News Pop / Rock 08/01/2008

Australian star Alston Koch storms the charts with the Murali Song



LONDON, UK (Top 40 Charts/ Asia Music) - Australian music star, Alston Koch who was born in Sri Lanka is storming the charts with a song dedicated to the world champion bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan. The Murali Song is doing well down under as well as the Asian Charts. It has been featured in three continents. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka's ace spin bowler overtook Australian Shane Warne's record when Eng;and played Sri Lanka in a three test series on the island. Murali is now the world's leading wicket taker - a historic record. He could well end up with 1000 wickets.

Alston Koch has recorded the only official tribute personally endorsed by Muttiah Muralitharan.Alston is the only Sri Lankan-born singer song-writer to be signed to an international record label and have success in Australia,Asia and Europe with Platinum & Gold record status. Acclaimed as Asia's King of Pop in the late 70's when his hit song 'Disco lady' stood on the top of the charts for more than 8 weeks in three continents, he was also commissioned to write and perform the album for the America's Cup by the Australian syndicate 'THE KOOKABURRAS' who defended the cup for Australia.

Alston Koch's profile can be seen on: www.youtube.com/alstonkoch The song, already acclaimed by music critics as a classic, is being launched with the support of cricket website Cricinfo, the online home of cricket, and CD's can be purchased in Sri Lanka Cricket's official online shop - www.srilankacricketshop.com.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the CD and DVD will be donated to the 'Foundation of Goodness', a Sri Lankan Charity run by Kushil Gunesekera, Muralidaran's manager and a few other Sri Lankan cricketers including the legendrary Sri Lankan bowler, Chaminda Vaas.

Ranked No 1 by the ICC official ratings for an unprecedented period of time, Murali now has the distinguished title of being the greatest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket. Having won the admiration of one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Donald Bradman, Muralidaran was refered to as the 'David Copperfield of cricket' by another cricketing giant Steve Waugh.

The spin-wizard and spin-doctor was at his best once again mesmarising the English batsmen and has now taken more than 1000 wickets in both tests and one day matches...another record.

To write a song about a living legend was no easy task with months spent in the planning stages by the production team and the Muralidaran Management Team. It was finally recorded in one of the best recording studios in the world in Melbourne, Australia with award-winning conductor, arranger and producer Jarrad Gilson.

Jarrod Gilson believes it is one of the best tribute songs written and remarks that he now understands why triple Grammy award winner Alicia Keys introduced the singer Alston Koch to the World at a recent MTV awards ceremony as 'a legend and a superstar' as he is a dedicated and disciplined perfectionist.

A music video has just been completed and includes footage from some of Muralidaran's greatest triumphs and live footage while the song was been recorded at Oatlands Studios in Melbourne. The music video can now be seen on http://www.alstonkoch.com

The song is simply titled 'Murali' and is a number one hit in South Asia. Millions follow cricket on the Indian sub-continent.

The song has three versions and one version is an an authentic Australasian Dance Mix featuring some of the best Aboriginal didgeridoo players and musical instruments and ancient tribal chants from India to Afghanistan...Sri Lanka to Australia and cricket crowds from all over the world.






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