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S. African sensation ‘Jerusalema’ tops 260 million YouTube views

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A gospel-influenced house song about Jerusalem and faith has become a global phenomenon over the past year, received over 260 million views on YouTube (and counting), and inspired a viral social media challenge for decidedly viral times.

“Jerusalema,” by South African artists Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode, features Zulu lyrics and speaks of salvation, home and togetherness, with Jerusalem as an embodiment of such yearnings.

The song lifted global spirits darkened by the pandemic and inspired the “Jerusalema dance challenge,” which saw people across the world sharing clips of the same choreography in various settings.

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Front-line medical workers, soldiers, stiff-limbed clergymen, diners at swanky European restaurants and even the Cape Town Philharmonic........

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