Monday, October 03, 2011

Howzzat! Cricket goes hip-hopping


CL T20 Opening Ceremony kicked off with a bang last week.

A day prior to the big-ticket event, Bangalore rapped, not just with the big stars of Champions league, but to the tunes of modern hip hop giants, Jay Sean, Ludacris and Flo Rida. The men behind mega hits like “Get Back”, “Right Round” and “Down” brought an assault of brilliant rhymes and beats to the Bangalore Palace on September 22. 
Flo Rida and Ludacris perform at the event
While Flo Rida and Jay Sean have toured India in the past (Jay Sean recently completed a four-city tour), it was the first gig for Ludacris and his DJs in the country - also a reassuring reminder that he’s not all about drifting these days.

As the sun went down, the evening came alive to the sounds of the three new-age artists with the crowd swinging to all the best hits that they had to offer. 
Jay Sean
Jay Sean got the crowd going with his amazing voice and beat box skills; he sang all his hits, from “Down” and “Soniye” to “2012 (It Ain’t the End)”.

Grammy winning Ludacris’ performance was action-packed with hits like “Splash Waterfalls”, “How Low”, “My Chick Bad”, “Hit ’em” and “What Them Girls Like”.

Flo Rida ended the concert with all his top hits like “Right Round”, “Low”, “Elevator”, “Sugar in the Ayer”, and his latest single “Good Feeling”.

The cricketing touch to the proceedings were provided by the captains of the ten participating teams, who walked up on stage and signed the ‘Spirit of Cricket Declaration’, signaling the start to the tournament. While the RCB boys got a loud cheer from the home crowd, MS Dhoni’s presence on stage got the crowd into an electric pace.

It was a mix crowd of over 4000, including cricket fans and music lovers that attended the concert. Here’s what some of the fans had to say:

Akshita Luthria, student, “The concert was brilliant and Jay Sean and Flo Rida were just amazing”.

Sahil Wahid, travel entrepreneur, “It had a different vibe, pretty good for an opening ceremony, perfect for Bangalore”.

Shazeen Javed, “I am glad that we got to hear the tunes of some of hip-hop’s biggest names”.
- Aditya Mendonca/ Raintree Media Features/ www.raintreemedia.com 

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