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Portuguese Creole Kaffringha of Ceylon, Eastern Sri Lanka (Famous Tune) -2

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Uploaded on Mar 24, 2009

This is a Kaffringha song sung by the Portuguese Creole community in Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka. It is a community of descendants of African slaves brought to Ceylon by the portuguese, Dutch and British, often referred to as the 'forgotten community'. Today, only a few members of the community can speak the Portuguese Creole of their ancestors.

Baila, one of the favaourite genres of music in Sri Lanka was introduced to the mainstream, by the late Wally Bastiansz by adapting 6/8 Kaffringha rythms to accomodate Sinhalese lyrics.

The melody of this song was adapted into the famous C.T. Fernando's Sinhalese song 'Meewadayaki Jeevithae', an all time hit in Sri Lanka.

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