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Ishe Komborera Africa

Ishe Komborera Africa or God Bless Africa was formerly the national anthem of Zimbabwe until it was replaced by Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe in 1994. The music is by Mankayi Enoch Sontonga and it was adopted upon independence in 1980. It is basically a translation of "Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika" - part of the South African national anthem.

Shona Words

Ishekomborera Africa
Ngaisimudzirwe zita rayo
Inzwai miteuro yedu
Ishe komborera,
Isu, mhuri yayo.
Huya mweya
Huya mweya komborera
(repeat previous two lines)
Huya mweya
Huya mweya woutsvene
Uti komborere
Isu mhuri yayo.

English Words

God bless Africa,
Let her fame spread far and wide!
Hear our prayer,
May God bless us!
Come, Spirit, come!
Come! Holy Spirit!
Come and bless us, her children!