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Monday, November 15, 2010

FLAGS in National Anthems and Patriotic Songs, Part - VI


It is not an easy task to make a comprehensive 'List of Anthems'

 having Flag reference in them, at the same time finding relevant 

Philatelic items for the same. The matter is further complicated as  

some Anthems do not have Titles; many simply are called "The 

Anthems of such and such Country", some Anthems do not have 

words, but are simply musical compositions. Study on Anthems 

presents many of the problems found in Flag research. Some 

Embassies/High Commissions do not give reply, information 

available in web sites are not necessarily authentic. Keeping all 

these constraints in mind I endeavour to present here my 

selection of next lot of Anthems having "FLAG" reference.

(To day we shall take up the Anthems of the countries in the alphabetical order of 'M' and 'O')


Macedonia
Denes nad Makedonija  is the national anthem of the Republic of Macedonia. It was composed by Todor Skalovski and the lyrics were written by Vlado Maleski in 1941

“Today over Macedonia, is being born

 the new sun of liberty. …
   …….  Now once again the flag flies”


Mali
Le Mali (popularly known as Pour l'Afrique et pour toi, is the national anthem of Mali. Written in French by Seydou Badian Kouyaté and the music composed by Banzoumana Sissoko. Adopted as the national anthem in 1962
Banzoumana Sissoko, The composer
Seydou Badian Kouyaté, the writer
The relevant verse translated as;
"For Africa and for you, Mali,
Our banner shall be liberty".

Monaco
Hymne Monégasque is Monaco's national anthem. Théophile Bellando de Castro wrote the  original lyrics of the 1st edition of Hymne Monégasque in 1841, later it underwent many changes and finally in 1931 Louis Notari wrote the present lyrics in Monegasque language and composed the music.

"Forever, in our land,
One flag has flown in the wind
Forever, the colours red and white
Have symbolised our liberty
Great and small [people] have always respected them".
Nicaragua
  Salve a ti, Nicaragua (Hail to thee, Nicaragua) is the Nicaraguan national anthem. The lyrics were written by Salomón Ibarra Mayorga, and the musical arrangement is by Luis A. Delgadillo.The Nicaraguan anthem is one of the only anthems in Latin America that speaks of peace instead of war.
Luis Abraham Delgadillo.(Issued in the International Year of Music-1985)
 An English translation; 
“The thunder of cannon calls thy people no longer to war, 
 and thy banner, twin-coloured, flies proudly,
stained with blood of thy children no more….. 
Honour, undimmed, thy shining ensign remains”.
Another English translation;
"Hail to thee, Nicaragua! On thy land
roars the voice of the cannon no more,
nor does the blood of brothers now stain
thy glorious bi-coloured  banner".
Oman
                    Nashid as-Salaam as-Sultani (Sultan's National Anthem)  It was adopted in 1970 and amended on November 6, 1996. The transliteration of the anthem follows.
 “May his independence be preserved, his banners perpetual giving their shade over Islam and Muslims”

 (To be continued)

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