Jerusalema dance craze brings hope from Africa to the world

The upbeat song is a lamentation for God to take the singer to the heavenly city.
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Guardian: "The simple dance routine to the 2019 hit Jerusalema by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode has provided an uplifting soundtrack for difficult times."
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A song from South Africa that has gone around the world and been endorsed by presidents and priests has become the sound of the COVID-19 pandemic for millions across southern Africa.

Last week the Jerusalema dance challenge 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.

Read rest of story here: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/sep/24/jerusalema-da...

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