Fitting Tribute To The ‘King of Pop’

23 03 2010

MoonwalkerMichael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) or Michael Jackson as he was popularly known, was one of the greatest artists of all time. It’s a real tragedy we lost him when he was most upbeat about making a comeback after a long and painful hiatus infamous for the scandals concerning both his personal and professional life.

But, as we move on and look back at the legend which he was, it’s not hard to see why he had made such a mark in the entertainment industry. Michael was a complete entertainer. He sang, he grooved and entertained his audience in a way which is rarely observed in any artist’s performance. His dancing style was both famous for moves like the Moonwalk and the Never-Ending Spin and infamous for the controversial Crotch grabbing move.

In 2007, the inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), a maximum security prison in Cebu, in the Cebu Province of the Philippines, imitated the zombie dance featured in the music video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The footage, uploaded onto video sharing website YouTube, became an immediate internet hit and viral video. The idea behind the dance came from the prison’s chief – Byron F. Garcia. Garcia first conceived the idea of dancing as an enjoyable way of keeping the prisoners mentally and physically fit.

In 2009, immediately after MJ’s death, the inmates performed a dance routine paying tribute to the “King of Pop”. Honestly, this is one of the best performance I’ve ever seen of MJ’s moves by a group this large. I sincerely hope, prisons around the world can learn a lesson or two from the inmates of CPDRC and get innovative in directing their prisoners time and energy into something worthwhile while keeping the prisoners entertained too.

I really enjoyed watching this clip and hope you’ll enjoy it too.  RIP MJ 😦 .

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