Although this blog's name is inspired by Sauti Kubwa ("Big Voice"), the late lead singer of Rumba Japan, a band that played in Nairobi in the early years of this century, it won't focus unduly on Swahili nicknames, rumba music or indeed any other African issues.


Thursday, 8 July 2010

National Anthems (2)

So, it is to be a Netherlands-Spain World Cup final.

Further to my reflections yesterday, this will add an interesting note to the last two lines of the anthem the Dutch will be singing:

den Koning van Hispanje
heb ik altijd geƫerd.

(To the king of Spain I've granted
A lifelong loyalty.)

Meanwhile, the Spanish national anthem has no lyrics at all!

1 comment:

  1. How wise of the Dons. Humming is always more less scrutable amd more intimidating...