Whether you’re taking part in it yourself or you´re just merely a spectator, flash mobs can mean tons of fun for everyone. One thing is undeniable; they cause a hell of a stir and attract lots of attention. But what exactly is a flash mob? Flash originates from “flash of lightning”, and mob from mobilis, meaning mobility, together forming the term flash mob. Essentially it´s a large group of people who assemble, perform a spontaneous act in the middle of a public place, and then disperse for entertainment, artistic or satirical purposes. Imagine for a second that you are on your way to the subway when suddenly; all the people around you come to a complete halt right out of the blue and break into a dance. For the unsuspecting by-passer this can seem quite perplexing and confusing at first glance. They have no idea what is going on. It´s really because these flash mobs are so unusual and yet foster this strong sense of bonding and togetherness that LocalNomad has decided to present this guide on the top flash mobs across the world.
The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) is a bossa nova style Brazilian song written in 1962 by Vinícius de Moraes (lyrics) and Tom Jobim (music) based on the wealthy and fashionable Ipanema district located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
This famous song has been performed over 500 times in various languages thus making it the second most performed song in music history, after “Yesterday” by the Beatles. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Sepultura, Cher and Madonna feature amongst those who have covered the famous Girl From Ipanema song.
Freddie Mercury was by far one of the greatest British singers of his time. Originally the lead vocalist of the legendary rock band “Queen”, everyone knew that this great singer was a long-time fan of opera.
In March 1987, he went to Barcelona with the sole purpose of meeting Montserrat Caballé, one of the most popular Spanish operatic sopranos in the world. Absolutely delighted with her, Mercury decided to record a song, a true ode to the city of Gaudi, and passed a copy of the tape to Montserrat Caballé. In 1988, upon listening to the tape Monserrat was immediately overwhelmed by the strength and beauty of the song so she suggested that they record a duet. The song, “Barcelona”, shot to 8th position in the UK Singles Chart and became the official theme song for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.