Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – God Bless Africa, the Original/ Classic Version

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Here is the classic version as written by Enoch Sontonga, with added verses by Samuel Mqhayi. Enjoy the good old version, or the classic version, and compare it to the more modern version which I posted earlier.

Nkosi, sikelel’ iAfrika;
Malupakam’upondo lwayo;
Yiva imitandazo yetu


Yihla Moya, Yihla Moya,
Yihla Moya Oyingcwele

Sikelela iNkosi zetu;
Zimkumbule umDali wazo;
Zimoyike zezimhlouele,

Sikelel’ amadol’ esizwe,
Sikelela kwa nomlisela
Ulitwal’ilizwe ngomonde,

Nawo onk’amanenekazi;
Pakamisa wonk’umtinjana

Sikelela abafundisi
Bemvaba zonke zelilizwe;
Ubatwese ngoMoya Wako

Sikelel’ulimo nemfuyo;
Gxota zonk’indlala nezifo;
Zalisa ilizwe ngempilo

Sikelel’amalinga etu
Awomanyana nokuzaka,
Awemfundo nemvisiswano

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika;
Cima bonk’ ubugwenxa bayo
Nezigqito, nezono zayo


Lord, bless Africa;
May her horn rise high up;
Hear Thou our prayers
And bless us.


Descend, O Spirit,
Descend, O Holy Spirit.

Bless our chiefs
May they remember their Creator.
Fear Him and revere Him,
That He may bless them.

Bless the public men,
Bless also the youth
That they may carry the land with patience and that Thou mayst bless them.

Bless the wives
And also all young women;
Lift up all the young girls
And bless them.

Bless the ministers
of all the churches of this land;
Endue them with Thy Spirit
And bless them.

Bless agriculture and stock raising
Banish all famine and diseases;
Fill the land with good health
And bless it.

Bless our efforts
of union and self-uplift,
Of education and mutual understanding
And bless them.

Lord, bless Africa
Blot out all its wickedness
And its transgressions and sins,
And bless it.


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