Saturday, July 3, 2010

The National Anthem of Vanuatu

The Republic of Vanuatu is a sovereign island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The Vanuatu Archipelago is some 1,750 kilometres (1,087 mi) east of northern Australia, 500 km (310 mi) north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and south of the Solomon Islands. The archipelago is of volcanic origin.

Vanuatu was first inhabited by Melanesian people. Europeans began to settle in the area in the late 18th century. In the 1880s France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the country and in 1906 they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago through a British-French Condominium as the New Hebrides. An independence movement was established in the 1970s, and the Republic of Vanuatu was created in 1980.

Upon gaining its independence from both Britain and France in 1980, the song " Yumi, Yumi, Yumi" (We, We, We), written in the native Bislama language (a type of Pigdin English/French hybrid), was chosen as the national anthem. The anthem was composed and written by François Vincent Ayssav.

The stamp above features the score of the national anthem of Vanuatu, a set 4 national symbols, issued in July 30, 1981- the First Anniversary of Independence.