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World Embraces 'Harlem Shake' (VOA On Assignment Mar. 8)i
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March 08, 2013 1:40 PM
The host of VOA's “Border Crossings” music program, Larry London, sits down with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal to talk about the latest dance video craze to hit YouTube, the "Harlem Shake." Dubbed the new "Gangnam Style," the "Harlem Shake" has crossed the globe, spawning covers by everyone from U.S. sports teams to Egyptian protesters. But the phenomenon is not without controversy, including its Spanish lyrics, which translate to "with the terrorists." It also has drawn criticism for taking the name of the original Harlem Shake, a hip-hop dance move born in New York City's Harlem neighborhood more than 30 years ago.

World Embraces 'Harlem Shake' (VOA On Assignment Mar. 8)

Published March 08, 2013

The host of VOA's “Border Crossings” music program, Larry London, sits down with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal to talk about the latest dance video craze to hit YouTube, the "Harlem Shake." Dubbed the new "Gangnam Style," the "Harlem Shake" has crossed the globe, spawning covers by everyone from U.S. sports teams to Egyptian protesters. But the phenomenon is not without controversy, including its Spanish lyrics, which translate to "with the terrorists." It also has drawn criticism for taking the name of the original Harlem Shake, a hip-hop dance move born in New York City's Harlem neighborhood more than 30 years ago.