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Arts and culture

Grade 7

Personal and social skills

Module 2

South african songs relating to nation building


In this module we are going to sing and accompany South African songs in different languages from different cultures. These songs are all related to our theme: nation building .

Activity 1:

To sing different south african songs related to the theme: “nation building”

[lo 3.6]

Follow the teacher’s instructions to explore the following aspects with regard to song:

  • Background information
  • Listening
  • Learning and singing a song
  • The following extract is taken from a speech made during the unveiling of a monument during a Heritage Day celebration. Read the quotation and answer the questions. Your teacher will supply the necessary background knowledge.

“Today it forms part of our national anthem; and along with Die Stem , it embellishes various strands of our past in a unison of inclusiveness, of the oneness of South Africa’s people.”

  1. Which former president made the speech, do you think?
  2. To which song (“it”) did he refer to?
  3. In whose memory was the monument erected?
  4. Why?

Who was the composer of Die Stem?

  1. Who was responsible for the lyrics of Die Stem?
  2. Name one aspect in the national anthem that encourages nation building?

Nkosi sikelel’iafrika

Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,

Yizwa imithandazoyethu,

Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,

O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,

O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,

Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,

Uit die diepte van ons see,

Oor ons ewige gebergtes,

Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Sounds the call to come together,

And united we shall stand,

Let us live and strive for freedom,

In South Africa our land.

2.1.2 “The city lies at the foot of the table , between the devil’s tail and the lion’s head .”

A. Complete the following questions with reference to the above quotation:

  1. To which city is referred?
  1. Replace the underlined parts with proper names that will describe the actual location of the city:

“The city lies at the foot of , between

and “

B. Listen to parts of My broertjie my bra and New Year then answer the questions. Your teacher will supply the background information.

  1. From which musical do they come?
  2. What is a musical?
  3. What does bra mean?
  4. Which instruments are prominent in New Year ?

Die Alibama

Daar kom die Alibama,

Die Alibama die kom oor die see (2X)

Nôi, Nôi die rietkooi, nôi, die rietkooi is gemaak,

Die rietkooi is vir my gemaak om daar op te slaap (2x)

Die Alibama, Die Alibama

Die Alibama kom oor die see (2X)


Janewarie, Feberwarie, Maart

*April, May, June, July (2X)

August, September, October, November, December (2x)

Janewarie, Feberwarie, Maart

April, May, June, July (2X)

(*April to December – English pronunciation)


Wow wow wow wow wie die wie die wie die

wee die Nuwejaar is hier (2)

Onner Tafelberg, die was lekker daar

Distrik Ses was kwaai op ‘n Nuwejaar.

Elke Oujaarsaand sit die mense daar

Op banke daar bo in Hanoverstraat.

En dit was joltyd

Dit was tog so lekker joltyd

Dit was tog so lekker

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