Le Lion rouge

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Pincez tous vos koras, frappez les balafons
English: Everyone strum your koras, strike the balafons

National anthem of  Senegal
Also known as"Le Lion rouge" (English: "The Red Lion")
LyricsLéopold Sédar Senghor, 1960
MusicHerbert Pepper [fr], 1960

"Pincez tous vos koras, frappez les balafons" (English: "Everyone strum your koras, strike the balafons"), usually known as "Le Lion rouge" (English: "The Red Lion"), is the national anthem of Senegal. It was adopted in 1960.


The lyrics were written by Léopold Sédar Senghor, who became Senegal's first president. The music is composed by the French composer Herbert Pepper [fr], who also composed the national anthem of the Central African Republic, "La Renaissance". The kora (a type of harp) and balafon (wooden xylophone) are Senegalese musical instruments.


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