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Michael Bentley 28, Oct 3 mins
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Nomcebo Zikode. © Kwanda MacPherson
The success of "Jerusalema" has also led to several popular remixes

Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced it has signed featured artist and co-writer of the global smash hit “Jerusalema,” Nomcebo Nkwanyana, professionally known as Nomcebo Zikode, to an exclusive publishing deal. The deal encompasses Nomcebo’s catalogue which includes her latest offering, “Xola Moya Wam,” as well as future releases.

The singer-songwriter was born in Kwazulu Natal, Hammersdale, South Africa. She rose to fame in 2018 when she was featured on South African producer DJ Ganyani’s song “Emazulwini.” Recently, her dance house hit single “Jerusalema” propelled her to international acclaim. The global anthem has garnered over 200 million views on YouTube and triggered a viral dance craze with the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge.

The success of “Jerusalema” has also led to several popular remixes – the rendition featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy has reached Billboard’s U.S. charts and topped the U.K. Afrobeats Singles chart, and Latin hitmakers Micro TDH and Greeicy have just released a new remix of the song, which is set to further expand its market. In addition to its already impressive achievements, “Jerusalema” was recently recognized as the most Shazamed song worldwide, and the song has reached gold and platinum status in Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and Belgium.

Guy Henderson, Sony/ATV President, International said, “I’m thrilled that Nomcebo has decided to join Sony/ATV. A wonderful songwriter with a great voice, Nomcebo has co-written one of the top global hits of 2020. As a South African overseeing Sony/ATV’s International companies around the world, it gives me an added thrill that my team will be able to work not only on a South African penned global hit like “Jerusalema,” but on all the other songs that Nomcebo has written. With…

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