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Friday, August 26, 2005

Yawlidi (My Little Boy)

If you are a regular reader of my blog, just trust me and download this superb MP3, by a lady named Souad Massi. Rockacious!

(Link via Quizman. And ah, you can buy some of her music here.)

Update: What is that song about? Salam Pax writes (link via Quizman):
Souad Massi is a North African city planner who lives now in France after she lost her job years ago when all things where up in the air in Algeria. The song title means [My Son]. It is written from the point of view of a mother who is telling her son he should wake up early, to go to school, learn to read and become someone important and later you will abandon us and you will destroy those will stand in your way, but you still have to wake up early.

I like to think of it as a funny song about people you support and encourage and then turn on you.

I should tell you that this song is not typical of the album, the rest has a folksier feel with lots of Andalusian influences. There is a song called [Yemma (Mother, I lie to you)] which will break your heart. It’s about a girl calling her mother back home telling her all is OK, I need no money and people don’t insult me on the street. [My link.]
Find more of her MP3s here.
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