THE DANCE OF THE KNIGHTS

Secluded in their separate rooms, members of the Opéra National de Paris perform the Dance of the Knights from Romeo & Juliet, by Sergei Prokofiev.

 

MAMMA MIA IN TONEVANE

A splendidly-choreographed street-dance to ABBA's Mamma Mia in Tonevane, Ireland, with special surprise appearances by two elders of the community.

 

CORONAVIRUS RHAPSODY

Is this a sore throat? Is this just allergies? Caught in a lockdown, no escape from reality...singer Raúl Irabién's topical take on the Queen classic.

 

HELLO, FROM THE INSIDE

Chris Mann, third runner-up in the 2012 edition of NBC's The Voice, gives Adele's downbeat ballad the social distance treatment.

 

STAYING INSIDE

A short and sweet variation of the Saturday Night Fever classic by Nashville-based singer and musician Brent McCollough.

 

YESTERDAY

A nostalgic reflection on the old normal by South African singer, The Kiffness, complete with scary background coughing effect.

 

FAMILY LOCKDOWN BOOGIE

From new Zealand, homeboy Jack Buchanan and his homefamily, including Masie, the homedog, get down to an, ahem, infectious Seventies disco groove that celebrates being "incarcerated and blood-related" during the global lockdown.

 

IMAGINE

Matthew Fearon, a singer based in Leicester in the UK, imagines a world without bog-roll and panic-buying.

 

HALLELUJAH

Two choirs from Rome, Lavinium and SingUp!, reinvent Leonard Cohen's masterpiece for these broken times.

 

TRUE COLOURS

A sublime cover of the Cyndi Lauper ballad, with a lovely visual surprise at 1 minute and 30 seconds, by the London-based choir, Camden Voices.

 

MY CORONA

Chris Mann, master of the Coronaviral parody, takes it to a whole new level in this version of My Sharona, by The Knack.

 

CORONA VIRUS

A fit of coughing sets off this frenetic and feverish dance original by the Dominican singer, Yofrangel.

 

A SEDER ON THE ZOOM

A Passover lockdown revival of the old favourite, Tradition, from Fiddler on the Roof, by the Schon Wirtschafter family from Berkeley, California.

 

BELLA CIAO

Daniele Vitale plays an Italian instrumental classic for an adoring socially isolated audience, watching and dancing along from the baconies in Bella Italia.

 

HANDWASHING DANCE

In Vietnam, dancer Quang Đăng shows us the proper way to wash our hands, in this street-sharp public service video sponsored by the country's health ministry.

 

FAGARU CI CORONAVIRUS

In Senegal, the hip-hop collective, Y'en a Marre, presents a captivating and educational dance track, "Fagaru Ci Coronavirus" or "Shield Against Coronavirus."

 

PARA PANAMA

The legendary Panamanian Salsa musician, Rubén Blades, sings a song of love and hope for his homeland and its people.

 

CORONA VIRUS ALERT

"Sensitise the masses to sanitise!" sings the Ugandan reggae star and political activist Bobi Wine, backed by Nubian Li, on this upbeat wash-your-hands-along anthem.

 

DO RE MI - COVID 19 VERSION

New Zealand YouTuber Shirley Serban uncannily channels Julie Andrews in this pitch-perfect parody of the Sound of Music earworm.

 

MAD WORLD

Curt Smith, of the 80s pop duo, Tears for Fears, accompanied by his daughter, Diva, poignantly reprises his beautiful ballad about dreaming and isolation in a world gone mad.

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

The sunshiney Beatlesong gets the choral treatment from Camden Voices, lending new meaning to the hope of a revival after the long cold lonely winter of the 2020 Pandemic.

 

ANTHEM

South African Musician and actor Richard van der Westhuizen repurposes his poignant and stirring 1980s anthem of hope in a time of crisis, with friends on backup vocals and instrumentation. The song is in Afrikaans, with an English translation at the YouTube link.

 

CURATED BY GUS SILBER

 
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