WATCH: 'Paprika' dance is bringing the world's kids together

The song was a mega hit worldwide, and still growing in popularity (üÜFoorin team E. Photo by Takako Noel)
The song was a mega hit worldwide, and still growing in popularity (üÜFoorin team E. Photo by Takako Noel)

Is this the song and dance that we need right now? It certainly seems that way.

With its main theme being 'Let us be together', the Paprika World Video is delivering smiles to children (and adults!) around the world, as it offers some much needed light relief and a message of hope amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

With an enormous number of views on YouTube, and comments like "World’s children smiles make one feel good" and "It offers power at these hard times", it's still gaining popularity. 

Learn the catchy tune and dance here:

The Paprika world video starts with the dance troupe 'Foorin team E' dancing in Tokyo and then goes on to feature groups of children from 29 different cities across 27 countries, including South Africa!

The children’s powerful performances, complete with happy smiling faces, offers an encouraging and uplifting distraction from the impact of the global lockdowns.

The artist behind the hit song, Kenshi Yonezu, is a Japanese number one singer-songwriter, whose song “Lemon” ranked top music charts in Japan for 2 consecutive years. 

He produced Paprika as a project aiming to support the world's people who are rising to the unique challenges of 2020.

The music video has more than 160 million views, with related videos achieving a total of more than 300 million views as well, which contributed to it winning Japan’s most prestigious award 'Japan Record Awards'. 

Is this the next Baby Shark? What do you think?


Share your stories and questions with us via email at chatback @ Anonymous contributions are welcome.

Don't miss a story!

For a weekly wrap of our latest parenting news and advice, sign up to our Friday Parent24 newsletter.

Follow us, and chat, on Facebook and Twitter.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Eskom has considered continuous load shedding at Stage 2, instead of introducing it when the power system faces a crunch. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I'm all for it - we're going to have power cuts regardless, so we might as well have some stability to better plan our lives
45% - 4263 votes
No thanks! I prefer having periods of no load shedding and we cannot normalise this crisis
55% - 5136 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.