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7 Versions of My Favourite and Popular Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Chitrangada loves music and dance, whether Indian or International. Music appeals to all, irrespective of language, regions or nations.

Jerusalama dance challenge

Jerusalama dance challenge

What is Jerusalema Dance?

Few days ago, I received one dance video through messenger, from one of my close friends.
I was fascinated to view it, listen to the song, and the excellent dance moves of the performers in the video. It was relaxing, entertaining, with wonderful positive vibes.
I was tempted to know more about this song, and therefore I googled it.
And, the findings were so impressive that I wanted to share it with others.
After all, sharing is caring. Isn’t it?

Jerusalema Song and Dance:

Jerusalema is a song, created by a South African DJ, and record producer Master K G.
The video features South African vocalist Nomcebo.

Masaka kids Africana, performing on Jerusalema dance, source: YouTube

How did Jerusalema dance become so popular?

We all are aware of the challenges of people around the World, during the lockdowns, caused by COVID-19.
The South Africans celebrate Heritage day on 24th September. They were asked to take up this dance challenge, and show the World, what they were capable of.
A group of friends uploaded their dancing video, while taking food, at the same time dancing and enjoying. The song was a foot tapping number, which immediately appeals to the viewers, and they feel like dancing themselves.

This was uploaded as, Jerusalema dance challenge, with a hashtag.
The video got a favourable response, and in the Internet terms, ‘It went viral.’

Soon, people across many countries of the World, took the challenge, and uploaded their version, with the hashtag.
This is the power of the hashtag. The social media, especially the Instagram, Facebook etc. were flooded with group of people dancing, and enjoying, and motivating the others, to do the same.

Jerusalema popular dance, by an Indian group of dancers, Source: YouTube

The idea behind the ‘Jerusalema dance.’

The year 2020 had been tough for everyone, because of the pandemic.

People were forced to stay at home, during the lockdowns, maintain social distancing, wear masks etc.

Each one had to think of protecting themselves, as well as protecting others. So many people lost their loved ones, lost jobs and what not. The statistics are scary to look at.

The healthcare professionals, the frontline workers, the security personnel did not go home for several days. They had a tough time saving lives, and they are still doing this.

It will take some more time, till this disease is eradicated from the World.
Under these unnatural and unprecedented situations, how could one remain positive?

How to keep the spirits still high and alive?
Music brings a calming effect to the senses.
The dance has a therapeutic effect on us.
And, this is what happened to those who saw these video versions.
This was the idea behind this song and dance number, which became popular Worldwide, within no time.
People felt connected, and the fact that, ‘we are all in it together,’ gave some kind of consolation.

Jerusalema dance challenge by Lizt Alfonso: Cuban artists, Source: YouTube

What exactly is Jerusalema Dance Challenge?

As the Worldwide pandemic forced people to stay at home in the beginning of the year 2020, a group of friends in Angola, made a video of themselves dancing, foot tapping, while enjoying their food.
The song was the hit South African house track by DJ Master KG and vocalist Nomcebo.
The World took the challenge, as it became a viral phenomenon.
The most heartfelt participation videos were uploaded by the group of doctors, nurses, security personnel, frontline workers and of course the children.
Social media sites were flooded with the dance challenge videos, each one wonderful.

Jerusalema dance version, Dominican nuns, Source: YouTube

Jerusalema Dance and the Lockdowns

During the lockdown, the Jerusalema dance challenge was a simple way to connect with others, build friends, especially when people were craving to get closer to others.

People all around the World were living in isolation, grieving loss of their beloved family members and friends, during the lockdowns.
It’s then, that this song very much resonated with their feelings.
Who could have realised that the technology would be so helpful in such stressful times. Talking over phone, video calls via WiFi, Zoom calls became the lifeline during these unprecedented times. People remained connected with their dear ones, through these means.
Professionals worked from homes, while students studied through online classes.
Sharing food, sharing music became a necessity and not just a luxury.
Besides, the dance and song enthusiasts, it was heartening to see the healthcare professionals, the frontline workers participating with enthusiasm, in the Jerusalama dance challenge.

Jerusalema dance challenge, Romania, Source: YouTube

Final thoughts: The desire for unity, is the essence of Jerusalema Song and Dance

  • For different people around the World, the Jerusalema dance challenge meant differently. But initially, it was to celebrate the diverse Heritage of the South Africans, and to showcase to the World, their musical talent.
  • For many others, Jerusalema is a symbol of unity and peace.
  • I believe, people generally love peace, want to remain connected, be friendly with each other, irrespective of their nationality, language, religion or colour.
  • Love, peace, harmony and unity, in spite of the differences, across borders, that’s what this song has been able to do.

Jerusalema dance challenge, Austrian airlines, Source: YouTube

Jerusalema dance, original, Source: YouTube

Suggested References:

Some Suggested Readings:

1. Via Wikipedia

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalema

2. Via The Gospel Coalition

https://africa.thegospelcoalition.org/article/jerusalema/

3. Via Times of India https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/marginalia/jerusalema-the-song-jerusalema-celebrates-life-and-is-full-of-joie-de-vivre-28543/

Quotes:

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife.”—Khalil Gibran

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”—Henry Wandsworth Longfellow.

“One good thing about music-When it hits you, you feel no pain.”

—Bob Marley.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 31, 2021:

Thank you Lora, for reading and appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked this popular song and dance. You are right that it’s uplifting, with lot of positivity.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. I hope you are doing well. Take care and stay safe.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts. Happy Sunday.

