The Limpopo-born music producer Master KG hit song Jerusalema, released in 2019, has clocked over 125 million views on its official YouTube channel. Featuring vocalist Nomcebo Zikode, who managed to keep fans across the world captivated with her electrifying voice, Nomcebo Zikode (Master KG’ real name) did not anticipate international success or even having a chart-topping song on YouTube.
The song Jerusalema, has become a global marvel, even inspiring its own dance challenge, which has seen companies, high profile individuals, students and celebrities alike
getting in on the #JerusalemaChallenge.
South Africa Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni joined the Internet craze with his moves leaving many in stitches.
United States music performer, Janet Jackson also posted a shoutout to Master KG and shared a video of men performing a choreographed dance to the global hit song. She captioned it: “Happy Sunday you guys” and also tagged Master KG without showing her own moves.
The Jerusalema dance challenge is bringing much-needed positivity during the novel coronavirus pandemic which has also ravaged communities across the globe.
Explaining on how the song became a viral sensation, Master KG said the Jerusalema dance challenge took off after a group of Angolan dancers posted a video of their choreography to the song.
“The dance video went viral… After that a lot of people wanted to participate… Everyone started doing the Jerusalema dance,” he said during an interview in July acknowledging that the Angolan guys video gave birth to all Jerusalema dance challenges across the globe.
“I’d say the first one that was done in Angola remains my favourite because it gave birth to all the dance challenges all over the world,” KG said.
The song keeps stacking up the records. According to Shazam on twitter, #Jerusalema is now the most Shazamed song in the world, and the #Jerusalema craze continues to sweep the world.
Football star Cristiano Ronaldo also showed his love for the song on his Instagram page.