Jerusalema

"Jerusalema" is a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring South African vocalist Nomcebo. 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.[1] It was eventually released on streaming services on 10 July 2020,[2] 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. It has since reached number one in Belgium and Switzerland, while peaking in the top ten of multiple other European countries. A second remix featuring Venezuelan singer Micro TDH and Colombian singer Greeicy was released on 17 September 2020.[3]

"Jerusalema"
Master KG Jerusalema.png
Single by Master KG featuring Nomcebo
from the album Jerusalema
Released29 November 2019 (2019-11-29)
Recorded2019
Genre
Length
  • 5:42 (album version)
  • 3:08 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Kgaogelo Moagi
  • Nomcebo Zikode
Producer(s)Master KG
Master KG singles chronology
"Remember"
(2019)
"Jerusalema"
(2019)
"My Love"
(2020)
Nomcebo singles chronology
"Imizamo Yami"
(2019)
"Jerusalema"
(2020)
"Kobanini"
(2020)
Burna Boy singles chronology
"Own It (Remix)"
(2020)
"Jerusalema (Remix)"
(2020)
"Wonderful"
(2020)
Remix cover
Master KG Jerusalema Remix.png
Music video
"Jerusalema" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

The song was recorded on 11 August 2019, and after being posted on social media, it received positive responses from fans. Master KG said he called "his sister Nomcebo to come so we can we finish the song". The finished version was then uploaded to YouTube in October and officially released on 29 November.[4][5] It surpassed one million views in its first week.[4] The official music video was released on 21 December 2019.[6] After it went viral, the song was released to streaming services on 10 July by Elektra France and Warner France.[2] Upon its release, some deemed it a "tavern" song. Master KG stated: "Some call it tavern music, and I said, 'It's okay, wait and let me show what tavern music can do to the world'".[7] During late 2019, it had become a favourite in South African clubs.[8] Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, Master KG had travelled to Portugal to promote his album, and said he put more emphasis on the song's dance during his shows.[9]

CompositionEdit

Although it has "religious-leaning" lyrics, "Jerusalema" is an upbeat[8] disco-house track[4][10][11] containing "deep", "spiritual",[12] gospel lyrics.[13][14] Lyrically, as noted by OkayAfrica's Rufaro Samanga, "it speaks about Jerusalem being the home of many religious believers". The remix sees Burna Boy incorporating his signature Afrobeats style,[8] singing part of his verse in isiZulu, while emphasizing the unity of African artists.[14]

Critical receptionEdit

Zkhiphani's Mandisa Ntsindee opined that the song "has reached heights no other South African song has ever in the past", calling Nomcebo a "powerhouse vocalist" and said "the South African music scene has been preparing for this exact kind of exposure with a song that is fiercely ours".[12] Music in Africa named it "without [a] doubt" one of the biggest South African house songs of 2020, with the magazine's Ano Shumba stating "Nomcebo has cemented her presence on the local house music scene".[11] Rufaro Samanga of OkayAfrica called the remix "a straight banger".[8]

ImpactEdit

Master KG's Spotify followers increased to over 1.2 million following the rising popularity of the song.[6] Various covers performed around the world with different instruments and sung in a variety languages have also been uploaded on YouTube, attracting their own popularity.[13][9]

Dance challengeEdit

An accompanying dance challenge, attributed to a group of Angolan friends performing the choreography in a candid video,[9] helped the song go viral online.[15] The #JerusalemaChallenge, which has been compared to the Macarena,[16] spawned dance videos from many countries, including Italy, Spain, France, Jamaica and Canada.[6][13]

Music videoEdit

The song's official music video was released onto YouTube on 21 December 2019.[6] By 27 August the video had passed 100 million views,[17] a rare feat for South African artists.[6]

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for "Jerusalema" (Remix)
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 44
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[20] 1
Canadian Digital Songs (Billboard)[21] 16
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[22] 2
France (SNEP)[23] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[24] 19
Hungary (Single Top 40)[25] 3
Italy (FIMI)[26] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[27] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[28] 5
Portugal (AFP)[29] 15
Romania (Airplay 100)[30] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[33] 74
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[34] 19
US World Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[35] 4

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[36] Gold 20,000*
France (SNEP)[37] Gold 100,000 
Italy (FIMI)[38] Gold 35,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  25. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
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  36. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2020". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
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  38. ^ "Italian single certifications – Master KG feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 17 August 2020. Select "2020" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Jerusalema" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".

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