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45 child artists re-create Michael Jackson’s Heal the World

Child musical prodigies -- drummers, tap dancers, guitarists, pianists, a washing-machine-player -- come together for the ultimate tribute to MJ...created entirely online

art and culture Updated: Aug 31, 2016 12:33 IST

Michael Jackson’s Heal the World never made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The best it did, after it released in 1991 (as part of Jackon’s mega-hit album, Dangerous), was no. 27. On the UK Singles Chart, it did better: at no. 2.

Yet, Heal the World was the song MJ was believed to be the proudest of. He would later go on to create Heal the World Foundation, a charitable organisation, to aid children.

If you’re an MJ fan, and a fan of the original, you cannot miss this new version reprised for Jackson’s birth anniversary (on August 29).

Maati Baani, a Mumbai-based music duo (Kartik Shah and Nirali Kartik), has been collaborating with artists from all over the world via the internet , for a good part of 2016.

With this version, they aimed for something bigger, and tougher: to bring together 45 child artists, all prodigies in their own right, from Pretoria, South Africa, to California, USA. You have vocalists, rappers, drummers, an electric guitarist with truckloads of attitude (and a hairstyle to match), even a boy who plays a washing machine. Yep. You heard that right.

Enjoy the song.

Here’s the full story, of how the children’s version of Heal the World came together.  

Vocalist Nirali Kartik (left) and composer-producer Kartik Shah of Mumbai-based band Maati Baani (Aalok Soni/HT)

First Published: Aug 31, 2016 12:32 IST