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“You Don’t Know What The South African Anthem Means!” – Trevor Noah – (Crazy Normal)

“You Don’t Know What The South African Anthem Means!” – Trevor Noah – (Crazy Normal)

Jacob Zuma is the coolest President ever
I love that guy the most rock and roll President for the most rock and
roll country in the world going there, we’re here don’t tell us anymore, we know
now yeah We are a country of first’s and we don’t look out our
blessings in this country we love to complain oh the corruption and the you
know, and the crime and all of this, we don’t even
look at when crime does go down we don’t celebrate.
Yeah, but it’s not enough and you know Zuma does something good,
like firing people that don’t work Ugh, but that’s not enough.
He should fire them all you know we just go and we
get crazy and we complain We don’t look at the natural
blessings God has given us like you know, we got a bloodless
revolution we went through which was amazing,
I still to this day am proud of that the fact that we don’t get any
natural disasters in this country do we?
No, no No earthquakes, no Tsunami’s,
no typhoons or hurricanes none of that, we get none of that but I bet there’s still
some idiot out there going “that’s how behind we
are, we don’t even get natural disasters like the rest of the world Africa” We’re the coolest country in the world. Only country in the world that has 11 official
languages. Only country. It’s a testament to who we are. Only country that has multiple languages in
their national anthem. Imagine that. No one else can claim that, which is amazing. Shows how diverse we are. Also means we’re the only country in the world
where 99 percent of the population doesn’t know what the anthem means, but still. Oh, you laugh, but it’s true.
We don’t. We don’t – Like no one here. 99% of the population does not know what the
anthem means. You see it when you watch people when they
sing, when they try to sing it. You see in their eyes, let me show you. And you sir, that was a guilty look. White guy here was like, “yeah.” Yeah, I’ve seen people. But it’s not easy, it’s not easy, the languages
aren’t easy, you know? Because it’s ‘Nkosi sikelel Africa’. Do you know what it means Sir? Do you know what it means? ‘God bless Africa’, yes, that’s right. And then the next part,
what does that mean? See, I love that. Young white guys, God knows he’s like, “No,
I don’t know actually.” Old guys are touchy. They’re like, “Of course I know what it means! Ahhhh God, God bless Africa.” Yeah. And you’re like, “And the next?” “Ah, God bless Africa.” “And the next part?”
“Ah, bless it some more buddy!” You sing it but you
don’t know what it means. You know it’s simple in the
beginning, ‘Nkosi sikelel Africa’. Ah, Everyone knows that bit. It gets a bit harder, you know? ‘Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo’. And It’s very difficult in
the second verse for some, ‘Morena bokoka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa Le matshwenyeho’. Yeah, it gets quiet, just like that. People don’t know what’s going on. And yet you sing. I’ve seen white people sing the anthem, it’s
always fun to watch. You don’t sing it,
you just like mumble through it. Hoping no one will notice. You start off very confident though. Come out there,
*Anthem starts playing* “Nkosi sikelel Africa!” *Mumbling anthem* …Nkosiiiiii sikelelaaaa thinaaaa *back to mumbling anthem* …SETJHABA SA! Yeah have you noticed how the
volume always goes up there? Always! It was like someone standing behind the country
with a huge volume knob. Always. Especially at rugby
games, I’ve noticed this. The volume always
goes up at that point. Because before that, all these
Afrikaans guys aren’t singing along. They act like they’ve dropped their bakkie
keys. Those crafty Dutchman. I’ve watched them. Some will start, everyone will be there. *Anthem starts* “Nkosi sk- Ohh… (mumbling) SETJHABA SA! Yeto. Come on Frikkie! Sheshaba Sa.
Cornelius we are singing now! “South Africa” “SOUTH AFRICAAA!” And they lose their minds! Ringing out from our blue heavens from our deep seas breaking round How does it look Steve! “everlasting mountains…” lose their minds the whole beginning bit,
nobody knew what they where singing I don’t understand and some people, some people have learned it phonetically which I commend you on but you still don’t understand
what the song is about like the rugby team,
they where forced to learn it and they have learned it, but
they still don’t know what it means you’ll see them when they
sing, because they forced them the South African Rugby Union,
they came out and they said “It is a disgrace to see a National team that does not even know how to sing their National Anthem. if you want to play Rugby for your country you must learn the words they said, “No, but we don’t
speak, we don’t speak” “Hey!
You want to play Rugby?” “Yes”
“Then learn the words” “Okay!” and they learned them, and they
show you they have learned them because when the camera comes over
them, if you look ant Bafana Bafana they are the most chilled out guys in
the world when they sing the anthem they do a million things at once shirts over there,
they are all chilled out they are there, the camera comes *Singing the Anthem chilled out* *Singing the Anthem chilled out* *Singing the Anthem chilled out* these guys are chilled the Rugby guys show you
that they have learned it the camera will come on Bakkies
and Victor and they will be there *Singing Anthem* *Singing the Anthem* they are not holding each other,
they are holding each other back *sing the Anthem angrily* but they still don’t know what the song means which is very dangerous in
my opinion, it really is because you are sing a song it’s not just a song, it’s an Anthem it’s a pledge, it’s a promise.
You put your hand on your hart. and you are promising something but
you don’t know what that promise is it’s very dangerous for all you know the whole
song could be about killing you you laugh, but you’ve seen how happy
black people get when they sing it how do you know while
you are mumbling that what we are actually singing isn’t “When Mandela dies we are
going to kill them all” “we are going to kill,
we are going to kill you” Yeah, you laugh but if you listen carefully there’s
a part in the song where they go “Yes, you!” “and then we’ll own South Africa” but you don’t know.

