freedom-day-and-enoch-sontongaAs South Africa celebrates 23 years of Freedom, search engine Google has decided to honour Enoch Sontonga who composed the country’s National Anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika, albeit fused with Die Stem.

Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika, has become synonymous with our Freedom – and can be heard echoed on all the South African Broadcasting Copotation, SABC, radio stations every morning like a prayer- if you care to wake up early.

In 1897 Sontonga composed the hym which calls on God to bless Africa. It became the anthem of the ANC in defience against the apartheid. The song was one of the many banned by the oppressive government of segregation in South Africa.

In 1997, Nkosi Sikeleil’ iAfrika became South Africa’s anthem with fusions of the Die Stem, The Call of South Africa, an apartheid anthem.

South Africa’s left wing oposition party the Economic Feedom Fighters (EFF) says ‘Die Stem’ must be removed from the national anthem. Do you agree?

There is NO doubt that Die Stem remains a sore spot in our democratic South Africa- for some reminding them of a dark past that disenfranchised black people.

The original Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika

Nkosi, sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakamis’upondo lwayo
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi sikelela, Thina lusapholwayo
Yehla Moya, Yehla Moya,
Yehla Moya Oyingcwele

English translation:

God bless Africa
May her horn rise high up
Hear Thou our prayers And bless us.
Descend, O Spirit
Descend, O Holy Spirit.

Hear the EFF’s Mbuyise Ndlozi sing Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika