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The ideals of the people have been sold off cheap, my friends. Any peace imposed by force is bound to fail And give way to hatred. My people, where is that self-confidence Made of dignity and beauty of spirit That our ancestors bequeathed to us?
Chaghaybou 04:54
God can bear witness when I think of Chaghaybou, The pain in the stomach that takes hold of me Has no other remedy than a heart-to-heart with him late a night. I love him and I love those he loves, into the life beyond. I pine for those handsome and brave wearers of double turbans! Amongst them Ahmad, Hamad Ahad and their friend, Chaghaybou: The same who dine on grilled ram. When I glimpse him dressed in his beautiful robes Smelling of a mixture of perfumes… His headdress crested, giving him the air of gazelles That race through dunes strewn with desert gourds. If only I could become a stand in his mother’s tent, That way I would never miss a moment he inhabits Especially those when his mother is teaching him Tifinagh In the sand.
Friends and fellow travellers, I want to tell you That what touches the heart cannot be hidden And all that enters it will wound. Today’s love is like a mirage. The closer you get, the further away it goes. It’s been ten years since love left me, Since it deserted my soul And no longer crosses my path.
Youth of the Sahara We’re telling you how it is. You mustn’t doubt our aptitude Or think we’re incapable. That world out there is more advanced And more powerful than we are, Because it awoke before we did. Now we will awake ourselves. We’ve learned how to use other weapons Than those our ancestors bequeathed to us.
Friends, companions, hear my truth And my conviction These banishments that befall us Bring no joy, neither to my heart Nor to that of the youth. You suffer the bitterness of that oppression, Which annihilated the old folk On whom you counted, And tortures the soul of the heart That knows no hatred.
Tahalamot 05:03
Last night, when I dreamt about Tahalmoyt, Of her elegant appearance, nonchalant at dusk In the middle of the tents, I grabbed hold of Ebazaw and harnessed my saddle to him, Not any just old one; it belonged to Agadez. I donned Alacho, my most beautiful indigo turban, And my two boubou robes. I replaced the bolt of my padlock. I acted like a nobleman who doesn’t hide himself away I perfumed myself with musk and incense I belted myself with wool and silk I passed through a valley where the Tihardanen* played. They made me feel happy, And I arrived at the camp above Timadjlalen.
Rid yourselves of this constant lethargy That annihilates body and soul. Men of my country, You’re getting it all wrong, You beg, You’re always dozing, You run around without knowing what you’re getting into For years, you’ve been engrossed and seduced By a world that’s forever advancing Without being able to grasp it.
Friends, companions, understand me Don’t think that I’m about to show any weakness. I danced with a partridge, light brown of colour. She flew off thinking I would never be able to look again. All youthful gatherings from which she’s absent Leave me indifferent, like a passing breeze. Her hair is as black as her eyebrows.
Even if I seem to be smiling My heart is chapped and cracked. It’s been years since I’ve lived in my worries. You never learn a thing You never impart a thing. You incubate hatred all the while. My brothers, why all the misunderstanding In this arid desert strewn with dead trees. My brothers, is there anything more delightful Than being distracted and engrossed In the middle of a tindé and iswat*
Emajer 03:37
I call upon the wisdom of the people of knowledge. Opinions battle each other And I no longer believe in unity. I will only believe in it again if Those opinions serve a common ideal: That of the people from which they emanate.


released February 11, 2014

All songs by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, except Chaghaybou, Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam, Tahalamot by Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni, Aghregh Medin by Hassan Ag Touhami, Toumast Tincha by Eyadou Ag Leche
All songs published by Inear Publishing, administrated by BMG Rights Management France

Ibrahim Ag Alhabib: lead vocals, lead guitars except on Chaghaybou, Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam, Tahalamot, Aghregh Medin
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni: lead vocals, lead guitars on Chaghaybou, Tahalamot, Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam, background vocals, claps
Alhassane Ag Touhami: lead vocals and lead guitars on Aghregh Medin, background vocals, claps
Eyadou Ag Leche: lead vocals, lead guitars on Toumast Tincha, rhythm guitar on Aghregh Medin, bass, claps, background vocals
Elaga Ag Hamid: guitars, claps, background vocals
Said Ag Ayad: percussions, claps, background vocals
Toulou Kiki Bilal: background vocals on Chaghaybou, Emajer

Josh Klinghoffer: guitars on Toumast Tincha, Timadrit In Sahara
Fats Kaplin: fiddle on Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam, pedal steel guitar on Toumast Tincha, Sendad, Koud Edhaz Emin
Matt Sweeney: guitar on Emajer
Amar Chaoui: percussion on Chaghaybou, Toumast Tincha, Sendad, Arhegh Danagh, Emajer, Koud Edhaz Emin
Saul Williams: spoken words on Toumast Tincha

Recorded in Maison de Fester et Gomez, Joshua Tree, CA., April-May 2013.
Production Manager: Bill Rahmy and Bastien Gsell

Engineered by Joshua V Smith (except Saul Williams recorded in NYC by Zach Prewitt)
Additional recordings by Nicolas Dufournet and Felix Beguin at Mastoid studio, Paris, May 2013

Mixed by Vance Powell @ Sputnik Studio, September 2013, Nashville, TN, assisted by Eddie Spear
Mastered by Mike Marsh at The Exchange, London, October 2013

Produced by Patrick Votan

Photography: Marie Planeille
Design: Antoine Carlier

Thanks to Bill Rahmy, Javier Maillet, Constance Bennet, Dahli Strayer, Amery Smith, Marion Chapdelaine, Sebastien Delage, Julian David @ AEA, Steven Flores @ATK Audiotek, Mark Linett@ Music Mix Mobile West, Anara El Moktar, Jean-Fu Dubroca, Jean-Pierre Vigneron, Jean-Paul Romann, David Flower, Andy Kauklin, Christian Bernhardt, Jason Rackham..

Special thanks to Joe Ryan for the protools donation!!


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