Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode’s Jerusalema is officially a global hit!

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The smash hit Jerusalema has received the thumbs up globally.

This comes after a video of a group of people in Romania dancing to it went viral on social media recently.

Since then the mega hit has seen people in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France getting down in more viral videos.

To add a cherry on top, the views for Jerusalema – a song pleading for God’s guidance – have reached another milestone 50 million mark on YouTube, making the house maestro from Bolobedu in Ga-Modjadji, Limpopo, one of a few South African artists to claim this feat.

It has also secured the spot as the fourth most searched song on the app Shazam the world over, further cementing his unprecedented international achievement.

Popular producer and artist Master KG, real name Kgaogelo Moagi (24), said he was very excited.

“I am honoured by the support at home and globally,” Master KG said at a virtual press briefing organised by the department of sport, arts and culture on Tuesday. Minister Nathi Mthethwa was chairing the meeting.

The meeting was organised to celebrate and congratulate Master KG and the voice behind Jerusalema, Nomcebo Zikode.

Both were officially appointed as the ambassadors of the world.

The 26-year-old songstress and songwriter from Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal, is not new in the music industry.

She is the voice behind for DJ Ganyani song titled Emazulwini.

Nomcebo Zikode, the voice behind global dance hit song Jerusalema. Picture: Supplied

Zikode said that Jerusalema was a big break for her especially after she had tried for many years to make a mark for herself in the music industry.

“I thank God for this opportunity. When I wrote these lyrics, I was not at peace with myself. I was pleading to God to take me through a beautiful and peaceful place,” said the excited Zikode.

“When we recorded this song on August 29 last year with Nomcebo, we never thought it would go this far.”
Master KG

Master KG’s musical journey started long time ago in Tzaneen in Limpopo where he used to play with beats.

Little did he know that his work would be recognised globally.

He explained how Jerusalema was born: “While I was busy making beats last year, Nomcebo’s name came to mind. I knew she was going to bring magic to the lyrics with her beautiful voice,” he said, adding that she did just that.

But they did not finish recording the song. The following day, he posted the incomplete song on social media and the feedback was great.

“I had to call her to the studio to finish recording the song. The first week we posted the song, we received one million views on YouTube,” he said.

“Two years ago I dropped Skeleton Move which did 23 million views – my first single as a mainstream artist. Seeing Jerusalema doing even better makes me emotional. When we recorded this song on August 29 last year with Nomcebo, we never thought it would go this far. Thanks to everyone involved in the success of this song. This is proof that God has time for everything. I am happy and I thank God for taking me this far. I look forward to more.”

Master KG pleaded for support and a collaboration from government as the pair have received several invitations from different countries.

“We are humbled by the success of Master KG and Jerusalema. This is a victory for all young men who come from the overlooked and forgotten corners of our country and society.”
Lionel Jamela of OpenMic Productions

“You have our support, both you are our ambassadors. Our department has a programme called The Cultural Diplomacy, where we take South Africa artists to showcase what our country can offer. We took some artists from all genres to Angola in December last year.

“We will never forget the master KG, that your family name is Moagi [the builder]. We are going to be with you in building your dream and building dreams of millions of young people in this country. Thank you for taking our country to higher places through your creative voices,” the minister said.

Lionel Jamela of OpenMic Productions said: “We are humbled by the success of Master KG and Jerusalema. This is a victory for all young men who come from the overlooked and forgotten corners of our country and society. Master KG has proved his mettle and he is a world class [artist] in a short space of time and it has nothing to do with any form of privilege or special treatment. He is a passionate musician and a hard worker. We couldn’t be prouder to see our talented musician fly the South African fly so high.”


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