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Since our trip to USA, we had an awesome concert in Malaysia in October 2010. It was possibly one of the best and we thank the organizers for this great concert. In December, we sang together with the Revelations at the Annual Christmas Concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, as well as performed (rather spontaneously) the Hallelujah Chorus at Sri Lanka's largest shopping outlet - Odel. Catch this on YouTube.

Our annual Christmas Concert "Moods of Christmas 2010" at the Cinnamon Grand, was yet again a sellout performance.

Unfortunately, Prof Mark Wilson was unable to come to Sri Lanka this year, but his influence was very apparent when we presented our Gospel concert in January, which was

also a tribute to our parents. So, a rather busy season, coupled with a few more weddings from within the group certainly made December and January quite hectic!

Looking ahead, await our performances in Kandy and Colombo with an all new repertoire of contemporary pop music this May. We will also be revisiting one of the countries we have toured in the past, by popular demand... More on this in our next issue.

Till then, thanks for supporting us, please continue to do so, and do visit our website, join our group on Facebook, send us your suggestions and most importantly enjoy the music of Soul Sounds!

Musically yours,

The past year has been a year filled with great events. Soul Sounds has had the opportunity to connect with fellow music lovers and establish new friendships through the choir's enriching experiences during tours to the US and Malaysia.

Warm thanks goes out to our sponsors, families, organisers and those who continue to support us in many ways. We have much to look forward to this year as well, with a lineup of performances in Sri Lanka and overseas. Our journey thus far would not have been possible without the efforts of our director Soundarie, who continues to be the driving force behind Soul Sounds.

Here's to a year filled with the joys of music!

  29th April 2011   Charity Event at Water's Edge, Battaramulla  

1st May 2011  

"The Hills Come Alive"
Concert at the Hindu Cultural Centre, Kandy

  31st May and 1st June 2011  

"Sounds Like Pop"
Concert at the Lionel Wendt, Colombo

  13th July  

Soul Sounds Academy Concert at the Lionel Wendt





Our 2010 CD is available for sale.



Life with Soul Sounds

Preface. Anushka texting. Roshi eating, and passing food around. Ninga, Saumya and Shenali playing with Aaryaana. Soundarie playing a CD. Mangala organizing music sheets. Bola and Shey petting the new puppy. Lila talking to bride and groom regarding a wedding booking. Shaza answering Soundarie's cell phone. Ornella answering the door bell.


Persistence. 10th phone call in two hours, (the words just roll off the tongue now). "Hi, I'm a member of Soul Sounds; I spoke to you last week. I was wondering if you would like to partner with us for our show and advertise in our souvenir. These are the benefits you'll have by advertising with us... We really hope you will seriously consider helping us out. "Phew! I need just one more!
Perseverance. I can't seem to hear the notes!! Hey, Anji, can you sing this phrase to me again?" (It is too hot; I had a long day at work. My body would rather sleep than sing). "Sounds, we don't get our part, please play it again, we'll record it on our phones."

Anxiety. It is 4.00pm - I'm in Borella. I'm one of two singing the part, and I'm stuck in traffic. I need to get to St. Mary's by 4.15 pm to sing the entrance hymn at the wedding! Biting nails, sweaty forehead, and I forgot my gold hoops. I wish the cab company didn't mess up my booking.

Patience. "Did anyone bring food??” “Sounds, we’re hungry, can we please eat now?” “Ok, let’s take a break after 5 songs, then I will feel we have done a good amount of work.” Dog howls intermittently in the background. Laughter ensues, song is interrupted. “Brownie, must not like this song!” “Never mind, let’s try it again.”

Camaraderie. “Girls, you need to hear this story...on our way home in the three wheeler, the driver lost his way, and you know our smarty pants, decided to give directions (laughter) and kept saying right and pointing to the left (laughter with tears). You should’ve seen the driver’s face when Miss. Pink nail polish confidently said the wrong name of the road and insisted she was right!”

“So what happened?”  “While we sat, inside, we decided to sing Adiemus and of course the people on the road were wondering what was wrong with us (stomach ripping laughter)! 

“Guess, who among is the next to get married?” “Congrats! That’s awesome. Please tell us you don’t want us to be in cassock when we sing!”

Faith. “Let us remember to pray for person X who is having exams in a week, oh and also, Y’s uncle is sick, we should pray for him. We spoke to the accountant today, and he says our funds have really dipped girls. And we need so much more for the airfare. Unless God intervenes, it is impossible, but let’s remember that we’ve been in this situation before and got through it.”
Help. “I really don’t get this sequence, argh. If only dancing came easily to me! Shey, can I come an hour early, so you can help me get the movements right?” “Meeting before practices won’t work because Michi is teaching me the new dance on Skype, and that’s the only time that works for her with the time difference between London & Colombo.”

