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Fatshe leno la rona

Fatshe leno la rona
English: This Is Our Land

National anthem of  Botswana
Lyrics Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete, 1966
Music Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete, 1966
Adopted 1966
Music sample

"Fatshe leno la rona" (tswana: This Is Our Land) is the national anthem of Botswana. Written and composed by Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete, it was adopted upon independence in 1966.


Setswana lyrics English[N 1]
Fatshe leno la rona
Ke mpho ya Modimo,
Ke boswa jwa borraetsho;
A le nne ka kagiso.
Tsogang, tsogang! banna, tsogang!
Emang, basadi, emang, tlhagafalang!
Re kopane le go direla
Lefatshe la rona.
Ina lentle la tumo
La chaba ya Botswana,
Ka kutlwano le kagisano,
E bopagantswe mmogo.
Blessed be this noble land,
Gift to us from God's strong hand,
Heritage our fathers left to us.
May it always be at peace.
Awake, awake, O men, awake!
And women close beside them stand,
Together we'll work and serve
This land, this happy land!
Word of beauty and of fame,
The name Botswana to us came
Through our unity and harmony,
We'll remain at peace as one.


  1. ^ Poetic license has been taken in an attempt to make it rhyme in English. This is not a literal translation.

External links

  • - Audio of the national anthem of Botswana, with information and lyricsFatshe leno la ronaBotswana:
  • MIDIFatshe leno la rona
  • [2] - Vocal
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