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Singers who butchered South Africa's national anthem

There have been many renditions of the South African National anthem that made supporters gleam with national pride but there have also been some renditions that were simply downright embarrassing.


It all started back in 2009 when the now infamous French-based Raggae artist Ras Dumisani became the talk of the world with his unique, yet, off-key version of Nkosi sikelel’ Afrika.

His performance was so embarrassing that Springbok legend Bryan Habana was captured laughing during the pre-match ritual, while Schalk Burger’s face at the end perfectly encapsulated the public’s emotions.

Skip forward a couple of years and the Springbok squad for the 2011 World Cup was being announced. At the conclusion of the presentation of players, up stepped Ard Matthews – the former Just Jinjer frontman – to fill the nation with pride with the singing of the national anthem.

The carnage started immediately as he began singing. After delivering the first line faultlessly, he stumbled through the second line before letting out a chuckle and apologising for “being so nervous”.


Not to be outdone though, popular local singer Kurt Darren performed an acapella version ahead of the 2019 Varsity Cup Final.

Source: Multimedia LIVE & ruanpos

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