WATCH: The worst anthem blunders

Popular Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren has joined the list of musicians to have butchered the national anthem.

Popular Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren has joined the list of musicians to have butchered the national anthem.


JOHANNESBURG - Singing the national anthem at a sporting event is often seen as an honour which very few musicians get to experience.

Over the years, we have seen some musicians butchering it.

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Whether it is forgetting lines, singing off key or mixing up the words, many singers, including Fergie, Kurt Darren and R. Kelly have all made the headlines for 'butchering' their national anthems.

Below is a list of some of the worst anthem blunders around the world:

Ard Matthews

The Just Jinjer band member Ard Matthews fumbled the South African National anthem in 2011 while singing at the Springboks team announcement. 

Ard Matthews from the band Just Jinjer fumbled on the South African National Anthem whilst singing it at the World Cup 2011 Springbok team announcement.


Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie provided a unique take on the national anthem before the NBA All-Star Game.

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Ras Dumisani

South African reggae musician made headlines in 2009 when he belted out an off-key rendition of the anthem before a rugby game between South Africa and France.

Watch, as Ras Dumisani sings what he believes to be his beautiful version of the South African National Anthem, before the 20-13 Test match defeat to France.

Ker Hilson

R&B singer Keri Hilson in 2010 forgot the words to the Star Spangled Banner and repeated herself while performing before fans at a game between the Atlanta Hawks and L.A. Lakers.

Keri Hilson Singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Hawks Lakers game. Notice she almost skipped the verse that says "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming". Then she goes back to correct it.

Kurt Darren

Popular Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren butchered the national anthem while he was performing at the Varsity Cup final between Maties and Tuks at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.