EP Launch by Buddhi De Mal

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“It’s quite amazing, there’s a lot of room for development cause everyone’s really talented and competitive. But you also get very inspired” 

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By Kalani Kulathilaka 

Buddhi De Mal, A celebrated local artist and song writer returns with the launch of his EP and an evening of soulful music at the Arthur’s Pizzeria and Pub, Mt Lavinia on Thursday the 20th of July. The show also marks the 10th anniversary of Wagon Park, a band well known for redefining classical rock in Sri Lanka, of which Buddhi has been the front man since its inception.

 
The atmosphere from the minute you enter the pub was electrifying, the space was completely packed with Buddhi’s family, friends and fans who had turned up in numbers to catch the first performance of the EP launch and to celebrate the rock star’s 31st birthday. Currently furthering his studies in music to become an associate of arts in vocals at the most esteemed Musicians institute in Hollywood, he is set on taking the Sri Lankan music scene out into the world.

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 The show started off with an opening act by Kamishka and Emmanuel the winner and the runner up of last year’s TNL onstage solo category. Kamishka  shared with us how thrilled he was when Buddhi invited him to open the show, especially since he introduced him to rock music. “He made me listen to Iron Maiden when I was 8” Taking over the stage in his rockstar outfit with an incredible sense of showmanship, it literally took Buddhi a few seconds to get the audience on their feet chanting the lyrics at the top of their lungs. ‘Moratuwa’ and  ‘Koheda yanne malle pol’ living up to its very interesting titles were definite crowd favourites.

 

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We managed to catch Buddhi for a quick chat during the 5 minute break he promised the audience. When asked what genres he enjoys the most he mentioned how he doesn’t have any preferences and uses anything to draw inspiration for his music.


We were curious to know how it feels to actually live and make music in Hollywood. “It’s quite amazing, there’s a lot of room for development cause everyone’s really talented and competitive. But you also get very inspired” Buddhi also has a band by the name “The Sutra” In LA that he performs with.   “When a band with Asian musicians take the stage most people are invariably very pleasantly surprised, a little unsure until the first song, but that’s all it takes”Irrespective of your age and personal musical inclinations, Buddhi De Mal’s truly authentic style of music is sure to entertain you. Do check out his newly released originals online. 


Me you myself and god, you’re my favourite drug, Love is ending for you and A better world for you.

 


Drawing inspiration from legends like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley his compositions are fed with an array of raw emotions that are very much a part of his everyday “pain and struggle” as he explained to us. He gives love songs an interesting twist, touches upon topics varying from freedom, politics to life via his lyrics while giving it all the Sri Lankan flavour one needs.We chatted with members of the audience to get their feedback on the show and Buddhi’s music. Here’s what they had to say.

     

    Pictures by Damith Wickramasighe