An Idiot’s Guide to Singing The South African National Anthem

By Keren Lerner
17th January 2014

The South African national anthem is a hybrid song with many different languages.

Since 1997 it has included English lyrics plus extracts from a hymn called “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (which means God Bless Africa) and “Die Stem van Suid-Afrika” (The Call of South Africa).

As Wikipedia says: “The lyrics employ the five most widely spoken of South Africa’s eleven official languages – Xhosa (first stanza, first two lines), Zulu (first stanza, last two lines), Sesotho (second stanza), Afrikaans (third stanza), and English (final stanza).”

But this version illustrates it best:

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Keren Lerner
Keren Lerner is the founder of TLD and came up with the idea of this blog, which is used to show different types of blogs, for training and placing interesting topics and stories. All the posts on this site are edited by Keren but often you will see the credit is from someone else.