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Gary Brolsma's house in New Jersey
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Gary Brolsma's Webcam
Last Updated on 2010-3-04
by Dean Lucas
The Numa Numa (or "Numa Numa Dance") gets its name from the chorus of the Dragostea din tei track, "nu mă, nu mă iei," meaning, roughly, "(you) won't take, won't take me." The video caught the ear of one Japanese Internet User, Ikari, who created his own video for the song. Using an animation that looks like a popular Japanese ASCII cat named Monā Ikari created a video which used English and Japanese Mondegreens or words that sound the closest to the original Romanian lyrics. It was this video and its concept that captured Gary's imagination.
Gary Brolsma (born January 14, 1986) is a resident of the state of New Jersey, USA. One of his teachers, Susan Sommer, described him as quiet but was good with technology, "Whenever there were computer problems, Gary ... would fix them for the school,"
Around Nov 2004, Gary was facing some depression after the death of his father, and he used his Web cam to film himself lip-syncing in an effort to lift his spirts. The video was meant to amuse himself and a few friends. But within weeks Internet users charmed by the innocence and ebullience of Brolsma’s performance spread the video around the world. Brolsma became an unintentional icon of the viral video phenomenon after uploading his "Numa Numa Dance" on the Newgrounds site on December 6, 2004, where it has since been seen over 13 million times. Since it was uploaded the video has been reproduced on hundreds of other websites and blogs.
When asked about making the video Gary had this to say:
Not happy with just one version Gary also created some tweaked variants of the video since it became popular. One version also contains some puns, among them pictures of "feta cheese" during the lyric "fericirea" ("happiness") and a LEGO representation of Bob Ross during the singer's words: "sunt eu, Picasso" ("it's me, Picasso"). Other third party versions include a "Showdown," between him and a German Kid getting angry at his computer. The video also had a brief cameo by the Star Wars Kid.
As his video spread throughout the world the fame hit hard. He made
appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's The Tonight Show and
VH1's Best Week Ever, but then became uncomfortable with the amount of
attention. According to The New York Times, he was an "unwilling and
embarrassed Web celebrity." He stopped taking phone calls from the
media; he canceled an appearance on NBC's Today Show on February 17,
2005; and he did not cooperate with The New York Times for their
February 26, 2005 article about him.
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Since then Gary has come to terms with his celebrity even releasing a New Numa video which was released on September 8, 2006, on Newgrounds, and promoted on a dedicated website, NewNuma.com. This was an unexpected move, though one which he had been urged to make by fans of his original video. The video was produced by Experience Studios (Seattle, WA). It features Brolsma and his garage band, The Nowadays, lip-syncing and dancing to New Numa. The song is a repeated Russian children's rhyme and performed in heavily accented and barely understandable Russian by Chad Russell, a singer/songwriter from Fridley, MN, for producer and DJ, Variety Beats, on the BeLive label.
Dragostea din tei
Dragostea din tei (pronounced /ˈdra.gos.te̯a din tej/) was the most successful single by O-Zone a band originally from Moldova, but which launched in Romania. The original version was sung by Dan Bălan, Arsenie Todiraş and Radu Sârbu. The single was first released in 2003 in Romania, where the group lived and produced at that time, and in the spring of 2004 in most other European countries. As of 2006, the song is still in the lower reaches of some Eastern European singles charts. It was written and produced by Dan Bălan (who wrote most of the group's songs), and was one of 2004's most successful summer hits, as well as one of the best selling singles of the year across Europe. Tradegy struck when in 2005 the group split up. All of the members went their separate ways and started their own solo careers.
- It made it into one of the 100 Funniest Moments, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK.
- One misconception was that Brolsma is Dutch: the video showed up on several sites with the title "Funny Fat Dutch Boy" (although his surname is Dutch, he is American and the song is Romanian).
- Numa Numa Dance on Newgrounds - Numa Numa Dance where it was originally submitted
- NewNuma.com - Gary Brolsma's new site for his new video
- Myspace profile - Gary Brolsma 's Myspace profile