Lora Hollings on January 30, 2021:

What a catchy song! I was moved to dance when I saw these wonderful routines. How nice it is to see people dancing together in peace and celebrating the joy of life. I thought the children and Australian Air were just fabulous. Your article was truly an inspiration, Chitrangada. I will try to incorporate this song and dance into my daily routine as it is very uplifting especially during these times. Thank you for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 29, 2021:

Thank you Sp Greaney, for appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked it. You are right about, why this song and dance appealed to so many people worldwide. The kids are outstanding indeed.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on January 29, 2021:

Those two boys in the first video are really good. I think it is interesting when something rescinates with people and it start trending online with its own hashtag. It is also cool for the creators to see that.

The dance music is so upbeat and lively. I can see why people love it.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 26, 2021:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for appreciating the article. You are right that these videos are uplifting, with positive vibes.

Appreciate you for reading and commenting. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 24, 2021:

Very uplifting to watch all of these different people do this dance! Thanks for sharing this!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 23, 2021:

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked the article and the related information.

Good day to you and thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you Bill, for your kind visit and appreciation of the article.

You are right that these dance and song versions are addictive. They do have a positive impact on our senses.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Many thanks and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Very well said, Denise!

Yes, all these versions are wonderful, but watching the kids is truly amazing.

Glad that you enjoyed the collection of videos.

Many thanks for your lovely comments!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 22, 2021:

This was absolutely wonderful. I had never heard of the Jerusalema Dance Challenge but watched all of the videos and I must say it's addicting. In the midst of this pandemic what a wonderful breath of fresh air this was.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 22, 2021:

How very interesting. You are right. That tune keeps your toes tapping and begs to be joined. I loved the different versions. I think my favorite is the children dancing. I love kids.

Blessings,

Denise

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you for appreciating the article, Peggy!

I am so happy to read your positive feedback. Yes, those videos are amazing with such happy faces. I would love to see you dancing.

So nice of you to share it on FB, Twitter and Pinterest.

Many thanks and have a wonderful day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2021:

I loved this! I was not familiar with the Jerusalema Dance Challenge and watched each of the videos. I can match the dance moves of the nuns. (Smile) I shared this on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you Bill, for your kind words of appreciation and encouragement.

So pleased to read your positive comments. Much appreciated.

Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you Misbah, for your kind visit and appreciation of the article.

I am glad that you liked it.

Thank you for the follow too. Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for your heartfelt comments. I really feel blessed to have known you.

I can imagine your emotions and feelings, since this took you back in time, to your sweet memories.

Music and dance is not restricted by language, it doesn’t have any barriers. What appeals to one person, appeals to the others too.

The children in the video are amazing. Even I thought so.

Many thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Gratitude and appreciations.

Thank you and good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Yes, Liz—As fellow human beings, it’s so thoughtful to inspire and motivate each other, especially during such difficult times.

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you Pamela, for your lovely comments and appreciation of the article.

I am glad that you liked the videos and the information about this popular song and dance. You are right that it really feels good to see so many happy faces.

Appreciate you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 22, 2021:

I love glimpses like this into different cultures. Thanks for the videos. They were very entertaining, and the article was educational, so I received two bonuses in one article. Bravo!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on January 22, 2021:

Hats off a very good and different Article.

Beautiful videos, I am in love with this song.

Blessings

manatita44 from london on January 22, 2021:

Chitrangada Ji I looked at all your videos! So heart-warming! My Heart is my strongest point, as told to me by Sri Chinmoy when he gave me my name in 1989, but yes, it's gone up a notch or two, just by listening to these dynamic videos.

Of course the God-seeker sees beauty and I saw it in the charming innocense of the nuns and the sweet simplicity of the African children plus.

Jerusalema I know about. Probably everybody knows, as it went viral a long time ago, a bit like young Amanda Gorman at the innaguration. Yet it still maintains its beauty and integrity and span across all ages, faiths and countries. The wonders and gifts of the Divine!

I've always known you like dance. I grew up with street dance and carnival and when in the UK, I did much disco in my earlier life. Now I travel and serve and seeing the African kids again is so meaningful to me!

In my last trip, 2018, I led a team of seven going across 5 African countries for a month. We started in the land of dance and drummers --Burundi. They did amazing things! 'Nuff for now. Great heart-warmer in these challenging times.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 22, 2021:

This is a fascinating article. It is amazing that in these tough times a song like this can be used to spread hope.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2021:

I love this upbeat article, Chitrangada. The videos and your information made this such a pleasure to read. I love the dance, and the children were very cute. Thank you for sharing as I think this article would cheer up anyone.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you John, for sharing your thoughts. I am glad that you liked all the videos.

I agree with you that the World needs to brighten the spirits, and these songs and dances are helping to inspire people.

Thank you for your encouraging words and support.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 22, 2021:

What a wonderful article, infectious dance, and catchy song. Thank you so much for sharing, Chitrangada. This is something the world needs now to brighten spirits. I loved each video too.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Thank you Rosina, for appreciating the collection of videos. I enjoy each version of this wonderful song and dance challenge.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Many thanks.

Rosina S Khan on January 22, 2021:

This was a great article outlining the various versions of the "Jerusalama Dance". Very nicely represented. Really loved it. Thank you for sharing, Chitrangada.