Warning! This is one of those articles that is meant to help you build your time wasting skills so if you have important things to do, go away. It falls in the same category as this one about a website that wants to help you bang your friends and this one about a high school kid who is trying to take a super model to his prom.
The Harlem Shake, if you haven’t yet heard about it, go and pray to whatever being you believe in and ask them to hold an intervention because you soul needs severe salvation. It is 7 AM on a rainy morning and I have barely slept so I am going to just pull some random sections out of Wikipedia for those that might have just woken up from a 20 year coma and still still have no idea what this Harlem shaking is about..
The Harlem Shake is an Internet meme in the form of a video in which a group of people performs a comedy sketch accompanied by a short excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake“. As a meme, the video was replicated by many people, using the same concept, and this rapidly led to it becoming viral in early February 2013, with thousands of “Harlem Shake” videos being made and uploaded to YouTube every day at the height of its popularity.
The form of the meme was established in a video uploaded on February 2 by five teenagers from Queensland, Australia known on YouTube as The Sunny Coast Skate. The video started a viral trend of people uploading their own “Harlem Shake” videos to YouTube. The teenagers’ video was a follow-up to a video by a YouTube comedy vlogger named Filthy Frank which featured a section where several costumed people danced to the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer.
The videos usually last about 30 seconds and feature part of the 2012 song “Harlem Shake” by American electronic musician Baauer. Baauer’s song starts with a 15 seconds intro, a bass drop, then 15 seconds with the bass, and a lion roar at the end of the first 30 seconds. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or seemingly unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video cuts to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the rest of the video. The dancing style should not be confused with the original Harlem Shake dance. Additionally, in the second half of the video, people often wear a minimum of clothes or crazy outfits or costumes while wielding strange props.
The Harlem Shake has proved to be one of the most resilient memes and it doesn’t seem like people are about to stop uploading the videos. The guys at Youtube couldn’t resist the FOMO and they also decided to make their search window dance to the Harlem Shake. Some claims have even been made that it has its origins in Africa.
Yesterday, my timeline was bombarded by tweets about how the crew of the most fantastic and coolest radio station in town , XFM 94.8 had made their version of the Harlem shake. These guys only do stuff that is legit, they spread the gospel of cool! Once they pick up on something, that probably means it is worth paying attention to, you dig?! And pay attention I did. I now present to you my findings of the Ugandan Harlem shake videos. They are 18 as of now and I have watched all of them. I made a playlist with the most popular at the start so just click play and let time fly. [XFM, that is mob kalango. You should think about giving me that 1M in the Volt, tikwe?]
If you are the kind of person that is into the details, I studied each video and I have prepared a report on each of the videos. Go to the next page and be amazed by my analytic and report making skills. Look out for one by XFM, Mister Deejay and the Baboon Forest Crew, The Invisible Children, Staff of Moringa to mention but a few. If you know of a video somewhere that I might have missed, alert me with a message and I shall have it included ASAP.