Jerusalem: the 2020 soundtrack

The children of Masaka Kids Africana are celebrities in Uganda

The South African hit Jerusalema, by DJ Master KG with the voice of Nomcebo Zikode, became the unbeatable soundtrack of the particular year XNUMX. A spiritual letter that fits the measure with this era full of bad news and a catchy choreography disseminated thanks to the magic of the social networks were the determining factors for this theme that mixes gospel with houseon a basis of African rhythms that invaded the world, Venezuela included.  

If the discos were open, it would be number one in the world. playlist of these establishments. But in the absence of places to dance and meet, Jerusalema won the first place in the shart in domestic spaces. Thanks to Instagram, Tik Tok and the coronavirus, recording oneself dancing in the kitchen, in the living room, in the room or in the garden is in fashion, and during these months this is the song that crowns this self-exposure practice. 

Families and groups of all ages can be seen dancing Jerusalema just one click away. Doing a search after the hashtag #JerusalemaChallenge, groups of children, elderly couples, adolescent meetings, moms with their babies appear, and all kinds of human combinations doing their version. 

In Venezuela, a video of a group dancing in the middle of a gasoline line was filmed everywhere in the manner of flashmobs from not so long ago. And in the world it has become especially popular among health personnel as a way to encourage soldiers on the front line of battle against COVID-19. Just take a look at the networks to see groups of uniformed people in their hospital work clothes, moving to the beat of this song that pays tribute to the heavenly Jerusalem. 

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♬ Jerusalema (feat. Nomcebo Zikode) [Edit] - Master KG

The theme is now one year from its first release and its popularity is on the rise, a rare phenomenon in the entertainment industry, where most products have a much less durable shelf life. His official video has more than 220 million views on YouTube, and the numbers are similar on other networks and platforms.

Let's review what is about this musical phenomenon of global stature that they compare with the Macarena and that many media and critics no longer qualify as a song but as an anthem. 

My kingdom is not here 

"Jerusalem is my home / Save me / He left with me / Don't leave me here." They are the first verses of the song Jerusalema translated into Spanish. 

The authorship of the music belongs to Kgaogelo Moagi, better known as Master KG, a 24-year-old South African musician and producer with a prolific career, active in the South African electronic music industry since 2016.

Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode wrote and performed the song.

There was no special circumstance or epiphany behind the song's story. The author himself says that at the end of 2019 he composed the beat that gives it base. It seemed to him that due to the sounds it incorporated, it would be good to be accompanied by a letter with spiritual content, so he called on the singer Nomcebo Zikode, with experience in gospel house, to give you a voice and your personal touch. The lyrics were written between the two in the Venda language, one of the 11 officials from South Africa, originally from Limpopo, the town where the author was born. They recorded, and that same December the song was already rolling. 

The success in Africa was instantaneous. It reached the rest of the world several months later, reaching its apotheosis during the northern summer months. 

"My place is not here / My kingdom is not here / Save me / Come with me," says the song, which speaks in a few verses that are repeated like psalms speaking of the heavenly Jerusalem, the promised land in heaven that God reserves for those who have suffered in earthly Jerusalem, a metaphor for the Earth as a whole, for the “Valley of tears”. Or at least that is the interpretation seen from the biblical perspective, referring directly to the passage written in the book of Galatians, verse 4:26: "Instead the Jerusalem above is free and is our mother." 

This fragment of the New Testament begins by recalling a story that appears in the first books of the Bible about the two children of Abraham: the one he had with the slave Hagar and the one he had with Sarah, a free woman. The first represents the Jerusalem of hardships and work that is the Earth and the second the Jerusalem of freedom and joy that is heaven. Longing for the second he sings Jerusalema

No one had told Master KG that the following year an unknown disease would take more than a million people around the world and that a letter evoking the Christian hope of the sky would be a shot to the ground. 

The video has more than 220 million views on YouTube.

“I never thought this song would catch the attention of people all over the world. I only did the song in a studio trying to make something of my own. I never thought that in other countries people could dance to my song, as happened in the United States, in France, in Portugal, in Italy and so many other places. That's why I always thanked God because it is a beautiful work, which also has a dance taking this song to the next level. Now the song is all over the world ”, Master KG said in a video posted on the Brut network. 

Four versions have already been made in remix of the song, in different languages ​​and for different audiences. In Latin America, a remix was produced led by the Venezuelan ragman Micro TDH and the Colombian Greeicy, who incorporate several verses in Spanish in the same vein, speaking of faith and salvation, with the company of the two original authors and interpreters. The video has more than 21 million views on YouTube after two months. 

Little dancers

In Venezuela and in many other Western countries Jerusalema entered thanks to the viral video of some little African children dancing the choreography in an open space in front of some mud walls and accompanied by chickens and a dog. The staging is so picturesque that many doubted its authenticity, although the viewer with a shrewd eye could see that it was the same set and the same people that months ago had also gone viral dancing the hitsby Daddy Yankee Que tire pa lante.

Indeed the video was true. Children and real life scenery. No role played. These are the girls and boys of Masaka Kids Africana, a home for orphans and survivors of extreme poverty in Uganda, with a successful social media strategy, a YouTube channel and an Instagram account with millions of followers where they share their choreographies dancing and singing the trendy songs. 

The little ones are celebrities in Africa and thanks to their viral videos they receive donations from all over the world. They were recently nominated for Best Dance Group by the African Entertainment Awads and have recorded several albums available on iTunes and Spotify. 

Thanks to Jerusalema These talented little ones crossed many borders, and pushed a song that revolves around hope, in a world thirsty for that vital feeling. Fortunately, hope, like music, is a universal language. 

Jerusalema en español

Jerusalema ikhaya lami | Jerusalem is my home

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Uhambe nami | Went with me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Jerusalema ikhaya lami | Jerusalem is my home

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Uhambe nami | Went with me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Ndawo yami ayikho lana | My place is not here

Mbuso wami awukho lana | My kingdom is not here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zuhambe nami | Go with me

Ndawo yami ayikho lana | My place is not here

Mbuso wami awukho lana | My kingdom is not here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zuhambe nami | Go with me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Ndawo yami ayikho lana | My place is not here

Mbuso wami awukho lana | My kingdom is not here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zuhambe nami | Go with me

Ndawo yami ayikho lana | My place is not here

Mbuso wami awukho lana | My kingdom is not here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zuhambe nami | Go with me

Jerusalema ikhaya lami | Jerusalem is my home

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Uhambe nami | Went with me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Jerusalema ikhaya lami | Jerusalem is my home

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Uhambe nami | Went with me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Ndawo yami ayikho lana | My place is not here

Mbuso wami awukho lana | My kingdom is not here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zuhambe nami | Go with me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Zungangishiyi wool | Do not leave me here

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

Ngilondoloze | Save me

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