Senegalese National Anthem Lyrics

is the national anthem of Senegal and the Senegalese national anthem lyrics were written by Léopold Sédar Senghor and the music to the Senegalese national anthem was composed by Herbert Pepper [Fr].

The National Anthem Lyrics for Senegal

was officially adopted as the national anthem of Senegal in the year of 1960.


Senegalese National Anthem Lyrics in French

1. Pincez tous vos Koras, frappez les balafons.
Le lion a rugi.
Le dompteur de la brousse
D’un bond s’est élancé
Dissipant les ténèbres.
Soleil sur nos terreurs, soleil sur notre espoir.
Debout, frères, voici l’Afrique rassemblée

Chorus:
Fibres de mon coeur vert.
Épaule contre épaule, mes plus que frères,
O Sénégalais, debout!
Unissons la mer et les sources,unissons la steppe et la forêt!
Salut Afrique mère, salut Afrique mère.

2. Sénégal toi le fils de l’écume du Lion,
Toi surgi de la nuit au galop des chevaux,
Rend-nous, oh! rends-nous l’honneur de nos Ancêstres,
Splendides comme ébène et forts comme le muscle
Nous disons droits-l’épée n’a pas une bavure.

Chorus

3. Sénégal, nous faisons nôtre ton grand dessein:
Rassembler les poussins à l’abri des milans
Pour en faire, de l’Est à l’Ouest, du Nord au Sud,
Dressé, un même peuple, un peuple sans couture
Mais un peuple tourné vers tous les vents du monde.

Chorus

4. Sénégal, comme toi, comme tous nos héros,
Nous serons durs sans haine et des deux bras ouverts.
L’épée, nous la mettrons dans la paix du fourreau,
Car le travail sera notre arme et la parole.
Le Bantou est un frère, et l’Arabe et le Blanc.

Chorus

5. Mais que si l’ennemi incendie nos frontières
Nous serons tous dressés et les armes au poing:
Un Peuple dans sa foi défiant tous les malheurs,
Les jeunes et les vieux, les hommes et les femmes.
La Mort, oui! Nous disons la Mort, mais pas la honte.

Chorus

Senegalese National Anthem Lyrics Meaning in English

1. Sound, all of you, your Koras,
Beat the drums,
The red Lion has roared,
The Tamer of the bush with one leap has rushed forward
Scattering the gloom.
Light on our terrors,
Light on our hopes.
Arise, brothers, behold Africa united!

Chorus:
Fibres of my green heart.
Shoulder to shoulder,
O people of Senegal, more than brothers to me, arise!
Unite the sea and the springs,
Unite the steppe and the forest!
Hail, mother Africa,
Hail, mother Africa!

2. Senegal, thou son of the Lion
Arise in the night with great speed,
Restore, oh, restore to us the honour of our ancestors,
Magnificent as ebony and strong as muscles!
We are a straight people-the sword has no fault.

Chorus

3. Senegal, we make your great design our own:
To gather the chicks, sheltering them from kites,
To make from them, from East to West, from North to South,
A people rising as one, in seamless unity,
Yet a people facing all the winds of the earth.

Chorus

4. Senegal, like thee, like all our heroes,
We will be stern without hatred, and with open arms.
The sword we will put peacefully in its sheath,
For work and words will be our weapon.
The Bantu is our brother, the Arab, and the White man too.

Chorus

5. But if the enemy violates our frontiers,
We will all be ready, weapons in our hands;
A people in its faith defying all evil;
Young and old, men and women,
Death, yes! but not dishonour.

Chorus

Senegalese National Anthem Lyrics

When is Senegalese National Anthem Played or Sung?

National anthem of Senegal is normally played or sang during national holidays, particularly on the independence day celebrations in Senegal. It is also performed during cultural and other festivals in Senegal, generally marking off the beginning or the end of such celebrations.

National anthem of Senegal is also typically carried out in global sporting events, such as the Olympic Games as well school sport events.


What is the importance of Senegalese National Anthem in Senegal?

The national anthem of Senegal, like other nationwide signs of Senegal, embodies the custom, past history, and faiths of Senegal and its citizens. Thus, it helps evoke feelings of patriotism amongst the Senegalese people and reminds them of their Senegal’s splendor, appeal, and abundant heritage.

It also helps join the citizens of Senegal by one single track or music. During the performance of the Senegalese national anthem, residents of Senegal, despite their ethnic differences, rise in unity and listen diligently or sing the song with excellent determination.

Sports men and women from Senegal also feel an excellent moment of honor when they receive a medal at an international sporting event while Senegal’s national anthem is played in the background. It gives them a feeling of having made their country proud. Students who listen to the national anthem of Senegal in schools are taught to respect their nation and establish a spirit of unity among themselves.