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Ranidu Sings ‘Sinha Udaane’

Official Sri Lankan Theme Song of the ICC World Cup
By Sanath Weerasuriya 

Popular Sri Lankan Hip Hop singer now based in New York, Ranidu Lankage has hit the top note of the international music world again by singing the Sinhala version of the – Official Theme Song of the ICC World Cup.

Theme Song is the official World Cup song of the South Asia and it has three versions - Hindi, Bangla and Sinhala representing India, Banglasesh and Sri Lanka. Adapted to meet the linguistic requirements of the three co-host nations in Hindi, Bangla and Sinhala, the original Hindi version sung by Shankar Mahadevan is titled ‘De Ghumake.’

Composed by the popular and critically acclaimed Indian musical trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, and performed by Ranidu, ‘Sinha Udaane’, the Sinhalese version of the official theme song of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is on air now!

The song champions the ICC CWC 2011 theme of celebration and national pride. The catch phrase of ‘De Ghumake’ for the song has been taken from the streets of the sub continent and represents all that it takes to win a match.

The lyrics are broad, popular, inclusive, and catchy with a mainstream appeal.  The Sinhala version was adapted by one of Sri Lanka’s top musical talents, Ranidu Lankage, the first Sri Lankan artiste to achieve international success on mainstream media networks such as BBC Radio1, MTV (USA) and Zee music in India. Ranidu was recently voted as a top 10 artist in Sri Lanka at the Derana music video awards and won the ‘Most Patriotic Video Award ‘ for his charity project ‘Sebalanani’ which raised money to build houses for disabled soldiers of the Sri Lanka army.

Commenting on his contribution to ‘Sinha Udane’ Ranidu said, ‘Cricket is a craze in Sri Lanka and the world cup is an event the whole country looks forward to.  It is an honour for me to sing this song in support of the Sri Lankan team and I was delighted when India’s top Bollywood composers Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy invited me to collaborate with them on this track’. The lyrics for ‘Sinha Udaane’ were penned by Shehan Galahitiyawa who is one of the leading lyricists in the country.

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