When the hit song ‘Jerusalema’ was released, music fans with a great musical sense predicted it will be a global anthem.
A few months later, the song proved its worth. And years later, not only has the music video for the song been viewed more than 56 million times on YouTube, it has been covered by artists from several countries around the world. Also spawning the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge on social media.
The song recently drew attention when global DJ Black Coffee was asked to play it during his club set at Arzachena, Sardinia in Switzerland. Black Twitter called out South African Music Award organisers who snubbed the hit for a SAMA award.
Nomcebo is a South African singer, songwriter, and performer who hails from Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal. Nomcebo’s career kicked off when she participated in the talent search on Ukhozi FM in 2003.
Nomcebo moved to Johannesburg when she matriculated to pursue her music career. She caught the attention of music lovers with her single “Imizamo Yami”, a song about a one-sided love experience either from a romantic partner, a family member or a friend.
The 34-year-old married mother of two who is also the voice behind DJ Ganyani’s Emazulwini has been in the music industry for 15 years as a backup singer for Zahara, Nhlanhla Nciza, Deborah Fraser and Lundi Tyamara and many collaborations.
Nomcebo Zikode was ready to give up on music and the life she built with her family before the beat genius Master KG offered her a lifeline with their would-be smash hit collaboration, Jerusalema.
The song was accompanied with a lovely visual which already boast of massive views both in and outside South Africa.
Jerusalema brought new accomplishment on the 7 August, to the duo, Nomcebo and Master KG were appointed Ambassadors to the world under the DSAC Cultural Diplomacy Programme by Nathi Mthetwa, Minister Of Sports Arts and Culture. The minister acknowledged that the hit song brought social cohesion.
“I didn’t imagine the song would blow up the way it did, I am overjoyed but nervous at the same time. It still feels surreal that people all over the world are singing and dancing to a song that was sung by me. It’s a huge blessing and I’m grateful, ” Nomcebo said
The success of Jerusalema has somehow inspired the duo and Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode are back again, dropping another song, “Xola Moya Wami, ” ( released August, 14th) which is the title track of Nomcebo’s debut album and will be available on digital platforms on the 21st August 2020.
“I chose the first single release to be Xola Moya Wami, because when I was writing this song, I wrote it after a week into lockdown.
“I was in a state of shock and fear and thought God was punishing me because of my own sins. In the song I am asking God to forgive the sins I do in the flesh. My spirit longs to do what He wills,” she said.
“When I was writing the lyrics for Jerusalema, things weren’t going right for me. I had been a backing vocalist for so many years and I asked God constantly to bless me with the talent that I have. For it to be heard and His purpose to be fulfilled. I always write music from the heart.
“I live music and any music that is not written with any meaning doesn’t sit well with me. It has to shoot straight to the heart and speak to people to leave a message.”
Zikode wants this album to be a praise to God and for people to see that though people are not perfect, God loves them as they are.
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