For those of us who were born in the 1990’s, I am sure we remember the fun and adventurous movie “The Little Mermaid” being part of our childhoods. The Little Mermaid came out in 1989… if that doesn’t make you feel old, I don’t know what will!!
Ever since I was young, this Disney movie has always been one of my favorites. It might have to do with the fact that Ariel and I are both redheads, but as I have grown older, I have realized that I relate a lot to Ariel. Not because I ran away from my father and fell in love with a magical prince, but because Ariel knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to pursue it. That message has always motivated me in my life to never let anyone or anything get in the way of my dreams and passions.
In the description of the “The Little Mermaid” it says, “Ariel was fascinated with life on land.” How many of us find ourselves fascinated with things we have never experienced or discovered before? What risks will we take to make those positive fascinations become a reality?
When Alex Boyé’s video, “Under The Sea, The Little Mermaid vs. Captain Jack Sparrow” came out, I saw fascination come to life. I couldn’t help but watch it over and over again. It reminded me of my childhood, of believing that I could accomplish and be anything or anyone I wanted. The video portrays so much color, excitement, and adventure. Alex Boyé took the song “Under The Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” and made it into an exciting and amazing music video.
The music video was filmed in Pirates Cove, and is truly incredible to watch. It draws you in and makes you feel as if, for just a moment, you are there in the cove with Alex, the mermaids, and Captain Jack Sparrow. As if you are standing on top of pirate ships, swimming with mermaids, standing on top of waterfalls, and singing under the sea.
Alex Boyé has always been able to bring to life the lyrics he sings, but there is something more about this new video that is really amazing. The location is incredible, and Alex’s incorporation of “The Little Mermaid” into an Africanized culture is really fun and unique to watch.
Alex was born in London, England, to parents who are both from Nigeria. Alex was converted to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 16, and soon after served a mission in Bristol, England. After his mission is when he began to discover his love for performing and music. Since then, he has worked with and performed in many different venues.
Being Nigerian, and raised by his mother who grew up in Nigeria, the African culture was a big part of his life. For this reason, Alex has decided to incorporate his connection and love for his culture into his music. Almost all of his music videos are Africanized, as he calls it, and show part of the African culture.
Alex’s love for his culture and decision to pursue what he enjoyed most- music and performing- is an example to all about pressing forward in life and doing what you love most. His fascination with African culture and music motivated him to follow his dreams, and because of this, his dreams have become a reality.