The Twelve days of Christmas in Song – Day 7 continues.
“Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” is the opening line and it means “Lord Bless Africa”.
It is also a hymn, originally composed in 1897 by Enoch Sonotonga.
A Xhosa clergyman at a Methodist mission school near Johannesburg.
The song became an all African liberation anthem. Later it became adopted as the national anthem of five countries in Africa including Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Portion of the National Anthem
Zimbabwe and Namibia have since adopted new national anthems. The song’s melody is currently used as the anthem of Tanzania and, since 1997, a portion of the national anthem of South Africa.
We certainly enjoy singing this anthem, we hope it shows!
From a Christmas Cracker:
What happened to the man who stole an advent calendar?
He got 25 days!
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