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The Jerusalema Effect

Updated: Oct 23, 2021


We all know that good music brings out vibes in us and can’t be erased from our memories easily. The South African DJ and a producer featuring one of the best vocalists gave us a hit jam for us to groove to in the middle of this pandemic. Interesting.

Master KG and Nomcebo (image: instagram)

Master KG became an artiste to be reckoned with after his mega hit skeleton move in 2018. He didn’t kill the heat of his music there, He gave us another big banger in the year 2019 titled "Jersulama" which became the top song in the world today. "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, the full glory of the song came into full manifestation after the video was released on 21 December. It was later included on Master KG's second album of the same title, released in January 2020. It was eventually released on streaming services on 10 July 2020, after it went viral during mid-2020, garnering international reaction due to the #Jerusalema Challenge. A remix featuring Nigerian singer Burnaboy was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song into the US Billboard charts. The song topped the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart on the issue dated August 15, 2020. It has held the number one position for two weeks. This song is not just a global song but it has birthed different dance steps for dancers and also choreographers. The likes of Keren Zumba, 2nacheki, Angel Nyigu, Patience J, Prettygirl Rosine etc., They all gave a beautiful step by step on how you can shake your body to the beat of the song. Check them out on YouTube.

Master Kg, Burnaboy & Nomcebo ( image: BBC)


Kgaogelo Moagi was born on January 13 1996 in Limpopo, South Africa. He started playing with beats at a very tender age of 13 years old. He did all this on a computer bought for him by his late uncle, who was very supportive of his talent. He then linked up with DJ Maebela, and together they started experimenting with music software and perfecting their art.


Growing up, Master KG was very passionate about music, so much, that he even faked illness so that he could stay in his bedroom to do what he loved. Even though it seemed cheeky at that time, it turned out very helpful in his music career. In 2016 when Master KG was popping up in the music industry, he already had a full arsenal of beat making instruments and skills. One of Master KG’s songs in the album that had a lasting effect on the fans include skeleton moves. In Master kg ft zanda, Master KG featured Zanda in the song and it became the most trending song in South Africa as well as other neighboring countries. The song even started showing early signs of clinching the song of the year way before the competition started. This was seen from the response that the song got when the official video was released.

Master KG’s Waya Waya was also another song on the album that received positive reviews from the fans. The best part of the song is at the beginning where it starts with a nice and catchy rhythm of kicks and snares with mild strings in the background. In Waya Waya, Master KG featured Team Mosha who backed up the powerful instrumental with vocals and hooks that ushered Master KG to his chorus.

Even though all Master KG songs from the album were all catchy and interesting, Waya Waya and Skeleton Move were the two that clearly stood out. After the official release of the album, it was evident that Master KG was truly a talented musician and producer and this was evident during all the award ceremonies that preceded the album.


Master KG Music Awards ( image: Getty Images)

2018 was a very successful year in Master KG’s career as he bagged a number of nominations and awards both locally and internationally. To begin with, he won the best artist group in the African electro, at the AFRIMA AWARDS. He was also nominated in three categories at the Limpopo Music Awards best dance song where Skeleton Move won. Other nominations included best music video and song of the year. Master KG Skeleton also won song of the year at the SABC Summer Song 2018 award. Master KG is a true embodiment of true passion and commitment in music. He is a very good role model for young men and women who are pursuing music and a different career path. He is a great proof of the importance of beginning a career much earlier in life since it gives one the likeliness to make it. His life in music also poses a great challenge for parents to be able to support their kids whenever they show other interests away from the classrooms. For these reasons, Master KG continues to be a role model and an inspiration to many. Let me give a little introduction about Nomcebo.


Nomcebo Zikode who was born in KwaZulu-Natal is a South African singer, songwriter, and performer. For her basic education, she attended Ukusa High School, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied Information technology at Havatech College, graduating in 2006. A study she didn’t make a career with. She was born in 1985 and that makes her 35 years old as at 2020. During her childhood days, she was laughed at for choosing to become a singer, as a profession.

Nomcebo (image: news 24)


Nomcebo Zikode's first step into the entertainment industry was as a backup vocalist for Multi-award winning South African singer, Zahara. She, however, rose to limelight after winning the search on Ukhozi FM in 2003 which was headed by Tshepo Nzimande. She was announced the winner of the show, ahead of Lundi, Zahara, Kholeka and Nhlanhla Nciza. Aside from ‘Jerusalema', Nomcebo also has another hit song titled 'Imizamo Yami'. The song was about unrequited love either from a romantic partner, a family member or a friend. She has also released other singles, including; 'Yini', 'Thando Unamanga' and 'Nguwe'. Nomcebo is currently signed under the Open Mic Production record label. She has worked with popular artists like DJ Ganyani, Bongo beats, DemogulSA and Master KG. She was also nominated for the Rookie Award at the 2019 Backing Vocalists & Session Musicians Awards (BVSM). On August 20, 2020, she released an album titled “Xola Moya Wami”. The 9-track album has songs such as Bayabuza which featured Bongo Beats. She featured Master KG in the album’s debut track title “Xola Moya Wam”. The songs contained in Nomcebo’s Xola Moya Wami album are;


Xola Moya Wami (Radio Edit) feat. Master KG

Indlela (Radio Edit)


Ngiyesaba feat. Makhadzi

Xola Moya Wami feat. Master KG

Imizamo Yami feat. Bongo Beats



That’s all about Master KG and Nomecebo, do well to download the music and also the remix and enjoy yourself. Thank You and don’t forget to like and comment. Many credits to Wikipedia and the various media whose materials and images we have used.

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