Tag Archives: African music

How viral song Jerusalema joined the ranks of South Africa’s greatest hits

A group of colleagues taking up the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge in Cape Town. NIC BOTHMA/EPA-EFE Akhona Ndzuta, University of Fort Hare There’s something seemingly novel about a song from South Africa going viral to the extent that the 2019 house music song Jerusalema has done in 2020. The song is performed by musician and producer Master KG and vocalist Nomcebo Zikode. …

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The Angolan dancers who helped South African anthem Jerusalema go global

Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba. Courtesy Adilson Maiza for Fenómenos do Semba Ananya Jahanara Kabir, King’s College London In February the Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba created the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge video that showed off their dance moves to the South African hit song Jerusalema. Their video is set in a backyard in Luanda, where they break into a …

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The poetic power of Idir, the artist who took Algerian music to the world

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Salvatore di Nolfiepa/EFE/EPA Hugo Hadji, SOAS, University of London The death of Algerian icon Idir has brought an important chapter of Algerian music to a close. Through his brilliant career, Idir modernised and promoted the richness of Kabyle melodies and poetry, popularised North African culture, and advocated for unity and tolerance both in Algeria and in France. Looking at Idir’s …

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