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Nalin Jayawardena

Nalin Jayawardena - Introduction
Nalin Jayawardena

Nalin Jayawardena

We are featuring 11 musical CDs by Nalin Jayawardena at Sinhala Jukebox including his 7 latest releases, "Duru Ratawala Api," "Perth Gamata Paayai Sandha" with Sunil Govinnage, "Paata Paata Samanalayin" with Chimes of the Seventies, "Athithawarjanaa - Jothi Upahara Gee Pelahara", "Weli Aetayak", "Paata Paata heenayak" and "Upahara Sihiwatana."

Duru Ratawala Api was released in November 2010 containing 16 songs. Lyrics of the songs are by Vicumpriya Perera, Nalin Jayawardena, Krishanthi De Fonseka, Shan Gunawardena, and Shanthi Kaldemulla. Music direction for the Cd was by Sangeeth Wickramasinghe, Ananda Waidyasekera, and Premanath Kodituwakku.

Athithaawarjana In retrospect of the Legend), a collection of 20 original songs of the Sri Lankan vox populi of music, HR Jothipala, is now available for listening and downloading. Nalin Jayawardena, a veteran vocalist, as well as an ardent fan of HR Jothipala, living in Australia, has re-sung these great songs, retaining its original flavor and the classical feel. Nalin is assisted by Minali Gamage and Nijamali Jayawardena in duet singing. All the songs in this audio CD were originally sung by HR Jothipala for Sinhala films, SLBC and commercial records (EP) under the music direction of Maestro Premasiri Kemadasa, Sarath Dassanayake, Sangeeth Nipun P. V. Nandasiri, Lional Algama, Stanley Omar, Mohammad Sali, Victor Dalugama, Upendra Fernando and Melroy Dharmaratne. The lyrical compositions were done by Karunaratne Abeysekera , Upali Dhanawalawithana, Stanley Omar , Maithri Panagoda, George Lesley Ranasinghe , Premakeerthi De Alwis, Chitrananda Abeysekera , Henry Dharmasena, Dr. Ajantha Ranasinghe, Dharma Shri Caldera and Daya Ananda Ranasinghe.

The noteworthy feature is that most songs of this audio CD are very rare and even some Jothi fans did not have an opportunity to listen to them because of the unavailability of the songs. Some songs were even unheard of. Fulfilling this long-felt need, Nalin has taken great pains to find these rare assets from various sources and reproduce them in a highly professional manner. Nalin thanks Kalasuri Stanley Omar, Premnath Kodituwakku, Rohan Jayawardena, Sangeeth Wickmarasinghe and Ananda Waidyasekera for their fabulous new music direction.

Please be informed that these songs are not produced to be sold under any circumstance and you are warmly welcome to download the songs totally free through this website. Log onto www.youtube.com under the tag of Nalin Jayawardena to watch some of the songs in video format. Please feel free to contact Nalin through this website if you want an original CD delivered to your doorstep by post. Furthermore you are kindly requested to listen to the originals of these songs through www.sinhalajukebox.org and get mesmerized by the melodious voice of this late legend that kept millions of Sri Lankans spellbound with his unique style of singing for four decades and the rich legacy of music he left behind for the new generation after his demise on 7th July, 1987.

"Weli Aetayak" features 18 original songs written by Vicumpriya Perera and sung by Nalin. Music direction for the CD was done by Sangeeth Wickramasinghe, Ananda Waidyasekera, Rohan Jayawardena, Sanuka Wickramasinghe, Rukshan Karunanayake, and Jayanga Dedigama. Duet singers are Santhuri Waidyasekera, Sangeeth Wickramasinghe, Ananda Waidyasekera, Nijamali Jayawardena, and Sanduni Rashmika.

"Paata Paata Heenayak" features 20 original songs arrainged in various music genre while "Upahara sihiwatana," is a musical tribute to legendary musician H R Jothipala. This CD inludes a collection of songs sung by H R Jothipala in addition to a Upahara (tribute) song set in to the tune of one of his favorite songs.

Nalin Jayawardena resides in West Australia and comes from a family of music talents. His brother, Rohan, also features in the Sinhala Jukebox. Currently, he is working on a music CD with his brother Rohan. His hobbies are learning and mastering digital recordings at his music studio in the making. He has recorded a theme song for the Sinhala Teledrama "Rangana Vijithaya" filmed in Perth by Sriyani Amarasena sung by Rohan Jayawardena and also by Nijamali Jayawardena. The teledrama will be released soon in Sri Lanka.

Please check out an interview with Nalin in the Sunday Observer of Feb. 21, 2010 by clicking on this link. http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/02/21/mon15.asp.

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