Naivete and cynicism aside, this is Fifa's baby. We can bask in her glory and stand downwind in the hopes of bathing ourselves in her lingering odour as long as we promise not to touch. Staring is however permissible. Sounds like a strip club actually. Lolly Blatter indeed.
Now that my half assed political commentary is done, lets get back to the Goodies (I watched Tropic Thunder again last night)
I love the mirror flags, and I love the Soccer Tops and I especially love our Stadium (singular - Moses Mabhida) but if we want to build on this patriotic fervour it is imperative that we learn the National Anthem. Lets face it, most of us got the first two lines down, and after that we kinda mumble through the next bit until we reach 'South Africa Our Land'. So here are a few resources to help with the National Anthem. If you learn a line a day, you'll be ready for kick-off.
Heres the words
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.
A pronunciation guide to the South African national anthem
First saw this on Uzayrs facebook - great video by Sabc 2.
According to wikipedia, "It is the only neo-modal national anthem in the world, by virtue of being the only one that does not finish in the home key", and yes I do not know what that means either. The one thing I love about our anthem is how inclusive it is. It makes use of 5 of the most popular languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English) and it combines both the resistance song (nKosi Sikeleli) with the National Anthem used during Apartheid. Syncretism at its best. And the entire thing is about God blessing Africa so suck on that atheists :)
*Trademark of Fifa (please dont sue me. Nobs)