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India scores at FIFA

Indian musical duos are scoring big on the football field.

hollywood Updated: Apr 12, 2010 01:22 IST

Indian musical duos are scoring big on the football field. While the Delhi-based electronica pair, Midival Punditz has licensed a track from its latest studio offering, Hello Hello, to the 2010 FIFA World Cup official video game, composers Salim-Sulaiman Merchant have composed a sports anthem for the Cup. All thanks to them, India is being represented well at the mega sports event.

The news has Punditz excited. “The authorities, this year, wanted to pick music from across the globe. And the dhol-centric mix of our electronic ‘vocal’ track, Atomizer represents India in a big way. It’s catchy and universal,” says Gaurav Raina on the duo’s behalf. He says it’s interesting to work on projects like these. “The game features an interesting line-up of international biggies such as Basement Jaxx, Sergio Mendes, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. We’re glad to have made it in there,” he adds.

The track, co-written by percussionist Karsh Kale, isn’t Punditz’ first for a video game, though. Many of their tracks from previous albums have been featured on games such as Need for Speed - Cabon, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Ashes Cricket 2009.

The Merchant brothers, on the other hand, have composed an English song titled Africa, to commemorate the World Cup spirit. They’ve got rock act Tough On Tobacco’s frontman Sidd Coutto to lend his vocals for the same. “He sounded fantastic,” says Salim. The song, which chronicles Africa’s journey as a nation, has been penned by Salim’s wife Jeanne, a jazz singer. And the duo wants to take it a step further. “If all goes well, we may even perform at the World Cup closing ceremony,” says Salim.