Tebsakh Dalet (A Green Acacia)

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Abdallah Oumbadougou was the first person to sing this traditional love song. In Bombino’s rendition, he uses the image of the green acacia tree, the most beautiful tree in the desert, to represent the beauty of the women he loves. In many traditional songs and poems, a women’s beauty is compared to this tree. Despite the lack of water in the desert the acacia is always green, and in addition to being an important food source for camels, it is also used in various medicines. This song became popular during the second rebellion, when Abdallah Oumbadougou joined the rebels and asked his girlfriend to be like this tree; beautiful, patient and hardy, especially during the times when he must be absent.

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A green acacia in the center of the water makes the soul breathe
Its breathing came to me bringing a soft air
When her love invades me, she becomes like a green flower
Green acacia, which is in the center of the water, makes the soul breathe

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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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