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Flash mob video in front of Taipei 101 breaks 1 million YouTube views

Staff writer, with CNA

A video featuring a flash mob of more than 100 music lovers singing traditional Taiwanese folk songs at Taipei 101 has gone viral.

The 10-minute video, titled Flash Mob Chorus in Taipei 101, Taiwan has attracted nearly 1.1 million clicks on YouTube since it was posted on July 8, said Li Chien-fu (李建復), a folk song singer and one of three people behind the event.

“We just did it for fun. We just wanted to surprise people without any commercial or political motivation,” Li said at a press conference.

Seeing so many YouTube views in such a short time, Li said he was impressed by how a video could be so widely disseminated, so quickly.

Freda Ma (馬宜中), a former folk singer and director, also thanked people for supporting the clip and said that the event had no commercial tie-ins with Taipei 101, or any other organization, and was really rewarding.

“We had been practicing since late April. I’ve been so moved by the mob’s members and the reaction of the audience,” Ma said.

The reaction of onlookers was also interesting, said James Lee (李鎮樟), the project’s other initiator: One man was standing with his arms folded at first, but then started to sing aloud and have fun with the group.

Asked if another event was in the works, the initiators said they had no present plans, but added that even if they were planning one, details would not be revealed.

“If we told people, then it wouldn’t be a surprise,” Li said.

Christina Sung (宋文琪), the chairwoman of Taipei Financial Center Corp, Taipei 101’s management company said: “I’m glad that Taipei 101 set the scene for this project, and we would like to provide this platform for other good causes.”

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