Anushka Fernando


A Clash of Cultural Practice

Any one familiar with the Sri Lankan ‘style’ knows that the polite thing to do when offered something is to first say “no”. If asked again (which is also part of the custom), it is even more polite to decline the offer a second time. It is only at the third time that one is expected to accept what is offered.

When the choir traveled to France in 2008, we had the privilege of experiencing French culture as we were invited to stay with French families for a week. It was a fascinating

experience to live with these families and get a taste of their day to day lives. However, the practice of saying “no” as a way of being polite did not really work in the middle of Europe!

One morning, the family with which two of our girls (whom we will call X and Y) were staying, offered them breakfast before they took them out shopping. It was going to be a hectic day, with a few rushed hours of shopping and meeting the rest of the group for a long practice session before the concert that evening. When they offered them breakfast, X, being always the polite one, said “No, it’s OK”, in that typical Sri Lankan manner which usually follows a polite grin, while Y opened her mouth to oblige and shut it in a second. They waited for the second offering but none came their way and they had to go without breakfast that day much to the annoyance of Y. Obviously the French were not aware of this rather strange custom of Sri Lankan people to decline an offer as a way of showing politeness. They genuinely thought the girls were not hungry. As if that could ever happen with us!

Saumya Fernando


Here are some of the songs that will be covered at Soul Sounds' concert 'Sounds Like Pop' which will feature an all new pop repetoire, to be held on the 31st of May and 1st of June 2011 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.

No More 'I Love You's is a song written by Joseph Hughes and David Freeman and was first released by their band, The Lover Speaks, in 1986. The song was later covered by the Scottish singer Annie Lennox and became a hit for her in 1995. It is the first single released by Annie Lennox from her second studio album Medusa.


Firework is a song by American recording artist Katy Perry. The song was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, Ester Dean, and produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee for Perry's second studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song was released on October 16, 2010 by Capitol Records as the third single from the album. The song is a self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics, and was considered by Perry as the most important song for her on Teenage Dream.

"21 Guns" is a song by American rock band Green Day. It was released as the second single from their eighth album, 21st Century Breakdown. The single was released through Reprise Records on May 25, 2009 as a digital download and July 14, 2009 as a CD single. The song has been a success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #22, which has become their highest charting single since 2005.

"Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. The song was released as a 45rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley's motion picture, Jailhouse Rock.

"Conga" is the first single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine led by Gloria Estefan on their second English language album, and ninth overall, Primitive Love. The single was released worldwide in 1985 and became a smash success around the world, providing the band worldwide mainstream popularity, reaching #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100



‘Show You Care - Be Aware’

Soul Sounds Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Charity is something that everyone talks about and it is something that is very close to our hearts as well. However, we felt that we could do a little bit more and take on a cause that is close to all of us since we are an all female group - that of Breast Cancer Awareness.

On the 6th of March 2011, Soul Sounds joined the Sri Lanka Cancer Society along with other artistes from the local music scene to celebrate life and walk for early detection and awareness on cancer. In order to raise awareness on our chosen cause - Breast Cancer Awareness - we all wore specially designed t shirts proclaiming ‘Show You Care - Be Aware’ and ‘Fasten Your Pink Ribbons Tighter for Breast Cancer Awareness’.

This year’s walk was all about celebrating life and Soul Sounds performed the theme song of the Sri Lanka Cancer Society - Paint a Rainbow - after the walk. The song written in English, Sinhala and Tamil is about uplifting those who need help and being positive about life. In addition, Soul Sounds also sang what has unofficially become our theme song – The Impossible Dream. What we believe is that the Impossible Dream is always possible and this is why we felt it was appropriate to give that message to all those out there who have known cancer and who have in some way been affected by it.

Despite the numerous awareness raising programmes on cancer held throughout the years, people still see cancer as a shame factor and stigmatise those who have cancer to the point where many are afraid to detect if they have cancer for fear of being labelled a sinner who is paying for crimes of their past life. The Sri Lanka Cancer Society is striving hard to change this attitude and we in Soul Sounds also strongly believe that it is important to raise awareness on cancer and change this discriminating attitude which is driving many people underground where they suffer in silence as a result. Soul Sounds will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness at our upcoming concerts and we hope to do more work in this area as we firmly believe that awareness and early detection will go a long way towards helping to reduce the risk of cancer in the world.  

Lilanka Botejue


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