Slightly NSFW: a bit of nudity between 2:00 and 2:30. Le Grand Studio RTL has a SFW, live version.
Instead of singing yet another light pop song of love in English or French, she raps in Bambara of war in Mali. (There are English subtitles in the video and English lyrics given below.)
The video was shot at the studio of Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, done in the look that he is known for. Her mother, grandmother, sister, niece and one of her cousins appear.
In the middle of the video where there are no subtitles, she is naming towns and cities in Mali: Timbuktu, Gao, Jenne, Kidal, Niafunke, Bamako, Segou, etc.
“Tombouctou” is the French spelling of Timbuktu.
- Inna Modja: La Fille Du Lido
- The libraries of Timbuktu – which brings up the same war
- Wolof – a close cousin of Bambara
- Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: 7 Seconds – sung in Wolof and English
- Senghor: Aux Tirailleurs Sénégalais morts pour la France
Translated from Bambara:
The Night has fallen
Hunger is rising
Every single month of the year we are struggling
Everyday single day our People are being killed
The Endless War has just began
We won’t sit down and shut up
Let our country be conquered by intruders
They aim to conquer the North
They aim to conquer the South
They aim to conquer our souls
The Day is up
The sun is rising
They sweared they will never ever give us back Kidal
Our Country is broken
Hyenas have come into our homes and will have no Mercy on us
Our people are starting to rebel
We won’t unite with these intruders
They aim to break our Fathers
Force our mothers to surrender
They want to silence our voices
We will keep on fighting , The light is coming
Dibi donna : The Night has fallen