They are the youth group who went viral in 2018 when they posted a video dancing to Netta’s “Toy”. Spoon Youth captured our hearts and their Eurovision idol went on to win the contest in Lisbon. In October 2019, wiwibloggers Deban and Antranig had the opportunity to visit Little Light Uganda as part of a trip to East Africa, and as part of our visit, we were treated to another Eurovision performance by the troupe.
“La Venda” — Spoon Youth performance
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Little Light Uganda is a non-government organisation which aims to provide education and care to Ugandan children who cannot afford to go to school. They have five classes for nursery and primary school children and are run by an incredible team of volunteers. Based just outside the Namuwongo Slum in Kampala, the facility makes a positive difference in the lives of the community, both through the provision of education to children and also other projects, such as the distribution of soap to improve hygiene and cleanliness in the area.
Spoon Youth is one such project by Little Light Uganda. The project provides the brilliant dancers with a platform through which to develop their talents and offers a pathway to a better life beyond the train tracks that envelope the Namuwongo Slum. The dancers of Spoon Youth told us that they first heard Netta’s “Toy” when it came up as a YouTube suggestion and immediately fell in love with the music. Little could they imagine that their performance would be shared by Netta herself and attract thousands of views around the globe.
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As part of our visit to Kampala, the dancers of Spoon Youth put together another incredible Eurovision performance. This time, they put their own unique take on Miki’s “La Venda”, one of the great party anthems of Eurovision 2019. Set against a jarring backdrop of the Namuwongo Slum – a tribute to the dancers’ roots and a stark reminder of the realities of daily life – the infectious performance attracted the attention of hundreds of passers by, who stopped to support the dance troupe and take in their marvellous performance.
In “La Venda”, Miki sings about the blindfold of prejudice coming off and embracing true happiness beyond that. The message certainly aligns with our own experience, as we were confronted by the harsh truths of the living conditions of the Namuwongo Slum. Our own blindfolds fell off and we were able to have a great time with the talented performers of Spoon Youth.