Nkosi Sikelele - English Translation

"Nkosi Sikelele" was a black South African resistance song before it became part of South Africa's national anthem.

The following are some of its Xhosa words, with English translation:

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
(God Bless Africa)
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
(Raise high Her glory)
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
(Hear our Prayers)
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo
(God bless us, we her children)

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
(God protect our nation)
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
(End all wars and tribulations)
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
(Protect us, protect our nation)
Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika.
(Our nation South Africa - South Africa)

Media Credits

"Nkosi Sikelele"

Words and Music by :  Enoch Sontonga (1872-1905)


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