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The story behind Master KG's 'Jerusalema,' one of the most Shazamed songs in the world

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

"Jerusalema" has become a worldwide phenomenon and inspired a global dance challenge that's uplifting people when they need it the most.

(CNN)One night in 2019, DJ Kgaogelo Moagi, better known as Master KG, called up singer Nomcebo to come to his Johannesburg studio to record a song.

"'You want me to come now?'"

When she got there, the beat Master KG played gave her goosebumps; she loved it.

It would later come together as the global hit, "Jerusalema. "

But Nomcebo didn't think she could come up with lyrics right away and asked if she could work on it at home.

Master KG gave her the confidence she needed to do it that night, but she still shooed him out of the recording room so she could have some space to think.

After a few more listens, Nomcebo had an epiphany.

And I was like 'Master KG, come back, come back.

Though the lyrics are sung in Zulu, "Jerusalema" quickly rose to global fame.

The song has already landed Master KG five African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) nominations and countless celebrity shout-outs -- in part thanks to the global dance challenge inspired by the song.

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