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Travys Kim brings world closer together with multilingual versions of popular songs

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South Korean broadcaster Travys Kim has attracted fans across the globe with multilingual YouTube videos.

Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once said that a different language offers a different vision of life. If that’s the case, then South Korean singer and broadcaster Travys Kim must have a kaleidoscopic view of the world.

That’s because the YouTube sensation sings pop music in dialects from many countries. One of the 40-year-old polyglot’s recent examples was a cover version of Harry Styles’s “As It Was” in a dozen languages.

Below, you can hear Kim belting out The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” in 18 languages.

In the next video below, Kim dishes up Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in 15 languages.

And in BTS’s “Permission to Dance”, he even included sign language.

Kim is also a fan of Bollywood music. And his multilingual covers have attracted a fan following across South Asia.

Below, you can hear his version of “Tum Hi Ho” from the 2013 romantic drama Aashiqui 2, starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor. Kim actually managed to sing this song in 11 Indian languages.

Here’s a fun fact: Kim’s fans call themselves Travengers. And if you look at the thumbnail images for his multilingual videos, they often include flags to represent the languages that he brings forth,

In total, Kim’s YouTube channel has attracted more than 50 million page views. Not bad for a guy whose day job has been reading the news.

Follow Pancouver editor Charlie Smith on Twitter @charliesmithvcr. Follow Pancouver on Twitter @PancouverMedia.

 

 

 

 

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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