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National anthem of Mali

Pour l'Afrique et pour toi, Mali

Pour l'Afrique et pour toi, Mali (French: For Africa and for you, Mali) is the national anthem of Mali. The words were written by Seydou Badian Kouyate and the music was by Banzoumana Sissoko. Adopted as the national anthem in 1962, it is a standard song of patriotism, stating the willingness of the people of Mali to lay down their lives for their nation and for liberty. A common theme throughout the song is the desire to strive for a united Africa. The chorus is as follows:
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The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, what formerly made up the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 by a military coup - led by the current president Amadou TOURE - enabling Mali's emergence as one of the strongest democracies on the continent. President Alpha KONARE won Mali's first democratic presidential election in 1992 and was reelected in 1997. In keeping with Mali's two-term constitutional limit, KONARE stepped down in 2002 and was succeeded by Amadou TOURE, who was subsequently elected to a second term in 2007. The elections were widely judged to be free and fair.
Location Western Africa, southwest of Algeria
Population 11,995,402 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Malian(s) adjective: Malian
Flag description three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), yellow, and red; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia