How Master KG's Jerusalema ruled 2020

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Nomcebo, Master KG
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  • Jerusalema took 2020 by storm, so we decided to take a look back at some of the song's major milestones.
  • From Master KG winning big at the MTV EMAs to Nomcebo bagging herself an international publishing deal, this song brought great success to its creators.
  • Reaching a global audience, we saw this viral hit being endorsed by international stars, going double platinum in Italy and diamond in France.


It's the song that took 2020 by storm, and while it may have surprised us, singer Nomcebo Zikode says she new Jerusalema would be a hit from the moment she stepped into the studio with Master KG.

In a previous interview with Channel24, the singer recalls telling Master KG that this song "is the one" that would take their careers to the next level. 

Her intuition was right - Jerusalema ruled the global airwaves in 2020. 

Here are some big moments the song celebrated this year.

A global dance challenge

It all started with the Jerusalema dance challenge - people would gather in groups, with plates of food in hand, and dance in unison to the song. The feel-good challenge spread across the globe, and before we knew it, hundreds of videos surfaced online.

This Jerusalema dance challenge created by the South African Film and TV industry has to be one of our favourites.

Certified platinum

Master KG celebrated when he received news that his track was certified platinum in Italy in August. The star later found out that the song went double platinum in the European country and also shared that it went diamond in France. 


Master KG wins big

There was no shortage of awards for the producer this year. One of the biggest was his win at the MTV EMAs where he walked away with the Best African Act trophy.

Nomcebo bags a global deal

Vocalist Nomcebo also reaped the rewards of their viral hit, bagging an international publishing deal with Sony/ATV South Africa, part of the Song Music Group. 

International stars danced along too

We could not help but smile when Will & Grace star Leslie Jordan shared a clip of himself dancing along to Jerusalema and encouraging his fans to do the same. 

Watch it here:

Racking up views

280 million views and counting! The Jerusalema music video keeps racking up those views, and we can't wait for it to reach the 300 million mark.

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