Fatshe leno la rona

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Fatshe leno la rona
English: Blessed Be This Noble Land
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National anthem of  Botswana
Lyrics Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete, 1966
Music Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete, 1966
Adopted 1966

"Fatshe leno la rona" (Blessed Be This Noble Land) is the national anthem of Botswana. Written and composed by Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete, it was adopted upon independence in 1966.

Lyrics[edit]

Setswana lyrics English translation[N 1] Fatshe leno la rona
Ke mpho ya Modimo,
Ke boswa jwa borraetsho;
A le nne ka kagiso.
Chorus:
Tsogang, tsogang! banna, tsogang!
Emang, basadi, emang, tlhagafalang!
Re kopane le go direla
Lefatshe la rona.
Ina lentle la tumo
La chaba ya Botswana,
Ka kutlwano le kagisano,
E bopagantswe mmogo.
Chorus
Blessed be this noble land,
Gift to us from God's strong hand,
Heritage our fathers left to us.
May it always be at peace.
Chorus:
Awake, awake, O men, awake!
And women close beside them stand,
Together we'll work and serve
This land, this happy land!
Word of beauty and of fame,
For the nation of Botswana.
Through our unity and harmony,
We'll remain at peace as one.
Chorus


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Poetic license has been taken in an attempt to make it rhyme in English. This is not a literal translation.

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