There is a group of kids who have taken Kampala by storm. And thanks to YouTube, they have also won the world over. These five kids go by the simple name ‘Ghetto Kids’, a title that tells the story of their lives. Raised in the poorer parts of Uganda’s capital, the four boys and girl have literally danced their way into fame. The YouTube video uploaded in January of them battle-dancing to Eddy Kenzo’s hit ‘Sitya Loss’ has so far garnered over 5 million hits.
Choreographed by a math teacher
In the process they could just be gyrating their way out of poverty; as their profile grew, they were invited to several shows in Uganda. With the proceeds from these gigs they have been able to pay for their school fees. And this is just what mathematics teacher (yes, a math teacher) Dauda Kavuma had envisioned when he put the group together. He told the BBC that he thought that if he could help organize some of the kids in his neighbourhood into a dance group, they could do shows and be able to pay their tuition.
But the project achieved much more than that in the case of Alex Sempija, one of the dancers. Besides enabling him to go to school, his cut from the performances has enabled him to move his mother and siblings into a more decent house. Not that the group is satisfied with what they’ve achieved. Their aim is now to make their own music and shoot professional video.
Street kid to political candidate
The Ghetto Kids are not the only ones to have benefitted from their musical talents in this way. Kenya’s gospel star Ringtone was abandoned by his mum and ended up in the streets. After years of struggle he ended up under the wing of popular gospel artist Rufftone who helped him establish himself in the industry. Ringtone’s fame has reached a point to where he is not just able to live comfortably, but even vie for political office.
This is the power of music to change lives and this is why we love music.
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