Central African Republic National Anthem

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Anthem History

"La Renaissance" is the national anthem of the Central African Republic. The words were written by the first post-independence Prime Minister, Barthélémy Boganda. The music was composed by Herbert Pepper. "La Renaissance" was adopted upon independence in 1960.

Anthem Lyrics

La Renaissance

O Centrafrique, ô berceau des Bantous!

Reprends ton droit au respect, à la vie!

Longtemps soumis, longtemps brimé partous,

Mais de ce jour brisant la tyrannie.

Dans le travail, l'ordre et la dignité,

Tu reconquiers ton droit, ton unité,

Et pour franchir cette étape nouvelle,

De nos ancêtres la voix nous appelle


Au travail dans l'ordre et la dignité,

Dans le respect du droit dans l'unité,

Brisant la misère et la tyrannie,

Brandissant l'étendard de la Patrie.

Anthem Lyrics English

Oh! Central Africa, cradle of the Bantu!

Take up again your right to respect, to life!

Long subjugated, long scorned by all,

But, from today, breaking tyranny's hold.

Through work, order and dignity

You reconquer your rights, your unity,

And to take this new step

The voice of our ancestors call us.

CHORUS:

To work! In order and dignity,

in the respect for rights and in unity,

Breaking poverty and tyranny,

Holding high the flag of the Fatherland.

Central African Republic Flag

Central African Republic Flag

Flag History The flag shows the colors of France (blue, white and red) combined with the pan-African colors (green, yellow and red) to show that Europeans and Africans should have respect and friendship for one another. Their common bond, thier red blood, is represented by the vertical red stripe binding all the stripes together. The star symbolizes independence.
Flag Date of Adoption 1 December 1958
Flag Symbolism four equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, green, and yellow with a vertical red band in center; there is a yellow five-pointed star on the hoist side of the blue band

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