A remix of the 30-year-old comedy catchy tune "Frisenjung" by Otto Waalkes conquers the charts. In the case of the East Frisian, however, the musicians Joost Klein and Ski Aggu first had to beg.
Emden – Across national and generational boundaries, a music project is rocking the German charts. And right in the middle of it all: the East Frisian Otto Waalkes. 30 years after its release, his hit "Friesenjung" is suddenly on everyone's lips again – or rather in everyone's ears. But the Emden-born ode to East Frisia and its islands doesn't sound quite like it used to.
Dutch and Berliners reissue Otto Waalkes' "Frisenjung" – and storm the charts
Because what the Dutch musician Joost Klein and the Berlin rapper Ski Aggu have lifted directly to number 3 in the official German charts as newcomers is musically much faster and much coarser in terms of content than Otto's version from 1993.
East Frisian Otto Waalkes has a good laugh: Because the Dutch Frisian boy Joost Klein grabbed rapper Ski Aggu and produced a hit, the 73-year-old is also at number 3 in the charts. (Montage) © SEPA. Media/Imago/Official German Charts/Screenshot
The connecting element seems to be the dike and the love of rurality: Because musician Klein comes from the Dutch province of Friesland and grabbed the sample of Otto's comedy hit for the chorus of his new project. Before it came to the release and the chart success, however, a lot of begging was necessary for the 73-year-old East Frisian.
Joost Klein and Ski Aggu beg for the public: "Please, Otto, please!" from thousands of throats
Because without Otto's consent: no publication. For this, the two social media experts sometimes begged in a media-effective way. In mid-May, rapper Ski Aggu publicly knelt down at the Constance Campus Festival and even got the audience involved: "Please, Otto, please!" echoed across the grounds.
"You have my permission": Otto agrees – befitting his status on TikTok
And Otto replied. A few days later, the East Frisian dared to get down from the dike and into the domain of the young musicians: On TikTok, the 73-year-old reacted in classic social media fashion to a clip of the new "Friesenjung" version. Underneath, there was finally the blessing: "Holdrio Ski Aggu & Joost, you have my permission," Otto commented on the plea of the german-Dutch duo. Under the YouTube video of the song, which has already been viewed 5,720 times on June 000, they thank you with "Thank you, Otto, thank you!"
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But that's not all: In the official video for the song, which also dominates the streaming services and even takes number 1 in the Spotify charts, Otto is right in the middle of it. He applauds the younger musicians, dances to the fast beats and drinks wine. "It makes you young again. It's really insane, it's very refreshing," Otto told the Bild newspaper about the recent chart success. "You can use that, in between. I've always been in the charts with all my LPs, but never with a single."
Despite chart success: Otto does not go on a live tour – but prefers to exhibit his art
However, the 73-year-old is now refraining from going on a strenuous live tour with the boys in view of his already well-filled schedule: "I'm invited to rap everywhere now, but I have to prepare my tour and my anniversary exhibition on Lake Starnberg," says the father of the Ottifants, who exhibits his animal creation and other memorabilia from his long stage career in museums.
Of course, he can also paint: the father of the Ottifants has also artistically staged and exhibited his creation. (Archive photo) © Guido Kirchner/dpa
From 17 June, the East Frisian, who studied art at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, will go south for this purpose: "Otto – the exhibition" will start at the Buchheim Museum on Lake Starnberg. Art in museums and chart hits on social media – Otto is and remains an all-rounder.