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today’s holiday: South Africa Heritage Day

South Africa Heritage Day

On September 24, 1995, the Republic of South Africa celebrated its first Heritage Day, which was declared a national holiday by the first democratically elected government of South Africa. To help South Africans celebrate their heritage, this day has been set aside to recognize all aspects of South African culture, including creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food, and the land in which they live. The first Heritage Day celebration focused on composer Enoch Sontonga, the creator of a hymn that was adopted as the national anthem. More… Discuss

Ciprian Porumbescu – Balada pentru vioara si orchestra (Ballad for Violin and Orchestra)

Ciprian Porumbescu born Ciprian Golembiovski (October 14, 1853 – June 6, 1883) was a romanian composer born in Şipotele Sucevei in Bucovina (now Shepit, Putyla Raion, Ukraine). He was among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time; his popular works include “Crai nou”, “Trei culori“, “Song for the 1st of May“, “Ballad for violin and piano” and “Serenada“. In addition, he composed the music for “Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire”, which was used for Albania‘s national anthem, Hymni i Flamurit. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta. Finished on October 21, 1880, the “Ballad for Violin and Orchestra” soon became the best known work by Ciprian Porumbescu, and a reference work in romanian classical music of the 19th century. In seclusion at Stupca, the composer meditated, drafted and then finished the piece, full of poetry and bitter nostalgia, with light and shade, a mixture of “doina”, old dance and song, everything in the environment of serene melancholy. He died at the age of 29 in Stupca, which was renamed Ciprian Porumbescu in his honor.



Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More… Discuss