is not forever..."
The talented Kevin Almeida is a
member of the popular band X-IT. Kevin is a shy guy who claims if
there was one thing he would change, it would be to turn back the
hands of time. Describing himself as hot tempered but yet shy, this
guy has one aim in life - to pass on his talent to the next
generation. This week Now caught up with Kevin for an interview in
which he talks about the importance of honesty, what he looks for in
his soul mate and what he would do to change the world. The Q&A
By Jamila Najmuddin
Q: What qualities do you look for in
a soul mate?
A: Well there are a lot of
qualities that I look for in a soul mate but the quality that
attracts me the most is honesty. Without honesty a person is not
complete. My soul mate should also have natural beauty both inside
Q: If you could have one super
power, what would it be?
A: I would choose a power that
would enable me to get back everything that I have lost. I was
married for 12 years and I messed up a lot in my marriage. If I had
a power I would choose to turn back time where I could avoid making
the mistakes that I made in my life. This way I could get back the
people I love.
Q: What's the best advice your
parents ever gave you?
A: Never to lose my head. There
are a lot of people today who have lost their heads just because
they are celebrities. I appreciate the advice my parents have given
me and they have also told me to be good at whatever I do and give
it my best.
Q: Do you believe that love is
A: No, love is not forever but I
wish it would be that way. Today love is considered 'just another
thing' in this world.
Q: If you could give anything, what
one gift would you give and to whom?
A: If I could give one gift it
would be to pass on my talent to someone else. I have learnt a lot
about music over the past years and my one dream in life is to pass
it onto someone else. My fans like what they see on stage and I have
achieved a great deal. I would obviously want to give this gift to a
talented person who is also willing to learn what I am offering to
Q: If you had three kids, what would
you name them?
A: Well if I have a boy I would
name him Julian and if I have a daughter then I would name her
Shanice. I have only decided on two children so I do not know what I
would name my third child.
Q: What's the first thing you notice
in the member of the opposite sex?
A: Well I notice a lot of things
but what I get most attracted to is a woman's figure.
Q: What would you rather do than
A: Sing. My passion is to sing
and play in my band. If I could, I would sing the whole day.
Q: The most romantic moment in your
A: Well my most romantic moment
is when I had gone to a nightclub once and saw a beautiful girl on
the dance floor. She was so beautiful that I gathered all my courage
and went and asked her out on a date. A few years later that woman
became my wife.
Q: What is the quality you envy in
the opposite sex?
A: A woman's patience.
Q: Who's your favourite
international celebrity and why?
A: Larry King. He's my role
model and I like him a lot. He's a very weird person who has a very
strong personality and the way he gets the crowd's attention is
Q: How do you feel about your
A: Boombastic. I love my career
as I love my music. I have lived my career to the fullest and my
career is the best thing that has happened to me.
Q: If there were one thing you could
change in the world, what would it be?
A: Corruption. Today the world
is full of corruption and if I could free the world from this
menace, it would be the best thing that I have ever achieved.
Q: If love were just a colour, which
would it be for you?
A: Purple. I love this colour
and it my favourite. Although I never wear it, it is always in the
back of mind.
Q: What do you indulge in?
A: My music.
By Dr. Thushara Senanayake
On the evening of June 11, I beat
my path to Water's Edge Grand Ballroom,
Battaramulla to experience the most talked about event of the year
so far. A pair of
purple coots and a lesser whistling teal with its ducklings in a
shallow lake at Water's Edge welcomed me and the sight of these
lovely birds elevated my spirit.
I was in high spirits already as I was
on my way to see the King Of Romance, Engelbert Humperdinck in
flesh, performing live on stage. A Mercedes Benz CLS, which was on
display outside the hall, stole my heart
(as they predicted) and I entered the Grand Ballroom with
much enthusiasm and a lot of excitement.
As I entered the hall, a lady ushered
me to my designated seat. A few moments later came the band,
followed by Englebert's Music Director for 30 years, Jeff Sturge.
