FNB has a Know your Anthem campaign challenging all South Africans to know all the words to Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika by Freedom Day, 27 April and the day when Mbeki will be inaugurated. They have correctly observed that far too many South Africans have to hum along to certain parts as they don’t actually know the words.
Personally I think this is a great idea but I am finding that this is easier said then done. I have found stacks of sites with the words and/or the music but I am trying to find a website that has the pronunciation of the words as many people struggle with this. If anybody knows of a website that has a recording/pronunciation of the words please post the link in the comments section.
What I have found is an awesome rendition of the original Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika that you can listen to here (the top Anthem link). Listening to this I get goose bumps and my heart swells with pride, corny I know but we have the best national anthem in the world (does everybody say that about their anthem?).
Herewith is our Anthem…
Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika.
Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.