The latest Internet meme craze, the Harlem Shake, in which people dance to this song, has now taken Trinidad and Tobago – the other side of the world from where the meme began, in Queensland, Australia – by storm.
Not to be confused with the original Harlem Shake dance, the meme's version basically involves a lead character dancing on his or her own for a bit, to be followed by the rest of the “cast” joining in with ebullient dance moves. Of course, for a video meme, it is easily reproduced, as it involves just one camera angle and a jump cut – practically anyone can do it and they certainly have been – in all parts of the country. The trend has become so popular that even local mainstream media are covering it.
The blog mekmilaugh, which put together a quick playlist of some of the videos, noted that:
Even with Carnival just concluding, Trinidadians have found time to get into the internet mania being generated by Baauer's Harlem Shake where people across the World have been making crazy short videos to the song.
Here is a look at some of the videos…a Trinbagonian take on the Harlem shake!
There is one from Synergy TV…
…another from social/entertainment website triniscene.com which goes all out, complete with confetti…
…and one from Macoya Gardens – the “street edition”:
Even the vagrants who populate the streets of the capital, Port of Spain, seemed to be getting in on the act:
Finally, the most artistic approach came from jtography, whose stop motion version is both clever and entertaining: