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South African boys' school marimba band is nothing but pure, joyful energy

The marimba band from Hilton College performing at the 2019 International Marimba and Steelpan Festival.

Music has been described as a universal language for how it unites people across borders and cultures. When musicians perform together, it's like magic, and when you see a fantastic musical performance, it's mesmerizing.

And when you add an element of fun? Pure, sheer delight.

The boys who play marimba at Hilton College (which actually isn't a college, but a boys' boarding school) offer a perfect example of magical musical amusement. A video of the school's marimba band performing at the 2019 International Marimba & Steelpan Festival in South Africa has gone viral, and when you watch it, you'll see why.


The video shows a dozen or so teen boys all lined up behind their marimbas, mallets in hand, ready to go. A woman's voice gives them the go-ahead, and the music starts. Then the dancing. Then the dramatic pauses. Then the all-out joyful, performance in which these young men appear to be having a blast.

The crowd witnessing their performance live may be small, but that doesn't stop the band from giving the performance of their lives. The video has been viewed more than 5 million times this week on the Music Crowns Facebook page. Watch:

People in the comments shared where they were watching from and their thoughts on the performance, with an international outpouring of praise and support:

"I am watching from California but I am from Guatemala and my grandfather used to play the marimba. He would have enjoyed it! Wonderful job! I would love to visit South Africa."

"I'm watching from France, near Paris!! Such a wonderful performance, love it so much."

"Watching from Puerto Rico 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷 wowwwww you're all amazing."

"Wow!!!! incredible!!! 😍😍😍😍I'm from the Philippines. What an excellent performance. I really really love watching them and hearing the music they produce. What a lovely sight and sound."

"Amaaaaaaaazing ... watching from SudanI hope our kids having the opportunity to enjoy their feelings in music like this ..one day."

"Watching from Bilbao (Basque Country). Really wonderful performance!!!"

"Watching from US Virgin Islands. Absolutely fabulous. I enjoyed watching these incredible talented young musicians."

Comments keep coming in from around the world, which isn't surprising. This is one of those videos you can watch over and over and enjoy every time. Thanks, Hilton College, for nurturing such joyful expression in these students so we can all experience the musical magic they've created.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Marlon Brando on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1973.

Marlon Brando made one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks in 1972 after playing the iconic role of Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The venerable actor's career had been on a decline for years after a series of flops and increasingly unruly behavior on set.

Brando was a shoo-in for Best Actor at the 1973 Academy Awards, so the actor decided to use the opportunity to make an important point about Native American representation in Hollywood.

Instead of attending the ceremony, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a Yaqui and Apache actress and activist, dressed in traditional clothing, to talk about the injustices faced by Native Americans.

She explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

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