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Cape Town — Social media has 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 were so impressed and were on their feet, applauding her impersonation, leaving many outraged, on social media.  Others are questioning how blackface – where makeup is worn to imitate the appearance 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 over the incident.

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.