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The term "baila" is adapted from the Portuguese verb "bailar" meaning "to dance". The popular baila singer Wally Bastian was known as "Father of Baila in Sri Lanka." There is a popular baila song by Saman de Silva in tribute to him.
M.S. Fernando A.K.A "Baila Chakrawarthi" was a key figure in Sri Lankan baila history.
Baila music, as its etymology suggests, is deeply rooted in Sri Lanka's colonial history — particularly within the communities established by the Portuguese traders of the 16th century. These communities (consisting of Portuguese traders and the slaves that they had brought with them from the western coast of Africa) gradually combined with communities of native Sri Lankans. From this cultural interchange, emerged the musical style now referred to as "baila"
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