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WATCH: Mrs Brown makes an appearance as staff at Portlaoise Plaza take on Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Portlaoise Plaza Jerusalema Challenge
Portlaoise Plaza Jerusalema Challenge

The staff at Portlaoise Plaza have become the latest to conquer the Jerusalema Dance Challenge.

Under the watchful eye of site manager Colm Mulrooney, staff from all of the outlets in the plaza, which is located just off the M7, came together to make it all work.

Mrs Brown – aka Aidan Doyle – also appeared and showed that she is well capable of dancing too.

All of the people who took part are as follows: Karolina Kobryn, Chelsea Cooney, Rosie Dunne, Joanne Lennon, Dawn Barry, Katie Moore, Agnieszka Godlewska.

While Cain Murphy who works in Spar edited the video.

Colm said: “We had great craic putting it all together and the video really gave a good feeling around the plaza.

“We’ve been open seven months now and it has been tough at times with Covid, but we hope that this will make people smile.”

The original video was first posted in South Africa last September, the song “Jerusalema” was released by South African musicians Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode in 2019, with much of the lyrics in Zulu.

The song has been streamed more than 60 million times on Spotify and has been named the world’s most popular track on Shazam.

It has also taken off on TikTok with many videos dedicated to it.

The global challenge began after Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba shot a video of themselves dancing to the song in February.

The video is set in a backyard in Luanda, where they break into a group dance, all the while eating lunch from plates in their hands.

Since then, the gospel-influenced house song and accompanying dance challenge has offered uplifting moments during the pandemic, not only in South Africa but worldwide too.

The dance has become a viral sensation performed at police stations, hospitals, restaurants and many public places across the world. Even priests, nuns and monks from Zimbabwe to Montreal have taken part.

You can check out the full video by clicking here.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.