Post-war Sri Lanka has taken to the high life and the recent Colombo Jazz Festival hit all the right notes
It’s Saturday night and I’m outside the Bandaranaike International Airport, being hustled into a cab with a jazz quartet from London. Our cabbie doesn’t speak a word of English and we speak neither Sinhalese nor Tamil. We wait until a dozen or so musicians, straight off the Abu Dhabi and Dubai jazz festivals, load their instruments into a trailer, shuffle for space in the van and roll their eyes at the disorder. Shehan De Silva, a young boy with a wild Afro who is volunteering with the Colombo Jazz Festival, maintains his cool.