Asuf D Alwa
Tinariwen Lyrics


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Nostalgie et solitude
Longing and loneliness

Asuf d alwa megh tisseren
S el waqqen hegh anukmamnen
Talghiwen assohatnen
Itadj asemman anneghabint
Itissahid tarha n asser
Ism n enshor illan enor




Tillalagh imidiwan adokhan
Adiwanin noyya inezgam djan tinfusen

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Tinariwen's song "Asuf D Alwa" describe nostalgia and solitude, or longing and loneliness. The first two lines, "Asuf d alwa megh tisseren / S el waqqen hegh anukmamnen," suggest that this feeling is tied to the desert landscape of the Tuareg people, as "asuf" means longing and "alwa" means desert or wilderness. The third line, "Talghiwen assohatnen," refers to the Tuareg's nomadic lifestyle, as "talghiwen" means travelers or migrants. The fourth line, "Itadj asemman anneghabint," may mean that the singer looks up at the stars and feels a sense of longing or isolation.


The fifth line, "Itissahid tarha n asser," could be interpreted as a reference to the Tuareg's history of rebellion and resistance against colonizers and other outside forces. "Itissahid" means martyr, and "tarha n asser" means the fight for freedom. The sixth line, "Ism n enshor illan enor," continues this theme by suggesting that the singer's people are still struggling for independence and self-determination. "Ism n enshor" means the name of the revolution, and "illan enor" means the sons of light.


The final two lines, "Tillalagh imidiwan adokhan / Adiwanin noyya inezgam djan tinfusen," are more difficult to interpret, but seem to suggest a yearning for connection or community. "Tillalagh" means perhaps "come closer" or "let's all gather," and "imidiwan adokhan" means "my friends" or "my brothers." "Adiwanin noyya inezgam djan tinfusen" may refer to a specific gathering place or meeting point for the Tuareg.


Line by Line Meaning

Nostalgie et solitude
Longing and loneliness


Asuf d alwa megh tisseren
The yearning for a homeland runs through my veins


S el waqqen hegh anukmamnen
But in this moment, I am lost


Talghiwen assohatnen
I seek out the stars for guidance


Itadj asemman anneghabint
Hoping that they will lead me towards my destination


Itissahid tarha n asser
I am a witness to the hardships of life


Ism n enshor illan enor
The name of freedom is written in blood


Tillalagh imidiwan adokhan
My precious brothers and sisters in arms


Adiwanin noyya inezgam djan tinfusen
We are united in this struggle for our people's freedom




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Comments from YouTube:

@Ohm51

One of the things I Love about Tinariwen among many things is they still use the Call and Response form, which was a traditional element in the music of many cultures, but probably all springing out of Africa eons ago.

@windasafriend

Longing and loneliness
Oh longing, loneliness and despair! I’m a prisoner of the present In moments of tribulation we share our suffering,
As we might share a glass of tea The hidden love I feel for that radiant face Lightens my melancholy and loneliness I go and see my friends The smoke speaks to me And my thoughts tell me tales

@anping6009

May Allah(swt) blesses all Tuareg brothers and sisters,amiin.

@forreal7403

Mashallah, Respect to all tuareg from your Somali brothers. The only other bigger nomadic peoples than us 👏. long love the nomaid life.

@othmaneboutjedir9110

Asuf d alwa megh tisseren
S el waqqen hegh anukmamnen
Talghiwen assohatnen
Itadj asemman anneghabint
Itissahid tarha n asser
Ism n enshor illan enor
Tillalagh imidiwan adokhan
Adiwanin noyya inezgam djan tinfusen

@tcm6756

A great song by a great and noble band.

@mokhtaralhusiny8230

فرقه تيناروين فخر لكل او تماشق الطوارق

@christiantagliaferro4123

Bellissima

@haroulang

Fantastic !

@t60fallout9

No sé qué diablos dice la letra pero suenan demasiado bien xD

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