HARARE – Half of the group has never sat behind a high school desk but that has not deterred them from believing they can dance their way to stardom.
The teenage street dancers, who go by the moniker Sound Movers, had revellers eating from their palm after illuminating the Starbrite Highfield auditions on Sunday.
The group belied the tatty attire they conjured up with the little funds they had, to put up an electrifying show.
Blessing Chipunza, 15, Tatenda Ngwenya, 16, Denzel Kamwendo, 11 and 15-year-old brothers Simba and Kudakwashe Musona capped their performance to Soul Jah Luv’s club banger.
The dancers hoped the Starbrite platform will be an opportunity for more.
“The talent is there but exposure is the biggest hurdle,” said Sound Movers trainer Devine Ngoshi.
“Sometimes we approach promoters to give us slots during their shows but we are often turned down.
“Even at Chris Martin’s show they were supposed to perform but that was cancelled on the last minute.”
Ngoshi said the group still had a long way to go in breaking perceptions.
“There is always talk that ghetto kids (sic) are into drugs and hustling but these kids are trying to make a difference.
“Most of them are not in school, one of them lives with their grandmother, it’s not easy for them but through dancing they will make it,” he said.
On the day, they were also other highly-charged performances from Mbare’s Desert Foxes who had the X-Factor of a six-year-old who amazed revellers with his ability to stay in tandem with the crew.
The six-year-old son of dancehall sensation Ricky Fire junior performed his father’s rendition of Ndiratidze Zvaunoita.
Banny Mpariwa who was the lead judge of the event was in awe of some of the talent that exhibited.
“Every year, we have been bringing new elements and each time we go to areas like this we give a platform to less privileged rising artists,” he said.
“We have been to rural areas and prisons doing what we have been doing since 1992. We are not copying anybody and the response is amazing.
“This is an important step to some of these youngsters, they appreciate this platform.”
Although, the talent on display was laudable, there were, however, concerns that the organisers failed to at least provide refreshments for the young performers.
Some were visibly hungry and thirsty after the performances and could be seen begging some of the revellers who were enjoying their braai for food and drinks.