Chernobyl remembered and the Amazigh poetry enjoyed in the Moroccan blogosphere

Two very interesting Moroccan blogs are celebrating the first year of their existence. So I'll start by wishing a happy birthday to M.S Hjiouj(Ar) and BLOGS MULTIPLES(Ar).
Atmani(Ar) I would like you to know that I have nothing against your political posts, and that it's always a joy for me to visit your blog.

Jewish vs Muslim..again!

Slix writes about Matisyahu, the popular Hasidic Jewish reggae artist and asks if a Muslim singer with beard and turban would have had the success(Fr) Matisyahu is enjoying. Except for Mchicha(Fr) who answered yes to the question, all the comments agreed that the Muslim singer won't stand a chance because of his displaying of his faith.

I couldn't help reading Slix's post again and again and going through the comments again and again. And I simply think it's scary to realize that young graduate intellectual Moroccans are starting to consider what USA think as the one and only reality in the world. I mean, why would a Muslim beard turbaned singer reach the approval of an American audience with a Christian-Judaic religious background instead of performing in the huge Islamic world?
We have many examples of religious singers with big audience, isn't enough?
What about the Muslim observant singer Sami Youssef whose albums have taken the Islamic world by storm!!

Or is it that important to receive the approval of the American critics, to finally feel secure and accepted..

Matisyahu is popular in the USA , his country, he didn't go to Morocco or Indonesia to beg for attention!!

However, a good and well planned medication campaign would help anyone succeed and be famous in the United States. But this means money. It also means that our dear Muslim rich investors should pay more attention to singers with “real” lyrics instead of promoting songs with bizarre words , such as bah,bah! and oua oua..

Talking about the new wave of famous Arab singers, Samir posted about Haifa Wahbi who requested that her business manager cancel all trips to Morocco and to refuse all requests to hold concerts or interviews with the Moroccan press.

Apparently Haifa’s decision is due to what she thought was the mistreatment she faced during her recent visit to Morocco. Haifa claims she was searched in an inappropriate manner by a female security officer at the airport. When Haifa asked why she was being mistreated, the officer said that she simply does not like her. Well, Haifa dear, not everyone is an adoring fan.

Nadia Yassine vs Descartes..

Descartes's famous statement was “I think, therefore I am”, but Nadia Yassine doesn't seem to be satisfied with it. She prefers to say “I think, therefore I am..who?”. You'll read more about Nadia's Washingtonian journey in Najlae‘s post “Heard in Washington”(Fr).

Adel explains in his post the reasons behind his displaying of the “Defend Freedom” slogan with the Danish flag in his blog. He says that he's not against Islam and that he's simply defending freedom(Ar) through defending Denmark.

I do believe that people and freedom are much precious than any religious belief.

Karim is urging the visitors of his blog to read Ghassan Sharbal ‘s editorial(Ar) about Iran's nuclear ambitions, and how these might affect neighboring Arab states, while Lemrina is remembering the victims(Fr) of Chernobyl.

Tazart vs her readers..

As usual, I was moved by Tazart‘s post. Her words are so simple yet they have the magical power to take you directly to your childhood . And even if you don't understand Tifinagh, the sound of the little voice(Ar & Tifinagh) coming from the podcast won't leave you indifferent.

And it's clear that I'm not the only one charmed by Tazart‘s texts since even the comments she receives are nothing less than nice poems making of Hajitk(Ar, Fr and Tifinagh) the best place to enjoy Talghatin which is a form of poetry competition between women and men of Amazigh tribes.

That's it for this week. See you next Wednesday, Inshallah.


  • مساء الخير فلة ، أعتقد أن ما تقومين به لصالح المدونات المغربية لا بد أن يكتب بمداد من ذهب ، بل أنت الذهب.ما تقومين به هو نوع من النضال الإعلامي لصالح جيل ثائر ومميز .وإني لأشكرك من القلب على عملك التقدمي .

  • […] Me parece significativo el hecho de que un r

  • Hi
    I think that the main point slix meant to point out while talking about matisyahu wasn’t the success he’s enjoying itself but the reaction of people who accept the fact that he doesn’t want women on the scene (Shakira and Madonna proposed to sing with him but as he wants no women on the scene he didn’t accept), and the media reaction about that is really amazing: they talk very discreetly about it.. So Slix wonder if a muslim who would have imposed such condition (no women on scene) would have been in peace?.. And as I said on his blog, if it was a muslim guy who restricted the scene access, we would have witnessed so many conferences talking about the (muslim misogyny etc etc…) , but the media seem to be very careful while talking about jews ;) for the reason we all know ;)

  • first of all thanks Farah for all this beautiful work…keeping us informed about what happens in the blogma.

    Lili got the point. I’m not talking about the success itself even if there is a big difference between international (not only USA) and local (I mean islmaic world) success…but I wanted to show the hypocrisy of media who change attitude depending on who’s in the picture.

    You talked about money, yes I completly agree with you but do you think realy that in the case of islam money is useless since the world think that is a freedom handicap…Moreover even in the islamic world we’ll find many people who are indignant owing to the fact that a muslim singer first wear a turban then doesn’t allow any femal to share the scene with him

    that’s why “muslim” investors prefer to invest in something with no risk of faillure : bah bah bah and oua oua oua…

    have a nice day :)

  • 1. Not everyone in the Jewish world (let alone the American sphere) thinks Matisyahu is “all that.” Some folks think his act, with the Lubavitch getup, is as much about the novelty of his appearance (certainly to non-Jews), though his lyrics do have ties to Jewish texts and Hasidic theolology.

    2. If Brian Wilson demands a sandbox to sit in while playing Pet Sounds, who are we to question? Flaming Lips puts crazy stuff on their stage. Matisyahu has certain requirements too. His particular religious affinity puts a restriction on hearing the female voice, as it could lead to improper acts or thoughts on the part of men, so its a classic talmudic fence around around the fence around the law. I’m sure the idea of Madonna specifically would present other issues entirely. It isn’t a mysognistic concept (in theory).

    3. Lili, your insinuiation above is insulting, demeaning and brings the conversation low. Shame on you. Why it wasn’t moderated in accordnace with the terms below, one can only speculate.

    4. There area a couple of conscious Muslim rappers in circulation now, and that’s worth noting. I haven’t yet seen a huge star emerge yet but I don’t think its impossible. As a Jew, I for one would welcome the idea of a Muslim-yahu. And for all intents and purposes, I see no reason why the two couldn’t share a stage. In fact, I believe Matis did appear in a Jewish-Muslim joint concert in Brooklyn a few years back.

    5. Thanks for the link Farah.

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