Nkosi Sikelel’ voted best in the world

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA SITHOLE

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.

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