Yehudi Menuhin in Sophiatown - 1951

from Unfinished Journey, page 243:

… everyone stood to sing what in other circumstances would have been their national anthem (and may yet be, although one hesitates to envisage the preliminary bloodletting). In 1950 the Africans’ solemn and exalted singing had something of the same electrifying effect of, say, the Marseillaise sung in German-occupied France.
cite as

Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. 243. accessed: 26 February, 2024

location of experience: Sophiatown


Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist, Conducting

Listening to

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Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika performed by South African audience

Experience Information

Date/Time 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public


Since the time of publication, this anthem has been adapted as the national anthem of South Africa. In 1997, the South African national anthem was formed from extracts of the hymn Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Bless Africa) and Die Stem van Suid-Afrika (The Call of South Africa).

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:43:15 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:26:36 +0000