|English: Join together all Seychellois|
National anthem of Seychelles
|Lyrics||David François Marc André and George Charles Robert Payet, 1996|
|Music||David François Marc André and George Charles Robert Payet, 1996|
The anthem was created through a competition, after the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles, dated 21st June 1993. The constitution stated there was to be a national flag, a national anthem, a national emblem and a national motto. The constitution did not mention any anthems, since the anthem is prescribed by an Act.
The anthem was created by David André and Georges Payet, as an entry for a competition for a new national anthem of Seychelles. According to Payet, the anthem was written in a single day.
During the creation of the anthem, they were approached, along with a third individual, Antoine Azemia, by the organising committee who suggested that they work together and come up with something new, as their initial submission each contained something they were looking for. After Azemia decided to back out, the duo settled in an old house at La Plaine St André where they worked in harmony, pasting bits and pieces, before coming up with the final result.
The arrangement for the anthem was made by Russian orchestra expert and band conductor Anatoli Savatinov.
Koste Seselwa was recorded for the first time by the French Republican Guard Band in Paris, where André had the chance to attend and witness the event.
The anthem was adopted as the national anthem of Seychelles on the National Day, at 18 June 1996.
|Seychellois Creole lyrics||English translation||French translation|
:Sesel ou menm nou sel patri. :Kot nou viv dan larmoni. :Lazwa, lanmour ek lape. :Nou remersye Bondye.
:Preserv labote nou pei. :Larises nou losean. :En leritaz byen presye. :Pour boner nou zanfan.
:Reste touzour dan linite. :Fer monte nou paviyon. :Ansanm pou tou leternite. :Koste Seselwa!
:Seychelles, notre seule patrie :Où nous vivons en harmonie :La joie, l'amour et la paix :Nous remercions le Bon Dieu!
:Préservons la beauté de notre pays :La richesse de notre océan :Un héritage très précieux :Pour le bonheur de nos enfants
:Restons toujours unis :Élevons notre drapeau :Ensemble pour l'éternité :Unissons-nous Seychellois!
- "Koste Seselwa". savoy.sc. Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa. August 31, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
- "'It still feels like a new song whenever we hear the national anthem'". www.nation.sc. Seychelles Nation. June 16, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
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