Vietnamese herdsman with ‘Number Song’ phenomenon nominated for Inspirational TikToker, with video

Becoming a global craze overnight for his catchy, simply-recorded music video “Number Song”, So Y Tiet, who claimes himself a buffalo herdsman, was touted by many world-famous stars.
December 17, 2020 | 17:16
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So y tiet claimes himself a herdsman (photo: thanh nien)
So Y Tiet claimes himself a herdsman (Photo: Thanh Nien)

In September, Grammy-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa remixed Ytiet’s “Number Song” song.

From 41 to 49” strongly impressed netizens with the simple relics, in which Ytiet literally “counts” from 41 to 49 on catchy melody produced by Retro Messiah. The music video was shoot in a rustic village scene, with Ytiet all dressed in casual clothes standing on a damp, moving his body in rhythm with the melody while singing. The breakdance at the end of the video is considered one of the highlighted parts of the song.

His facebook got huge number of followers (photo: thanh nien)
His Facebook got huge number of followers (Photo: captured)

The track was actually released on August 2 and initially raked in over two million views and gained worldwide attention. It became even more viral after Wiz Khalifa released the mixtape featuring the song.

Other US-UK stars including Justine Bieber, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Cardi B, etc. also shared the “Number Song” song with excitement.

Number song appears on Wiz Khalifa's mixtape (Video: Wiz Khalifa)

The original version of Number Song (Video: So Y Tiet)

The viral success of “Number Song” and So Y Tiet, in particular, might stem from the simple, natural concept. The melody, lyrics, choreography and the way So Y Tiet sing the song naturally capture the hearts of viewers without even trying.

It’s this simple way of life, positive mindset that probably earns So Y Tiet the nomination as Inspirational Character of 2020 TikTok Awards.

So Y Tiet, 32, was born and raised in a small village in the southern province of Binh Dinh. His parents passed away since he was small, leaving him alone at the orphanage, making a livelihood all by himself early in life.

Vietnamese herdsman with ‘Number Song’ phenomenon nominated for Inspirational TikToker, with video
(Photo: Thanh Nien)

The young man was twice at the dead door with his severe pneumonia.Growing up with such a huge loss, Tiet struggled financially and emotionally. There was a difficult time he suffered from depression.

I was so gravely-ill I had to rely on respiratory support, blood flowed in my nose. But thanks to that difficult time, I was aware that I was still alive. I came to realize that I had to treasure this life even more, as long as my heart still beating”, Y Tiet told Thanh Nien. “Each day is a new opportunity to live and chase my dream. Thus, I’ve got to live it to the fullest”.

Maybe I’m nobody. I have nothing either. But my soul is always filled with happiness. For me, happiness is where life begins”, he added.

Thanks to the positive attitude in life, the herdsman So Y Tiet has been nominated as the Inspirational character of the year by 2020 TikTok Awards. The result will be announced in late December.

His optimism has been spread to other people, conveying a positive message to society.

“I think it’s not too hard to be happy. If I just kept the happiness in the past for myself, then from now on, I’ll share that joy to everyone”, So Y Tiet said with a big smile on his face.

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