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SA anthem receive top honours

The national anthem of South Africa, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) has been rated as the best national anthem in the world.

This according to a poll run by the international publication, The Economist. According to the publication, the readers were particularly impressed with the lyrics of the traditional struggle song in Xhosa and Zulu, combined with the Afrikaans and English version of the previous anthem written by C.J. Langenhoven in 1918.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was written by Enoch Sontonga in 1890 at the age of 24, and was adopted as the official ANC struggle song in 1905, eight years after his death.

In 1994‚ Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was amalgamated with Die Stem‚ or Call of South Africa to become the official national anthem of South Africa.

According to the results of the poll, the national anthem of Russia was the second favourite‚ with the national anthem of Uruguay in third place.


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