For our video

For our video, we chose to link the Historical and Political elements of South Africa. South Africa has a very long and complex history. The country has faced numerous changes throughout the years, and well acquainted with struggle. Colonization affected, and altered, South Africa as much as it did other African nations. During the colonial years, the Dutch- and British-influenced segregation between different ethnic groups, such as blacks and whites, was strictly enforced with legislation controls. These controls restricted the movement of native people. (SAHO, 2017) In 1931, South Africa gained its independence from the United Kingdom and became a Sovereign State of its own. This was known as the passage of the Statute of Westminster, which granted not only South Africa equality, but Canada, Australia, new Zealand, Ireland, and Newfoundland as well. (Dugard, Bethlehem, & Du Plessis, 2005). But a lot of colonial laws remained. This lead to the Apartheid movement and uprising which was lead a few years later by Mr. Nelson Mandela. The song played through the video “Ladysmith-Black Mambazo” – Nkosi Sikel iAfrica Shosholoza highlights the symbolic identity of the nation’s strength and the endeavors it had to overcome. The word “Shosholoza” which means “to go forward” or “make way for the next person” originated from the Nguni language (Zulu and Ndebele dialect based); this is often sung in local tribal setting and is known as South Africa’s second national anthem. Nkosi Sikel iAfrica which translates to “God Bless our Afrika” is the official national anthem.