Posted by: humilityjoy | June 27, 2012

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – God Bless Africa

Africa

Africa

Today I would like to talk about the great ode to Africa, ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika‘ or ‘God Bless Africa‘ which used to be the national anthem of five African countries.  Little did Enoch Sontonga, a simple school teacher in Johannesburg, know that his hymn praising his love for his country and land of ancestors would become one of the most known African national anthems when he wrote it in 1897, in his mother tongue Xhosa.  This song became a pan-African anthem to the countries of Zambia, South Africa, ZimbabweNamibia and Tanzania … Zimbabwe and Namibia have since then adopted new anthems.  At its creation, it was sung to the 1879 tune ‘Aberystwyth‘ by Joseph Parry.  In 1927, seven more Xhosa stanzas were added by poet Samuel Mqhayi.  In 1996, under President Nelson Mandela, a shortened version of ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika‘ was added to the national anthem of South Africa, and Sontonga’s grave was dedicated as a national monument.  In Zimbabwe, after independence in 1980, it was sung in Shona language as ‘Ishe Komborera Africa‘; in Tanzania, it is still the national anthem and is sung in Kiswahili as ‘Mungu ibariki Afrika‘.  In Zambia, it is ‘Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free‘ or ‘Lumbanyeni Zambia‘.  Enjoy… sing… and feel it… as God blesses Africa.  Watch Miriam Makeba, Hugh MasekelaLadysmith Black Mambazo, and Paul Simon sing it… and reap the blessings.

Nkosi Sikeleli Africa
Malup hakanyiswu phando lwayo
Yiswa imithanda zo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapo lwayo

Nkosi Sikeleli Africa
Malup hakanyiswu phando lwayo
Yiswa imithanda zo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapo lwayo

Woza Moya (Woza, Woza)
Woza Moya (Woza, Woza)
Woza Moya oyingcwele
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapo lwayo

Morena boloka sechaba sa heso (sa heso)
O fedise dintwa le matswenyeho
Morena boloka sechaba sa heso
O fedise dintwa le matswenyeho
O seboloke (O se boloke)
O seboloke morena
O seboloke sechaba, Sechaba sa Heso
Sechaba sa Africa

God bless Africa
May her glory be lifted high
Hear thou our prayers
God bless us
Us Your children

God bless Africa
May her glory be lifted high
Hear thou our prayers
God bless us
Us Your children

Come Spirit
Come Spirit
Come Spirit Holy
God bless us
Us Your children

Lord, we ask you to protect our nation
Intervene and end all conflicts
Lord, we ask you to protect our nation
Intervene and end all conflicts
Protect us
Protect us Lord
Protect us, Protect our nation
Protect Africa

 

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  1. [...] by Samuel Mqhayi. Enjoy the good old version, or the classic version, and compare it to the more modern version which I posted [...]


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