Afrikaans, Show more Afrikaans, ‘voice’, elliptical for Die Stem van Suid-Afrika ‘The Voice of South Africa,’ the name of a patriotic song written in Afrikaans by C.J. Langenhoven and set to music by M.L. de Villiers.
Die Stem/di -/, the Stem:From 1938 to 1960, one of two official national anthems, with ‘God save the King (or Queen)’; from 1961, the sole official national anthem; from 1994, one of two national anthems, with Nkosi Sikelel' (iAfrika).
[1934A.J. BarnouwLang. & Race Problems 57By Die Stem van Suid-Afrika he (sc. Langenhoven) will remain alive to later generations, for..his voice has become the voice of his people.]
1956M. RogersBlack Sash 34All stood to join in singing ‘Die Stem’ in both languages.
1957Cape Times 3 Apr.In a blaze of naval pageantry 143 years of British occupation of Simonstown came to an end yesterday as the Union Jack was lowered and a Royal Marine band played ‘The Queen’. Then..the national flag was hoisted..as the South African Navy band struck up Die Stem.
1972Sunday Times 14 May 14We were endowed with two flags and two anthems. The Union Jack and ‘The King’ were mainly associated with the English section, and the Union Flag and ‘Die Stem’ with the Afrikaans section...In 1938 the newly established United Party under the Prime Ministership of Gen. Hertzog, gave official recognition to Die Stem.
1973Star 8 June 13Somehow Afrikaans schools always seem to emphasise things like flag-hoisting and singing ‘Die Stem’.
From 1938 to 1960, one of two official national anthems, with ‘God save the King (or Queen)’; from 1961, the sole official national anthem; from 1994, one of two national anthems, with Nkosi Sikelel' (iAfrika).
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