Tuesday, March 4, 2014

South Africa's National Anthem - Nkosi Sikelele' iAfrika

South Africa's National Anthem is a combination of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika ("Lord Bless Africa" in Xhosa) and the previous national anthem, Die Stem van Suid-Afrika ("The Call of South Africa" in Afrikaans).   The anthem as we sing it today has been in use since 1996 when it was released as the new national anthem of South Africa under the new constitution.  The anthem uses several of the official languages of South Africa.  The first two lines of the first stanza are sung in Xhosa and the last two in Zulu. The second stanza is sung in Sesotho with the third stanza consisting of a section of the original South African national anthem sung in Afrikaans. The fourth and final stanza is in English and is also based on Die Stem van Suid-Afrika.

Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
 Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa, South Afrika — South Afrika.
Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land.

1 comment:

  1. WOW i instantly fell in love with the South-African anthem! and i could understand atleast the half of it since Dutch (my native language) and Afrikaans are really similar.Thank you!
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