Soulful Music With Francesca Mudanayake - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka
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Music For The Soul With Francesca Mudanayake

If you haven’t heard her belt the tunes, what are you even doing?

Francesca has always been a free spirit. In university, she majored in drama and English, which led to being a music reporter for her college newspaper. “Journalism and critical reviewing are my favourites parts! Right now, I work as a part-time journalist at the Sunday Times covering musical shows and, sometimes, interviewing people,” she said. Francesca also runs a Bed and Breakfast on the side and models occasionally.

At home, she was always singing, and when she was 14-years-old she entered her school’s music competition and won. “I enjoy performing and singing to a crowd. It’s sort of my vibe and I’m continuing on that path.” But she didn’t get into the music until she was 18. She began listening to albums to help figure out what she likes to sing. She started writing her own music which eventually led to her releasing her first song.

FrancescaWhen Francesca first started out, she didn’t know much about the industry, but today, she sees it growing. “A lot of young people are branching out into different genres. The Sri Lankan music scene was kinda limited to rock and metal bands, but now more are getting into acoustic guitar, electronic R&B and other genres,” she said.

The texture of Francesca’s voice classifies her as a jazz singer, and while she learned the technicalities of this genre, her heart has always led her towards R&B and electronic. “I’m trying to balance this with the band I work with, so there’s a bit of electronic, R&B, jazz and sometimes a little acoustic.”

She’s hoping to focus more on her music this year and release an EP, and even some music videos. Music for Francesca is not only limited to auditory; it’s very much visual. When she records, she sees the clothes, the production and the look and feel. It’s very much a visual culture what with how society digests everything! “You can’t always get away with only a song out. If you’re an artist, you need to think of the video through social media. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely plays a huge part.” If you’re looking to get on the scene, Francesca suggests you go with your gut. If it works out well, that’s great. And if it doesn’t that’s okay.

Francesca will be putting out more content on her YouTube channel, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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This article was originally published in the August 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For more inspo, grab a copy of our latest magazine or subscribe online

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