Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but his family comes from Senegal, West Africa. He had a hit dance song in India called Chammak Challo. It's in English and Hindi. Below are two videos. One is the "making of" video. He did a good job! The other is the music video with Bollywood dancers. If my knee wasn't messed up, I would be dancing to this song right now.
Selena was an American singer from Texas who was killed by a crazy fan. She had to learn Spanish to gain an audience. There was a movie done based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez. The song is I Could Fall in Love by Selena Quintanilla.
Stan by Eminem and Dido. Rap/pop crossover. Warning, this is the uncensored version because I think these words need to be said. It's a moving story about a crazy fan.
Rap/rock crossover by Aerosmith & Run DMC. I love this song.
Old pop (Elvis) and reggae - UB40 (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You. I was a big reggae fan back in the day...
My family is from Hawaii, so I have to include this song by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole aka Bruddah IZ. Over the Rainbow. I hear it everywhere now, commercials, TV, movies, etc. He used to have concerts in town in an intimate arena where he was in a concert theatre close to the audience, but I never went to them. My parents used to go see him because he was my dad's favorite. One of my regrets is never going to see him because I was in college and "too busy." I should've made time because he's gone now.
When my son graduated last week, they played this song after the ceremony. My husband and I cried because we took it as a sign that my dad was there in spirit. He passed away when my son was 6 and my son looks like him. My cousin from Hawaii was with us. As soon as we heard, "Okay, this one's for Kevin" the three of us immediately turned our heads because we recognized the song before any of the notes were hit. It was funny.
My dad was depressed when he was dying, but I brought the CD player over next to his bed and played IZ's songs. It made him feel better.
He missed Hawaii and the people he knew there. I didn't realize how much he missed them until recently. On Facebook last month, I met his cousins who lived across the street from him when he was a kid. One of them told me they had a big get-together with their classmates which they do every year. She said my dad had called and talked to about a dozen of them. They were all surprised and happy he called. I guess he called to say goodbye because he was dying at the time. He used to be a handsome, popular guy when he was a kid and always the life of the party. Sometimes he would joke about all the girlfriends he had. He was also a troublemaker, a colorful character, so I created a character in one of my comics based on him. I'm hoping to gather more funny stories about him so I can put them in my comics.
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