Seven-year-old prodigy, affectionately known as ‘Klein Kwagga,’ stole the hearts of South Africans with his enchanting performance of Bernice West’s “Lyfie” at a year-end concert. The young sensation recently had the incredible opportunity to meet the talented Bernice West in person.
Unexpected Spotlight at Year-End Concert
Dirkco Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, fondly called Klein Kwagga, became the highlight of his sister’s year-end concert hosted by René’s Art of Dance in Mpumalanga. The event took an unexpected turn when siblings of schoolgoers were invited on stage to dance to the beat of the “Lyfie” dance. Dirkco’s passion for dance turned him into the showstopper of the night.
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Beyond the live audience, Klein Kwagga, dressed in his signature vellies and khaki clothes, left an indelible mark on Mzansi. The international TikTok community also showered praise on Dirkco, expressing their admiration for his performance.
Some reactions from the online community:
- “I’m sorry but I’m obsessed 😍😍😍 go klein Kwaggatjie 🏾🏾🏾💍” – @Myron_samuel_05
- “Jumped straight out of his Toyota land cruiser and owned the show 😁” – @NAdiiima _ M
- “Can we elect him to be a Chief of Mzansi Africa with hectares of land🥰🥰🥰…”
The video quickly went viral, amassing over ten million views on TikTok by Monday afternoon. According to O FM, Dirkco’s parents, Mercia and Jaco Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, shared that the video was posted over the weekend, allowing the world to share in their son’s joy. Responding to the overwhelming response, a family member promptly created Klein Kwagga’s TikTok profile, with “Klein Kwagga” being the affectionate nickname given by his father.
From Viral Video to Live Studio
The overnight sensation continued as Klein Kwagga was invited to the Pretoria FM studio, providing him with the unique opportunity to meet Bernice West in person. The two collaborated on a TikTok video where Klein Kwagga taught Bernice the dance to her own song, creating a heartwarming moment for their fans.
“Al wat ons kan sê is die Here het vir Dirkco werklik te mooi gemaak het (all we can say is God truly made Dirkco beautiful).”