Southern Sudan prepares own anthem ahead of referendum

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Southern Sudan has asked musicians and writers to compose a national anthem, six months ahead of a referendum on independence.

The South Sudan National Anthem Committee said the contest did not mean that it was backing separation.

However it said the region needed to be prepared for independence.

The BBC's Peter Martell in Juba says Sudan's national anthem is rarely played in the south, which fought a brutal two-decade war with the north....

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