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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Am I Wrong" is a positive and uplifting pop song with African rhythms from Norwegian hip-hop duo Nico & Vinz about thinking outside the box and chasing dreams. The beautifully shot music video is footage of the duo traipsing around Botswana interacting with locals and marveling in the grandeur of Victoria Falls. This is a solid song for tweens and up.
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What's the story?
AM I WRONG is the first single released in the U.S. by Norwegian pop/hip-hop duo Nico & Vinz. The song is about following your dreams and not conforming to anyone else's ideals or expectations, an empowering message for kids of all ages. Originally released in the spring of 2013, the song was reissued by Warner Bros. in 2014 and surged up the charts, due in large part to the viral success of its beautifully shot music video, which depicts the group's travels around Botswana and Victoria Falls.
Is it any good?
The tune is catchy, the beat is crisp and complex, and the lyrics are hopeful and universal. The production is top-notch, giving the Central African high-life guitar sound a modern upgrade, fusing it with elements of hip-hop and house music (and maybe even some hints of Sting and The Police). It's a decidedly good-vibes track, and it's easy to forgive the at-times contrived lyrics and occasionally goofy music video.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the influence of African music on styles around the globe, from hip-hop to mambo to jazz and beyond. How has the African diaspora contributed to the spread of rich musical traditions?
Do you think it's becoming easier for international artists to have success in the U.S. market? How has the global reach of the Internet and the sharing of viral videos changed the ways in which artists attract attention?