Exclusive: 45 Child Artists To Pay A Musical Tribute To Michael Jackson For His Birthday (Updated)


45 child artists from different parts of the world have collaborated online for Maati Baani’s Heal the World cover to be released on Michael Jackson’s birth anniversary.

In March this year, home-grown band Maati Baani launched six songs that featured 50 musicians from 20 countries. What made it unusual was that the collaboration took place entirely through the internet. Now, the duo, Kartik Shah (36) and Nirali Kartik (32), is back with a new online collaboration — this time featuring 45 children from across the globe.

The world music band will release the song — a cover of Michael Jackson’s iconic Heal the World — on Jackson’s birth anniversary, August 29. Launched in 1991, Heal the World urged people to make the world a better place and care for children affected by war. Kartik says, “We chose the song because, all through this year, there’s been violence, war and unrest either in our country or somewhere else. And it is the kids who suffer the most. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the song, so there’s no better time to release it.”

“We came across clips of young prodigies on social media who would play really complex pieces of music. We wanted to do a song with them,” Nirali says. Among others, the song features a South African choir (Mamelodi Gospel Choir from Pretoria) and 13-year-old, US-based, Sparsh Shah, who became a social media sensation earlier this year with his cover of Eminem’s rap song, Not Afraid. “We also have seven-year-old twin tap dancers from California, and Jonathan Carollo, a percussionist from Washington who plays a rather bizarre instrument — a washing machine,” Nirali adds.

Although Maati Baani has ample experience in working with musicians online, Kartik says putting together this cover was more challenging than the rest of their songs. “We had to speak to parents who would, in turn, communicate with the child artist. Also, we spent months finding some of the prodigies. But the wait was worth it.”

Stay tuned

Subscribe to Maati Baani’s YouTube channel, to listen to Heal the World’s cover.

UPDATE: See official video below.


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Young Michael Jackson Fan Wins At World Championships of Performing Arts


When he was a toddler, Ethan Scharneck watched a Michael Jackson video. He hasn’t stopped dancing since.

The 13-year-old has won two gold medals and two silver medals in the World Championships of Performing Arts with his Michael Jackson-inspired routines.

The world championship, held in California, involved performers from more than 50 countries in singing, acting, dancing, modelling and instrumental competitions.

Ethan won gold for his hip hop/funk and open dance performances, and silver in the jazz dance, and song and dance, categories.

The resident of Oteha on Auckland’s North Shore is a self-taught dancer, and says he first started after his father borrowed a Michael Jackson video tape.

“I would just go through all the moves. I would watch it over and over,” Ethan says.

“I was going crazy.”


Ethan only took up singing at the start of the year.

“When I first went for singing lessons I was out of tune, out of key and out of time, but my singing teacher was very encouraging,” he says.

Ethan says he loves the stage and enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and he still keeps in touch with some of them.

He says meeting people from South Africa made him feel at home, as his family emigrated when he was 3.

The City Impact Church School student has aspirations to also take up acting and wants to star in a dance movie and open his own studio in the future.

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Shaheen Jafargholi Wins Part In TV Series After Shooting To Worldwide Fame Thanks To Michael Jackson


SHAHEEN Jafargholi, who performed at Michael Jackson’s memorial concert, has won a part in Eastenders.

The former Dylan Thomas schoolboy will play the son of Bonnie Langford’s character Carmel Kazemi in the BBC soap.

He first made it into the public consciousness in 2009 when he reached the final of ITV show Britain’s Got Talent at the age of 12.

His voice caught the attention of Michael Jackson who lined him up as a support act on his This is It tour.

But when the singer died before the tour started, Shaheen was invited to perform at a special memorial tribute to Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, which was beamed around the world.

He later sang I’ll Be There at the MOBO awards’ tribute to Jackson that same year.

Now aged 19, he will play 15-year-old Shakil, Carmel’s cheeky youngest son and brother of Kush (Davood Ghadami).

The storyline sees him arrive in Walford determined to reunite his parents who previously divorced.

But dad Umar is now with another partner, meaning things don’t quite go to plan.

His character, however, soon finds a romance of his own.

Shaheen has also appeared in BBC shows Casualty, Torchwood and as Troy in kids favourite Grandpa in my Pocket.

Speaking about his new role he said: “I’m so excited to be joining the show. I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid so to now be a part of something so iconic is an honour.

“I’m also really excited to be working with a legend such as Bonnie Langford. I’m having so much fun playing her son and can’t wait for people to finally meet Shaki.”

It will be the spring before we see Shaheen in Eastenders.


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Young Michael Jackson Fan Performs For Hospital Fundraiser


A Michael Jackson fan has thrilled school pupils at a fundraising gig.

Dario Robinson, a Year 11 student at Broadfield Specialist School in Oswaldtwistle, performed in aid of Manchester Children’s Hospital after his friend and fellow pupil Kirk Pinder was taken seriously ill over Christmas.

Lee Bentley, extended services co-ordinator at Broadfield, said Kirk has now recovered and Dario wanted to thank the hospital for their support.

The performance included six songs and six costume changes and raised £124.

