It's been almost five months since Mark Ronson unleashed "Uptown Funk" on the masses. Galvanized by stellar vocals from Bruno Mars, the infectious groove has swept the nation (see Harlem, Hollywood and Jackson, MI). Everyone from Fall Out Boy to the Season 6 cast of Glee has shown-off their versions, but nothing -- and I mean, nothing -- will prepare you for the precious anomaly that is Alex Boyé's "Uptown Funk (Oldtown Cover)."
Filmed in Provo, UT, "Oldtown" is essentially a frame-by-frame remake of Ronson's original video with an AARP twist. Making good use of makeup and prosthetics, Boyé and Genesis Band (members Dennis Pegues, Don Harwell, James Shepphard, Natalie Shepphard and Eddie Gist) take on the role of Bruno and crew, while Jean's Golden Girls (a Utah-based senior citizen dance troupe) join in on the fun as "The Dancing Grannies." While some of the lyrics are slightly "sanitized" (Boyé is a devout Mormon, after all), the video maintains the energetic spunk, humor and good vibes of the original. Pop a Geritol if you need to, and dance along with these old-timers as they show and prove that age ain't nothin' but a number.
The Utah-based Nigerian singer has become a YouTube sensation with his "African inspired" versions of pop hits. Make no mistake, Boyé does more than just sing his version of a song. He creates a full-scale video production complete with unique locations, sets, props, costumes and even guest vocalists. No seriously, have you seen his "Let It Go" video? Visit his YouTube channel for his amazing video covers of songs by artists like Pharrell, Adele, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Lorde and some Disney favorites as well. If you like what you see, head over to Amazon to purchase Africanized.