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World Cup music mania in India

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Kolkata (UNI): India is not playing World Cup, but the mercury sure is rising with a band churning out numbers a la Samba as the city roots for the Latin American giants yet again. Jowar, a contemporary folk-pop band that sings on current issues, is surely cashing in on the soccer mania. Band member Debmalya said that the song has been inspired by Caribbean folk and the rhythm pattern is Samba. The song goes on to discuss issues like who will win the golden boot this time round and which country will win the Cup and hearts of the millions around the world.

Deb while humming a few lines, "Zi Zi Zidane na Ori shona...Ro Ro Ronaldo na ki Argentina....Messi na Beckham..." told UNI "We are always inspired by soccer and the rendition is just a reflection of our feelings." The song, besides, trying to predict who are the stars and who might win the World Cup, also questions who will be the next generation of superstars. "The reason for using Samba as a beat pattern is because of the Brazil connection. The song speaks about various facades of this popular game. On one hand it speaks about legends like Zidane, Kaizer, Platini, Pele and Maradona and on the other hand it throws light on contemporary stars like Mesi, Owen, Ronaldinho, among others," Deb said. "We want to delve deep into the soccer mania that has gripped thousands of soccer lovers across the world through this song", Goutam, the lead vocalist of the band, told UNI. The song tries to share their excitement and anxiety. It's dedicated to millions of soccer lovers across the globe who spends sleepless nights cheering their teams, says Ripon the junior most band member.

Jowar stresses on society and mocks at the hollow promises by politicians. The motto of making songs with news items is to keep the burning issues alive in the minds of people through music, which otherwise would have died a natural death at the end of the day. Their previous hit numbers include a song on Sourav Ganguly, which depicts dada's spat with Greg Chappel and the national selectors, Barren Islands and on the Tsunami victims. And true to their style, they are planning their next song on the reservation issue.

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