Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Fabulous Moonstones
June 24, 2008, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Sri Lanka

Dunhinda Manamali

The Fabulous Moonstones started playing together in 1964, formed by Clarence Wijewardane and Annesley Malewana in Columbo, Sri Lanka.

Clarence Wijewardene is credited with being the person who first introduced the electric guitar into Sinhala music.

After the break up of the Fabulous Moonstones in 1970, Wijewardene formed the the Golden Chimes with singer Anil Bharati. This did not last long, though, because Malawana and Wijewardene could not be seperated in the pop music scene. They eventually returned together with the Super Golden Chimes in 1972.

For more music from Sri Lanka, be sure to check out Sinhala Jukebox.

Catalog number CHB 023 on Sooriya records of Columbo, Sri Lanka.



Hi, Can I buy that LP from you?

Comment by Upendra Samaranayake

The records that are posted are not for sale at this time. But, you can find more songs by The Fabulous Moonstones, as well as loads of other Sinhala artists, at:

Comment by radiodiffusion

What other LPs do you have from Sri Lanka?

Comment by Upendra Samaranayake

And what’s the tracklisting on this album?

Comment by Upendra Samaranayake

The song titles on this record are:
1A • Thotiya
2A • Should I Reveal
1B • Dunhinda Manamali
2B • Samanalayo

Comment by radiodiffusion

The Moonstones was formed in 1966 in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. Clarence formed The Golden Chimes with ex-Moonstones bassist Chanaka Perera.. Anil Bharathi came along later. The Super Golden Chimes was formed in 1973. ” Fabulous ” was never a part of the bands name.

Comment by Champaka


I thought I’d leave a translation of the song.

The title “Dunhinda Manamali” means Dunhinda Queen referring to a waterfall. The song is sung as an ode to the waterfall asking it to fall slowly so it wouldn’t hurt itself.

Comment by Upendra Samaranayake

Dunhinda Bride not Queen.

Comment by Upendra Samaranayake

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