Shazam, an application that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device, on Tuesday announced that Master KG’s Jerusalema was the most searched song on the platform all over the world.
“Congrats @MasterKGsa! #Jerusalema is now the most Shazamed song in the world,” read the tweet by Shazam. MasterKG, on his part, was thankful for the achievement as several artistes heaped praises on him. “Lately it’s been Blessings On Top Of Blessings.GOD Is Amazing #Jerusalema,” he tweeted.
Trace Urban Southern Africa: Well done MasterKGsa
Trace Eastern Africa: Congratulations @MasterKGsa!! After this pandemic, wedding receptions will be a constant flash mob thanks to you
The song, which premiered on YouTube in December 2019, quickly grew to become a favourite of many and has garnered over 124million views so far. Sang by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring Nomcebo, Jerusalema received such an immense reception online that it was later included on Master KG’s second album that was released in January 2020. It then went viral during the lockdown period leading to the #JerusalemaChallenge that incorporated various moves and trended on various social media platforms.
Described as an ‘upbeat gospel-influenced house song’ even prompted a remix featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy which was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song onto the US Billboard charts. The song also topped the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart on the issue dated August 15, 2020 and held the position for close to two weeks.
Jerusalema is sung in the Khelobedu language spoken by the Lobedu people in South Africa and below we have translated the song to English for those who have often wondered what MasterKG talks about.