Mahagamage Samson Fernando, most famous as M. S. Fernando (Sinhalese: එම් එස් ප්රනාන්දු, 4 March 1936 – 9 April 1994) was a Sri Lankan baila singer. He is heralded a major player in the development of baila music and was widely popular among Sri Lankan audiences commonly referred to as the “Bayila Chakrawarthi” (baila emperor).
Fernando received many accolades in his long career including the Golden Lotus Award presented by Sri Lankan President William Gopallawa in 1973 and over 159 silver trophies in various Baila contests he entered. He was able to sing in five languages and incorporated dancing into his act. Fernando performed in England, France, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Middle East to Sri Lankan audiences.
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