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Meet Sri Lankan Singer Yohani De Silva, Who Sang Manike Mage Hithe, A Song That Blew The Internet

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Love, talent, and music does not know any geographical boundaries. These things overcome the barriers of language. The internet has played an essential role in making it easier. With Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, every new day, we experience new songs. The latest on the list is Sinhala Song ‘Manike Mage Hithe.’ Manike Mage Hithe has blown the internet, with many celebrities and commoners are making Reels and grooving to its soothing tune. The song is sung by Yohani De Silva along with rapper Satheeshan and produced by Sri Lankan composer Chamath Sangeeth. There is also a rap by Satheeshan Rathnayaka. From many regional language covers to dance videos, the Sri Lankan song is ruling the internet.

Talking about it to Indian Express, Yohani Diloka De Silva said,

“I am a huge fan of Chamath Sangeeth. So, when I saw the song, I did a TikTok version after which Chamath asked if we could do a full version.”

 

Recorded At Her Home

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Yohani added that the idea and the conversation for this song came in the lockdown. That is the reason she could not record the song in a professional studio. The next best option she found was a corner in her home. The video was shot in Chamath’s studio in Colombo. She is overwhelmed and touched by how a song in Sinhala from Sri Lanka, ‘a tiny country’, is suddenly the rage. Yohani De Silva said,

“A lot of our music is inspired by Bollywood, probably because we are neighbours. The influence is really strong. But I’m seeing a renewed interest in Sri Lankan music and most importantly in our language… For me, this kind of love is also representative of a bond between India and Sri Lanka.”

 

Music As Career

Yohani De Silva began her career by doing covers of Sinhala songs and Bollywood songs dubbed in Sinhala. She collaborated with her friends for music videos and also made some originals. In 2019, she returned from Australia and took music as her profession. Yohani said,

“My influences are probably why I haven’t stuck to a genre. I like to experiment with my music and explore everything that I can. I rap, I sing, I play the guitar.”

 

How Did It Start?

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Yohani learned to play the guitar on YouTube. At the age of 23, she created a YouTube channel and uploaded her music and videos on it. She is a daughter of a former Army officer and former air hostess. Her parents put her in piano classes during her early days. She used to play the trumpet and French horn in her school band. She traveled to the UK and Australia to study accounting, where many kinds of music left an imprint on her.

Manike Mage Hithe is one of the most popular tunes for Instagram Reels in India. Currently, she is working on her first album. Yohan said it is an upcoming single and will be released soon and completely different from Manike Mage Hithe. Many Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Tiger Shroff, Sonu Nigam, and many have been seen praising the song.

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