Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sudanese national anthem: the call to arms

The Sudanese national anthem is a call to battle. Most anthems praise the beauty of the land and its resources etc. Not the Sudanese. Here is what it says:

ARABIC LYRICS

Nahnu Djundullah Djundulwatan.
In Da A Da Il Fida Lam Nakhun.
Natahaddal Maut Endalmihan.
Nashta Ril Madjd Bi Aghlathaman.
Hathihil Ard Lana! Falyaish Sudanuna,
Alaman Bayn Al Umam.
Ya Benissudan, Hatharamzukum;
Yah Miluleb, Wa Yahmi Ardakum.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

We are the army of God and of our land,
We shall never fail when called to sacrifice.
Whether braving death, hardship or pain,
We give our lives as the price of glory.
May this Our land, Sudan, live long,
Showing all nations the way.
Sons of the Sudan, summoned now to serve,
Shoulder the task of preserving our country.

For many it may sound more approriate now than ever before! With the government raisng the banner of defending the land, the call to arms 'and giving our lives as a sign of glory' is rather worrisome. We are defending our land (Darfur) from invaders (sic!) The anthem sounds great as a rallying call for battle!

The spirit with which the writer of the Anthem wrote may defer, but it has rather bad image for Sudan. The anthem was written by Sayed Ahmad Muhammad Salih and adopted in 1956. It just shows how much we love to fight each other, in the name of 'preserving our country'. Every time I hear the anthem, it is like being called into battle. Maybe it is time we have a new anthem!

6 comments:

Kodouda said...

Just to let you know, the current anthem of Sudan was the anthem of the Sudanese Armed Forces (prior to independence). As independence was so rushed, the leaders didn't write a new national anthem and utilized the anthem of the Armed Forces.

Black Kush said...

Thanks for the tip! That explains why it is so military in tone! And THAt is a good reason for a new, more inclusive anthem too!

Anonymous said...

Are you in support or against the genocide in Dafure?

Anonymous said...

please comment to my question, i hold no judgement on people because of their opionion. It is the persons opionion and nothing more. I would like to hear your point of veiw on this issue.

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