Aziza Brahim – ‘Mujayam’

Sahari by Aziza Brahim

Aziza Brahim‘s music speaks for all people who had to flee, were displaced and have to live in exile. Her lyrics are rooted in her own destiny, the destiny of many Sahrawi people. Born in 1976, she was raised in exile, at first in a refugee camp near Tindouf, (West Algeria) and later in Havana (Cuba). Aziza Brahim uses her music to advocate for all refugees:

I’ve started to write songs about these issues because it concern me and the Sahrawi people. If you look at the current situation in the world, you see that this problem touches the lives of more than 70 million people who were forced to leave their homes, among them are 25,9 million refugees.” (fip.fr). She openly sings about the harsh reality in Sahrawi refugee camps and uses her music “to denounce the extreme living conditions there and the great injustice that prevents Saharawi refugees from returning to their home.” (folk radio.co.uk). On her song Mujayam (Camps), released on her later LP Sahari she sings these powerful lines:

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“You can cage the bird

But you cannot silence its song”

 

 

 

 

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