Kirk’s mother Wendy Borwick praised the hospital staff for ‘saving Kirk’s life’.

Wendy said the doctors and nurses were the ‘most dedicated she had ever come across’ and she was so grateful that they looked after her and Kirk and let her stay by his side when he was so poorly.

Lee said: “Dario is a big fan and got a really great reception.

“Everybody knows him. He had the whole caboodle and he wanted to do it to say thank you.

“Some of the staff here collected money and sent a donation to the hospital at Christmas instead of sending each other Christmas cards.”

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Little Big Shots: Nathaniel Sings Michael Jackson (Also See Stevie Wonder Performance Clip)

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Nathaniel Cullors is the young Motown singer who’s being compared to Michael Jackson due to his Jackson 5-level voice, look and moves. On the TV talent show Little Big Shots with host Steve Harvey, Nathaniel sings the classic Jackson 5 song “Who’s Lovin’ You?” with such conviction, you believe the little man really wants to know, with his head hangin’ low, Who’s Lovin’ You.

Little Big Shots isn’t a talent competition — there are no judges, just performances and fun — but Nathaniel’s appearance on the show doesn’t seem quite fair to the other kids, who are amateurs. Nathaniel is a professional performer. Nathaniel recently played young Michael Jackson, young Berry Gordy and little Stevie Wonder in Motown the Musical on Broadway. His tenure with the tour ended in February 2016.  Little Big Shots airs Sundays at 8pm on NBC.


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‘Kid of Pop’ Lands In Spotlight With Michael Jackson Moves

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He’s got the moves. Ziynne is his stage name. Everyone needs a stage name when you are 8 years old. In grade school in the Mishawaka area, he is Ziynne Ward. Some people call him the Kid of Pop.

For the past four years he has been dancing to the music of Michael Jackson. He comes complete with a red jacket and a sparkly glove. The crowds love him. Recently he performed in Milwaukee with the Jacksons (Tito, Jackie and Marlon) at a charity event at the Wisconsin Center. This past Saturday, he performed at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.


Ziynne auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” television show in Detroit in the fall. But the family hasn’t heard anything. A promotional video for AGT has images of the young dancer. Check out the video at the 40-second spot www.youtube.com/watch?v=StBXOxGTDAA.

He is the son of Stephen and Stephanie Ward. His dad said it is a “God-given talent. He has never taken a dance lesson. We are proud and amazed with him. It is very natural for him.”

Dad Stephen said he noticed when he carried his infant son and listened to music, the little boy rocked back and forth with the beat of the music. “In preschool, I went into the classroom and he was performing, and the other kids sat in a circle and watched. The teachers all had their phones out and were recording him.”


By the time he was in kindergarten, the movie “Michael Jackson’s This is It” was released. Ziynne was as happy as he could be.

He has performed at local events and festivals. The Jackson family members were impressed, according to Stephen. And that may open more doors for him, according to dad.

Check out his website — www.Ziynne.com — for a look at the performance schedule.


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Little Girl’s Report On Michael Jackson Leads Her To Learning How To Dance Via Youtube Videos

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Adilyn Malcolm: You might not know her name, but you definitely know her mesmerizing videos,which have blown up online with millions of views.

The 12-year-old has become a viral sensation for her dubstep dance moves — the pop and lock techniques require an incredible amount of coordination that many much older than Adi (*raises hand*) could never accomplish.

As if her mind-blowing talent wasn’t enough, in a recent interview with Fusion, Adi revealed that she learned all her moves just by watching YouTube videos.

“It all began with a report for Michael Jackson,” Adi said, “and I went on the Internet, and I fell upon dancing to dubstep and I just started practicing and going on from there.”

Adi added that the advantage of learning online is that she can watch the same moves until she perfects them.

“I just go on YouTube, look on random stuff like ‘how to dubstep,’ ‘how to pop and lock,’ and to learn the move, I usually watch the video over and over and over.”

“If you’re on the Internet, you can really learn and teach yourself — it benefits you because you can watch everything over and over again, but in a classroom you can’t do that,” Adilyn said. “Honestly, because I learned this whole thing from the Internet and the Internet is my generation’s tool to learning these things, I think I can show people that you can do anything if you really have a passion for it.”

Check out the video for more about Adilyn’s impressive moves:

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“Dancing is everything to Jonah this is his main interest, his single interest and he loves it,” Edie said.

“Everybody loves to watch him dance,” she said. “We go places and he’ll dance, just start dancing at a restaurant when he gets bored, and people will stop, and servers will stop and certain people will get his autograph and say ‘you’re really going to be something one day.'”

“I just like him because he’s the king of pop,” Jonah said.

“We were at the beach and we saw “This Is It,” his last concert, so that’s how I began to like him,” he said.

Edie said he practices copying MJ’s signature moves for hours every day.

“He’s watching videos when he comes home from school, into the night. We have to actually get him off of it to go other things because he loves it so much,” She said.

She said she hopes Jonah’s dancing will lead to bigger and brighter things for him in the future.

“I feel like everybody should do something that makes them happy, this is what brings him joy, and his dancing brings joy to other people,” Edie said.

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