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The Economist has selected the South African National Anthem ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ as the best in the world. This is just another feather in our caps!


In 2017, South Africa was top of the charts in regards to winning global awards. Cape Town was voted the best city in the world. The Stellenbosch Choir was named best in the world and Chantel Dartnall was named best female chef in the world! These were just a few of the stellar accomplishments our beautiful country achieved. And now we have another one to add to the list…

The Economist had an in-house poll deciding which country had the best National Anthem of them all. They looked at backstories and listened to them to make the final decision.

Countries like Russia, Brazil and Uruguay made the top of the list but none of them could beat the South African National Anthem.

Enoch Sontonga wrote the original in 1897, meaning that it celebrated 120 years this year. The song was adopted by South Africa in 1994.

“South Africa – In a straw poll at The Economist, this was the favourite. Taken from a protest hymn, the lyrics combine Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sesotho in an act of musical healing for the Rainbow nation”

The website listened to the Soweto Gospel Choir’s version and hearing it, we get chills. Listen to the amazing song below.

Sources: The South African / The Economist
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