Cape Town — People have been left disgusted and offended after Bulgarian singer Mxiaela Marinova used makeup and prosthetics to look like South African singer Nomcebo Zikode during her performance.
Marinova was tasked to imitate Nomcebo in the Bulgarian singing competition called Kato Abe Kankm Boaa. The competition called for contestants to imitate famous international artists and perform their hit songs.
Even more shocking is that the audience was so impressed they were on their feet, applauding her impersonation, leaving many outraged, on social media. Others are questioning how blackface – where dark makeup is worn to imitate the skin of a black person – can still be happening in 2021, and how no one on the production felt the need to raise a red flag.
The South African hit song has gained huge international traction and since its release, Jerusalema has become a global phenomenon, even inspiring its own dance challenge.
Marinova has not responded to the public outcry. Master KG and Nomcebo have also not commented on the incident.
Here are some of the reactions:
@khayamthethwa – This #nomcebo thing is not a joke. It’s disgusting.
@instajizzy – This is just bigger than Leon Schuster and #Nomcebo for me honestly. I mean remember the “Get Out” Movie Starring David Kaluuya? I am getting those Vibes here . Above all that shit is offensive as F$*#
@BellzSeisa – This is why this show is unacceptable & demeaning to black culture.. #nomcebo & master KG must sue this racist show.. The history of the black face has long been rooted in racism & ridiculing black people. We need to STOP tolerating nonsense**
@Puseletso__M – Out of all the people who make that show none of them said hey guys this is really racist and disrespectful?? Not even one? WOW #NOMCEBO
@ZulianJoubert – Why could you not just perform the song, WITHOUT black face? If you wanted Nomcebo to perform you could have arranged that? Fly the good sis out? Does everyone in this video think this is okay? How the fuck? This racks up LEVELS of racism and disrespect. Levels.
@BonloDh – This total disrespect for Africans #Jerusalemachallenge @MasterKGsa #Nomcebo