Pharrell Williams very happy about Israeli video

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014
Dancing in Tel Aviv in the 'Happy' cover (Photo: YouTube)

Dancing in Tel Aviv in the 'Happy' cover (Photo: YouTube)

American singer Pharrell Williams has paid special tribute to the Israelis who covered his award-winning single ‘Happy’.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer chose the video tribute filmed in Tel Aviv, to be shown at the UN’s International Day of Happiness .

‘Happy Tel Aviv-Yafo’, which features toddlers to grandparents dancing and miming along to the song , was filmed in the city's Rothschild Boulevard and Dizengoff , the beach and playgrounds.

The three-minute clip, which has had more than 200,000 views on YouTube, was filmed by non-profit educational group ISRAEL21c. Nicky Blackburn, a director of the group, told the Jerusalem Post: “We are delighted that Pharrell Williams and the UN 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.

Pharrell Williams (Photo: Twitter/ Pharrell Williams)

Pharrell Williams (Photo: Twitter/ Pharrell Williams)

“Being able to do so as part of a UN event was even more significant.”

The video was in the top 80 tributes chosen by the artist, out of the 800 that were uploaded on YouTube.

Seven of the videos were filmed in Israel.

Watch the Israeli version of ‘Happy' here

Last updated: 1:45pm, March 25 2014