'I just messed up one line, why is it news?' Darren responds to anthem backlash

Afrikaans musician Kurt Darren's attempt to sing the national anthem at the Varsity Cup on Monday has many people bashing the singer's rendition of the song.

Host Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on the #702openline and gives Darren a chance to respond.

Read: Social media reacts as Kurt Darren messes up national anthem

I want to criticise him and also defend him. Here is the thing, I am not into patriotism, for me patriotism, like nationalism, is cheesy.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Quite frankly, nationalistic fervour, the nation-state, having a flag and having a national carrier, all that kind of jingoism really doesn't work for me.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I am very unromantic about the idea of a South African society, and I think in a world where people move reasonably freely across and between borders, clutching onto identities and symbols. For me it is neither here nor there.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

So many of you are upset that he messed up the words of the anthem. I am not and that is partly because I don't really care about the anthem.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

To be honest with you, if you had to quiz me now on the English part of the anthem, I may struggle to get the words right.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He says where he finds criticism is that it was unprofessional for Darren not to know the words.

Dude, it was just unprofessional, if I was a musician and I was asked or volunteered to go sing an anthem, I would learn the words.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Not out of the simplistic sense of civic duty but because it is my professional obligation to do so.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

The equivalent for me as a broadcaster is to interview someone about their book and not bothering to read it before I do so.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

If you are going to sing the national anthem, you shouldn't know the words because you are South African, you should know the words because you are a professional artist.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Darren responded to the criticism and says he loves the national anthem and would never intentionally disrespect it.

But I woke up today to this massive storm and it is so funny to me. I mean is it really news?

Kurt Darren, Afrikaans musician

Yes, I messed up one line of the anthem, but I mean you are singing in front of 20 000 students at a Varsity Cup final which is entirely different to singing it at a Test match.

Kurt Darren, Afrikaans musician

I know the anthem, I have sung it over a thousand times, I just messed up one line. Why is it news?

Kurt Darren, Afrikaans musician

Watch below as McKaiser shares these views:

Listen below to the full open line and Darren's response:


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