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National Anthem of South Africa

Since 1997, the South African national anthem has been a hybrid song combining new English lyrics with extracts of the hymn "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" and the former anthem "Die Stem van Suid-Afrika" (The Call of South Africa). 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).Lyrics:(in Xhosa)Nkosi sikelel' iAfrikaMaluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,(in Zulu)Yizwa imithandazo yethu,Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.(in Sotho)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.(in Afrikaans)Uit die blou van onse hemel,Uit die diepte van ons see,Oor ons ewige gebergtes,Waar die kranse antwoord gee,(in English)Sounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedomIn South Africa our land.Lyrics: Enoch Sontonga, 1897 and C.J. Langenhoven, 1918Music: Enoch Sontonga, 1897 and Martin Linius de Villiers, 1921Adopted: 1997
Length: 01:54


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