Nkosi Sikelel’ voted best in the world
ENOCH Sontonga’s Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica has been chosen as the world’s best national anthem ahead of Russia, Uruguay and many others.
The South African national anthem, which combines Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, English and Afrikaans was chosen by The Economist Magazine in a poll compiled by the publication.
“Too many national anthems suffer from dreary harmonies and dull platitudes,” The Economist wrote‚ as it published a poll of the best anthems in the world, choosing SA’s national anthem as the best. Russia was the second favourite‚ with The Economist stating: “Could anything be more stirring than this performance belted out by the Red Army Choir?” Uruguay’s anthem was commended for its “sheer exuberance”‚ with a third place position.
The British and other Commonwealth nations’ anthem, were slammed for having too many “dreary harmonies” and having too many platitudes about being victorious and glorious.