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'Sri Lankan' Hussain Jiffry wins Grammy award

Sri Lankan-born bassist, Hussain Jiffry. (Pic: newsfirst.lk)

By Correspondent

It's a proud moment for Sri Lankans all over the world as bassist Hussain Jiffry takes home a Grammy gong.

Several Lankan media outlets trumpeted the news and social media was alight with Lankans basking in the glow of music's biggest gong for one of their own.

The honour 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, reports newsfirst.lk.

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.