Southern Sudan holds anthem competition

AP News
Posted: Oct 24, 2010 12:31 PM
Southern Sudan holds anthem competition

Southern Sudan is in the final leg of a competition to choose a national anthem ahead of its January self-determination vote during which it is expected to secede from the North.

Five groups on Sunday performed music to lyrics selected in a separate competition of poets and writers in September. A panel of Southern Sudanese musicians will select the final three musicians. The government will then select the winner later this year.

The government and many citizens here hope an anthem will be needed after a vote in January that could see the south break away from the Khartoum-based northern Sudanese government.

If the south votes for unity, no new anthem is needed.

The title of the anthem has already been chosen: "Land of Cush," a biblical reference to the ancient Kingdom of Kush.