Anthemgate: RAS-ta disaster!

2013-11-21 07:59
Ras Dumisani (YouTube)
Paris - Anyone remember the last time the Springboks played the French in France in Toulouse in 2009?

The Springboks were left fuming after a seemingly inebriated Rastafarian reggae singer Ras Dumisani butchered Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, singing out of key - and making a mess of the lyrics as an appalled Springbok team watched on in horror at the Stade Toulousain.

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and Springbok captain on the day Victor Matfield said the botched handling of the anthem had upset and disturbed his players.

"Singing the national anthem is almost like receiving the jersey. It's a special moment," Matfield said.

"Every time you go out on the field and sing the national anthem it's something that fires you up because you know you are playing for your country. It was a big disappointment."

The unsettled Springbok team went on to lose 20-13 to the French and accused their opponents of a lack of respect.

The South African embassy later said the South African flag had been flown upside-down at the Test.

Dumisani later apologised for his botched rendition, blaming the poor accoustics of the stadium and a 'sabotaged' microphone, but only after first insisting his performance had been 'beautiful'!

To add insult to injury the singer called CapeTalk radio to prove his singing ability and sang the anthem badly - AGAIN!

The reggae singer's most recent album is listed on Wikipedia as "Stay At Home" - something most Springbok fans wish he had done four years ago in Toulouse.

Sport24 don't know who the French have lined up to sing at the Stade de France on Saturday, but we're hoping Dumisani doesn't get an encore!

Two years after the Ras Dumisani, incident SA musician Ard Matthews became the second musician to ruin the national anthem, but later apologised and redeemed himself. (YouTube)


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