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One monkey doesn’t stop the show, Ne-Yo’s backup dancers were recently let go because they could not finish out their commitment in Japan, still stricken from the catastrophies from Japan’s earthquake. On Saturday, the R&B singer performed in Nagoya, Japan and did charity work in the areas destroyed by last week’s earthquake and tsunami. “The power of music breaks down barriers, be it language barrier, be it race barrier, whatever the case may be,” he says in a video clip of his trip. “I don’t think people understand how powerful music actually is. You can spread all kinds of messages through music. You can spread hatred through music, you can spread prejudice through music, but you can also and absolutely spread love through music and I think that’s what’s absolutely called for in this time of crisis. So that being said, spread love through music.”

Checkout Ne-Yo’s charity video in Japan:

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