Nomcebo Zikode was ready to give up on music and the life she built with her family before Master KG offered her a lifeline with their smash hit Jerusalema.
The 34-year-old married mother of two has been in the music industry for 15 years as a backup singer for Zahara, Nhlanhla Nciza, Deborah Fraser and Lundi Tyamara.
Musician Noncebo Zikode says the song Jerusalema is a blessing from God.
Master KG’s Jerusalema song is making international waves. The hit song now has over 150 million views on YouTube and looks well set to get to the 200 million milestones before the end of Sept 2020. Everyone is talking about Master KG but how well do you know about the female vocalist behind the hit song. Here is everything you need to know about Jerusalema’s Nomcebo Zikode.
Nomcebo Zikode, the voice behind the smash hit, says she didn’t imagine the song would blow up the way it did. “I am overjoyed but nervous at the same time. It still feels surreal that people all over the world are singing and dancing to a song that was sung by me. It’s a huge blessing and I’m grateful,” she says.
Nomcebo, who is also the voice behind DJ Ganyani’s Emazulwini, was approached by Master KG late last year to work on Jerusalema. “We worked on this song at night, before midnight,” she recalls. “I remember playing it on my way to the gym the next morning and getting chills all over my body. I was overtaken by emotions I couldn’t explain. I knew at that moment that God was telling me something about the song, but nothing could have prepared me for this.”
At the time she said a silent prayer the hit producer would also see the song’s potential. “Lo and behold, Master KG gave me a call later that day asking me to come into the studio so we could complete the song. He also knew there was something there,” Nomcebo says.
FIVE things you didn’t know about Jerusalema’s Nomcebo Zikode
1. Nomcebo Zikode loves pap and amasi – and no, she does not add sugar.
2. Jerusalema’s Nomcebo Zikode loves dancing, preferably behind closed doors in the comfort of her home.
3. She listens to all music genres and loves African sounds.