Freedom Day

Today is Freedom Day, a public holiday in South Africa that celebrates the first non-racial elections in 1994.

You can read about the first election day here.

The blog Africa is a Country is posting music breaks to celebrate. (Thanks, Sean, for the great selection!)

Here’s a distinctive version of Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika by Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra.

What are you doing to commemorate Freedom Day?

1 thought on “Freedom Day

  1. Freedom Day is indeed a significant day in South African History. It marks the end of racial segregration and it was the first time that all South Africans, regardless of race, were given the right to vote. However, effects of apartheid can still be seen until today. Even though South Africa hosted the FIFA Cup in 2010, there were still a large number of crimes and unemployment. The South African government still has a long way to go to achieve the free nation most South Africans and their predecessors wish to see.

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