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Will 'De Ghuma Ke' recreate Waka Waka's magic?
Neetu Banga | 03 Feb 2011

In 2010 Commonwealth Games was mega sporting event in India's capital New Delhi and nation was got engrossed in Grammy and Oscar winning composer AR Rahman's song 'Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto'. Now, it is time to connect with The 'De Ghuma Ke'.

For die hard cricket fans across world are awaiting for the exciting, enthralling and sensational event the Cricket World Cup 2011, which is just few days away. This time  the host nations are test playing and for Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan fans it is more special as cricket is not just a mere game but it’s a religion for them. It will definitely going to awesome feeling to envisage the frenzied fanaticism of the millions of people, cheering for every single ball.
 
 In 2010 Commonwealth Games was mega sporting event in India’s capital New Delhi and nation was got engrossed in Grammy and Oscar winning composer AR Rahman’s song ‘Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto’.  Now, it is  time to connect with The ICC World Cup song ‘De Ghuma Ke’. The peppy foot-tapping number is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.  But Shakira’s Waka Waka (This time for Africa) the official song of FIFA World Cup football 2010 is still going strong across the sporting world.

Question is -  Will Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s theme song ‘De Ghuma Ke’ for the ICC Cricket World cup will do the magic and be as big a hit as Shakira’s Waka Waka (This time for Africa), the official song of FIFA World Cup football 2010?
 
The comparison between theme song of two great sporting events like football and cricket is logical. ‘De Ghuma Ke’ is composed by three singers while Waka Waka is entirely Shakira’s baby. All have different way to perform and lyrics are poles apart.  Shakira’s Waka Waka was exclusively in English language while ‘De Ghuma Ke’ is in Hindi with dubbed local sub-continent language Bengali and Sinhalese. It is notches above the Commonwealth Games anthem. Most cricket fans wanted that the cricket world cup theme song this time should be an English one, as English is the language commonly used in all cricket playing nations.
 
 We can’t evaluate Shakira’s killer body, sexy looks, her dancing skills and mind-boggling dance steps with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy during a concert as they both have different styles. Waka Waka is really fun song and people still dancing and singing on it despite it was last year hit. ‘De Ghuma Ke’ is based on rural and modern background mix.
 
In my view, the ICC Cricket World Cup theme song would definitely be something different which the amazed to fans of cricket playing nations. It is doubtful, complex and difficult to explain that the song would go beyond Shakira’s chart buster Waka Waka.
 
The English and Spanish versions of Waka Waka have reached up 300 million applause and singer Shakira has become the third musician to reach a billion views on YouTube after Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. ‘De Ghuma Ke’ is far behind. Let us hope that it will be worth the wait.