Sri Lanka Express

Ruwanga hits new milestone as composer for Netflix's "Reality High"

Ruwanga "Ru" Samath

Sri Lankan-born Ruwanga 'Ru' Samath (32) has hit another milestone in  his growing career as a record producer and composer with his name showing up on the first line of music credits of a Netflix Original movie released in September.

The movie, #Reality High, features several original songs by Ruwanga.

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 104 million paid members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films.
#Reality High is a teen movie that follows nerdy high-school senior Dani Barnes.  Her dreams of getting into UC Davis, the world's top veterinary school, are in jeopardy when a new friend draws her into a Southern California scene.

It's a scene young Ruwanga is quite familiar with, having immigrated at age 12 to the U.S. and lived in Southern California since the late 1990's.   


A versatile musician, Ruwanga has already written and produced an impressive stack of end title songs for movies, including Fast and Furious 5 (Universal Pictures) and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Sony Pictures). He has also placed songs in movies such as TED (Universal Pictures), Spare Parts (Lionsgate), Tower Heist (Universal Pictures), and You're Next (Lionsgate).

He has done several remixes for artists such as including Beyoncé Knowles' "Ring the Alarm" remix, Britney Spears' "Break the ice" remix, Kelly Rowland's "Work" remix, The Virgins' "Rich Girls" remixhas his name on the music credits
#RealityHigh stars Nesta Marlee Cooper, Kate Walsh and John Michael Higgins, and was directed by Fernando Lebrija.

Ruwanga is the son of Tuan Samath, a successful IT professional and Renuka Samath, herself a talented singer and musician who has made a name for herself in Sri Lanka as well as the expatriate community in Los Angeles.