The significance of memes in this era is not limited to the mockery of politics or social structures only. In fact, it can induce implicit yet profound impact on a person's life. A perfect example of this is Bilal Göregen, a 35-year old Turkish blind musician and darbuka player, who is visually impaired from his childhood.
Furthermore, the street musician has a rare kind of disorder which is forcing his hands to shake uncontrollably. Quite recently, Bilal Göregen's career path took an interesting turn. The underappreciated musician's talent morphed into one of the funniest and trendiest memes of 2020 with a dancing cat acting as his associate.
The physical constraints Bilal faced throughout his life didn't make him halt for once. He is talented, optimistic, tenacious and enthusiastically determined to serve us with exceptional contents. Despite Bilal's exposure to the mainstream audience being a recent phenomenon, he was quite prominent with the Turkish people. It is because, ten years ago, he participated in a popular Turkish talent show called 'Turkey's got talent' where he was able to expose his musical prowess.
Interesting enough, it was the 'vibing cat' meme that ultimately earned him widespread prominence to the global audience. Many thoroughly enjoy the video of him playing goblet drums and imitating rhythms with his mouth while the cat bobs its head along with the beats.
Another amusing fact of one of his original videos shows that he, sitting on a park bench, performs the 1930s famous Finnish song 'Ievan Polkka''. The piece was uploaded on the internet in 2019. But he came into the limelight through the viral 'vibing cat' meme in October last year. It first appeared on Twitter and Reddit and eventually on YouTube.
Now the internet is flooded with this clip of the dancing cat with Bilal drumming in the background. The clips are wisely edited with extremely relatable context and funny captions. Not only that, people are replacing the poor cat, which helped Bilal become famous overnight, are putting other funny folks like Donald Trump jamming with the beats in it.
Bilal, comprehending the hype, has recreated the trendy meme and uploaded that in his YouTube channel. He's now producing contents on a regular basis by singing in different languages with his percussion instruments to satisfy his international fan base. For example, he has recently attempted to sing a popular Daler Mehndi song, which is still thriving among his Indian audience.
Moreover, Bilal Göregen is striking gold as he has gained more than a million subscribers on YouTube. In fact, YouTube itself urged people on multiple social media platforms to subscribe to his channel. Because of the vigorous power of memes, people are finally recognising and appreciating Bilal's exceptional talents by sharing his musical creations.
Generally, a visually impaired person is termed as a disabled person. But Bilal Göregen has proved the word 'disabled' wrong. He is rather a differently-abled creative person. He has proved once again that the disabled persons indeed have the ability to overcome the barriers they face every day. He has proved that even though the hands of reality try to stifle your voice, you must not stop and shout out loud to the crowd that you're indomitable. Bilal Goregen is indeed a true influencer, who is spreading positivity with his pure talent and inspiring us to explore our latent talents. Let's hope that talented artistes like Bilal Göregen don't fade away in this cruel world and more artistes like him should find their ways to the mainstream audience.