Tameyawt
Tinariwen Lyrics


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Tameyawt
Tameyawt

Tamadroyt tamayawt edey nes wan tallaq
Eqqal tafarawt adagh nes tassalat
Nak akal in Timyawin timtaghen tedjedawin
Nak akal in Afara d Assamalmal d Assawa
Addawanagh Tarawant neghres fell as tadawalt
Ad andowagh tegherit har as tissel Tessalit





Overall Meaning

The song "Tameyawt" by Tinariwen is a stirring and evocative tribute to the land and people of the Tamayah, a group of nomadic Tuareg tribes in the Sahara desert. The lyrics speak to the struggles and resilience of these desert dwellers, who have been displaced and marginalized by centuries of colonialism and economic exploitation. The opening lines of the song, "Tamadroyt tamayawt edey nes wan tallaq / Eqqal tafarawt adagh nes tassalat," can be loosely translated to mean "Oh beautiful Tamayah, we will never leave you / Even though we suffer and hunger here, we will never forget you." The lyrics go on to celebrate the Tuareg people and their cultural heritage, with references to different Tuareg clans and landmarks such as Timyawin and Tessalit.


Through its powerful lyrics and hypnotic rhythms, "Tameyawt" offers a window into the rich cultural world of the Tuareg people and their ongoing struggle for recognition and sovereignty. It's a testament to the enduring strength and beauty of the Tamayah culture, and a call to the world to recognize and celebrate the unique contributions of this marginalized group.


Line by Line Meaning

Tamadroyt tamayawt edey nes wan tallaq
Greetings to you, people of the nomadic tribe who live free


Eqqal tafarawt adagh nes tassalat
In the middle of the desert, where silence is heard and the unknown is everywhere


Nak akal in Timyawin timtaghen tedjedawin
I see the Tuareg people, the wanderers who endure in the face of suffering


Nak akal in Afara d Assamalmal d Assawa
I see the dry land, with the hot sun overhead and harsh winds blowing


Addawanagh Tarawant neghres fell as tadawalt
The great river Tarawant flows, day and night without rest


Ad andowagh tegherit har as tissel Tessalit
I walk towards the horizon, heading towards the town of Tessalit




Writer(s): Ibrahim Ag Alhabib Copyright: Wedge (Inear Publishing)

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Comments from YouTube:

@KalvinMauveMusic

one of the most beautiful songs I have everr heard

@alexbakale2553

Just saw a Tinariwen CD at the Record Exchange but was so cold from being in the snow I couldn't think straight and didn't buy it. . . but I remembered the name from long ago. Shoulda bought that CD!

@lotfieljouhari5307

Very relaxing music this music take my pain away i love TINARIWEN since 13 years ago

@benissa2322

Ommg IBRAHIM ❤️

@starskrishnan

Amazing music .. Mali needs all the support that the world can provide it...

@KA3BOOL50

Anybody have the lyrics translated to English? very relaxing.

@sumeetkaul

How I miss Tameyawt
His walls are baked of earth
His village has turned green again
And his mountain boulders are smooth and long
My homeland is Timyawin
Timetren to the opposite mountain slope
My country is Afara
And the wells at Assamalmal and Assawa
I’ll climb the mountain of Tarawant
And sacrifice a beautiful young goat up there
I’ll utter a joyful cry that will be heard
All the way to Tessalit.

@Joker-hs8hq

chanez love this

@vaamotu

The best