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Poetry Corner: Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

On this day 7th of October 1931 Desmond Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa. His staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid in South Africa earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Desmond Tutu

credit: Benny Gool

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika composed by Enoch Sontonga

(Xhosa)

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo
Yiva imithandazo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela Nkosi Sikelela

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapho lwayo.

Chorus

Yihla moya, yihla moya
Yihla moya oyingcwele
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapho lwayo.

(Zulu)

Nkosi, sikelel’ iAfrika,
Malupnakanyisw’ udumo lwayo;
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi sikelela,
Nkosi sikelela,

Nkosi, sikelel’ iAfrika,
Malupnakanyisw’ udumo lwayo;
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi sikelela,
Nkosi sikelela,

Woza Moya (woza, woza),
Woza Moya (woza, woza),
Woza Moya, Oyingcwele.
Usisikelele, Thina lusapho lwayo.

(English)

Lord, bless Africa
May her spirit rise high up
Hear thou our prayers
Lord bless us, Lord bless us.

Lord, bless Africa
May her spirit rise high up
Hear thou our prayers
Lord bless us
Your family.

Chorus

Descend, O Spirit
Descend, O Holy Spirit
Lord bless us
Your family.


 

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