South Sudan Oyee!

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South Sudan Oyee!
English: South Sudan Hurray
National Hymn of South Sudan
Flag of South Sudan.svg

National anthem of  South Sudan
Lyrics Unknown, 2012
Music Students and teachers of Juba University, 2011[1]
Adopted 2011
Music sample

"South Sudan Oyee!" is the national anthem of South Sudan. The anthem was selected by the South Sudan National Anthem Committee[citation needed] of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement[2] following the launch of a competition to find a national anthem in August 2010. This preceded the independence referendum in January 2011 that led to South Sudan becoming a sovereign state on 9 July 2011.[3] "Oyee!" is translated as "Hooray!"[1]

Lyrics[4][edit]

South Sudan Oyee!

Oh God
We praise and glorify You
For Your grace on South Sudan,
The land of great abundance
Uphold us united in peace and harmony.
Oh motherland
We rise raising flag with the guiding star
And sing songs of freedom with joy;
For justice, liberty and prosperity
Shall forever more reign.
Oh great patriots
Let us stand up in silence and respect,
Saluting our martyrs whose blood
Cemented our national foundation,
We vow to protect our nation.
Oh God, bless South Sudan.

History[edit]

Competition[edit]

The committee received 49 entries for the anthem.[5] The working title was "Land of Cush". A competition was held on live television in 2010.[6]

The winning music was composed by students and teachers of Juba University's[1][6] Music Department led by an Arab originally from the north.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Martell, Peter (11 January 2011). "A song for south Sudan: Writing a new national anthem". BBC News. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "South Sudan Oyee!". NationalAnthems.me. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Southern Sudan prepares own anthem ahead of referendum". BBC News. 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "State Symbols". Government of the Republic of South Sudan. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Tor, Gabriel M. (12 November 2010), South Sudan National Anthem - "The Land Of Cush", Talk of Sudan 
  6. ^ a b South Sudan: South Sudan Oyee!, NationalAnthems.me, retrieved 7 November 2012 

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