By Marlan Padayachee
Durban – Not since that famous Sunday in 1990 when a high-fisted Nelson Mandela waltzed onto freedom road, or Shakira’s “Waka Waka” gave us a wave of a ball in 2010, has our dancing democracy stolen the march on a world flat-footed by Covid-19 pandemic.
During the darkest hour of the country’s coronavirus campaign, it took a presidential dance decree to get South Africans back on their feet again – literally dancing to the beat of a new African rhythm.
President Cyril Ramaphosa declared “Jerusalema” the official theme song for Heritage Day. The head of state not only got his 55 million citizens back to work after a hard Covid-19 lockdown, he got the whole nation dancing right out of the blues of a deadly pandemic that has put the country’s economy on the back burner for six months.
When the billionaire businessman-turned-president gave “Jerusalema” the seal of presidential approval, Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode’s home-brewed hit song and line-dancing routine – currently burning up the charts – got a racially divided and frustrated nation back on the dance floor – again.