Alston Koch appointed Sri Lanka tourism envoy
COLOMBO: Musician Alston Koch has been appointed as an Ambassador for
Tourism by Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda.
With three Gold Records and 18 international releases, including
musical videos and the now famous Murali Song, Koch migrated to
Australia in 1969, having had a vibrant musical career in Sri Lanka for
over a decade before that. He is also a recipient of three ARIA
(Australian Record Industry Award) awards.
The only Sri Lankan born musician to have an international hit
overseas, Koch was in Sri Lanka to perform at the 'Hikkaduwa Fest '08'
and at the 'SAARC Head of States Summit Media Event' hosted by Sri Lanka
He enthralled the audience with the Murali Song with a backdrop of
cricket and his other hit songs Disco Lady, Try Again and Twenty Miles.
A keen environmentalist, Koch has ventured to compose and present a
special song for Sri Lanka Tourism's Earth Lung Project, establishing
his efforts at mitigating climate change. The song titled A Land Like No
Other was first launched at the SAARC media dinner show at the Trans
Asia hotel in Colombo.
"I am humbled, privileged and honoured by this appointment, and I
will do everything I can to take the message of the beauty, warmth and
the rich Sri Lankan heritage to the world," said Koch on receiving the
The special earth lung song, recorded earlier in Australia, will now
be produced as a high definition DVD with Sri Lankan visuals as the
backdrop for international release.