Idir – A vava inouva (Kabyle music)

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This song “A Vava Inouva” (My father to me) is a fine example of Kabyle music. It was composed by Idir (Algerian singer) and Ben Mohamed. 

In the video above  Idir and  the singer Mila sing it.

Also listen: Souad Massi – Ghir Enta

Idir – A vava inouva Lyrics:

O father Inouva

Please, Unlock the door for me
O father Inouva (bis)
Make your bracelets shake
O my daughter Ghriva ah
I’m scared, the monster of the woods is here
O father Inouva (bis)
But I’m scared too
O my daughter Ghriva ah

The grandfather, wrapped
In her bathrobe, listening
His son, in his memory of yesterday, eating, turned
The daughter, behind the craft
Alone, weaving the loom
Family together
Listen eagerly to stories she was telling them.
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
Family together
La, la, la, la, la, la, la,
Stories she was telling them.

Please, Unlock the door for me
O father Inouva (bis)
Make your bracelets shake
O my daughter Ghriva ah
I’m scared, the monster of the woods is here
O father Inouva (bis)
But I’m scared too
O my daughter Ghriva ah

The snow behind the door
And the stew heats up in the pot
And those assembled dreaming of the coming spring
.. And the moon and stars are still hiding ..
Refer to the oak and replace the willow mat
Family together
Listen eagerly to stories she was telling them.
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
Family together
La, la, la, la, la, la, la,
Stories she was telling them.

O father Inouva (bis)
Make your bracelets shake
O my daughter Ghriva ah
I’m scared, the monster of the woods is here
O father Inouva (bis)
But I’m scared too
O my daughter Ghriva ah

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