How Uganda’s Ghetto Kidswon over dance judges


The founder of a Ugandan children’s group that has caused a sensation around the world for their dancing, has spoken to the BBC about their stellar performance on the show Britain’s Got Talent.

Ghetto Kids received a standing ovation – and made history by becoming the first act to ever receive what is called the “Golden Buzzer” during their performance over the weekend.

Usually, it is only given at the end of show, but the judges could not contain themselves.


“What we did is just African comic dance… I think that’s what the judges loved. The energy and the comic way, our style – that’s what they loved and then the expression, the happiness is natural,” Daouda Kavuma told the BBC Newsday programme.

The footage of the group of young orphans dancing as golden confetti rained down on them made headlines around the world.

Kavuma told the BBC that he started the group as way to help orphans and street children – giving them a home, food, some schooling and fun.


He said he himself had lived on the streets when he was orphaned as a child.

Setting up Ghetto Kids was a way of giving back to the society after he was helped by someone as street orphan.

“I got someone who helped me. He didn’t know me but helped me because of soccer,” he said.

“Then there I promised one day I would help at least one child from the street.”

He says the children love performing – and their performances have helped change the negative perceptions about street children in Uganda.

On Sunday, a Ugandan ministry congratulated the group and tweeted a video of their performance.—BBC

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