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Tinariwen - Tassili (Deluxe) Takest Tamidaret


  • ISRC:FR9W11103434
  • Recorded:2011 Tassili N'Ajjer's Desert - South Algeria
  •  ©2011 WEDGE S.A.R.L., under exclusive license to Anti, Inc.
  • Guitars:Ibrahim Ag Alhabib
  • Background Vocals, Claps:Alhassane Ag Touhami
  • Guitars, Bass, Percussions, Claps, Background Vocals:Eyadou Ag Leche
  • Guitars, Claps, Background Vocals:Elaga Ag Hamid
  • Percussions, Claps, Background Vocals:Said Ag Ayad
  • Percussions, Claps, Background Vocals:Mohamad Ag Tahada
  • Claps, Background Vocals:Mustapha Ag Ahmed
  • Guitars:Aroune Ag Alhabib
  • Lead Vocals, Guitar:Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni


One scorching afternoon, I stretch my fingers and limbs
My skin burns like an incandescent fire log
I carry a brand new sword, all sharpened,
And a brand new rifle, all greased,
Loaded with a couple of bullets that bear bad news
And whistle like two migrating birds
As they fly over the teshaqq and agar trees
From which they get no nourishment.
I approach a group of men, all kitted out,
Who are listening to a tindé 1 played by Lalla and Seyma
I lack the courage to go up to them
Because my saddle has been snatched away,
Yanked by the son of a woman of my age and height
I track him up through the only pass
That cuts between the mountains going west,
As one might track the prints of a female camel,
Followed by its child, whom no one has seen for a day.