Olinton Mervyn Bastiansz aka Wally Bastiansz known as the god father of Sinhala Baila, who brought Kaffrigna to the fore. Baptised as ‘Ogustus Martheneus Bastiansz’, named after his grandfather Wilhelmus Martheneus, his close family and friends called him ‘Olie’ or ‘Olinton’. Once he embarked on his musical career whilst serving in the Traffic Division of the Ceylon Police, he presented himself with the stage name ‘Wally Bastiansz’.

As a serving police officer, Wally played in the police band during the 1940s. It is said that he had been granted special permission to attend musical events by then prime minister Sir…

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