Meet, Rango Tenge Tenge, an 11-year-old prodigy from Uganda, whose infectious energy and hilarious content have catapulted him to the upper streets of internet fame.
It was towards the end of 2023 when Rango first burst onto the scene, capturing hearts and tickling funny bones with his videos on TikTok. One particular video went viral, racking up an astonishing 124.6 million views at the time of this publication, and from that moment on, there was no looking back for young Rango.
With a staggering 2.4 million followers on TikTok, Rango’s content, a delightful blend of dance, lip-sync, and comedy, has garnered him a global fanbase, each viewer eagerly awaiting his next post.
At the heart of Rango’s charm lies his signature sound, “Tenge Tenge,” derived from a traditional Ugandan saying – “Tengerere,” usually a narration mimed for toddlers as a way of hyping them to steadily start walking.
But behind every successful star, there is a guiding hand, and for Rango, that hand belongs to Kabonge Michael. With Rango’s father unemployed, Michael has stepped in as a mentor and guardian, overseeing the young star’s social media presence and helping to shape his comedic genius.
Rango’s meteoric rise has not gone unnoticed by his peers in the social media sphere. Influential figures like German dancer Noel Robinson and American YouTuber IshowSpeed have reached out to the young sensation, resulting in viral videos that further cement Rango’s status as a global phenomenon.
What sets Rango apart from the crowd is not just his comedic timing or his impressive dance moves, but his larger-than-life personality. With his big, expressive eyes and charming Ugandan accent, Rango excites audiences with every video, leaving them eagerly anticipating what he’ll do next.
In many ways, Rango is following in the footsteps of other talented Ugandan youths who have graced the world with their dance skills, like the Masaka Kids Africana and the Triplets Ghetto Kids, who captured hearts and earned a Golden Buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent in 2023 and have been on America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League Semi Finals plus other big stages around the world.