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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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Nigerian music star, Skales, storms Uganda for Jameson & Friends event

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Nigerian music star, Skales, is currently in Uganda where he is billed to perform on Sunday evening at the first edition of the Jameson & Friends event at Motiv.

The event hosted by Talent Africa, will also feature performances from Ugandan fast-rising multi-talented RnB and afro-pop artiste Joshua Baraka who recently released his EP dubbed Watershed alongside DJ Kas Baby, DJ Vee, and DJ Tony, according to a programme of event released by the organisers.

“There will also be games and a live world cup screening on giant screens,” the organisers said.

“Listed to be a monthly event, this is a lifestyle experience, where friends meet, make new friends enjoy good music, tasty BBQ, and smooth whiskey.

“This is, however, not the first time Skales is performing in Uganda. His debut concert was back in 2017 at the Silver Springs poolside before headlining the 23rd edition of Blankets and Wine held at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala on August 25, 2019.

“His love for Uganda does not stop there, he also has several songs with Ugandan artistes including ‘One by One’ with Cindy, ‘Olina Work’ Rmx, Bomblast with Beenie Gunter), ‘Pon Mi’ Rmx with Beenie Gunter, Roja and SlickStuart as well as ‘You Know Why’ alongside Zulitums,” they added.

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Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby, arrested for possession of drugs

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Popular Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby was on Friday, arrested at the Cairo International Airport for allegedly being in possession of drugs.

Local news outlet, Shourouk TV, reports that Shalaby was arrested after security agents found 12 bags of sweets stuffed with marijuana in her possession as she returned to Egypt from New York.

The news outlet added that after her arrest, Shalaby was then referred to the El Nozha Public Prosecution and that an investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Egyptian customs officials say a report has been filed against the actress while she will remain at the airport until investigations are finalised.

Shalaby who is one of Egypt’s biggest actresses, started her acting career in 2001 and has starred in several movies and TV productions.

She was the first Egyptian Actress to be nominated for the Emmy Awards and with over three million followers on Instagram, Shalaby enjoys large popularity among Egypt’s top TV stars.

According Egyptian narcotic laws, cannabis possession is punishable with a minimum of one year in prison plus a fine of at least 1,000 Egyptian pounds or both.

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