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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

When music hits you, you don't feel the pain!

By S.H.Moulana

A Reuters’ report says that Russia will place temporary restriction on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from December 18, the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced.

It has taken this decision after it found an insect known as the Khapra beetle in the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka.

Tea from Sri Lanka accounts for 23 percent of Russia’s tea market with other supplies come from India, Kenya, China and Vietnam.

Beetles are the most widely eaten insects in some countries unfortunately or fortunately Russia and Sri Lanka are not among those countries.

While this is the case with the renowned tea-producing-country, Sri Lanka, we see just the opposite happening to Puerto Rico’s La Perla just because of a hot Spanish number ‘Despacito’. It is reported that something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit ‘Despacito’ was filmed.

With the video becoming the most watched on YouTube with an all-time record of 4.5 billion views so far, a barrio once burdened with bad reputation is now a tourist hot spot.

‘Despacito’ means slowly in Spanish. The song performed by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee reached the milestones of 4.5 billon views faster than any video in YouTube’s history.

‘Breaking the record for most-viewed video of all time is a massive achievement.’ Says Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music.

Though it has been wildly successful in Mexico (385 million) the song’s appeal extends to places where Spanish isn’t first or even second language, from Italy (146 million) to Indonesia (41 million) to Israel (18 million). ‘Despacito’ is the most- watched video of 2017.

I really lost count of watching this amazing video, myself. ‘One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.’ Said Bob Marley.

Although we don’t have the statistics of Sri Lankan viewers of ‘Despacito’, we are sure our music loving people would have created a record for ourselves too.

- Asian Tribune -

When music hits you, you don't feel the pain!
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