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Numidia: a Song for the Berbers

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The Berbers, also known as the Amizigh (meaning free people or free and noble men in the Berber language) are the indigenous people of North Africa west of the Nile, whose ancestry dates back to the kingdom of Numidia, and whose greatest ancient figures include Saint Augustine of Hippo, the Numidian king Masinissa, and the great Berber-Roman author of the Latin novel "The Golden Ass", Apuleius. Today, a large number of Berbers live not only in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, but in the Nafusa or Western Mountains of Libya, where they have been in the forefront of the revolution against Gaddafi, who had banned their language and culture while attempting to oppressively "Arabize" them over the decades. The "Amizigh", however, are fierce fighters and finally drove Gaddafi's forces out of most of their mountain towns and cities, eager to move on to Tripoli. This song is written for them.

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