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  25.   <title>Marly-Gomont by Kamini Zantoko: Kamini: Times' article</title>
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  27.   <description>2007-02-07 18:07: comment by tlingel on &amp;quot;arly-omont by amini antoko&amp;quot;:&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;,9171,1570730,00.html&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;amini grew up in a tiny town deep in the rench countryside called arly-omont. e stood out, in part because everybody stands out in arly-omontpop. 432but partly because amini is black. here aren&amp;#039;t a lot of black people in arly-omont.&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;amini wanted to be a hip-hop artist. t&amp;#039;s a long way from arly-omont to outh entral .., but he recorded a song and shot a video with a friend. otal budget: 100 euros. he name of the song was arly-omont, and in it amini raps about what he knows. &amp;quot; couldn&amp;#039;t rap about &amp;#039;bitches&amp;#039; and &amp;#039;hos&amp;#039; and do that whole gangsta thing,&amp;quot; he says, &amp;quot;because it&amp;#039;s not true. t&amp;#039;s not my life.&amp;quot;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;nstead he raps about cows and tractors and soccer. &amp;quot;n arly-omont,&amp;quot; the song goes (it&amp;#039;s in rench), &amp;quot;there&amp;#039;s no concrete/ 65 is the average age around here/ ne tennis court, one basketball court.&amp;quot; he video shows amini raisin&amp;#039; the roof with the village elders, who obviously think he&amp;#039;s hilarious. ut amini also raps about racism and being different: &amp;quot; wanted to revolt, except that there, there&amp;#039;s nothing to burn./ here&amp;#039;s just one bus for the high school, same for the community center,/ ot worth going and burning a neighbor&amp;#039;s car,/ uz they don&amp;#039;t have them, they&amp;#039;ve all got mopeds.&amp;quot;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;n ug. 30, amini and another friend put the video online and cold e-mailed some record companies to tell them about it. he response wasn&amp;#039;t exactly a feeding frenzy. ut an intern at one of the companies posted a link to the video on a bulletin board. &amp;quot;t&amp;#039;s a site that sells custom-print  shirts,&amp;quot; amini says, shaking his head. &amp;quot;t doesn&amp;#039;t even have anything to do with music!&amp;quot; y the end of the day, nobody on the website was talking about  shirts. veryone was talking about amini.&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;he video spread to ouube and its rench equivalents, .tv and housands of people watched it. amini started getting requests to appear on radio shows. n mid-ctober, without having toured or even played a single gig, amini signed a record deal with  for arly-omont and two albums. e was a rap star by popular proclamation. e had paid his dues virally. &amp;quot;verything has happened in two months,&amp;quot; says amini, who hasn&amp;#039;t quit his part-time job as a nurse. &amp;quot;ook at me, sitting here at a luxury hotel being interviewed. ow did all this happen?&amp;quot;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;he answer is that the people can make their own stars nono auditions, no promotions. t&amp;#039;s like merican dol, but everywhere, all the time. hough it&amp;#039;s worth noting that the bands that have broken through online o, the rctic onkeys, ily llen, narls arkleyare a lot more interesting than the bland standards belters on merican dol.&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br/&amp;gt;ome rules haven&amp;#039;t changed. eople respond to talent and authentic emotion, and arly-omont has them. &amp;quot;&amp;#039;m not the only one on the nternet with a video,&amp;quot; amini says. &amp;quot;ut arly-omont is different. t shows my real nature, and people respond to that. aterially speaking, it&amp;#039;s the nternet that made it popular. ut behind that, emotionally speaking, are people.&amp;quot; </description>
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