AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
SOUTH African health workers have used the global music and dance hit #Jerusalema to provide cheer as they battle to save the lives of those infected by the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, audiologists, speech therapists and dieticians at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria joined the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge. So did their colleagues at Mount Frere Hospital in East London.
Health workers at Steve Biko Academic Hospital join the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge. The Mama ululating makes me want to be at a wedding in Limpopo and the fried chicken is highly contested. 😋😭@MasterKGsa @GautengHealth pic.twitter.com/bVFnvv0N6Q— Kwara Kekana (@KwaraKekana) August 6, 2020
The record-breaking viral video, created by music producer, DJ and artist MasterKG, has reached over 50-million views, raking in millions. The video has made it to the iTunes top charts in the USA, Italy and several other European countries. According to Shazam, it has also become the 4th biggest song in the world.
#Jerusalema has started a dance craze around the world that has seen nurses, doctors, monks, waiters, celebrities, chefs, wedding parties guests, to ordinary people dancing. In the song, Master KG features Nomcebo Zikode.
The hit song and video was released in South Africa last year, to much acclaim but has now caught on in the rest of the world. While the track had grossed 60-million views, the remix track, released a month ago, has reached over 2.2 million page views.
The success has brought MasterKG and Zikode global recognition. In South Africa, the government recognised their achievement by apointing them as global ambassadors.
MasterKG is a happy man. “I remember last year 29 August 2019, 10 pm, making #Jerusalema with @Nomcebozikode. We never thought it will go this far. This shows that God has time for everything. Thank you (to) everyone involved in the success of the song,” he said.
Following the phenomenal success of #Jerusalema, Master KG has amassed a huge following in South Africa, Africa and the world. Many have flooded social media platforms with tributes to the talent of a musician who has become the face of South African music.