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WWII Anthem

I’m hoping that you might help me in trying to identify a song/anthem we used to sing at school assembly during WW2, in England.
As far as I can recall the title was something like: “Lilli Marais”. I believed it was the S.A. National Anthem.
Hope you can help.
Cheers,
Peter Mills.

You might mean Sarie Marais, which is not the SA National Anthem, but is a very popular tune associated with SA, like Waltzing Matilda is in Australia.

Different versions available here:

http://rhythmmusicstore.com/music/1658/Randal-Wicomb/Blink-vosperd

http://rhythmmusicstore.com/music/1768/Jaco/Sing-In-Afrikaans

http://rhythmmusicstore.com/music/960/Albert-De-Wet/Dagboek-Van-%27n-Dromer

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Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including www.rock.co.za which he founded in 1999.

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