Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 07:46 pm

Jerusalema hitmaker, Master KG, became the first artist from Limpopo to ever win an MTV European Music Award during last night’s ceremony. 

As if things couldn’t get any better for Balobedu House hitmaker Master KG. After a 2020 which has seen him achieve worldwide fame, largely due to his sensational single Jerusalema, the DJ and musician made history on Sunday night when he walked away with his first ever award at the MTV European Music Award. 

Master KG wins at the MTV EMAs 

Considering the record-breaking success that Jerusalema has enjoyed, as well as the nature of the celebrities who have endorsed the uplifting hit single (from Cristiano Ronaldo to Janet Jackson,) it’s fair to say that Master KG came into this year’s MTV EMAs as a favourite. The muso from Tzaneen, Limpopo, was nominated in the Best African Act category alongside a number of top acts from across the continent. 

Best African act nominees: 

  • Master KG (SA)
  • DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small (SA)
  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Rema (Nigeria)
  • Sheebah (Uganda) 
  • Gaz Mawete (DRC)

Despite the stiff competition, it was our beloved hitmaker who has inspired the global #JerusalemaChallenge who emerged as the winner of the highly coveted prize.

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He thanked his fans during an excited acceptance speech where he said, “I would love to thank each and every person out there, all over the world, for making this possible. I would love to thank my sister Nomcebo Zikode, my team at Open Mic Productions. Everyone who is behind Master KG, thank you guys so much! To my fans all around the world, without you I don’t think this would be possible.”


Master KG’s acceptance (image credit:



Jerusalema’s worldwide success – by the numbers

Although we are aware of the global impact which Jerusalema has had, when you take a closer look at the numbers it becomes clearer that Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode have truly created something special with their song. 

  • In South Africa: The song’s music video is now officially the most streamed South African music video of all time, by some distance too. At the time of writing, the 10-month-old video has amassed 227 million views and continues to climb. 
  • In America: The Jerusalema Remix which features Burna Boy also enjoyed a hot streak, peaking at #3 on the Billboard charts and spending a total of 17 weeks on the charts. 
  • In France: That same Jerusalema Remix has just secured Diamond status in France after amassing an incredible 35 million streams in that country alone!

It’s no surprise that minister Nathi Mthetwa glowed with compliments after Master KG’s big win on Sunday night. The Minister of Arts and Culture wrote on Twitter, “Your patriotism shall go down in the annals of history. Continue to pick up the fallen spears of your predecessors in representing our motherland in such a unifying and unprecedented manner”We simply couldn’t end this piece without sharing some of our favourite #JerusalemaChallenge videos from social media.

Take a look below:


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WATCH: Tito Mboweni joins the Jerusalema Challenge with his sons!

“Jerusalema. The sound is here! With my boys!! We tried! Level 2!” tweeted South Africa’s minister of finance, Tito Mboweni on Sunday…

WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo & family are loving SA smash hit ‘Jerusalema’

It’s become a global music phenomenon and by the looks of it, Master KG’s hit song Jerusalema is continuing to take over the world by storm…

President Cyril Ramaphosa

“The Jerusalema song that I love so much” – President calls for Heritage Day #JerusalemaChallenge

“I urge everyone to use this public holiday, Heritage Day, as family time to reflect on the difficult journey we have all travelled, to remember those who have lost their lives and to quietly rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage of our nation.”

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Viral ‘Jerusalema’ dance to be turned into a ‘mini-feature film’

The SA film and television industry has decided to create a “mini-feature film” of the viral ‘Jerusalema’ dance…

Lesley Jordan

“It puts you in a good mood…and you get to eat too” – US actor does hilarious version of #Jerusalemachallenge

This US actor put his own spin on the #JerusalemaChallenge…