Why the citizens of the world should care
In a year that was both difficult and exhausting, South Africans managed to get out dancing and inspired the rest of the world to join us.
All thanks to the music producer Master KG and his international success, Jerusalema, which quickly became a locking anthem both for South Africans and people around the world.
The song about not being left hopeless, and asking God to take the singer to Jerusalem, is sung proudly in Zulu to an uplifting beat that is easy to move. When the song was released earlier this year, although South Africans proudly promoted the beat, it was a group of friends in Angola who helped the song go viral and started the international dance challenge.
“It’s a dance that was done by people from Angola, then Portugal followed, and it went viral from that point on,” Master KG, real name Kgaogelo Moagi, told Sowetan Live.
The dance spread like wildfire around the world, with everyone from firefighters in Romania to wildlife advocates in Zimbabwe joining in the dance craze.
The South Africans certainly rose to the challenge and soon enough the whole country danced in unison, from the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his department, to the judges and lawyers of the High Court in Cape Town, to the workers. frontline hospitals and schools in South Africa. , and even factory workers and truck drivers.
At the height of the pandemic, Jerusalema succeeded in uplifting people who were stuck all over the world and encouraged them to find a reason to celebrate life.
This positive impact was important to help improve mental health during confinement. Recently, pharmaceutical company Pharma Dynamics asked South African adults about their health during and after the lockdown. Their research found that 56% of adults currently experience higher levels of emotional and psychological stress.
The study ended with a reminder to citizens to take care of their well-being. the Jerusalema The dance challenge was greeted as a source of light in a difficult time and managed to lift morale despite the emotional stress of the pandemic.
The challenge inspires solidarity even when the pandemic has called us to isolate ourselves as much as possible, and it has brought joy to a year that has been defined by loss and despair.
The song has since become the most Shazamed song in the world and garnered over 200 million views on YouTube – Master KG winning the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Actor on November 8 for his efforts.
“It means a lot to me. It validates the path I’m on,” Master KG told Sowetan Live after the song broke Shazam records. “It means the world is moving towards Jerusalema and they want to know more about the song and the artists behind it.
– MTVAfrica (@MTVAfrica) November 8, 2020
In explaining why “Jerusalem” was a finalist for South Africa’s Word of the Year – a title ultimately won by “lockdown” – Ntombenhle Huluhulu of the Pan South African Language Board described how the dance challenge really tells the story of the world. South African people.
“It’s just who we are, it’s being South African. We always find joy in the most difficult times and that is a testament to the resilience of our spirit,” she said.
Meanwhile, in September, President Cyril Ramaphosa even praised the song and encouraged all citizens to participate in the Heritage Month dance challenge, in the same speech he announced the end of lockdown. national.
He said at the time that participating in the dance challenge was an opportunity to “reflect on the difficult journey we have all been on, to remember those who have lost their lives, and to quietly rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage of our nation “. .
Here are some of our favorite contributions to the international dance challenge.
1. The Masaka Kids Africana in Uganda
2. Sisters and priests in Italy
3. Caring for the wild rhino sanctuary in South Africa
4. Slingeland Hospital in the Netherlands
5. And finally, the original challengers in Angola
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