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Moussa Poussi :  Tireye

Moussa Poussy was a singer for over twenty-five years. He started in 1980 in the a group called Johny Ali Maïga. With the National Orchestra of Niger he visited many west African countries in 1987. In 1989 he formed the group "Moussa Poussy et ses Poussykettes". He participated in several festivals and was the representative of Niger at the African-Caribbean festival in Togo in 1999. His first album Toro was published in 1990. In 1992 his CD Niamey Twice came out. In the 2003-2004 period he lived in France and he participated in the realisation of the album Ténéré of the group Bako from Toulouse. Moussa Poussy died in the hospital of Niamey Niger in June 2008 just before the release of his new album.

Ciray (written as Tireye) means red. The song is about Dongo (the thunder) The following text is given on the YouTube page :
You encountered those whom loved you, and you have beheaded them. Your enemies, you beheaded them as well. Those who don't know you, call you Dongo. But you are Ciray. The one with 499 names.
(personal translations of French text as the given English translation seems inadequate)

You can no longer listen to other songs of Moussa Poussy on his website. However the number of songs available on YouTube has increased and is links are added to this page. additional information can be found here for some of these songs.

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Bouraima Disko, video still from 'Dondon ga waani'
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Idi Sarki, video still form 'Man ni go?'
Idi Sarki
Mali Yaro, video still from 'Walambandi'
Mali Yaro
Moussa Poussi, video still from 'Tireye' Moussa Poussi
No other videos are available on YouTube. You can listen to another song of Idi Sarki available on this website. A song together with Habib can be found on this website.

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