A video of Switzerland police officers dancing to the popular African hit ‘Jerusalema’, went viral. The video created a huge buzz on the internet as it ended with a challenge thrown at, and accepted by, the Irish police.
The African song was composed by musician, Master KG, and sung by African gospel vocalist, Nomcebo Zikode. In 2020 the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge gained popularity across the globe. The song provided hope during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
The dance routine has been imitated by several people, from healthcare workers to airport staff and even priests and nuns. The Angolan dance troupe, Fenómenos do Semba’s, moves made it a global phenomenon.
Even though 2020 has ended, the viral challenge has not stopped as people still continue to recreate the popular dance routine, such as law enforcement officers attached to Zugar Polizei who recently released a video of them dancing to the viral song and enjoying themselves in the snow.
The video, which was over four-minutes long, was shared on their official handle, and has gained nearly 8 million views on Facebook alone.
The video has not just won hearts in Switzerland but around the world. From staff at control rooms to police in riot gear, all have been dancing to the Zulu song described as “spiritual”.
“Sometimes it doesn’t take much to meet life with a smile. Maybe we’ll make it, even in this not easy time for all of us to put a smile on your face,” the force added to their video.
After Switzerland’s amazing routine took off, Frankie Beats, an Irish radio DJ based in Portugal, shared the video and asked the Gardaí, the national police of Ireland, if they were up to the Jerusalema dance challenge.
“Police officers in Switzerland @fedpolCH decided to do something special for its people in these dark times. Just amazing!” He tagged in the Irish Police’s official handle and added: “@gardainfo? Will you accept the challenge if enough people retweet this?”
Police officers in Switzerland @fedpolCH decided to do something special for its people in these dark times. Just amazing! @gardainfo? Will you accept the challenge if enough people retweet this? #Garda #Ireland #Police #Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/n32XWzwO5j— Frankie Beats (@itsbeats) January 15, 2021
Things got interesting when Swiss Federal Police’s official Twitter account replied to the tweet saying they are “looking forward to the performance of the @gardainfo!” But they upped the ante, adding: “Even though the Flag of Switzerland product of the @ZugerPolizei can hardly be topped in terms of #precision, #discipline an #perfectionism”, with an wink emoji.
Many world wide police officials has accepted the challenge including Johannesburg police officials.