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Watch: Over a thousand South Africans sing the national anthem [video]

Watch as more than a thousand South Africans perform the “largest-ever” virtual rendition of the national anthem while in lockdown.

Watch: Over a thousand South A

Photo: Anthem Challenge RSA/YouTube

After South Africa went into lockdown in March 2020, over 50 performers encouraged the nation to do something powerful and sing the national anthem out loud.

The project initially saw a group of creatives come together for the #AnthemChallengeRSA, a brilliant idea to keep South Africans going strong amid our current circumstances. This group ultimately challenged South Africans to record themselves and sing the anthem.

Now, after a couple of weeks over a thousand South Africans came together, virtually to “celebrate unity, and diversity, through a song that represents our freedom”.

The concept by James Bassingthwaighte, was released on 26 April 2020, a day before South Africa celebrates Freedom Day in order for everyone to “reflect on the lyrics of our anthem, as a source of inspiration and optimism, and to bravely sing it out loud”.

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Spreading hope

After the first recording, Ma Yvonne said she jumped at the chance to join the challenge because it spread hope at a time of uncertainty according to TshisaLIVE

“This is the time for all us to stand together because this virus doesn’t have a home, so if we do not adhere to the rules it will find its way to our homes. That is why we ask God to bless Africa. This is time for introspection. This is the time to appreciate life.”

Zolani said there is “joy even where there is shadow”.

“We have to always see the light in every situation. Here the light is an opportunity for multitudes to come together in song without being in the same physical space. How amazing!?”

KB said that she wanted to make a positive contribution to the nation.

“Our anthem is a prayer, and that’s what we need right now. We are in this together. We have different backgrounds and [are] affected by different circumstances, but we are in this together.”