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this song is dedicated to Dr. Abdellahi Ould el Atigh of Ifedaren, Mauritania, May he Rest in Peace. The song features a recording of Dr. Atigh that i took in conversation with him beside the original well at Ifedaren I, in the Mauritanian Sahara, in 2012.

Dr. Atigh's work as well-keeper, oasis-maker and community builder is continued in earnest by his family, including his son, poet, chef and community organizer Atigh Ould who lives in Montréal with his family. Atigh is the eye of the hurricane of inspiration known as TRIBU LA KHAIMA & GENERATION NOMADE.

'dark' is built around a kora improvisation, recorded at the very end of the sessions at Studio Catalyse and masterfully remixed by Jordan Strum, and the 'star-music' of GRHM BVRL on electric guitar.

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lyrics

English translation of the words of Dr Atigh:

it's important that people know that our well is accessible
because the well, water, in Islam
is one of three things one must not keep to oneself,
that we must give to others;
even if they're not of our tribe, if they're not of our parents,
that we must never refuse to someone:

water, fire and pasture

that's universal, it's the words of the Prophet,
which say that those three things must not be reserved,
must not be enclosed, we must not prevent others from taking them

someone who comes,
for example the nomads who come here with their animals
if they don't have any greenery near home
we can't tell them to leave, it's forbidden for us to tell them to leave

because pasture is for everyone,
water is for everyone
fire is for everyone

it's simple, someone who has no matches to make fire at home
we must give him matches

if he comes to get water,
we must give it to him

these three things, we must never refuse them to others
they are shared by everyone, it's the property of everyone

pasture, water and fire

- Dr Atigh

recorded beside the Ifedaren well, Mauritania, 2012
enregistrer à côté du puit d'Ifedaren, Mauritanie, 2012

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from colibri!, released December 25, 2016
Graham Juneau - electric guitar
Dr. Atigh - voice
Stephen Fuller - kora
Jordan Strum - post-prod remix

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