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Desmond de Silva
ඩෙස්මන්ඩ් ද සිල්වා
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Desmond de Silva in London, 2013
Born
Desmond Anaclitus Rajiva de Silva

(1943-07-13)13 July 1943
Died9 January 2022(2022-01-09) (aged 78)
EducationSt. Peter's College, Colombo
St. Thomas' College, Matara
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Spouse(s)Deanna de Zilwa
Dr. Lilamani
Children3
Parents
  • Clement Arnold de Silva (father)
  • Olga Correa (mother)
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1989–2011
Labels
  • Nilwala
  • Ransilu
  • Evoke
Associated actsSpitfires, Gabo and the Breakaways, Jetliners
Desmond Anaclitus Rajiva de Silva (born 13 July 1944 – died 9 January 2022: as ඩෙස්මන්ඩ් ද සිල්වා in ), popularly as Desmond de Silva, was a Sri Lankan singer, background musician and entertainer. Often regarded as the "King of Baila", he is noted for his youthful voice that was said to have changed little over four decades of performing.
Contents
1 Personal life
2 Singing career
3 Discography
4 See also
5 References
6 External links
Personal life
Desmond was born on 13 July 1944 in Matara, Sri Lanka as the eldest of the family with two siblings. His father Clement Arnold de Silva from Matara was a Publc Health Inspector (PHI) and mother Olga Correa from Chilaw was a teacher. After marriage he became de Silva. He had one younger brother and sister. After moving to Bambalapitiya, he first went to St. Peter's College, Colombo. Then he was boarded at St. Aloysius College due to being stubborn. Later he was sent back to St. Peter's College and finally school life ended at St. Thomas' College, Matara. He did not go to high school and came to Colombo to join the Army. Desmond could not bear the hardships of military life, so he decided to leave. As a result, he left the Army and joined the Air Force. He left the army and became a soil digger at a bank construction site. At that time his daily wage was five rupees.
He was married to Deanna de Zilwa and the couple has two sons and a daughter. He later married Dr. Lilamani and resided in London with her and daughter Megan. Elder son Steve de Silva was a dancer and a vocalist, who died of cancer at a private hospital in Colombo.
De Silva passed away at the age of 77 in Melbourne, Australia after suffering from a sudden heart attack.
Singing career
Desmond became a singer at the invitation of a friend. "Des," as he was known to his fans, launched his career in popular music in Colombo in 1963, he was the lead vocalist of the Fire-Flies. His music was featured widely on Radio Ceylon and subsequently the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the oldest radio station in South Asia. Des has also performed with leading Sri Lankan pop groups – "Spitfires," "Gabo and the Breakaways," and the "Jetliners." He sang a song titled 'Oba Nisa' with Mignonne Fernando and the Jetliners – it was hailed as a musical masterpiece at an international song festival. In 1976 he decided to form his own band, "Desmond and the Clan", which performed in various countries in Southeast Asia, including the Maldives. He also represented Sri Lanka at the 5th Olympiad of Songs in Athens, Greece in 1979 and became the champion and at the Yamaha Festival of Song in Tokyo, Japan.
He has celebrated 40 years in show business, selling millions of CDs around the world. De Silva was known for his popular renditions of Sri Lankan 'baila' music, which was a style whose origins are in Portuguese and Spanish music. He has had a string of baila hits including: Polkatu Hande, Chuda Manike, Mamma No, Miss Sri Lanka, Rajasangabo, Komali Pane as well as popular recordings of anonymous Baila songs. He was also known for a whole range of 'Party Time' non-stop Baila music. Desmond de Silva resided in London and has performed with London-based backing group Foreign Affairs in the United Kingdom.
Desmond has championed the cause of autism spectrum disorders: in August 2005 he was the first Sri Lankan musician to appeal on behalf of autistic children and people with autism in Sri Lanka, urging Sri Lankans to 'speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.' De Silva received a standing ovation. He was also a film background singer where he also sang the songs of the film Seetha Devi as well as the baila songs of the films Samanmalee and Mage Amma. Desmond turns to Baila singing because of Wally Bastiansz. Desmond, who has become a fan of Wally, one day invites him to his house. He sang some of his songs on the guitar that day and recorded them from his home recorder. Since then, he sang many of Bastiansz' songs such as Yaman bando, and Hai Hui baby Achchi. Desmond also sang record songs and Nadagam songs such as Raja Sangabo Hisa De Dugiyata, Muni Nandana Siripada, Panamure Eth Raja, Amba Damba Naran, Budubawa Pathana Vesathuru Nirinda.
In 1986, Desmond moved to England. On 7 June 2003, he performed in a sold out concert at BMICH titled 'Desmond Live in Concert'. He launched the first ever Concert for Autism for Sri Lanka in Sydney, Australia on 31 March 2006.
Discography
Baila 20
Gramaphone Express
Chuuda Maanike
Haadu Hathak
Komali Pane
Baila Rajje
Desmond Silva with Sunflowers
See also
Music of Sri Lanka
Baila
List of Sri Lankan musicians
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