Mali Flag

Flag History

green represents nature, yellow is for purity and mineral resources. Red is for bravery and blood shed in the struggle for independence.

Flag Date of Adoption

1 March 1961

Flag Symbolism

three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), yellow, and red; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia

Mali National Anthem

Anthem History A former French colony in Saharan Africa, its independence and national anthem was granted in 1962.
Anthem Lyrics A ton appel Mali

Pour ta prospérité

Fidèle à ton destin

Nous serons tous unis

Un peuple, un but, une foi

Pour une Afrique unie

Si l'ennemi découvre son front

Au dedans ou au dehors

Debout sur les remparts

Nous sommes résolus de mourir


Pour l'Afrique et pour toi Mali

Notre drapeau sera liberté

Pour l'Afrique et pour toi Mali

Notre combat sera unité

Ô Mali d'aujourd'hui

Ô Mali de demain

Les champs fleurissent d'espérance

Les coeurs vibrent de confiance

L'Afrique se lève enfin

Saluons ce jour nouveau

Saluons la liberté

Marchons vers l'unité

Dignité retrouvée

Soutient notre combat

Fidèle à notre serment

De faire l'Afrique unie

Ensemble debout mes frères

Tous au rendez-vous de l'honneur


Debout villes et campagnes

Debout femmes, jeunes et vieux

Pour la patrie en marche

Vers l'avenir radieux

Pour notre dignité

Renforçons bien nos rangs

Pour le salut public

Forgeons le bien commun

Ensemble au coude à coude

Faisons le sentier du bonheur


La voie est dure très dure

Qui mène au bonheur commun

Courage et dévouement

Vigilance à tout moment

Vérité des temps anciens

Vérité de tous les jours

Le bonheur par le labeur

Fera le Mali de demain


Anthem Lyrics English At your call, Mali,

So that you may prosper,

Faithful to your destiny,

We shall all be united,

One people, one goal, one faith

For a united Africa.

If the enemy should show himself

Within or without,

On the ramparts,

We are ready to stand and die.


For Africa and for you, Mali,

Our banner shall be liberty.

For Africa and for you, Mali,

Our fight shall be for unity.

Oh, Mali of today,

Oh, Mali of tomorrow,

The fields are flowering with hope

And hearts are thrilling with confidence.

Africa is at last arising,

Let us greet this new day.

Let us greet freedom,

Let us march towards unity.

Refound dignity

Supports our struggle.

Faithful to our oath

To make a united Africa,

Together, arise, my brothers,

All to the place where honour calls.


Stand up, towns and countryside,

Stand up, women, stand up young and old,

For the Fatherland on the road

Towards a radiant future.

For the sake of our dignity

Let us strengthen our ranks;

For the public well-being

Let us forge the common good.

Together, shoulder to shoulder,

Let us work for happiness.


The road is hard, very hard,

That leads to common happiness.

Courage and devotion,

Constant vigilance,

Courage and devotion,

Constant vigilance,

Truth from olden times,

The truths of every day,

Happiness through effort

Will build the Mali of tomorrow.


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