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Stem, noun

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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).
[1934 A.J. Barnouw Lang. & 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.]
1991 F. Keating in Guardian Weekly 9 Oct. 31The appalling double-cross of the ANC when the hated anthem Die Stem was played in the ‘comeback’ Test at Ellis Park.
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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