Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Lyrics - Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, English

(Melody by Enoch Sontonga, 1897 & Marthinus Lourens de Villiers, 1921, Lyrics by C.J. Langenhoven, 1918)

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,

Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setshaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setshaba sa heso,
Setshaba sa, South Afrika, South Afrika.

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

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

English Translation

From Xhosa:
Lord bless Africa
Rise high, Her glory

From Zulu:
Listen also to our prayers,
Lord bless us, her (Africa) family.

From Sesotho:
Lord protect our nation,
Stop wars and sufferings,
protect it, Protect our nation,
The nation of South Africa, South Africa.

From Afrikaans:
Ringing out from our blue heavens,
From the depths of our sea,
Over our everlasting mountains,
Where the echoing crags resound!

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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