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Hofmeyr’s ‘Die Stem Dilemma’ continues

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Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr File picture: Etienne Creux

Steve Hofmeyr included "Die Stem" in a recent show at the Afrikaans Club in Australia, Beeld reported on Monday.

Around 400 people stood up and sang along during his 90-minute performance of Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Associations (FAK) songs, which included "Die Stem", in Adelaide on Friday, according to Arno Nel, the organiser of Hofmeyr and his son Armand's tour to Australia and New Zealand.

People "hung onto his lips", said Nel.

After the show Hofmeyr's Facebook page included the message about what he called the "Die Stem Dilemma" saying: "...With pride and homesickness. As one. Without warning."

Hofmeyr was recently criticised by some after he sang the old anthem, originally composed by Afrikaans poet CJ Langenhoven at the Innibos arts festival.

The Economic Freedom Fighters also reportedly called on Parliament for the "Die Stem" portion of the current national anthem, which combines "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika", first composed by Enoch Sontonga and later used at political meetings, and "Die Stem/The Call of South Africa", to be scrapped. - Sapa


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