In his speech last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to use the upcoming Heritage Day as family time, a time reflect on the difficult journey the country has traveled in the last 6 months and to remember those who’ve lost their lives. He added that South Africans should rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage of the nation and stated that there can be no better way to “celebrate our South Africanness”, than joining the global phenomenon that is spreading across the world: the Jerusalema dance challenge.

“So I urge all of you to take up this challenge, on Heritage Day, and show the world what we are capable of” said the president.

Jerusalema Success, Humility and Spirituality

Shortly after its release 29 November 2019, this song catapulted South Africa into the global limelight. During this year, it been on the top of Billboard charts the world over, and most importantly has brought hope and a sense of togetherness to people all over the world during a time of global crisis. Master KG (producer and songwriter) and Nomcebo Zikode (singer and songwriter) have expressed excitement, gratitude and humility at the success of the song, over the course of it’s rising popularity.

Notably, this song is a spiritual gospel song. The very first line “Jerusalema ikhaya lami” translates in English to “Jerusalem is my home”. 80% of South Africans are Christians, most are devout and practicing, and see Jerusalem as their Christian capital.

Global Hope

The Jerusalema dance challenge has been taken up around the globe by celebrities, schools, companies, public servants and the general public. Countless videos of the challenge have been uploaded to various social media platforms, enabling people to connect via song, enjoying their favourite celebrities’ renditions.

We look forward to what Heritage Day will bring.

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