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Alston Recognised As ‘The World Artist Of The Year’

By Dirk Tissera

Dignitaries and Ambassadors from all around the world assembled at the United Nations on Friday, June 20, 2014 for the Humanitarian Summit in association with the 2nd Annual Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards, presented by We Care For Humanity (WCH).

WCH Founder and President,  Princess Maria Amor Torres, DD said: “This is one of the biggest collaborations in the history of philanthropy.”

The G.O.D. awards is the leading International recognition honouring excellence of individuals who have outstanding civic and charitable stewardship, and have significantly improved the quality of life in their communities through their expertise and talents in the fields of diplomacy, business, economy, philanthropy, and entertainment.

Sri Lankan-born Alston Koch was honoured at this humanitarian summit as ‘The World Artist Of The Year’. The Daily Telegraph and News Limited in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere along with the biggest selling monthly ‘Woman’s Day’ tagged Alston’s recent chart success as ‘The Good News Chart Success Story’ of the year while the international media and the music industry dubbed him as ‘The Funk Master and “The Grand Pa of Trance’ amongst other accolades for this evergreen singer-writer and humanitarian.

“I am truly blessed to have been selected although this was not an award for just my musical prowess but also for the humanitarian things done and my musical commitments in the wake of misfortune like the Tsunami (MTV worldwide concert and broadcast for UNICEF with Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson etc., where I was a presenter…Indonesian LIONS Club concerts throughout Indonesia and Asia when my song Try Again was eight weeks at No 1, The America’s Cup Album etc., and the first music video to appear on MTV before it went worldwide after 1986).and then my album hitting No 2 in a recognised music chart at age 67 when I am not on a first name basis with the world or for that matter my hometown…. So I was blessed…Also blessed to meet the famous KOCH Bros of the USA,” a jubilant Alston Koch told the Sri Lankan Anchorman from the UN. Alston Koch needs no introduction to the world of music. He has captivated audiences and dignitaries from around the globe and was once Asia’s Pop Guru.

Having migrated to Australia in 1970, he now lives with his family at his new Beverly Hills home in the USA.

Playing the lead role, According to Mathew, an upcoming 2014 film directed by Chandran Rutnam set for release later this year, Koch stars as Rev. Father Mathew Pieris, an Anglican pastor of the Church of St Paul the Apostle, in Colombo, Sri Lanka who was convicted of the double murders of his wife, Eunice Pieris, and Russel Ingram, the husband of his lover.

So as the accolades keep pouring in for Alston, albeit he is feeling like: “The KOCH of the walk.”

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