South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi Sikelil’ iAfrika, the best national anthem in the world.
According to the publication, what makes a national anthem really good is a “rousing tune to quicken the pulse, some pathos to moisten the eyes and that inexplicable something to make it stand out from all the rest”.
God Save the Queen – and others – are slammed for having too many ‘dreary harmonies’ and having too many ‘platitudes about being victorious and glorious. The ‘award’ was decided by a straw poll taken by The Economist.
Russia came out second, followed by Uruguay, Brazil, Ukraine, Japan, Israel, Nepal, Germany, USA, Wales and France. We’re a bit surprised New Zealand doesn’t feature on the list!
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika celebrated its 120th anniversary since it was first composed this year. Originally composed as a hymn, the song became a pan-African liberation anthem and was later adopted as the national anthem of five countries in Africa including Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia and Zimbabwe after independence. Zimbabwe and Namibia