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Deshlai Kati

from Truth BeTold by Shama Rahman

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Mone ache (do you remember)
Shedin huleshtul bedhe chilo (there was a disturbance that day)
ghorer kone (in the corner of the room)
jole utechilo agun (a fire started)
Amake na nibheye (without putting me out)
Chure pheliye (you threw me away from you)
koto ghor ke (so many houses)
diyechi puriye (did I burn)
koto prashad ke korechi (how many places did I)
dhulishad (destroy)

ami ekay (just me on my own)

ami ekta choto (I’m just a little)
deshlayer kati (matchstick)
eto nogonno (so insignificant)
hoyeto chokeyo pori na (perhaps you dont notice me)

Amader ki (we have)
oshim shanti (such peace)
tato korechi onubhab (that’s what we have implored you)
barbar (many times)
tobu keno bujho na (still why dont you understand)
amra bondhi thakbo na (we wont be held captive)
tomader pocket pockete (within your pockets)
amra beriye porbo (we will get out)
amra choriye porbo (we will spread)
shohor-e gonj-e gram-e (to the cities, to the rivers, to the villages)

digonte theke digonte (from horizon to horizon)

Amra barbar joli nitanto obohelai (we have burned many times)
tato tomra janoi (that you know)
kintu tomra ta jano na (but you dont know)
kobe amra jole utbo (when we will alight)
shobai shesh barer moton (all of us like it was the last time)


from Truth BeTold, released March 23, 2018


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Shama Rahman London, UK

Shama weaves stories, sitar, and song seamlessly using wearable tech for an organic electro-acoustic sound. She combines international influences from everywhere she has lived and loved. Shama is a Sitar-player, Singer/songwriter, Composer, multi-instrumentalist, spoken word artist and scientist (PhD in the neuroscience of musical creativity). ... more

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