Simudzai Mureza wedu WeZimbabwe (English: Blessed be the Land of Zimbabwe) (literally translated “Lift High Zimbabwe’s Banner”); Zimbabwean Ndebele: Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe) is the national anthem of Zimbabwe.

The National Anthem of Zimbabwe was introduced in March 1994 after a nationwide competition to replace Ishe Komborera Africa with a distinctly Zimbabwean song. The winning entry was a Shona song written by Professor Solomon Mutswairo and composed by Fred Changundega.

It has been translated into English and Ndebele, the two other main languages of Zimbabwe.

  • Shona Version
  • Ndebele Version
  • English Version
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    1. Simudzai mureza wedu weZimbabwe
    Yakazvarwa nomoto wechimurenga;
    Neropa zhinji ramagamba
    Tiidzivirire kumhandu dzose;
    Ngaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.

    2. Tarisai Zimbabwe nyika yakashongedzwa
    Namakomo, nehova, zvinoyevedza Mvura ngainaye, minda ipe mbesa
    Vashandi vatuswe, ruzhinji rugutswe;
    Ngaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.

    3. Mwari ropafadzai nyika yeZimbabwe
    Nyika yamadzitateguru edu tose,
    Kubva Zambezi kusvika Limpopo, Navatungamiri vave nenduramo.
    Ngaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.

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    1. Phakamisan’ if’legi yethu yeZimbabwe
    Eyazalwa yimpi yenkululeko;
    Legaz’ elinengi lamaqhawe ethu
    Silivikele ezithen’ izonke;
    Kalibusiswe ilizwe leZimbabwe.

    2. Khangelan’ iZimbahwe yon’ ihlotshisiwe
    Ngezintaba lang’ miful’ ebukekayo, Izulu kaline, izilimo zande; Iz’sebenzi zenam’, abantu basuthe; Kalibusiswe ilizwe leZimbabwe.

    3. Nkosi busis’ ilizwe lethu leZimbabwe
    Ilizwe labokhokho bethu thina sonke;
    Kusuk’ eZambezi kusiy’ eLimpopo Abakhokheli babe lobuqotho;
    Kalibusiswe ilizwe leZimbabwe.

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    1. O lift high, high, our flag of Zimbabwe Born of the fire of the revolution
    And of the precious blood of our heroes. Let’s defend it against all foes;
    Blessed be the land of Zimbabwe.

    2. Behold Zimbabwe so richly adorned With mountains and rivers, beautiful. Let rain abound and fields yield the seed May all be fed and workers rewarded.
    Blessed be the land of Zimbabwe.

    3. O God, bless the land of Zimbabwe,
    The land of our heritage,
    From the Zambezi to the Limpopo. May our leaders be just and exemplary, Blessed be the land of Zimbabwe.

 

Download The National Anthem of Zimbabwe

 

Also Known as: Simudzai Mureza wedu WeZimbabwe (Shona)
Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe (Ndebele)
Lift High Zimbabwe’s Banner (English)
Composer: Fred Changundega
Lyricist: Solomon Mutswairo
Date: Written, composed and adopted: 1994

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