Angola National Anthem -- (English lyrics)


During Portuguese rule, starting in 1961, Angola had an unofficial local anthem, entitled “Angola é nossa” (“Angola is ours”), used as a march by the Portuguese troops in Angola, it was not performed after independence negotiations were started in 1974, and a different anthem, “Angola Avante” was adopted upon independence from Portugal.
There has been a commission appointed to study any possible changes needed in Angola’s national symbols (there are references in the national anthem to important dates and events for the previous sole ruling party, made obsolete after multi-party elections were declared). The anthem may change in the future, watch this page for further information.
Special thanks to: Jan Scotland and J. J. Dias Marques for some of this information and Jo Hyo-roe for the sheet music.

Title
“Angola Avante” (Portuguese)
“Forward Angola” (English translation)


Lyricist
Manuel Rui Alves Monteiro

Composer
Rui Alberto Vieira Dias Minga

Adopted
1975


English translation

1. O Fatherland, we shall never forget
The heroes of the Fourth of February.
O Fatherland, we salute your sons
Who died for our Independence.
We honour the past and our history
As by our work we build the New Man.
We honour the past and our history
As by our work we build the New Man.

CHORUS:
Forward, Angola!
Revolution through the power of the People!
A United Country, Freedom,
One People, one Nation!
Forward, Angola!
Revolution through the power of the People!
A United Country, Freedom,
One People, one Nation!

2. Let us raise our liberated voices
To the glory of the peoples of Africa.
We shall march, Angolan fighters,
In solidarity with oppressed peoples.
We shall fight proudly for Peace
Along with the progressive forces of the world.
We shall fight proudly for Peace
Along with the progressive forces of the world.

Chorus

(Portuguese lyrics)

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