Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

The National Anthem of South Africa

Originally written in Xhosa, the first verse and chorus were composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1897. Additional verses were added in 1927 by Samuel E Mqhayi.

The audio version you hear is the version most commonly sung, with verses in Xhosa and Sesotho.

The current official version of the national anthem combines Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika and Die Stem / The Call of South Africa, the former anthem (with words in several languages):

Official version: text.

[Xhosa]
Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

[Sesotho]
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika.

[Afrikaans]
Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

[English]
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

 

Current Xhosa version:

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo
Yiva imathandazo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela Nkosi Sikelela

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo
Yiva imathandazo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapho lwayo.

Chorus
Yihla moya, yihla moya
Yihla moya oyingcwele
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapho lwayo.
(Repeat)

 

Current Sesotho version:

Morena boloka sechaba sa heso
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
Morena boloka sechaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho.

O se boloke, o se boloke,
O se boloke, o se boloke.
Sechaba sa heso, Sechaba sa heso.
O se boloke morena se boloke,
O se boloke sechaba, se boloke.
Sechaba sa heso, sechaba sa heso.

Ma kube njalo! Ma kube njalo!
Kude kube ngunaphakade.
Kude kube ngunaphakade!

Sources:

A convenient source for several different versions is:
South African National Anthem versions (http://www.polity.org.za/misc/nkosi.html)

A source for the history of the anthem and sheet music is:
South African National Anthem history (http://www.gov.za/symbols/anthem.htm)

 

 

 

last updated: 01/05/2006 3:21 PM
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