Austrian Monk Becomes YouTube Rapper With 100k Views

This monk at an Austrian monastery has become a YouTube sensation with over 100,000 views thanks to his edgy hip hop tracks – including this latest hit – which he records while taking a break from his spiritual duties.

Sandesh Manuel, 39, is a Franciscan Monk in the Austrian capital of Vienna but he also finds time to record his rap music and study classical guitar at a private university.
In his latest hit, he is seen in sunglasses, rapping in front of graffiti-covered walls

Video Credit: CEN/ Sandesh Manuel

He told local media: “I work in the monastery where I carry out my duties, I am there for all prayers. Just in the evening, I take some time for my YouTube videos. On the weekends I make a lot of videos. It’s really quite quick for me to do.

Sandesh’s videos are professionally made, sometimes with the help of drones, and he has already recorded over 150 songs.

He said: “I have lots of friends who help, they find it great that a monk does such things and they help me with a lot of the technical parts. But I cut the videos my self.”

Sandesh is originally from India and sometimes can be heard singing in his native language, Hindi. He has lived in Vienna for five years and he often performs live in the Fransiscus Church in the Austrian capital.

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Picture Credit: CEN/ Sandesh Manuel

But with his Youtube channel he reaches a different clientele too: “At the start, some people said ‘what are you doing? We don’t understand it,’ but even those people who don’t come to church find my videos good. I have had such great reactions”.

He also covers hits such as Coldplay ‘Fix You’ which has had over 100,000 hits.

He said: “Young people want to smile. And when people smile I like that.”

He stresses he doesn’t want to make money out of his music, saying: “Money comes and goes, but peace and happiness stays.”


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Story By: Kathryn QuinnSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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