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Aloe Blacc, the Voice of Avicii's 'Wake Me Up', Releases His Own Acoustic Version: VIDEO


Aloe Blacc, the voice of Avicii's worldwide smash "Wake Me Up", has released his own acoustic version with a video anthem to the dreams of undocumented immigrants.


Colorlines adds, of the video:

Directed by Alex Rivera, the video includes appearances from Agustín Chiprez Alvarez, who is also a day laborer, Margarita Reyes, who was deported as a child along with her mother, and Hareth Andrade Ayala, who is fighting to halt her father’s deportation.

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  1. I loved his "I Need A Dollar," which was used as the theme for "How to Make It In America."

    Posted by: jimstoic | Oct 24, 2013 12:07:35 PM

  2. I've been waiting to see who this guy is, his voice is flawless I hope he records an album.

    Posted by: NE1 | Oct 24, 2013 12:19:52 PM

  3. He did a live segment on a really, really good Graham Norton show two years ago, that's available on YouTube. I saw a repeat of it some months back and was really impressed.

    Try an "aloe black graham norton" search on Google!

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Oct 24, 2013 12:37:37 PM

  4. Secure the border.
    Deport illegal aliens.
    Overturn Kim Wong Ark
    Enforce our immigration laws.
    Secure this nation.
    Reserve our social services for our citizens.
    Stop propping up millionaire landlords by allowing crowded houses of illegal aliens.
    Stop depressing US wages by allowing employers to hire illegals.
    Reduce welfare by 10% per year and eliminate illegal labor and the labor market will normalize.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 24, 2013 1:04:49 PM

  5. Anyways, back to the song...

    I had no idea that was the same guy who sang "I Need a Dollar." Thanks, Jim!

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 24, 2013 1:49:41 PM

  6. 1. Spend millions of dollars to make impotent gestures at misguidedly opposing one of the great forces driving the American economy

    2. Sacrifice America's historic ideals of liberty and opportunity in the name of a nativist protectionism that saps both our economic and our moral strength.

    3. ???

    4. Profit!

    (The video is lovely, by the way.)

    Posted by: distinguetraces | Oct 24, 2013 1:56:57 PM

  7. Interesting how this video has a pretty powerful message (with real people no less) - while the original Avicii one is about some mythical cult of supermodels who find their salvation at a rave/circuit event.

    Posted by: JB | Oct 24, 2013 3:16:00 PM

  8. Still don't agree, deport them all.

    Posted by: topher | Oct 24, 2013 6:23:46 PM

  9. What a great video. I was surprised that it carried a message, given the Avicii video's blandness and vapidness. Also pleasently surprised it wasn't heavy-handed.

    Not surprised at all at Towleroad's crazy comments.

    Posted by: Leonard | Oct 24, 2013 8:39:03 PM


    Do the math. Mexican couple comes here and both work at $10/hr. They earn $41,600 per year. They have two children in the public schools at a cost of $10K per year per child. Not only that, but with the earned income credit, Jesus and Maria actually get more money back from the IRS than they paid. So they pay no taxes, and they consume state expenditure for public education at a rate that they will NEVER be in a positive position for their "contribution" to this country.

    That isn't "driving the economy" Where did you get such a ridiculous idea?

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 25, 2013 1:50:45 AM

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