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South African hit song, ‘Jerusalema’ sets record, reaches 500 million views on YouTube two years after release

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Two years after its release, South African hit song, ‘Jerusalema’ by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode, by reaching 500 million views on YouTube, a record by a song from Africa.

The pair’s hit single which was initially a slow burner before it went viral across the world and became a monster global hit during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic, and took the world by storm.

Since the gospel-influenced house song blew up the charts, it has amassed tons of rave reviews from music aficionados and accolades across the continent and reached number one on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales and Euro Digital Songs.

Jerusalema also went double platinum in Belgium, recording 80, 000 sales, and double Platinum in Portugal with 20, 000, while also peaking at number one in Belgium, Romania, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France.

While announcing the feat on Twitter on Tuesday, Master KG said it was a dream to have reached the height.

“It was all a dream half a billion views is here,” Master KG wrote.

Following it’s initial release in November 2019, a single edit of the song was released on streaming services in July, 2020, after it had earlier gone viral, and started garnering international attention due to the popularity of the #JerusalemaChallenge.

Several remixes and remakes of the song have since been released, most notably a remix featuring Nigerian afro fusion superstar, Burna Boy, which further popularised the single in Africa’s entertainment capital.

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Senegal: Thousands explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

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The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month of exhibition of some art pieces from the West African country.

The Biennale, which opened last month and runs through June 21, is the zenith of the city’s ebullient cultural calendar, drawing in artists, collectors and trendsetters from across the world.

This year’s edition featured artists like Johanna Ziemer works as a playwright, translator, Serigne Boyer is a graffiti artist, Zhang Yanzi, Stephanie J. Woods, Ytasha L. Womack amongst others

The Technical Director of Dakar Biennale, Abdou Diouf said that the edition lived up to expectation as it was widely attended with visitors numbering almost half of a million.

“The Dakar Biennale this year has kept all its promises. We had between 450 and 460 thousand visitors unlike in 2018. We had over 180 thousand visitors at the main expo site. So I think it is truly a great success.,” said Abdou Diouf.

“I think that it is also a challenge, a stake. We must manage to maintain this course, so that the universe, the environment, and I would even say the world of art can consider Dakar the capital of plastic arts,” said Diouf.

The Biennale has been established by the State of Senegal since 1989 with a first edition dedicated to literature in 1990, it was later reserved for contemporary art during the second edition in 1992 before being definitively devoted to contemporary African creation from 1996.

 

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Nigerian music star, Wizkid, hits milestone as Billboard names him longest African artist on top 10 chart

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Nigerian singing sensation, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has hit another milestone as Billboard named him the longest-charting African artist on its Top 10.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ was also named the longest charting African album and together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artiste ever on the Billboard platform.

The announcement by Billboard is a further confirmation of Wizkid’s success on the African continent and in the United States, and is another feather to his severally decorated musical cap.

And with his next album ‘More Love, Less Ego’ on the way, Wizkid will be looking to further break new ground internationally.

‘Essence’ which features Nigerian songstress, Tems, has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

The track ‘Essence’ which features songstress Tems has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

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