The Jerusalema Story
Master KG – Jerusalema [Feat. Nomcebo] (Official Introduction Interview). Credit: Africori
I first came across the song and dance ‘Jerusalema” on my Facebook feed. Loved the music and the energy of the dance but didn’t realise it had gone viral, connecting people across Asia, Africa, Europe, North & South America, Australia, all during the pandemic. The more I googled, the more joy I felt watching so many people interpret this dance, in their own cultures, with their unique moves, sometimes in their own language, with so much energy and sheer happiness. All at a time when we are all yearning for that connection, that happiness.
When I dug deeper, I found the story of how this song emerged out of a spiritual collaboration and how it brought so much joy from Africa to the world at least as fabulous as the song itself. DJ Master KG and singer Nomcebo Zikode, both from South Africa, tell that story beautifully, in their own words.
The second part of this story is about Fenómenos do Semba, a group of Angolan youth dancers, who loved the song and brought to movement to the music, with their lunch.
I’ve watched this dance more than 40 times and still want to see more. Look out for the next post with some of my favourite renditions from around the world.