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Republic of Senegal

Senegal


National anthem of Senegal

Pincez Tous vos Koras, Frappez les Balafons

"Pincez tous vos koras, frappez les balafons" is the national anthem of Senegal, adopted in 1960. The lyrics were written by Léopold Sédar Senghor and the music by Herbert Pepper, who also wrote 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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Map of Senegal

Map of Senegal

Basic information on Senegal

The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982, but the envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until current President Abdoulaye WADE was elected in 2000. He was reelected in February 2007, but complaints of fraud led opposition parties to boycott June 2007 legislative polls. Senegal has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping.
Location Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania
Population 12,521,851 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Senegalese (singular and plural) adjective: Senegalese
Flag description three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), yellow, and red with a small green five-pointed star centered in the yellow band; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia