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  • 1
    M'Bifé

    Dear I love you
    Boy I love you
    Truly I love you
    Do not betray me
    Do not go without me
    Hold me tight in the hand
    Kiss me

  • 2
    M'Bifé Balafon

    [instrumental]

  • 3
    Coulibaly

    Coulibaly from the lineage of the kings
    Coulou has fallen, but Coulou has not had any regrets
    Somebody has fallen, but Coulou has not had any regrets
    Where is Coulou who satisfies the confidence?
    Where is Coulou against whom one can lean?
    Coulou from the lineage of the Bitons
    Hear well, I am coming to leave it up to you
    I am coming to lean on you
    Coulou has fallen, but Coulou has not had any regrets
    Somebody has fallen, but Coulou has not had any regrets
    Where is Coulou who satisfies the confidence?
    Where is Coulou against whom one can lean?

  • 4
    La Realite

    Ups and downs
    It is life in this world
    Sad reality
    While some are being born
    Others are dying
    And while some are laughing others are crying
    Ups and downs
    It is life in this world
    Sad reality
    Some have work while others are out of work
    Then it must be that while some are sleeping
    Others are keeping on the watch
    It is the sad reality
    But…let us dance together

  • 5
    Sénégal Fast-Food

    It’s at Manhattan fast food’s
    Dakar, Senegal, cinema le Paris
    Tomorrow I would be gone
    The Bamako Mopti station
    There is no problem…all is well
    Today I am getting married, I have confidence
    Amoul solo, Gao, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy
    There is no problem, I love!
    At Manhattan fast food’s
    Dakar, Senegal, cinema le Paris
    Elevator for the ghetto
    It is midnight in Tokyo
    It is five o’clock in Mali
    What time is it in paradise?

    We who leave our countries
    May the children of the country not forget us
    We who are in this thing
    This thing that none of us would know how to name it
    We who are in faraway countries
    May the children of the country not forget us

    It is midnight in Tokyo, it is five o’clock in Mali
    What time is it in paradise?
    Dakar, Bamako, Rio de Janeiro
    Where is the problem? Where is the border?
    Between the walls, thread one’s way
    In the elevator for the ghetto

  • 6
    Artistiya

    I greet the crowd and those of the hall
    Playing music is not easy
    Making the crowd and the hall happy is not easy
    It is not given to all to know how to do it
    Then let us greet the one who is at the drums this evening
    Playing music is not easy
    Making the crowd and the hall happy is not easy
    It is not given to all to know how to do it
    But the one playing the guitar this evening knows well how to do it
    Amadou Bagayoko knows well how to do it
    The person singing this evening knows well how to do it
    Mariam knows well how to do it
    I greet the crowd and those of the hall
    Being an artist is not easy
    It is not given to all to be it
    But we are doing it again this evening
    We are coming to fulfill our destiny
    Amadou and Mariam are artists
    Making the public happy is not easy
    I greet the juniors and the seniors
    The young girls and the young men
    The women and the men
    I greet the little boys and little girls of Mali
    I greet all

  • 7
    La Fête au Village

    For the party in the village
    Make yourself the most beautiful
    Make yourself the prettiest
    For the party in the village
    I would be the most beautiful
    The prettiest for you my dear
    For the party in the village
    I have in my field rice and millet
    Corn and cotton
    Fonio and beans
    I have some for the Keitas and the Coulibalys
    For the Traores and the Dembeles
    The Kones and the Diarras
    The Toures and the Samakes
    They will come on mopeds or on bicycles
    In boats, in trains, or in trucks
    For the party in the village
    Make yourself the most beautiful
    Make yourself the prettiest
    For the party in the village
    I would be the most beautiful
    The prettiest for you my dear
    For the party in the village
    We are going to sing
    We are going to dance
    We are going to tell each other sweet words of love
    For the party in the village

  • 8
    Camions Sauvages

    The long, long wild trucks
    The world is my wild truck
    The route is long
    My feet are heavy
    And my eyelids heavy as lead
    Crash on the road
    The long, long wild trucks
    The world is my wild truck

    My back broken, tired brakes
    Alongside the long white snake
    Dazzling…fall the kilometers
    The long, long wild trucks
    The world is my wild truck

    Dead the chickens
    Dead the children
    Dead the giraffes
    Dead the elephants
    The long, long wild trucks
    The world is my wild truck

    Alongside the long wild trucks
    The world is my wild truck
    You the driver of this bad truck
    Can’t you brake a little?
    Your bad car kills giraffes
    Hippopotamuses and children
    Your bad car kills chickens
    Elephants and children
    Can’t you brake a little?
    It is the economical panic
    It is the economical panic

  • 9
    Beaux Dimanches

    Sundays in Bamako are wedding days
    Sundays in Bamako are wedding days
    The big and small drums resound everywhere
    The big and small strings resound everywhere
    The voices of the griots and the founes resound everywhere
    Sundays in Bamako
    Sundays in Bamako are wedding days
    Sundays in Bamako are wedding days
    Parents and sympathizers are at the rendezvous
    Neighbors and onlookers are at the rendezvous
    The men and the women have put on their beautiful boubous
    And their beautiful shoes
    The groom and the bride are at the rendezvous
    Sunday in Bamako

    Sundays in Bamako are wedding days
    Sundays in Bamako are wedding days

  • 10
    La Paix

    Long live the solidarity between peoples
    Malians, Ivorians
    Ivorians, Burkinabes
    Mauritanians, Senegalese
    Guineans, Senegalese
    Guineans, Ghanaians
    The nations well deserve to be sung
    I am not against anybody
    People who listen to me, my duty is to sing
    I am not against anybody
    Long live the solidarity between peoples
    Malians, Ivorians
    Ivorians, Burkinabes
    Mauritanians, Senegalese
    Guineans, Senegalese
    Guineans, Ghanaians
    Malians, French
    Let us hold hands for the same vision
    Nigeriens, Algerians
    Togolese, Beninese
    Let us be clear what we mean, this is what is good
    The nations well deserve to be sung
    I am not against anybody
    People who listen to me, my duty is to sing
    I am not against anybody
    Long live the solidarity between peoples

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