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Kailash Kher records anthem for FIFA

music Updated: Feb 24, 2010 17:54 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times
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Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher is on a roll internationally. Just a couple of months after he and Kailasa band-mates Naresh and Paresh Kamath finished a long USA tour, covering over 18 cities and performing in some of the most prestigious US concert halls, Kher has now notched up a collaboration with international-renowned Algerian singer, Cheb Khaled of

Didi

and

Aicha

fame.



On a roll


The singer, who came into the limelight with the song,

Allah ke bande (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II)

in 2002, has been signed on by one of the largest mobile service providers, T-Mobile, and Fender Guitars, for a worldwide anthem that will be associated with the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010.



“The manager of the project was looking for an Indian artiste to associate with the project and since my work with Kailasa has been internationally visible last year, my international manager was able to score the deal,” says Kher. “It’s an anthem that’s going to be used as part of the FIFA World Cup, since the two companies are official sponsors


of the event.”



Kailasa had released an international version of their third album,

Kailasa Chaandan Mein

, titled

Yatra

, last year, which had received rave reviews in international publications and was constantly amongst the top 10 of iTunes’ World Music charts. Kher was also one of the only Indian singers to sing on A R Rahman’s first Hollywood project after the Oscars,

Couples Retreat

.



Own composition


Kher will also be singing with Grammy-nominated Nigerian singer, King Sunny Ade, and a European rock act,

Flying Machine

, on the album, that will be distributed across the world. “I will be singing a solo song, a duet with Khaled and another song with all three artistes. The international video will feature only me and Khaled,” says Kher.



The singer, who is known for his

sufi

songs,

Teri

deewani

and

Saiyyan

, is currently in Los Angeles recording the tracks, and will be there till the end of the week. He’s composed and written the lyrics of the songs himself too. He smiles, “The solo song is completely my own, and I have contributed music and lyrics to the tracks that I’m collaborating on with the other artistes.”



The tracks and music video are scheduled to release in April.