The South African singer has certainly lived up to his name with this new feat.
Buzzing South African Master KG‘s hit single “Jerusalema” was named as the most Shazamed song by the Apple-owned music app. The song, originally released in 2019, made waves earlier this year with the Jerusalema dance challenge taking over the global music scene.
The news, made official on September 8, was announced by Shazam’s instagram account with them congratulating the singer on his incredible accomplishment. Master KG himself took to Twitter to thank his fans and share in the glory.
The gospel-influenced song has since been the theme of a dance craze as widespread as the Macarena. Just type #Jerusalema on YouTube’s search bar, and you’ll be served an infinite scroll of dances from Italy, Nigeria, Jamaica, Canada, India and Saudi Arabia, with friends, families and flash mobs trying to put their spin on the dance. There is even a video of the Teletubbies dancing to the song.
“It reminds me of the song called Macarena in the ’90s when I was still young,” Master KG told Sowetan. “Now it is happening to my song and it’s a blessing indeed.”
The upbeat track was initially released in November 2019, surpassing one million views on YouTube in a week. A music video was then released a month later. At the time of publishing, the music video has been viewed more than 129 million times.
Jerusalema arrived to streaming services in July. It didn’t take long for the song to start charting on iTunes, peaking at number one in Belgium and Switzerland. A remix by Nigerian singer Burna Boy has also helped the song climb the US Billboard Hot Dance / Electronic Songs chart.
Master KG had received a number of awards prior to Jerusalema’ssuccess, including the African diaspora Afrima 2018 Award and the Limpopo Music Award for Best House Single for his track Skeleton Move.