T he last few years
have been good for the music scene in this sunny island what with
of BnS, Iraj, Centigradz, etc., taking the local music industry to
greater heights with original music and different styles.
And if the great collection
of fantastic original music that has been a part of the local music
scene in the recent past isnít enough, well Sri Lanka now has yet
another original CD / VCD in the making: Krishan Mahesonís solo
album, Asian Avenue.
To be launched in the first
week of October, Asian Avenue is bound to be a surefire
winner and spawn a number of fantastic hits.
The Asian Avenue CD
will also be launched in India, while both the VCD and the CD will
be available in Sri Lanka. Some tracks will also be released in the
UK to be played on BBC Radio.
The CD comprises 11 tracks,
the majority of which are Tamil rap songs. Adding flavour to the
songs, the blend of English and Sinhala that is included gives them
that perfect touch.
The VCD contains two music
videos and one video documentary. The video documentary is produced
by Rebelartz. The video for the theme track, Asian Avenue is
by Nilan Cooray.
The long-awaited Asian
Avenue is produced by Hit Factory and will be released under
Universal Music Worldwide and M Entertainment.
As for Krishan, he needs no
introduction since heís been in the music scene for quite some
time and has been a part of some big hits. With Asian Avenue,
Krishan starts his solo journey as a Tamil rapper and song writer.
Born in Colombo on May 4,
1983, Krishan Maheson entered the music industry at the age of 15
together with brother Gajan and formed Urban Sounds, releasing their
debut single Smooth Flow in 1998.
The band received ample
airplay on local English radio stations and also won an award from
the Asian Institute of Broadcasting Development for the best TV
campaign on HIV awareness.
After brother Gajan joined
BnS in 2001, Krishan teamed up with Iraj Weeraratne and
revolutionised the local hip-hop industry with the hit single Roots.
Following this success,
Krishan became involved in the production of Irajís debut solo
album and introduced Tamil rap to Sri Lanka. Their tracks J-Town
Story, Ran Ran Ran, and the absolutely beautiful Ninda
Noyena Handawae were a phenomenal success.
"Asian Avenue comprises
Tamil hip-hop in its purest form covering themes like the ethnic
conflict, youth, love and drugs. A wide range of professional music
producers, lyricists and vocalists have contributed to this project,
so sit back, relax and enjoy this journey down Asian Avenue,"
The album features Ranga
Dassanayake, Yohan Rajapakse, Iraj Weeraratne, Nisal Gangodage and
Rukshan Mark of Charles Mark. While most of the lyrics were written
by Krishan himself, some were written by Amala Umapathysivam,
Vasantha Dukgannarala, Kelum Shrimal and Ram Victor as well.
Other contributors are BK (bonekiller),
Infaz Noor-ud-din, Bertram Charles, Yauwanan Wigneswaran, Nilukshi
Jayaweerasingham, Ashanti Colombage, Gajan Maheson, Romesh and
Lashan of Kandy and also Dinesh Canagaratnam and Lance Muller who
did the website, CD cover and promotional material.
Krishan is a member of Ill
Noise, formed by Iraj, which also includes BK and Infaz. Ill Noise
is the force behind the hugely successful CD Iraj, with sales
exceeding 14,000 CDs. Krishan is also a member of Diatribe with BK,
Bren aka GD and DJ Stalin.
www.krishanlive.com, will also be launched shortly.
Asian Avenue is
sponsored by East West Information Systems and Elephant Cream Soda.