Senani is an Australian based Rnb/soul singer/songwriter and has just recently released 'Voodoo Girl', the first song from her upcoming new album (Infinity). Senani wrote the song after hearing the name of a horse (Voodoo Girl) who won a race broadcasted on a Sydney radio station in the early months of 2009. The song tells the story of spellbound love. The music is hypnotic, incorporating a haunting groove and melodies based on tabla, percussion, strings and a Grand Piano. The vocals accentuate the effect. Senani has a passion for using instruments from her ethnic background.
She was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and when three years old moved to Newcastle, Australia with her parents and two sisters. Her mother, Jeevarani, was a well known actress/singer/dancer in Sri Lanka in the 1960's and 70's and exposed Senani and her sisters to the sounds of traditional South Asian/Indian music from a young age. The music is highly Rhythmic and intricate with melodies and scales to compliment. Senani was also exposed to music from the Motown era, listening, singing and dancing to artists such as Lionel Ritche, Boney M, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons and George Benson during her childhood. She grew up on 70's/80's disco and soul and this shaped her style as a singer and performer. Her music mentor is Michael Jackson.
Senani began dancing and singing to these artists from the age of 5 years. With her two sisters and a cousin from a young age, she would rehearse performances in their home and when guests would visit, they would take the opportunity to put on a fully choreographed show. Her father, who could play the piano by ear and sing, bought a small upright piano for the house when she was seven years old and from that point Senani developed a close friendship with the instrument, initially playing by ear and then taking lessons from the age of 10 years old. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing the Blues, her favourite album being the "Lady Sings the Blues" by Billie Holiday. Senani undertook piano exams through the AMEB from this time and also started taking singing lessons from the age of fourteen. This gave her confidence to begin writing songs which she gradually developed a passion for. Initially writing about love and relationships, after experiencing life over the years, Senani has broadened the themes to include her views on the Universe, Nature, life and its purpose.
At the age of fifteen, Senani had career aspirations to become a singer and recording artist, however, was encouraged by her family to further her education to support her future music pursuits. She took this seriously and decided to study very hard and completed a degree in Medicine at the University of Newcastle, thereafter becoming a family Medical Practitioner with an interest in Nutritional Medicine.
During these years Senani continued to perform, sing and write songs, performing as a dancer in Peter Andre's music clip "Let's Get it on" and entering and winning several music competitions in Newcastle. This gave her the opportunity to perform on National TV (the Newcastle NBN telethon) as well as appear on stage alongside artists such as Silverchair (then Innocent Criminals) and Margaret Urlich at the Matara Music Festival.
Shortly after, Senani moved to Sydney to further her career in music and began working with Pop/Dance Keyboard programmer Sophie Loizou (Tweak Laboratory), recording several self-produced EP's. Two singles, " Everything I do" and " I am Gone" received Australia wide radio airplay and favourable reviews in music magazines including the 'Drum Media'. The music video clip for " I am gone" aired on Australian MTV and Rage.
Over the last five years, Senani has been performing with her Soul/Funk band in Sydney and began writing for her first fully produced album, "INFINITY" in 2009. The songs on the album were all written and inspired by higher channels. Senani describes several nights during this time when she would awake at 3am with her mind filled with melodies and sounds and would then write the complete lyrics and music ideas on the piano the same night. The song content of the album includes our relationship to Mother Earth and Nature ('Nature's Talking') as well as human relationships ('Sweet Thing', 'Voodoo Girl', 'A Special Kind of Girl') and also discusses Life's challenges and social themes ('Free', 'Infinity'). A child at heart, with magical thinking, Senani often takes us on a magical journey of the mind, exploring our fullest capabilities as spiritual beings ('I'm Ascending').
In 2010 and 2011, Senani began work with several local producers and arrangers (including Andro Martinez, Eric Rasmussen and Nikolas Pringadi) to prepare for the recording of her album at 301 Studios (Sydney). The music on the album was produced to fuse her two musical influences, "Soul, Rnb" with indian instrumentation and vocal. During the winter of 2010, she entered the recording studio with a multitude of talented local musicians, to record the soul, funk grooves and then in August 2010 Tabla Maestro Bobby Singh and Sitarist/Indian vocalist Sarangan Sriranganathan added their touches. Recording was completed by March 2011 after Concert Harp and a brass section was added to several songs as well as electronic production by Andro Martinez. During this time, Senani and several soulful female and male singers (including performances by Craig Calhoun from the Brothers of Oz) completed the vocal production on the album.
'Voodoo Girl' was the first single written for the album and is the first single to be released. Senani loves to dance, and a song is not complete without a dance routine whenever she performs on stage. Hence, the video clip for 'Voodoo Girl' is dance based. The video was filmed on location and in the studio in Sydney, Australia. Senani is looking forward to sharing her music with the world and will be releasing more songs from her album shortly.