During Portuguese rule, starting in 1961, Angola had an unofficial local anthem, entitled “Angola é nossa” (“Angola is ours”), used as a march by the Portuguese troops in Angola, it was not performed after independence negotiations were started in 1974, and a different anthem, “Angola Avante” was adopted upon independence from Portugal.

There has been a commission appointed to study any possible changes needed in Angola’s national symbols (there are references in the national anthem to important dates and events for the previous sole ruling party, made obsolete after multi-party elections were declared). The anthem may change in the future, watch this page for further information.

Special thanks to: Jan Scotland and J. J. Dias Marques for some of this information and Jo Hyo-roe for the sheet music.