“Jerusalema” is a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring South African vocalist Nomcebo.
The Mbende Jerusarema Dance is a popular dance style practiced by the Zezuru Shona people living in eastern Zimbabwe.
The upbeat gospel-influenced house song was initially released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December. It was later included on Master KG’s second album of the same title, released in January 2020. It was eventually released on streaming services on 10 July 2020, after it went viral during mid-2020, garnering international reaction due to the #JerusalemaChallenge. A remix featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song onto the US Billboard charts. The song topped the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart on the issue dated August 15, 2020. It has held the number one position for two weeks.
According to Master KG, the dance challenge that has sparked craze around the world started in Angola when a group of friends recorded a video of the dance choreography that has since gone viral.
The South African coastal resort town of Plettenberg Bay tops the challenge list in terms of number of participants as a crowd of between 600 and 700 residents and holiday makers filled the main street dancing to the tune of Jerusalema.
Watch South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urging South Africans to do the Jerusalema dance challenge on Heritage day (24th September).