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Zola Skweyiya

South Africa’s national anthem

It's one tune that Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Hashim Amla, Jean de Villiers, and Julius Malema all know the words to. It pulls together two anthems, five languages - and more than 49-million people. South Africans, take ownership of your song!

Composers get their own awards

South African composers who have succeeded in the fiercely competitive international market will be recognised in a new awards programme called Wawela.
Homegrown artistic talent honoured

Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Enoch Sontonga, a teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, died in obscurity, aged just 33. But he left an indelible legacy. His hymn, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika went on to become Africa's most famous anthem of black struggle against oppression.
Ramkie guitar

The origins of South African music

From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.