La Zaïroise

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La Zaïroise
English: The Zairians

National anthem of  Zaire
LyricsJoseph Lutumba
MusicSimon-Pierre Boka Di Mpasi Londi
Adopted27 October 1971
Relinquished17 May 1997
Succeeded by"Debout Congolais"
Audio sample
"La Zaïroise" (instrumental)

"La Zaïroise" (French for: "The Zairians") was the national anthem of Zaire from 1971 to 1997.

The lyrics were written by Joseph Lutumba and Simon-Pierre Boka Di Mpasi Londi composed the music.

Original French lyrics[edit]

Zaïrois dans la paix retrouvée,
Peuple uni, nous sommes Zaïrois
En avant fier et plein de dignité
Peuple grand, peuple libre à jamais
Tricolore, enflamme nous du feu sacré
Pour bâtir notre pays toujours plus beau
Autour d'un fleuve Majesté (2×)
Tricolore au vent, ravive l'idéal
Qui nous relie aux aïeux, à nos enfants
Paix, justice et travail. (2×)

Kikongo lyrics[edit]

Beto besi Nzadi, tu vutukidi mu luvuvamu,
Nkangu wa simbana, tu besi Nzadi
Ku ntuala, ye lendo yo luzitu
Nkangu wabidi, nkangu muna kimpwanza kia mvu ke mvu
Se bitatu, ututula tiya tua n'longo
Mu tunga nsi ya ntoko vioka mu nsungi ya luta
Muna ziunga kia nzadi ya nene (2x)
Se bitatu mu tembua, i tu vutudi mu ngindu za biza
Zi tu bundakese ye bankaka yo bana beto
Luvuvamu, un'songi, ye salu. (2x)

Lingala lyrics[edit]

Bǎna mbóka Zaïre na kímyá tozalí
Na lisangá lya bǎna mbóka, tozali bǎna mbóka Zaïre
Na libóso, lolέndɔ mpé totónda na limεmya
Bingambé bato, bato ba nsɔ́mi ya libélá
Mikóbo mísáto, pelisa bísó na mɔ̂tɔ mwa lotómo
Mpɔ̂ totónga ekólo na bísó kitɔ́kɔ ntángo ínsɔ
Na nzínganzínga ya ebalé monɛnɛ (2x)
Mikóbo mísáto na mopɛpɛ, lamusa iye isengeli izala
Iye isangisi bísó na bankɔ́kɔ mpé na bǎna ba bísó
Bobóto, Bosémbo mpé Mosálá (2x)

English translation[edit]

Mobutu Sese Seko, the President and dictator of Zaire
Zairians, dwell in peace,
United people, we are Zairians;
Moving forward, proud and dignified.
Great people, free people forever.
Tricolored flag, light in us the sacred flame,
In order to always build a beautiful country,
Around the majestic river;
Around the majestic river.
Tricolored flag in the wind, revive the ideal,
Which links us to our ancestors and our children,
Peace, justice, and labor;
Peace, justice, and labor.

See also[edit]

  • "Debout Congolais", the current national anthem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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