South Africa’s national anthem, with English translation

National anthem of South Africa words, lyrics & translation

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika (Xhosa)
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, (Xhosa)
Yizwa imithandazo yethu, (Zulu)
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.(Zulu)
God [Lord] bless Africa
May her glory be lifted high
Hear our petitions
God bless us, Your children
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, Setjhaba sa, South Afrika.
(Entire verse is performed in Sesotho)
God we ask You to protect our nation
Intervene and end all conflicts
Protect us, protect our nation, our nation, South Africa
South Afrika! South Africa!
Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
(Entire verse is performed in Afrikaans)
Ringing out from our blue heavens,
From our deep seas breaking round,
Over everlasting mountains,
Where the echoing crags resound,
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.
(Entire verse is performed in English)
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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Izu on July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

    God bless South Africa, when ever i listen to this anthem tears runneth out from eyes, i don’t know why,SA is very lucky to have sweet and interesting anthem, SA anthem is the best in the hole wide world. Am from Nigeria. Can any body tell me were i can get a dvd copy so that i can play it every night.

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  2. Posted by Derek de on November 14, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Never a truer word said by Izu and especially not being South African Bless her

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  3. Posted by NNAMDI OKORIE on November 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    WAT A SWEET & INSPIRED NATIONAL ANTHEM. NOT ONLY AN ANTHEM BUT A PRAYER 2 GOD RECOGNIZING HIS GREAT SOVEREIGNTY. it is only d BIAFRAN anthem dat had similar sweet, inspired lyrics & prayer GOD BLESS AFRICA! Nkosi sekeli’ iAfrica CHINEKE gozie Africa

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  4. This a great and uplifting anthem, another nice one is the NZ one – listen to its anthem here (full version) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KtPIk7X5xs

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  5. […] so they can sing it during the anthem before the game. It is written in isiXhosa and is called Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika which means in Englisch God, bless Africa. His team mates do not want to learn or sing sing. They […]

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