Who is Gary Brolsma and what is the “Numa Numa Dance”?
The “Numa Numa Dance”, was a video created by Gary Brolsma, in November 2004. It was submitted online to a website called Newgrounds on December 2004. At the time, Newgrounds mainly offered Flash movies and animations, so I had to convert the video from my webcam into Flash format for viewing, as YouTube didn’t exist yet. Moving forward just two years later to September of 2006, the original Numa Numa Dance video has hit over 15 million views on Newgrounds.com alone, not to mention the other countless number of websites that it is now hosted on since then. It’s been featured multiple times in the media with articles appearing in multiple newspapers and blogs, radio stations and podcasts, and even television shows.
I got the idea to call it “Numa Numa” from the Romanian lyrics of the chorus from the song “Dragostea Din Tei“, by the band O-Zone. I’ve always have been a fan of making little video clips to entertain friends, by making mini-documentaries on stupid things or just plain old goofing around. Honestly, the video was originally intended to make a few friends laugh by just goofing off. It only took one take and about 15 minutes of splicing in random pictures of my friends to put all together. A week or so after I finished the video, I decided to throw it up on Newgrounds just for the heck of it, thinking it would be “blammed” (automatically deleted for a low scoring video).
Little did I know it would wind up on featured on their homepage and explode in views, touching the hearts of so many people. This was actually during the transition period where YouTube just had launched and was suddenly becoming more and more popular.
I owe much of my success to Tom Fulp, Wade, and the entire team at Newgrounds, so I can’t thank them enough. Tom also has my original white and blue stripe t-shirt that I wore in the video in 2004. I learned of the song from “Maiyahi” by Ikari. My video actually caused O-Zone’s album to go way up the charts over in their country and in other places around the world. O-Zone has since broken up as a band, and a CD is not available for purchase in American stores, but you should be able to find it online.
I’ve gotten the opportunity to do so many cool things because of this silly little video I made, and I’m so honored and happy that I got to be a part of all of it. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my website. If you enjoy my videos and want to check out more, please subscribe on YouTube and follow me on Twitter!