "Ruwan Puraya," "Seetha Ude" and "Menike." The sophomore release More Hits by the Moonstones came out November that year on the Sooriya label and included the hits "Kalu Mama", "Rosa male", "Ramani" and "Goyam Kapanawa." "Mango Nanda" was selected the best Sinhala song by the Hit Parade program on Radio Ceylon.

In 1969 the Moonstones welcomed female vocalist Indrani Perera who sang lead on the best selling "Dilhani." Wijewardena himself only sang lead on "Dileepa Podi Puthu," an adaptation of a poem written by Karunarathne Abesekara to his son. During the 'Moonstones' era, Clarence Wijewardena who performed as a composer and music director, became a singer. Clarence took the initiative to start a three-man band, he was only the finest self-taught guitarist, and as yet unknown. However, later the 'Moonstones' were formed with Annesley Malawana playing the key role as lead singer. Since then this exceptional man and his music dominated the Sinhala pop music industry.

He is regarded by many as a pioneering Sri Lankan musician in the realms of Sinhala popular music. After he left the Moonstones in 1970, he held a musical show in Moratuwa with Shanaka Perera and Wijith Peiris and the show was named as "Breakaways from the Moonstones". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Wijewardena#Controversy Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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