Master KG Wins ‘Best African Act’ at MTV Europe Music Awards
The wins just keep coming for South African artist and DJ Master KG. The bolobedu house musician has recently been named “Best African Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards following the continued international success of his hit song “Jerusalema” featuring fellow artist Nomcebo Zikode. The well-deserved award comes off the heels of the remix of “Jerusalema” featuring both Zikode and Nigerian superstar Burna Boy having been certified diamond in France—no small feat.
In his acceptance speech, Master KG said, “I would love to thank my sister Nomcebo, my team Open Mic Productions, and everyone who has supported Master KG, thank you so much. To all my fans all over the world.”
Master KG beat out fellow South African artists Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa as well as Burna Boy in what ended both Nigeria’s longstanding reign and South Africa’s 7-year losing streak at the awards show.
In a recent interview with OkayAfrica, Master KG explains how the vitality of “Jerusalem” took even him by surprise:
“Yeah. To be honest, everything that happened globally with “Jerusalema” is something that I never expected. It’s all a surprise. Even on all of these big platforms. I never even thought I would actually get there. I need to be honest. Your mind is around a South African focus. That’s where you’re looking up to, that’s where you know that your music will always win and people will also relate with it, because they understand what you’re singing about, as well as the language.”
The South African artist is currently working on a deluxe edition of his 2020 album titled Jerusalema with some potentially epic collaborations with music heavyweights in the pipeline.