Bophuthatswana

 

Bophuthatswana was one of several “homelands” or “Bantustans” set up by the South African government as part of the policy of apartheid. Bophuthatswana was one that was granted independence (but was not internationally recognized) and national symbols were adopted upon the declaration. The lyrics were composed by a former music inspector in the South African government, he later went on to be Secretary of Education in the Bophuthatswana government. Bophuthatswana ceased to exist in 1994 when South Africa had free, multi-party, multi-racial elections, and was re-incorporated into South Africa.

Special thanks to: Ben Cahoon for some of this information and Paweł Ciupak for the music file.