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Ahimana (4:58)

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This is a song with a traditional rhythm, sound and a medley of different traditional lyrics usually sung by women, overlaid with Japonais' own improvisations that give the whole a contemporary twist. Japonais is one of the most respected poets in the southern Sahara. He starts by reading a letter to his mother back home, which tells of the grinding difficulties of life in exile. Later in the song, Japonais reverts to tradition and sings from a young woman's perspective.

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