The maestro of Sri Lankan hip hop and the undisputable king of the island’s modern music industry, Iraj Weeraratne has yet again broken boundaries and gone where no Sri Lankan musician has gone before. Iraj became the first ever Sri Lankan to be nominated for a prestigious Hollywood award recently. The popular Sri Lankan hip-hop artist and music producer Iraj Weeraratne has been nominated for three awards at the ‘Hollywood Music in Media Awards’ which will take place in Hollywood, California later this month. Some of the other nominees at the Hollywood awards ceremony alongside Iraj include John Powell for the movie Rio and Patrick Doyle for the movie Thor.
“Hollywood Music in Media Awards” which will take place on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Bands, Songwriters, Composers from around the globe have submitted their work for consideration at this red carpet gala event. The three tracks nominated for the awards were;
- The song ‘Your Love’ Feat Iraj, Markia and Kona and ‘Maldives’ has been nominated in the ‘2011 MUSIC GENRE’ category.
- His Music Video by Nilan Correy for the song “Lion Nation” has been nominated in the ‘2011 Music Genre’ music video category.
The video ‘Lion nation’ was used as a promotional track for the Sri Lankan cricket team during the last cricket world cup. The track ‘Your Love’ by Iraj and Markia featuring Bangladeshi star Kona is on the October music Radio Express compilation which also features tracks by international acts like Lady Gaga, David Guetta, T-Pain, Enrique Iglesias, Coldplay and more.
Radio Express is the leader in worldwide radio syndication. Since its founding in 1985 the company has built relationships with thousands of radio stations outside the USA.
The pioneer in international radio barter syndication, Radio Express specialises in developing branded entertainment programming for major brands like Coca-Cola, Fanta, Heineken, Sprite and Cadbury and is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment programming to radio stations outside the US. Founded in 1985 by industry innovator and current CEO Tom Rounds, the company was the first to introduce barter syndication to the international radio world. Since then, it has established relationships with over 5,000 radio stations in 140 countries, creating the most extensive ‘network’ of radio stations in the world.
Iraj is the first Sri Lankan music artist to have entered into the Kollywood music industry. His first South Indian composition together with Vijay Anthony featured in the movie Veittakarran staring Kollywood superstar Vijay ranked number one in the Chennai Charts and as a result Iraj is currently contracted to compose for his forth South Indian movie.
The change of Iraj’s image, from maestro to icon, has seen Sri Lanka experience technological breakthroughs in his many videos and the establishment of a truly household name. His sold out world tour over the last two years has seen Iraj in venues all across the island and in some of the world’s most celebrated international platforms like Sydney Opera House, Melbourne, London, LA, Paris, New York, Cyprus, Korea, Male, Seoul, Doha and Dubai – strengthening his fan base and promoting Sri Lankan music the world over. Iraj is currently holding the record of fastest selling debut and fastest selling album in Sri Lanka’s history.
“I am indeed honoured to be able to represent my country at the awards. But this is only the beginning. And I assure you bigger accomplishments are yet to come,” said Iraj after receiving the nomination.
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