This preceded the independence referendum in January that led to South Sudan becoming a sovereign state on 9 July South Sudan Oyee! The committee received 49 entries for the anthem. A competition was held on live television in The winning music was composed by students and teachers of Juba University 's   The Music Department was led by an Arab originally from the north.
Lyrics of the new anthem, South Sudan Oyee!:
Please note flash is required to use the features of this site. Please update your flash player. Short description: Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone. The songs in this collection were recorded for a project conducted between and by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in collaboration with Dinka researchers in South Sudan. Long description: Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone. Apart from one book published on song lyrics by Francis Mading Deng in , no formal research has been conducted on Dinka music. Yet songs play a fundamental role the lives of all Dinka people, functioning as individual and social chronicles of relationships, experiences and historical events. In fact, the Dinka boast an usually complex taxonomy of songs — praise songs, war songs, songs of initiation, cathartic songs, religious songs, to name a few — each of which is defined by discernible melodic, rhythmic and performative features. Woven through all song types, however, is the poetic allusion to the interconnection between self, cattle and land or locality. As one musician explained: "If you know our Dinka songs, you will know the Dinka people.
With hands on hearts, south Sudanese singers practise a song for their homeland. If the south chooses independence in the on-going, week-long referendum, it will be the new national anthem for potentially the world's youngest country. Students from Juba University in the southern capital were selected after a Sudanese-style X Factor talent show for musicians in front of cheering crowds. Excitement is building in the south at the prospect of independence from former civil war enemies in the north. In a baking hot concert hall in the steamy southern Sudanese capital, singer after singer took to the stage to perform their attempt at a new tune for their homeland. The packed hall went wild at the end of each song, with people leaping to their feet and waving their hands in support. Musicians were keen to make a change from the military-style march of Sudan's current national anthem. The winner, from students and teachers at Juba University, wrote a softer, lighter tune - although critics say it struggles at times to squeeze the lyrics into the music. But some misread the instructions and tried to fit the lyrics to current pop love songs.
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