Burundi Bwacu (Our Burundi) is the national anthem of Burundi that was written by a group of writers led by Jean-Baptiste Ntahokaja, a Catholic priest, and composed by Marc Barengayabo, it was adopted upon independence in 1962.
Our Burundi, gentle country,
Take your place in the concert of nations,
Acceding to independence with honourable intentions
Wounded and bruised, you have remained master of yourself
When the hour came, you arose,
Lifting yourself proudly into the ranks of free peoples
Receive, then, the congratulations of the nations
And the homage of your sons and daughters
May your name ring out through the universe
Our Burundi, sacred heritage from our forefathers,
Recognized as worthy of self-government,
With your courage you also have a sense of honour.
Sing the glory of liberty conquered again.
Our Burundi, worthy of our tenderest love,
We vow to your noble service our hands and hearts and lives.
May God, who gave you to us, keep you for us to venerate,
Under the shield of unity,
In peace, joy and prosperity