16.5.14

Naughty Boy "La La La" ft Sam Smith [MV]



I wasn't familiar with UK singer, Sam Smith until recently and he has an incredible voice. He teamed up with Naughty Boy to produce an incredible video. Many think the story tells the Wizard of Oz but it's actually the Bolivian "tale of el Tio".

I normally don't read youtube comments because they hurt my soul but this one was actually accurate so I'm sharing it:

The music video revolves around a word of mouth Bolivian legend, from the 19th century, which concerns a deaf boy who fled from his abusive home and found a stray dog that accompanied him since then. After living on the streets for long time he discovers that he has a special talent of perceiving people's troubles, which he can heal by screaming. His screaming is said to be as loud as an earthquake and a tornado. One day, the boy finds an old man who is being stoned by villagers while being taunted and ridiculed. By screaming, the boy resolves the situation and revives the old man's heart (in the video, the boy buys a new heart for the man). Together, they meet a disfigured man who was abused, considered a leper by society. The disfigured man reveals that he is a prophet who was cursed by a demon (El Tio) because he didn't worship him, and abandoned the society where the demon resided. El Tio is considered as the lord of the underworld, to whom mortal people offer gifts to him in order to be protected by him or to ease his anger. The prophet said anybody who could hear the demon would fall under his control. He told them the demon could be found in desert, where there once was a town in which people worshipped the demon and he cursed them to kill themselves. Together they go to the place where the demon should reside. They arrive at a mine where the demon is supposed to be, but anybody who enters and could be cursed after hearing the demon speak. And so the boy alone could go into the mine to meet the demon and over voice him with his scream to stop him from cursing others. The music video deliberately alludes to the story of the Wizard of Oz in an effort to conceal the legend from those unfamiliar with it. - The XQMA

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