Israel’s Netta has created quite the stir since unveiling her Eurovision 2018 entry “Toy”. The official video has now amassed more than million views in the two weeks since its release. Israel has also drastically shortened in the odds to win, and is now the hot favourite for Eurovision 2018.
Netta’s impact isn’t just being felt in Europe. “Toy” has attracted its fair share of fans beyond Europe — including in the African nation of Uganda. Dancers from the Spoon Youth Group in Kampala brought Netta’s song to life in a performance uploaded to Facebook. Proving that Eurovision is a truly global event, Netta is building bridges all the way to Africa.
“Toy” — Netta (Spoon Youth Performance)
For us the song already won!Direct from the slums of Uganda.SHARE and support.Music: TOY by Netta – Israel Eurovision Song 2018———Spoon youth group and dance crews were created with the help of Little Light Children's Center Uganda NGO. We all come from namuwongo slum in Kampala, Uganda, one of the toughest neighborhoods in the world, and meet every day in hope to create a brighter future for ourselves. Our biggest passions are traditional African dancing and African style street dance. We use dance to come together and empower ourselves and other slum youths through creativity and team work. Above all, our hope is that our love for dance will be our door to a better future.Please support us:https://www.youcaring.com/spoonyouthuganda-1136984#onelove #Eurovision2018
Posted by Spoon Youth on Sunday, March 18, 2018
The Spoon Youth Group is based in the Ugandan capital of Kampala in the Namuwongo Slum. The group’s goal is to “meet every day in hope to create a brighter future for ourselves”. They attempt to do so through their passion for traditional African dance.
Spoon Youth was set up by Little Light Uganda. They aim to empower youth from a neighbourhood with little access to education or support. The dream of these kids is to become professional dancers and be able to leave the slums for a better life.
Spoon Youth is also attempting to raise funds through online campaigns. The goal of their fundraising is to hire out a venue for regular practice to produce more incredible content. As per their fundraiser, they are also raising funds to bring in a world renowned choreographer who has volunteered their time to the project. You can read more about these campaigns here or here and you can also make a donation to help make their heartwarming dream a reality.
“Toy” — Netta
With so much hype surrounding the Israeli entry, Team Wiwi is thrilled to see the song’s massive impact beyond Europe. Netta recently spoke with us about Eurovision and she certainly isn’t getting carried away by her chances.
But if the kids of Spoon Youth are anything to go by, they think Netta has already won. This Wonder Woman’s music is making a difference in their lives.
We wish the Spoon Youth project the best and hope to see more amazing Eurovision content from these talented dancers in the future.