Assalam Felawan (Peace To You)

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Bombino wrote this song during the second rebellion in 2007 in Niger. He greets the Tuareg and asks how they are surviving the hardship. He knows that his people have been persecuted, living in danger and suffer from mental anguish. He tells them to be patient and to never forget their culture and pride. It is an opportunity for him to thank the parents of this generation who raised their children in such trying times. He also asks the rebels to stop the war, which has caused so many problems in their community and to seek another method to gain their rights.

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We are greeting you, the Tuareg people
How are you?
How do you experience this difficult situation?
The injustice, discrimination, lack of water, bad health, and lack of education
That refuses to end?
Please preserve our culture! Preserve it! Don't let it disappear!
We thank our parents who raised us amidst these difficulties, requiring much patience
Don't let the efforts of our parents disappear for nothing

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from Agadez - Digital Bonus Version, released April 19, 2011

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Bombino Agadez, Niger

Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré as well as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. ... more

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