Senegal national anthem song

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Who wrote the Senegalese national anthem (lyrics and music)?

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The National anthem of Senegal is “Pincez Tous vos Koras, Frappez les Balafons” which means in English “Pluck Your Koras, Strike the Balafons”.
Senegal’s anthem lyrics were written by Leopold Sedar SENGHOR and the music was written by Herbert PEPPER.
Adopted 1960; The Lyrics Were Written By Leopold Sedar SENGHOR, Senegal’s First President; The Anthem Is Sometimes Played Incorporating The Koras (Harp-Like Stringed Instruments) And Balafons (Types Of Xylophones) Mentioned In The Title.
National anthem of Senegal free mp3 download
Press to download the mp3 file of Senegal’s National anthem – See link (file source: cia world factbook).
Listen to Senegal national anthem on Youtube
Senegalese anthem lyrics (English translation)
Everyone strum your koras, strike the balafons.
The red lion has roared.
The tamer of the savannah
Has leapt forward,
Dispelling the darkness.
Sunlight on our terrors, sunlight on our hope.
Stand up, brothers, here is Africa assembled.
Fibres of my green heart,
Shoulder to shoulder, my more-than-brothers,
O Senegalese, arise!
Join sea and springs, join steppe and forest!
Hail mother Africa, hail mother Africa.
Senegal, you the son of the lion’s froth,
Sprung from the night to the gallop of horses,
Give us, oh! give us the honour of our ancestors,
Splendid as ebony and strong as muscle,
We say it clearly ג€“ the sword has no flaw.
Senegal, we take on your great work:
To shelter the chicks from the falcons,
To make, from east to west, north to south,
Arisen, one single people, a people without seams,
But a people turned to all the winds of the earth.
Senegal, like you, like all our heroes,
We will be hard without hatred, with two open arms.
The sword in peace-time we will store in the scabbard,
For work and words will be our weapon.
The Bantu is a brother, and so is the Arab and the White.
But if the enemy burns our borders
We will be risen with weapons in our hands:
One people defying all sorrows with its faith,
Young and old, men and women.
Death, yes! We say death, but not shame.
You can find more information about Senegalese anthem on Wikipedia – See link.
Sheet Music: View the Senegalese national anthem sheet music – See link.


Senegalese national symbol: lion.

Senegal flag

Conventional short form country name: Senegal.
Conventional long form country name: Republic of Senegal.
Local short form country name: Senegal.
Local long form country name: Republique du Senegal.
Former name of Senegal: Senegambia (along with The Gambia), Mali Federation.
Senegal Government Type: republic.
Republic is a representative democracy in which the people’s elected deputies (representatives), not the people themselves, vote on legislation.ֲ