MELISSA BLOCK, host:
Fans across the planet are remembering Michael Jackson. Those who appreciate his music and his performance skills can be found just about everywhere. Our correspondents went in search of musical memorials for the King of Pop from New York to London to Nairobi, Beijing and beyond. We begin in Mexico City.
Mr. CHRISTOPHER BENITEZ: (Singing) Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race. There are…
Ms. YESA VILDAMIRS(ph): My name is Yesa Vildamirs. I'm in front of the Apollo Theater.
(Singing) Keep on with the force don't stop. Don't stop 'til you get enough. Keep on with the force don't stop.
Mr. MALIQUE HOSEE(ph): My name is Malique and I live in Paris. And, yes, I'm very sad.
(Singing) Thriller, thriller, thriller, na, na, na, na, thriller, thriller. Na, na, na, da, da, na, na…
Mr. DIOGO ZUSH(ph): I'm Diogo Zush. I'm a paramedic. I'm from Madeira.
(Singing) There are people dying with (unintelligible). The greatest gifts of all…
Mr. OLIVER JENKINS(ph): My name is Oliver Jenkins from London. I really like "Billie Jean" because, you know, when I walk down the street and I've got it on my headphones, I want those paving stones to light up ahead of me, and they don't, so I'm really annoyed. I'm going to sing it for you.
(Singing) Billie Jean, not my (unintelligible), oh.
Mr. GARY COMER(ph): This is Gary Comer and I'm standing in front of the Apollo Theater. I don't even know what to feel. Like, it feels strange, weird and, like, half empty, you know?
(Singing) As he came into the window, it was the sound of a crescendo, he came into her apartment, he left the bloodstains on the carpet.
Ms. REHEMA MAJALA(ph): My name is Rehema Majala. I live in Nairobi, Kenya.
(Singing) Hold me like the river Jordan, and I will then say to thee, you are my brother.
Mr. KEN RICHARDS(ph): My name is Ken Richards. I'm from Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.
(Singing) 'Cause this is thriller, thriller night.
"Thriller" was a fantastic album. I mean, seven number ones songs, seven or nine number one songs, biggest selling album ever. It just put in perspective who Michael Jackson was.
Mr. NEVILLE JOHNS(ph): I'm Neville Johns from (unintelligible), and I'm a decorator working at London (unintelligible).
(Singing) It doesn't matter what are you, black or white.
Ms. ANTOINETTE GIE(ph): My name is Antoinette Gie in Dakar, Senegal.
(Singing) In your heart make it a better place for you and for me in Senegal (unintelligible). When you're always (unintelligible) make a better place for you and for me.
Mr. MICHAEL HAPJI(ph): My name is Michael Hapji. I come from Beijing. I love Michael. Michael Jackson is my idol.
(Singing) She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene, I said don't mind, but what do you mean I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round. She said I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round.
BLOCK: Some musical memories of Michael Jackson from around the world. We heard just now from a man in Beijing who told us he performs under the name Michael Hapji. Also, from Antoinette Gie in Dakar, Senegal, Neville Johns in London, Ken Richards from the Island of Dominica, Rehema Majala in Nairobi, Gary Comer in New York City, Oliver Jenkins in London, Diogo Zush in Barcelona, Malique Hosee in Paris, Yesa Vildamirs in New York and Christopher Benitez in Mexico City.
You can read and listen to much more about Michael Jackson, his music and life at npr.org.
(Soundbite of song, "Billie Jean")