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Hero For Christ
November, 10th, 2008
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If you listened to any radio in the year it was released, you heard it. You may have loved it, or hated it, or most likely, loved it until they played it so much that you hated it. But you couldn't avoid it. It covered the airwaves unlike any other song in recent memory, hitting Top 40, black urban, the alternative stations, and even NPR. It was utterly, unbelievably eccentric, and catchy to the point of madness. The first time you heard it, you asked yourself "what the ??? was that?" It didn't sound like anything else on the airwaves, a wild hip hop parody of an old-school rock-n-roll number.
A revisionist history answer to the British invasion, the video features a band entirely made up of Andre 3000 playing a London stage sometime during the 60's. There he is, digitally duplicated, as the bad-boy drummer, the cool hipster bass guitarist, the cheerfully nerdy acoustic guitarist, the mop-topped lead singer, and even the triplets-in-jockey-costume backup singers.
Families watch at home on their black-and-white tv's as crowds of screaming girls obey the startling directive to "shake it like a polaroid picture" --after all, Andre 3000 is their neighbor. Even the skeptical middle-aged white woman in the audience (presumably the chaparone-ing mother of one of the young fans) is eventually won over by the gleeful enthusiasm of the lead singer (an apt symbol for the song's seduction of the "crossover" audience). As you see his face, you can tell that he loves the music, and that singing it makes him the happiest man in the world.
Hakika katika maisha kunavitu vilivyo mvutia mtu mpaka nayeye akawd mpenzi wa fani fulani.Mimi binafsi Shairi alilolitunga Shaaban Robert baada ya kifo cha mkewe Amina ndo shairi pekee ambalo lilinifanya kuanza na kuwa mpenzi wa mashairi na leo hii nimepata kukumbuka mbali sana kwani shairi hili linachoma lina weza kumfanya mtu atokwe machozi.Ama hakika kazi ya sanaa kupitia Fasihi Andishi inaweza kumuenzi mtu ingawa amesha fariki miaka zaidi ya hamsini iliyopita.