Lankan-born becomes Grammy Winner

Lankan-born becomes Grammy Winner

Written by Staff Writer

27 Jan, 2014 | 9:16 pm

It is great day for all Sri Lankans the world over as Sri Lankan-born bassist, Hussain Jiffry, is now officially a Grammy Winner.

The honor was bestowed upon Jiffry, who is a part of bass legend Herb Alpert and wife Lani Hall’s quintet, when the group won the Best Pop Instrumental Album Award for their album Steppin’ Out at this year’s Grammy Awards, which concluded on Monday morning.

Earlier in the day, Programme Director of Yes FM, Ramzi Cassim, caught up with Jiffry.

Hussain Jiffry is known for his work with well-known names in the international music scene such as Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Yanni.

Jiffry has also been with Brazilian samba jazz legend Sergio Mendes for many years as well as, performing with “The Earth Wind and Fire Experience” when they played live in Colombo, and at the Java jazz festival.

He graduated from the Musician’s Institute in California in 1989, and while playing random ensembles, it was his sheer talent that brought many worthwhile offers to this dedicated bassist.

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