The Wynberg Girls’ Silent Choir has taken our beloved national anthem to greater heights. Sign language is South Africa’s 12th official language, although it is hardly recognised as such because of the displacement of people with hearing disabilities in our society.
Of course, not much can be done to include sign language into our national anthem, which for the most part, was written by Enoch Sontonga 121 years ago.
However, the Wynberg Girls’ Silent Choir, as reported by Good Things Guy, made it less about the English, SeSotho, Afrikaans and Xhosa we hear in the anthem and more about the beautiful intricacies of our 12th official language.
This was a submission for the News24 x OUTSurance Anthem Entry project they currently have running.
South Africans have been called out to participate in the competition that challenges people to submit their version of our national anthem.
Dancers, singers, poets and other forms of creativity has been welcomed in the competition that is made to promote the spirit of Ubuntu.
“We’re calling all South African’s to be united by song in our Anthem project. Share your rendition of the Anthem in song, music, dance or anyway that can creatively share your national pride.
“Schools, organisations, teams, families, friends and individuals are all welcome to create their own video. Upload your video, nominate a registered charity of your choice, get your friends and family to vote for your version of the anthem and you could win a chance to donate a share of R1-million in cash and prizes to a charity of your choice.”
We may not know for which charity Wynberg Girls’ High School has entered the competition for but win or lose, this submission deserves all the attention it can possibly get.