Move over "Macarena," make way for "Papaya"

by Elyas Isabelo Salanga
Mar 25, 2008
A little clap-clap, a little shuffle-shuffle, and point your finger in the air: If you can do that, then you're all set to dance with the rest of the people—including the hosts of ABC's Good Morning America (in photo)—addicted to the "Papaya" dance.

The hit Philippine dance craze “Papaya Dance” is proving to be the next “Macarena."

Over ten years after the Spanish song “Macarena” by Los del Rio swept the world with its contagious dance steps, another dance craze is beginning to take the world by storm: the Philippine’s very own “Papaya Song.”

The "Papaya Song," composed by Polish jazz vocalist Urszula Dudziak, saw a rebirth among Filipinos when the song became a local dance hit in ABS-CBN's game show Pilipinas, Game KNB hosted by Edu Manzano.

The gimmick on the game show required the audience to stand up and perform the dance whenever a contestant made it into the next round. The gimmick turned into a dance craze that became so popular among TV and Internet viewers that it made its way to U.S. shores, particularly on daily talk shows like ABC'S Good Morning America.

Actor and TV host Edu Manzano—who recently popularized the song with his top selling album—displayed the simple yet contagiously addictive dance move on Pilipinas, Game KNB. He believes that the dance reflects the Filipino's fun-loving attitude despite political disorder, economic tension, and natural disasters.

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"The song just kinda tickle people in a light way," Edu Manzano said in an interview with Reuters UK. "It brings a glint to your eyes, a smile to your face, and kind of swing to your hips."

Edu's words proved true as people from all walks of life and from different venues—including a jail, a church, a supermarket, and even the U.S. Embassy—dance to the "Papaya" tune.

Because of its popularity, almost two thousand versions of “Papaya Dance” were uploaded in YouTube, a video-sharing website. This caught the attention of people around the world making it one of the most watched videos in YouTube and other websites.

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A little clap-clap, a little shuffle-shuffle, and point your finger in the air: If you can do that, then you're all set to dance with the rest of the people—including the hosts of ABC's Good Morning America (in photo)—addicted to the "Papaya" dance.
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