Spain: Christ Dances to Brazilian Pop Hit in Religious Procession

During the religious procession marking the end of the Christian Easter week in Alhama de Murcia, Spain, the image of the Resurrected Christ was struck by the Telomania, when the brotherhood carrying the image  decided to play and dance to Michel Teló's international hit “Ai Se Eu Te Pego“.

The videos showing the parade appear in different Spanish media outlets and have been uploaded several times on YouTube, making it difficult to confirm the original source of the citizen made video.  On La Opinión de Murcia [es]:

Los que pasearon esta Semana Santa por las calles de Alhama de Murcia se llevaron una buena sorpresa al ser testigos de un paso fuera de lo común, y es que el solemne ritmo que suele acompañar a las imágenes protagonistas cambió por uno más fiestero y desenfadado.

Those who during Easter Week walked through the streets of Alhama de Murcia had a great surprise when they witnessed a step out of the ordinary, and it was that the solemn rhythm that usually accompanies the main effigies changed for a more festive and carefree one.

Resucitó by Juan Carlos Guijarro Moreno CCBY

Resucitó by Juan Carlos Guijarro Moreno CCBY

The songs played during the procession were the hit Brazilian pop song Ai Se Eu Te Pego (Oh If I Catch You) by Michel Teló and the Waka Waka song by Colombian singer Shakira.
The Brazilian export song has made its way around the world, as previously written about in Global Voices’ article Brazil: Cultural Debate as ‘Oh if I Catch You’ Song Goes Global and [es] of Granada in Spain, who wrote about the particular Easter Parade had this to add:

Ai se eu te pego‘ ataca de nuevo sin contemplaciones. Es la canción del momento y traspasa fronteras como podemos ver en Youtube. Michel Télo ha creado escuela. El caso es que el tema de las Navidades, de la primavera y, posiblemente, del verano se ha colado hasta en la Semana Santa. Es la fuerza de Ai se eu te pego. Hasta en un periodo de retiro, espiritualidad y devoción como éste, Michel Teló se ha abierto un hueco con su ‘Ai se eu te pego‘ y una cofradía de Alhama de Murcia ha decidido modernizarse e ir más allá de las marchas típicas y se ha lanzado a bailar a su Jesús Resucitado al ritmo de los pegadizos sones de la canción del brasileño.

‘Ai Se Eu Te Pego’ attacks once again with no ceremony. It is the song of the moment and it crosses frontiers as we can see on Youtube. Miche Télo has created a following. The fact is that this Christmas hit, the Spring hit and possibly the Summer's hit has found its way to Easter Week. That is the strength of Ai Se Eu Te Pego. Even in a period of retreat, spirituality and devotion like this one, Michel Teló has made an opening with ‘Ai Se Eu Te Pego’ and a brotherhood of Alhama of Murcia has decided to update themselves and go beyond the typical marches and have launched their Resurrected Christ to dance to the bubblegum rhythms of the Brazilian's song.


Although the brotherhood also made the image dance to the World Cup song the Waka Waka, made popular by Colombian singer Shakira, it is the video with Michel Teló's song that has become viral.

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