Now Iraj Has a Manamali B ut its a marketing Stunt -A clever one!
At the tender age of sixteen, he won the best keyboardist title in Sri Lanka awarded by the Guildhall Music School – UK, when he was a student at the Academy of Music under the vigilant guidance of his music teacher Shyama Perera.
Iraj came rolling into the local music scene when he collaborated with Ranidu Lankage and Yauwanan Wigneswaran and formed ‘Zealots’ when he was still schooling in Royal College. They also released their first original ‘Love You So’ in 1998 and received airplay on local radio stations.
After this Iraj, who was then schooling at Stafford International, teamed up with Ruki and Urban Sound to work on another original called ‘Sri Lanka 2030’. After a short break, during which time Iraj was reading for a degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Northumbria in UK, he re-joined hands with Krishan and Ruki for the hit single ‘Roots’.
This was the song that revolutionized local music as it crossed borders and received airplay on all continents. This was featured in UK on BBC Radio 1. Iraj’s self-titled debut album – ‘Iraj’, which was co-produced by Ranga Dassanayake from Hit.
Factory (the main man behind Iraj’s success), includes some of the biggest hits in Sri Lanka’s chart history, including his month long chart topper ‘Roots’ and last year’s smash hit ‘Ill Noize’, which not only managed to ride high in the Sri Lankan charts, but crossed shores to hit tops (number five) in Britain’s Asian Airplay charts (BBC Radio One UK Asian charts). This debut album, which is marketed and distributed by Sony Music – M Entertainment, is designed to set the stage for Sri Lanka’s hip- hop revolution, mastered and introduced to our market by Iraj himself. As per the moment, this ablum is currently the fastest selling album in the Sri Lankan market.
Iraj spread a rumouer that he got married and had his wedding at Cinnamon Lake side Colombo.Later it was reported that it was marketing stunt for his M anamali viedio
Music Composed by – Iraj Weeraratne
Vocals – Infaas & Janani
Lyrics – Achala Solomons
Recorded at – ILL NOIZE Studios Sri Lanka
Mixed & Mastered – Ranga D Music
Video Director – Prasad Ranasinghe from Dream Effects
VFX – Priyanga Ranasinghe
DOP – Priyanga Ranasinghe