Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph with Nelson Mandela 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Besides our very own “Hatikva,” there can’t be too many national anthems around
the globe that a Jewish composer has had a hand in creating. Prof. Jeanne
Zaidel- Rudolph belongs to that select group, having played a significant part
in devising the national anthem of post-apartheid South Africa in the mid-
1990s.Zaidel-Rudolph has enjoyed a number of high-profile roles in her
country over the last 20 years or so; she wrote “Oratorio for Human Rights,”
which was commissioned for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and a year later she
composed a song called “He Walked to Freedom,” which was played at former
president Nelson Mandela’s honorary doctorate ceremony at the University of Cape
Town in 1997.
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