Following the destruction and horror of the Tsumani that struck Sri Lanka, Sri
Lankan musician Nimal
Mendis composed a new song. It is based on the unprecedented sadness that the
entire island of Sri Lanka is experiencing. The song will be translated into
Sinhala and also to Tamil. Nimal Mendis is seeking sponsorship for a recording of
this song by an organization such as Band Aid, which was carried out by British
artists, that collected a huge sum of money for charity. He does not want
tanything for the song. Money collected should be sent to the President’s fund
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The composition by Nimal Mendis:
Oh see the foam
The foam-crested wave
Everyone is dying
No one to save
Rising terror thirty feet
Crashing on the shore
Rolling horror on the land
Destroying door to door
Did you need the tsunami
To leave war behind
To come together
Love each other
My child I cannot find.
Can I forget this day
My hand has lost its grip
My child is washed away
From the bottom of the quake
Why have you done this?
Hundreds and thousands to take
The sea speaks to you man
The sea speaks to you
I’m cleansing your sins man
And all of your motherland.
I was watching the sea gull
Diving for the fish
It caught the swimming eel
Out of the deep
I remembered the bullet
Past my ear with a swish
I grabbed my child, saved ourselves
With one mighty leap.
Give me an answer
You transgressed the law
What is in your mind now
My child is no more.
(Words and Music by Nimal Mendis).
Nimal Mendis is one of Sri Lanka’s outstanding singer/songwriters. He is a
composer with dual nationality of Sri Lanka and Britain.
At present Nimal Mendis is living in France. He had 22 songs recorded in Britain
in the sixties and appeared on the popular TV show “Top of the Pops ” in 1968
with his own song ” Feel like a Clown “. It was with his singing partner Sandra
Edema as Ranee and Raj. It was a guest appearance. He is one of a handful of Sri Lankan artistes ever to have made it to the BBC’s
‘Top of the Pops’ television program in its heyday in the Swinging Sixties.
Nimal Mendis was ‘discovered’ by Radio Ceylon when the station ruled the
airwaves in the late 1950s and 1960s. They plugged his songs like ‘Kandyan
Express’ making him a star in South Asia.
One of his songs ” Master Sir ” has been a popular song in Sri Lanka for many
years. He also wrote ” Ganga Addara ” for the late Vijaya Kumaratunge, the Sri
Lankan President’s husband who was assassinated in 1988 . He has written these
and many other popular film songs for our country’s foremost filmmakers Lester
and Sumitra Pieris ‘s . The two songs mentioned are still played often in Sri
To contact Nimal Mendis: Tel: +33 5 45 65 17 66
His son ( Paulmarie Mendis ) contact details: in London. Tel: ( 0044 ) 207 272
5748 – firstname.lastname@example.org
In Sri Lanka – Varadatta Aravinda –
mobile: Tel: ( 00941 ) (0) 777 749420
See the Tsunami Information site for further details: