Austrian Airlines, the Austria’s flag carrier, recently celebrated the new year with a video of their attempt at the Jerusalema dance challenge.
The challenge that went viral last year. It turned into a viral sensation after it was released by its creator, Master KG.
“After an eventful year 2020, our crew cannot wait to welcome many more of you back onboard again,” the group said on YouTube. “For a worthy start into the new year, our crew has performed a song that brings the world together – just like Austrian Airlines!”
The song Jerusalema by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode was originally a hit in 2019. Sung in IsiZulu, one of South Africa’s 11 national languages – a prayer to God to take the singer to the holy city of Jerusalem. It reached a new peak in the “Shazam Global Top 200” list in early June 2020 when the dance challenge hit the internet. Master KG later said he was incredibly proud of the song’s success.
“I am so happy, it’s a dream come true for Jerusalema to be top four on Shazam global charts. I’ve always adored other artists being on the charts and now it’s my turn. It’s a really exciting moment.”
The Jerusalema challenge was one of many things that shed a positive light on 2020. Since the release of the Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode hits, many people from all over the world have entered the dance challenge.
“There can be no better way to celebrate our South Africans than joining the global phenomenon that is spreading across the world, and that is the Jerusalema dance challenge….the Jerusalema song that I love so much. So I urge all of you to take up this challenge and show the world what we are capable of,” Cyril Ramaphosa said during an address to the nation in 2020.
The Mbende Jerusarema Dance is a popular dance style practiced by the Zezuru Shona people living in eastern Zimbabwe, especially in the Murewa and Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe districts.