To open our show with Desmond Tutu, we chose the Soweto Gospel Choir’s version of South Africa’s national anthem. The song pulls together two anthems in five different languages: Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English. It goes:

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le 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.

The history of how this anthem came into being is fascinating. Well worth a read.

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When I visited South Africa, I went down into one of the gold mines, a fascinating tour. On the way up, a choir of girls and boys began singing, their beautiful voices so moving. It was gorgeous! This lovely melody reminds me of that experience. Thank you.


there was much hope and pageantry with the fall of apartheid (as there was with the fall of the Berlin wall) and then the international attention shifted elsewhere and things have gotten very bad in the mean time and one wonders where all the support and interest went. Is it just to hard to get interested when the evils at hand are more banal than operatic?  

Some of your shows are entertaining, some are truly educational, some I find odd, eccentric; but all of them are thoughtful. Few, at least by my count, inspire like your chat with the Archbishop. I'm listening to the unedited interview for the third time now because there is so much I simply don't want to forget.