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This is How Scores of South Africans Celebrated the Springboks' Arrival

South Africans showed up at the airport to welcome the players following their Rugby World Cup win.

South Africans are still on a high after the Springboks thrashed England 32-12 to win this year's Rugby World Cup. Yesterday, hundreds of South Africans showed up at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to welcome the players as they touched down on home soil from Japan. Clad in the official Springbok jersey and proudly waving the South African flag amid celebratory songs, it was a moment as joyous as when the Springboks lifted up the trophy in victory.


While the recent win has given some South Africans hope for a more united country and "rainbow nation", others remain skeptical about what genuine unity looks like in a country plagued by gross inequality.

READ: The Springboks Winning the Rugby World Cup is not a Cure for South Africa's Social Problems

Nonetheless, the presence of the many South Africans who welcomed the Springboks as they arrived at the airport was overwhelming. There were numerous police officers who were deployed to maintain order and ensure the safety of everyone while the players took pictures with fans and signed T-shirts and rugby balls. The late Brenda Fassie's hit song "Vul'indlela" blared in the background and even the Ndlovu Youth Choir was there to perform the national anthem.

A few South Africans had this to say on social media:



Watch the moment the Springboks arrived at the airport courtesy of News24:

WATCH | Fans line halls of OR Tambo airport to welcome Springboks home www.youtube.com

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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