While a lot of people have watched the segment of Korea’s Got Talent featuring Choi Sung Bong, the 22-year old that rocked the stage and took Korea — and the entertainment world– by storm with his performance and his sad personal story, there’s one other orphaned child that’s been currently rising to fame, too. The individual I’m talking about comes from the same show, but hosted in a different country. This time it’s China’s Got Talent and the featured artist’s name is 烏達木 (Wu Da Mu).
There are English subtitles for the conversation between the judges and contestant in this video, but in the end, it doesn’t matter because he sings in a language most of us don’t understand, myself included. Just wait until you hear his voice. Oh, just you wait. (Better have some tissues ready, too).
He’s a Mongolian child that lost his mother to a fatal illness, and also lost his father shortly thereafter to a car accident. He’s only 8 years old, but seems to be so much more mature than a lot of kids his age because of the tragedies he’s had to face. I think that even if he was an adult who sang this, I’d still bawl my eyes out if I heard this.
I’ve watched this numerous of times, yet the effect is still the same — I tear up and cry. It’s not his tragic story that gets me, but the way he sings and who he’s singing this song to. When he hits a few high notes, it sounds as if he’s literally crying out to his mother in heaven, which is when I start falling to pieces.
The song is sung with so much emotion, and it’s easy to empathize with what he’s feeling despite not knowing the lyrics. (And this is why I think it’s stupid when a few of my friends tell me that they never listen to songs in foreign languages because they have to understand the lyrics; music is a universal language that needs no words. Period.)
Oh God. Just talking about his performance brings fresh tears to my eyes. This child inspires me to really live my life with a purpose, and to keep moving forward even when life knocks you down to your knees. He may be young, but he’s not letting his age affect him from continuing to do what he loves, which in this case is singing. A lot of bad things may have happened to him, but he’s still moving forward.
Watch this and be prepared to be inspired. Thanks to my dear friend mookie for sharing this with me last week.