An Idiot’s Guide to Singing the South African Anthem

In only four months, I’ll be off work for a month to go back home to South Africa. I am so excited and thought I’d share this great video with you all. It’s a creative guide on how to sing the national anthem of South Africa which has five (yes, five!) of the eleven official languages of SA in it.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) is a true representation of our Rainbow Nation and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XGUUmfb_Ac&feature=related

2 thoughts on “An Idiot’s Guide to Singing the South African Anthem”

  1. That was the best!! Brilliant. Have fun on your long holiday back home. I have one question, as firstly I had no idea there were eleven offcial languages in SA, How many of them can, or do you speak? And truly, is the anthem sung like that? It was great fun to watch, even though it makes us seem stupid, which we certainly are when it comes to speaking languages other than our own. I think that it should be mandatory we learn more from childhood. It might make us as a whole nation be a bit more tolerant of other cultures. It is sad our country has so many faults for one that can be so wonderful.

    1. Haha 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment. The 11 official languages are Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. I can speak English (obviously) and am fluent in Afrikaans (which is close to Dutch and compulsory to learn in schools). I can speak a bit of Xhosa and Zulu too.

      Here is the link to the real anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhUMsqei7kM

      I think that from 2013 or 2014 it’s going to be compulsory for kids to learn 2 languages at school- which is a great thing! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Take care.

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