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"Debout Congolais" (Kongo: Telama besi Kongo; English: Stand up, Congolese, lit. Arise Congolese) is the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was originally 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 [fr].

Debout Congolais
English: Arise Congolese

National anthem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Also known as(English: "Stand Up, Congolese!")
LyricsJoseph Lutumba, 1960 (1960)
MusicSimon-Pierre Boka, 1960 (1960)
Adopted1960 (1960)
Readopted1997 (1997)
Relinquished1971 (1971)
Audio sample
"Debout Congolais" (instrumental)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-03-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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