Our African for the week is South African Kgaogelo Moagi, known professionally as Master KG.
When the deep and captivation voice of South African singer Nomcebo Zikode rang out from the depths of South Africa in “Jerusalema”, a tune by Master KG, no one suspected , it will be danced by Nuns and Monks in France, or become the song danced on beaches in streets at homes and offices the world over. Ngilondoloze(Guard me) Uhambe nami(Walk with me) Zungangishiyi lana(Do not leave me here). Their prayer in Jerusalema was most certainly heard by their God, he guarded them well, walked with them and their careers have been propelled to new heights. South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on September 24. The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked his citizens to take the Jerusalema dance challenge for Heritage Day celebrations.
Master KG is a South African musician and record producer. His album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category. He is also known as the pioneer of “Balobedu” dance.
The hit maker Master KG, real name Kgoagelo Moagi, says when he started making music he just wanted to make people dance. He never imagined that he would be making the whole world dance. “I was happy to hear my music played at taverns or on radio … and I never imagined I would make money from it or be on TV.”
Jerusalema is not Master KG’s first big hit; he is a regular on South African charts. In 2018, he enjoyed huge success with his hit Skeleton Move, which was voted the 2018 SABC Summer Song of the Year (meaning it received the most public votes across the participating SABC stations). Skeleton Move also bagged him an Afrimma 2018 award for Best Electro and Dance and an Afrimma 2019 award for Best Male Southern Africa
Since its release late last year, Jerusalema has become a global phenomenon. And between Master KG’s capering beat and Nomcebo’s dreamy vocals, it is easy to see how the song became a viral hit, inspiring its own dance challenge and raking in more than 100 million views on its official YouTube page.
But now the South African disco-house track has set a new milestone: it is officially the most searched-for song on Shazam, a fit other musicians from the entire globe have to match.
If you haven’t seen or heard of South Africa’s own Master KG’s hit song Jerusalema, then it’s time to get stepping and signing.
Jerusalema _without any exaggeration is currently the Pan African song, brought to the continent by this talented South African musician.
Just 8 months ago, the official video for his hit single, Jerusalem, was released on YouTube and today it has already achieved a milestone.
As a matter of fact, only few videos from Africa has been able to attain over a hundred million views within this short period of time. The hit-track is now sitting on 100-million views on YouTube. With the song being translated into other languages and South Africans asking for the President and the Cabinet to do the dance challenge on Heritage Day, maybe the real success story of Jerusalema is only just beginning. With a song in my heart and my feet stumping to the captivating beat of Jerusalema, Master KG is definitely my African of the week