A song dedicated to the world champion bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan by Alston Koch
By Sisira Chandrasekera, SLBC UK Correspondent
March 12, 2008
Mar 12 (IL) 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.

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. He performed this song on all international TVs such as BBC, CNN and MTV worldwide. As an international recording and performing artist Alston has appeared in concerts around the world including London, Copenhagen, Dubai, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka New Zealand and Australia to name a few. Many famous world music critics applauded his talent.

He originally performed with the band "Dark Tan " in 1970s but he started his solo career in 1980 by signing up with RCA records. Alston toured the world to promote his international releases writing songs for some of the best publishers in the UK with records and songs released in Europe, Scandinavia and Australasia.

He walked away from his career when he visited Sri Lanka in 1994 and offered his services in an honourary capacity to develop the country of his birth. He introduced the new concept in theme restaurants with Pop star dining cuisine at his "Rock café "in Sri Lanka which was an instant hit and also launched the first cable TV in the region

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 legendary Sri Lankan bowler, Chaminda Vass.

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 Jarrod 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 Oat lands 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 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