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Snoop Dogg singt auf Deutsch!

A friend sent me this short video of Snoop Dogg singing “Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein” by German singer Roy Black in a commercial for a German phone company (read below if you want to know more about the history of the song and the singer):

Roy Black, born as Gerhard Höllerich, was a famous “Schlager” (pop) singer and TV actor in postwar Germany, who died in 1991. (Black was a white man, while another famous singer in the German “Schlager” genre, Roberto Blanco, is black.) Here is Roy Black performing the song that Snoop Dogg covers in the commercial (you have to wait for the refrain):

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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