Tenere (The Desert, My Home)

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The word “Tenere” has many meanings, but is largely used to describe the wide-open spaces of the desert. In this traditional song about life in the desert, Bombino highlights challenges of living in such a place, but also writes about the sense of freedom and the desert’s beauty. Bombino was born and grew up in the desert and pledges to remain there until the end of his life.

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Wide open spaces of the desert! In the desert! Desert! In the desert!
Desert! In the desert! Oh desert!
There is solitude in the desert, and a lack of water
I am sitting on a dune and thinking about the hostility of life in the desert
I am realizing the hard conditions of the life of my brothers
Sun is burning in the desert. There is no rain in the desert
To live in the desert, we need to have a strong morale
We live in the most beautiful space and the hardest space for life
Wide open spaces of the desert! In the desert! Desert! In the desert!
Desert! In the desert! Oh desert!

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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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