Then came the biggest moment, it was
Engelbert Humperdinck clad in a black coat and white shirt with a
matching trouser. He sent shivers down my spine when he got on to
Introducing the concert as his first
ever performance in Sri Lanka, he started the set with his signature
opener. And to the much delight of the audience, Engelbert got into
the song Am I That Easy To Forget, knowing that his fans have not
forgotten him through all these years.
After a couple of songs from his latest
album Let There Be Love, he belted out A Man Without Love to the
thunderous applause of the audience.
After another three of his songs, one
member from the audience sent Engelbert a "gift" with a
message on it that read I Am A Man Without Love.
A few other songs followed afterwards and then Engelbert
introduced his ensemble to the crowd. This strong 12-member troupe
included Engelbert's lead guitarist Leo Quintero who exhibited
guitar pyrotechnics to the amazed audience.
With the Last Waltz Engelbert
mesmerised the crowd and the mood suddenly shifted when he started
singing Ten Guitars. Then the air was filled with the sounds of Quando Quando
Quando and the audience started singing along with Engelbert.
The eyes of the crowd twinkled with
delight as Quando took them back to the '60s. A medley comprising
The Way It Used To Be, Winter World Of Love, Another Time, Another
Place, There Goes My Everything and Spanish Eyes gave way to his
biggest hit Release Me and he left the stage but the crowd asked for
Engelbert returned to the stage to the
thunderous applause of the audience and obliged with a rendition of
My Way. The audience gave a standing ovation to this great man when
he left the stage promising that he will return to Sri Lanka.
Altogether, Engelbert sang 20 songs
including the medley and enthralled the audience with a few jokes.
Quite a number of times, he took the crowd into a transcendental
state with his songs and brought back memories of a bygone era where
Engelbert remained a superstar along with the others like Tom Jones.
The hall was packed with about 3,500
Engelbert fans and the concert was a success. The producers of the
show, Soundstation Entertainment
Ltd., did a great job and hats off to Jeevan
De Silva and the team for bringing down this legendary
superstar to Sri Lanka.
I am sure this concert was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for
everyone who was a part of that special evening.
For the first time this year rock fans in Kandy will experience a concert they
have been craving! `Rock in Kandy' has been specially
organised due to the numerous requests the Rock Company had
received from the fans in Kandy after the very successful
Rocksteady concert and compilation two CD launch that was held
at My Kind Of Place (MKOP) on April 8.
Ask any rock company band that has had
the privilege of performing in Kandy if it's not the experience of a
lifetime. For any rock band young or old playing in front of a Kandy
audience is just nothing short of divine.
The ambience, the crowd support and the
atmosphere is electrifying beyond measure.
As a result, the bands are all looking
forward to this concert that is bound to be the most happening event
in Kandy so far this year.
'Rock in Kandy' is organised by Rock
Company together with the Rotaract Club of Kandy.
The Kandy rockers can expect a mammoth
concert with the thunderous display of talent ranging from Kandy's
very own Paranoid Earthling and Tapas together with Rock greats from
Colombo such as Stigmata, Whirlwind, Insanity and Soul Skinner in
addition to Dylan Jayakody and Anil Balasooriya of Independent
Square fame. 'Rock in Kandy' will feature a range of music and
versatility attaining new heights with new compositions and popular
cover tunes performed by some of the country's finest rock bands.
Tickets will be priced at Rs. 350 at
the entrance while the stunning new Rock Company compilation two CD
will be sold for the first time at the venue for rock fans in Kandy
The CD, normally priced at Rs. 500 at
CD stores will be sold at a special rate of Rs. 400, giving the fans
in Kandy an opportunity to grab this CD,
Kandy has never failed to draw a crowd
of less than 600 fans and 'Rock in Kandy' is bound to pack the OTSC
to its full capacity on the June 25.
Since the venue is small, rock fans are
advised to get there well before the start time of 7 p.m. in order
to avoid disappointment!
So get yourselves ready to run to the
hills, tear down some walls and break every sound barrier to be a
part of the new revolution in originality sweeping Sri Lanka.