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  2. Thanks to Trevor I know the name of his President whereas I don't even know anything about my country's president😂😂😂

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  4. Get the audiobook version of his book. Trevor reads it to you in all the different languages and accents, and it's AMAZING.

  5. Seeing Trevor always makes me want to go to SA. I'm half South African but I've never really been in the country. Been there only for a few months when I was 2 years old so naturally I don't remember anything really. Would love to experience the place at least once in my life.

  6. Seems a little racist against white people for someone who owes his success to them. Dial it back a bit boy or we will cancel your show. Now entertain me jester.

  7. the loooong set up was well worth the pay off in the end. "we going to kill them all…"🤣.
    I can't with you Trevor.

    Reminds me of the time i took my openly gay white male friends to an underground reggae club. I told them to get off the dance floor as the "burn dem chi chi man" song came on . Po white boys didn't know they were festively dancing to the chant to kill them. The patrons were smiling and so where my gay friends. But for different reasons.

  8. The British National anthem is the same. We know the first verse but after that its hum along until you find a bit you know. Scotland's anthem went for some time where most people could only sing the first line before a concerted effort was made to learn the rest.

  9. Omg, I’m rolling. Guilty as charged. I have no flipping idea what it meant until SA won the World Cup 😂😂
    SA is blessed? Yes indeed, it’s full of crime, joblessness, homelessness and plan bored citizens who want out but can’t cause they don’t have the financial means to do so 😉

  10. Did he say country and Africa in the same meaning. There are multiple countries in the continent. Not clear what that means.

  11. You know I am from Kenya and I can sing every bit of that anthem apart from the Afrikaans part… That I just can't remember!!!😂😂

  12. Such a clever humorist, without falling into vulgarity, violence, racism. You're clever Trevor, thank you for entertaining my brain and heart 🙂

  13. It's not the only country in the world with multiple languages in it's anthem, the New Zealand anthem is in English and Maori and the Belgian one is in French and Dutch and German ?

  14. This is what the national anthem means guys,lol (I just had too)

    Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (Lord, bless Africa)

    Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo, (May her spirit rise high up
    Yizwa imithandazo yethu, (Hear thou our prayers)

    Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho Iwayo. (Lord bless us.)

    Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
    (Lord we ask You to protect our nation)
    O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
    (Intervene and end all conflicts,)
    O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
    (Protect us, protect our nation)
    Setjhaba sa, South Afrika, South Afrika. (Protect South Africa, South Africa.)

    Uit die blou van onse hemel, (Ringing out from our blue heavens)

    Uit die diepte van ons see, (From our deep seas breaking round)

    Oor ons ewige gebergtes, (Over everlasting mountains)

    Waar die kranse antwoord gee, (Where the echoing crags resound) …

    Sounds the call to come together,

    And united we shall stand,

    Let us live and strive for freedom,

    In South Africa our land

  15. This is slightly off topic, but Trevor's monologue reminded me of one of the greatest weather ironies I remember: when the drought in Ethiopia ended, as rains and stable cloud cover returned, the frequency and severity of American hurricanes increased, because of weather pattern changes. It was almost a metaphor for certain people profiting over the suffering of others.
    Aside from that, Trevor is a true wit, deriving much humor from his keen observation and phenomenal intellect. It takes a true genius to be that instructive and that funny, at the same time. (I parallel him to Mark Twain, for that skill, although in a different medium.)

  16. This man has a lot white blood flowing through his veins. I wonder if he's a closet Afrikaner? Gotcha buddy. Lots of love from this South African living on the Island of Margarita off the mainland of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea.

  17. The Canadian National Anthem is bilingual: the English version has a French verse, and the French version has an English one.

  18. I have a huge fan of yours and India has 23 official languages but yeah I get your point, We should be proud of our diversities!

  19. Yes,some of us may not know the meaning of our anthem. I’m a South African who was taught to sing the national anthem in Afrikaans by force. I was in the primary Schl then. It was called “ DIE STEM” . They (teachers )will say In afrikaans ,” Sing die stem”, you must not make any noise everyone should be still” “ julle Moenie geraas gemaak nie” julle Moët staand stil. Were not suppose to know the meaning, of the anthem. The teachers themselves who taught us to sing never knew the meaning. When change happened in 1994 it was a blessing to all of us. We were free and happy. The ANC did well by trying to include bits and pieces of the few languages been spoken in South Africa in the anthem. We were proud. We could sing it without being forced to do so and participate freely without fully understanding it and that was a change to us.Will it be better if our anthem was in one language? Will that make everyone happy knowing where we came from? When we were forced to learn it in our oppressors’s language without knowing the meaning no one among you questioned that including Trevor. So to some of us it hit the painful side of our past , more painful when a South African born child feels the need to ridicule us in his public platform. U can make suggestions for improvements.Can u give me an example of a country where 100% of the citizens know and sing their anthem very well? I can sing the Afrikaans version of it properly but I feel sad when I do it because it’s a reminder of our sad past. May be Mr Noah you can go back home use your platform to teach our fellow South Africans the meaning of every version of it and how to sing our anthem. As South Africans we r proud of our anthem which is sang in more that one language. We are not going to apologize for that.We are South Africans and have the right to do things our way.

  20. This is gonna sound weird but, I'm half English, half French, and because of the rugby influence throughout my life I've learnt various anthems watching the matches on TV, and the South African one is my absolute favourite. New Zealand, Wales & France's anthems are pretty good, but the fact South Africa has 4 languages in its anthem is so special. Is there anyone else who have a similar appreciation for different national anthems?

  21. Trevor that's me with the African anthem I am Jamaican so I have an excuse lol I start the anthem and drag tru the rest I dont know it

  22. So glad I found your channel! I enjoy the seriousness of your humorously delivered messages, you are wonderful!!!🥰🥰

  23. Did you know Trevor Noah left South Africa after apartheid ended to come to the US and shill for Robert Byrd's protege, and the wife of the man who gave us the 1994 Crime Bill?

    And liberals actually think that they're NOT the racists in this country. Unreal.

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