Monday 09 February 2009
Friday 06 February 2009
South African artist, Nadine, sings a song she wrote about South Africa, and how she feels about her country.
The video starts with her words: "ek is baie trots op my land" (I am very proud of my country.)
Her message is a very positive one - of love for her country, and optimism about the future. Some may call it naïve, and it probably is.
However, if you take away hope - what remains?
Support her by buying her DVD, which can be found at kalahari.net
Translation of Nadine's song, "Footprints in Africa" (original Afrikaans title: "Afrika Spore")
Deur jou groot woestyn
-- Through your vast desert
Lê 'n reguit lyn
-- Runs a straight line
Loop my spore deur jou hart
-- My footprints reach through your heart
In jou hemelruim
-- Through your skies above
Teen die hoogste kruin
-- Across the highest peaks
Strek ons blydskap en ook ons pad
-- Reach our joy and our journey
As ek jou moes verruil
-- If I had to give you up
Sal ek ween, sal ek saggies huil
-- I will weep, I will shed silent tears
Afrika, jy sal in my agterbly
-- Africa, you will stay in my heart
Suid Afrika, ons sal staande bly
-- South Africa, we will remain standing
Suid Afrika, niks sal ons onderkry
-- South Africa, nothing will overcome us
Al sê die wêreld jy is verby
-- Even if the world says your time is over
Gee jy jou beste vir my
-- You give your best for us
Suid Afrika, dis die land van my
-- South Africa, it is the land of mine
Ons sal onthou waar ons vandaan kom
-- We will remember where we came from
En ons sal weet waarheen ons gaan
-- And we will know where we are heading
Neem my hand, ek sal vorentoe kyk
-- Take my hand, I will look straight ahead
En ek sal onthou om uit te reik
-- And I will remember to reach out
Hier waar ossewa spore rou lê
-- Here where oxen wagons carved their tracks
Dit is die plek waar my voetspore nou lê
-- This is the place where my footprints now lie
Ons sal lewe, ons sal steeds sterwe
-- We will live, we will still die
Ons vir jou, Suid Afrika
-- For our country, South Africa
Een van Nadine se grootste treffers.
The DVD can be bought internationally at kalahari.net
Ek het die oorspronklike musiek video gekombineer met een van haar konsert optredes.
This is a light hearted song about all kinds of things, mostly love (but not in a serious way) and also a little bit of religion and patriotism.
To give you a few lines as examples:
"when you come to fetch me with your wedding band, make sure you bring everything with you: your bicycle, your picture frames and your tame goose"
"give me a little hug"
"we'll build a little house in second avenue, just like I always wanted"
"this is our very own country"
It's not so common as it used to be. Religion, and specifically Christianity, has always been an important part of the day to day life of a large part of the Afrikaner nation.
The moral baggage of apartheid has almost completely shattered our national pride. However, the new generation of Afrikaners are experiencing a resurgence in this pride, often in response to the racism they experience from blacks in schools and the economic affirmative action policies of the ANC.