Ashanthi wins top South Asian music award

Sri Lankan vocalist Ashanthi has won four awards at the Indiego Music Awards – Asia 2012, South Asia’s 1st Music Awards, the Malaysian organizers said today.

IndieGo music had its thrills and spills as the social media driven awards announcement kept musicians on their seats waiting for each category to be announced on the group postings on Facebook and the Bite My Music website.

Finally Ashanthi  was declared the winner in the Best Overall Female Vocalist (GOLD), Best Pop Act of Asia (Silver) and the Best Hip-hop/Rap solo award (Silver).

She was also won the ‘Thank you for existing award (most innovative & creative act) which is the highest honor that can be bestowed on any musician at the Indiego Music Awards.

Speaking on her victory Ashanthi said she was really honoured to win so many awards for her country.

“Sri Lanka has so much talent and i am so glad that i was able to show a fraction of it to the world through my music..I feel this year will be a really big one for me with a start like this! I must first thank all the people behind Indiego music awards especially Siva and Meera for making this happen and for all the recognition i have received globally with the win of these 4 awards.

The new age Asian movement is about to take over the world and the cornerstone has just been laid. So proud to be part of the action and so honoured by this big achievement! thank you team Indiego and all the judges and all my fans who support me throughout my music career,” she said.

Ashanthi’s first major label album was as half of the duo Ashanthi’n’Ranidu, with the album Oba Magemai released in 2003.

Her debut solo album Sandawathuren was released in 2006. This was the first R&B hip hop, solo album to be released by a Sri Lankan woman.

Her general style of music is ethnic R&B and hip-hop coupled with pop & soul ballads of mass market appeal. Sandawathuren was sung in the Sinhala language, with the exception of two English songs.

Ashanthi has toured internationally in countries throughout Europe, North America, Australasia and Asia.