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Biography

Two bands are called "Gypsies":
1. A rap group from Århus, Denmark
2. A band from Sri Linka.

1. Gypsies is a danish rap/R'nB/indie-group from Århus. Until their first album, "One Hand Up" came out in 2007, they where mostly known for being the danish band "Outlandish"'s backingband. They are said to be a terrific live-band. The danish music-magazine "Gaffa" rated the album "One Hand Up" three out of six stars.
Gypsies consists of:
SHAKA LOVELESS - Vox.
PETER BLONDE - Bass.
LASSE BOMAN - Guitar.
BENJAMIN KISSI - Vox.
ANDREAS HAGEDORN - Keys.
BIRK NEVEL - Drums.

2. The Gypsies is a Sri Lankan band that performs English and Sinhala songs and have been around since the early 1970s.

The band was formed in 1969 by Anton Perera, a confectioner at the Glucorasa company, comprised of his five sons (Sunil, Nihal, Piyal, Nimal, Lal) - all of whom had recently completed high school. Lead singer Sunil Perera, schooled at St Peter's College in Colombo, renovated a portion of his house on Galle Road (in Ratmalana) into a recording studio and began recording their first album. In the thirty years that followed, many changes have occurred in the group's membership that have led to the eight members present today. Sunil Perera and Piyal Perera are the two surviving members from the original line up.

Their early success was due to a series of 5 LPs they released in the 1970s (entitled Dance With the Gypsies). In the 1980s the group released their first audio cassette containing their novelty hit "Kurumitto" ("Dwarfs"), which is a cover version of Dutch musician Father Abraham's "The Smurf Song". With the arrival of CDs in Sri Lanka, they released their first CD Gypsies Gold containing 17 songs and following its success there, with two other CDs, Dance With the Gypsies and Singyore, both well received as well. The group has since released other CDs and continues to enjoy success. Sunil Perera and the Gypsies are world famous for their Sri Lankan baila music. The Gypsies have also successfully collaborated with other Sri Lankan stars like Desmond de Silva. They are also credited for having the first ever biala non stop medly.

Their first performance out of Sri Lanka, as the resident band at the Delhi Taj for three months, was followed by successful tours in foreign countries where many Sri Lankans now reside, such as the UK, U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

They are a highly paid band in Sri Lanka, since they constantly perform at parties, dances and perform at many sold out concerts.

The long standing female vocalist of the group, Coreen Almeida, and Sharon Nesaduray, better known as "Lulu", had left the group. Radhika Rajavellu is the latest addition to the band after the departure of their well known female vocalist Ginger (Judith White)

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