American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams chose an Israeli adaptation of his hit song Happy to be shown at the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness on March 20.
The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer teamed up with the United Nations Foundation to choose the best 80 covers of his hit single to be streamed throughout the day on the Web. Out of 800 options uploaded to YouTube, Happy Tel Aviv-Yafo was the only video from Israel chosen to take part in the event.
The video, which features people of all ages and backgrounds dancing and singing along to the song, was filmed at Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, Dizengoff Street, its beach and playgrounds, according to the UK’s Jewish Chronicle.
The three-minute clip, filmed by non-profit educational group ISRAEL21c, had close to 220,000 views on YouTube at the time of publication. Nicky Blackburn, a director of the group, told The Jerusalem Post, “We are delighted that Pharrell Williams and the U.N. chose our video for the day of happiness.”
“People abroad often have certain assumptions about Israel, so this was a really wonderful opportunity for us to be able to show the world what an incredibly joyful and happy place Tel Aviv actually is,” Blackburn said. “Being able to do so as part of a U.N. event was even more significant.”
Watch the Israeli version of Happy below: