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Fri 20 Jan 2006

"Love from the Linden Trees" or the Numa Numa song

Category : mac and the internet

Ladybug has been humming a few lines, as is her way, of a "Numa Numa" song. She credits Chicken Little for this earworm, but I vaguely recalled rabid reviews that exceeded Chicken Little's performance. A little googling revealed a lip-synching feat superior to the efforts of Back Dormitory Boys who had me in tears!

It turns out "Numa-Numa" is actually a 2003 Romanian song Dragostea Din Tei (="Love from the linden trees" or possibly, and more likely, "Love at first sight"). This dance track was written and performed by Moldovan band O-Zone, and many other versions sprouted across the world including one by Italian band Haiducii (The Outlaws) who got sued by O-Zone. The song was a big hit across Europe, and well, I suppose the internet - see the lyrics and their video.

But the internet phenomenon began when 19-year old American Gary Brolsma videotaped himself lip-synching the song in earphones. After it was uploaded in newgrounds.com it became an internet meme - if you watch the video he made, its easy to understand why! Its a superb performance, and all from a chair in front of his computer.

He has the vote of many for Cool-Geek Kid of 2005 and inspired imitations including Chicken Little, a pretty good one from Malaysia and an American Idol flash version. And a fan site. Read about Gary and his video in Wikipedia and watch the video at newgrounds.

Well, now,Ladybug has to learn the lyrics of the entire song - and some of it is pretty challenging!

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