The title of this song translates to “I greet my country” and it was written by the great guitar player, Bombino, about his home in Niger after he spent years in exile. Extremists and the leaders of the country tried to ban the guitar as a symbol of the rebellion. Bombino once said, “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather as a hammer with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people.” The unity of musicians around the world playing on this song is a statement that music is part of the foundation from which we rebuild our humanity and our world together.

"Before, our music had the reputation of rebellion, but now it’s the opposite."

Bombino

Lyrics and Chords

     

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  • Full Credits

    Written by Intayaden and Bombino

    Anders Osborne: Acoustic Guitar

    Ayano Uema: Sanshin

    Bombino: Vocals/Guitar

    Giuliana De Donno: Harp

    Kildjate Moussa Albade: Vocals

    Lakota Singers and Dancers: Drums

    Lee Oskar: Harmonica

    Mohamed "Lalo" Atchinguel: Vocals

    Sayba Diabaté: Kora

    Seydou Kone: Drum

Recording Locations

New Orleans, LA, USA

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Matera, Italy

Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Seattle, WA, USA

Bamako, Mali