Debout Congolais

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Debout Congolais
English: Arise Congolese
(Stand Up, Congolese!)

National anthem of the  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lyrics Joseph Lutumba, 1960
Music Simon-Pierre Boka di Mpasi Londi, 1960
Adopted 1960 (independence)
1997 (reinstated)
Audio sample
"Debout Congolais" (instrumental)

"Debout Congolais" (French: Arise Congolese) is the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


It was first adopted in 1960[1] upon independence from Belgium, but was replaced by La Zaïroise when Congo changed its name to Zaire in 1971.[2] It was finally reinstated when Congo was reorganized in 1997. The words are by Joseph Lutumba and the music is composed by Simon-Pierre Boka di Mpasi Londi.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
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External links

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Debout Congolais - Audio of the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with information and lyrics
  • - National - "La Zaïroise" (the old hymn)
  • National - "Debout Congolaise"
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