L'Abidjanaise

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L'Abidjanaise
English: Song of Abidjan
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National anthem of  Ivory Coast
Lyrics Pierre Marie Coty, with adjustments from Mathieu Ekra, 1959
Music Pierre Michel Pango, 1959
Adopted 1960
Music sample

"L'Abidjanaise" ("The Song of Abidjan'") is the national anthem of Ivory Coast. Adopted under law n°60–207 on 27 July 1960, its status as national anthem is enshrined in the constitution's 29th article. It takes the form of a lyric and very patriotic poem, using inspiring images expressing the greatness of the Ivorian soil and values such as hope, peace, dignity and the "true brotherhood".

History[edit]

Adopted in 1960 at the country's independence, "L'Abidjanaise" remains the national anthem of Côte d'Ivoire, even though the capital city is now Yamoussoukro. This hymn is strongly tinged with patriotism and influenced by religion. The lyrics are from ministers Mathieu Vangah Ekra and Joachim Bony. The music has been composed by abbots Pierre-Marie Coty alongside Pierre-Michel Pango, taking La Marseillaise as model.[1]

Between 2007 and 2009, and under the leadership of Laurent Gbagbo, there was a proposal to replacing "L'Abidjanaise" with a different song, "L'Ode à la Patrie" as the national anthem. This Ode has been composed in 2002 after the start of the Ivorian civil war, and was selected by contest in 2003.[2] Ode à la Patrie was sung by supporters of the now former head of state and broadcast on the RTI's television network instead of "L'Abidjanaise" until 2007, even though the latter remained, according to the constitution, the country's national anthem.[3] However, the proposal was eventually dropped.

Lyrics[edit]

lyrics English translation
Salut Ô terre d'espérance;
Pays de l'hospitalité.
Tes légions remplies de vaillance
Ont relevé ta dignité.
Tes fils, chère Côte d'Ivoire,
Fiers artisans de ta grandeur,
Tous rassemblés pour ta gloire
Te bâtiront dans le bonheur.
Fiers Ivoiriens, le pays nous appelle.
Si nous avons dans la paix ramené la liberté,
Notre devoir sera d'être un modèle
De l'espérance promise à l'humanité,
En forgeant, unie dans la foi nouvelle,
La patrie de la vraie fraternité.
We salute you, O land of hope,
Country of hospitality;
Thy full gallant legions
Have restored thy dignity.
Beloved Ivory Coast, thy sons,
Proud builders of thy greatness,
All gathered together for thy glory,
In joy will we construct thee
Proud Ivorians, the country calls us.
If we have brought back liberty peacefully,
It will be our duty to be an example
Of the hope promised to humanity,
In building, united in the new faith
The homeland of true brotherhood.
The Song of Abidjan, played by the military orchestra in front of Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 26, 1992. Original video


References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) L'histoire méconnue des hymnes nationaux africains – Radio France International
  2. ^ (French) Chant patriotique: "L'Ode à la patrie" au cabinet du ministre de l'enseignement technique – article from allAfrica website published on 18 February 2003
  3. ^ (French) Changement des fondements de la Côte d`Ivoire : Hymne national : “L`Ode à la Patrie” à la place de “l`Abidjanaise” ? – article from the Nouveau Réveil tabloid dated from 28 December 2009.

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