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Video: Jerusalema dance brings hope from Africa to the world amid Covid


A song from South Africa has gone viral and is been endorsed by president and priests to become the sound of the pandemic for millions across southern Africa.

The Jerusalema dance challenge last week was endorsed by President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the country’s plan to open up to tourism on 1 October.

The simple dance routine to the 2019 hit Jerusalema by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode has provided an uplifting soundtrack for difficult times and has now been streamed more than 60m times on Spotify.

The upbeat song is a lamentation for God to take the singer to the heavenly city. The track topped the South African charts in December but in February, as lockdowns began to seem like a possibility, it was a group of friends in Angola who shot a video dancing to the song that sparked the global trend.

“It is a dance that was done by people from Angola, then Portugal followed and it just went viral from that point,” Master KG said in an interview with South African newspaper Sowetan.

Clips of dancers across the globe now include nuns, construction workers, police officers, waiters and fuel attendants.

Emotional videos of healthcare workers in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Italy, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the US, Australia and Puerto Rico have become an uplifting source of hope for patients fighting Covid-19, as some countries experience a second wave.

South African police officers have joined in while army personnel in Ghana also strutted their stuff in their camouflage.

Businesses have also taken advantage of the dance challenge to advertise their products as demand remains suppressed due to the lockdown.

The song scaled new heights this month when it was named the most popular track on Shazam.

Master KG has been elated by his creation’s global success.

“It’s so beautiful to see how Jerusalema has taken over the world, to see how far it has gone. The song did amazing at home. It ruled the streets and people created memories of the song,” he said in the interview with Sowetan.

Nomcebo Zikode, left, and Master KG.


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