Truly great music is immortal. It lives on as it is resurrected by generation after generation of gifted musicians who breath new life into it with their own talents. This is precisely what happened with Michael Jackson’s extremely popular song “Heal the World”.
More than two decades after its release, the song has a new rendition and it is performed by 45 children from different countries, aged between 5 and 13. The song was released by Maati Baani on their Youtube channel on August 29, the birth anniversary of Jackson, to honour the legendary musician.
The music video will leave you astounded as you watch adorable little kids play a variety of musical instruments and sing with grace and skill of veteran virtuosos. Maati Baani explained the idea behind the rendition in a statement to HuffPost India. “We are living in times which are not peaceful. We witness violence directly or indirectly everyday,” said the band’s vocalist Nirali Kartik. “We felt that it was the right time to do this and a great way to send a message to people affected by violence that we care and we are with you.”
According to HuffPost India, the entire collaboration for the song was done online and the children did not know who they were collaborating with. “So for them, watching the video was like opening a surprise packet,” said the band’s guitarist Kartik Shah. To that, we’d say that it is the magic of music which finds its way to form connections across boundaries and generations.
The video also features Sparsh Shah, an Indian boy living in the US, who had become an internet sensation with his cover of Eminem’s 2010 single, “Not Afraid”. The 13-year-old has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a disease that makes the bones brittle. But notwithstanding the disease, the young musician will enthrall you with his amazing performance.
We were blown by these precociously talented little musicians. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.