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The African Rolling Stones

Nass El Ghiwane is a Moroccan musical group established in 1971 in Hay Mohammadione of the poorest areas in Casablanca.

The older ones will probably remember their song Ya Sah which appeared in the first The Last Temptation of The Christ (1988) -which, by the way, was shot entirely in Morocco.

Initially, the group was composed of five members : Laarbi Batma (the charismatic leader), Omar Sayed, Boujmîa Hagour, Mahmoud Saadi, Allal Yaâla & Aziz Tahiri.

Their music, which still inspires many generations, incorporate a trance aesthetic reflecting the influence of Gnawa music. Their music was also inspired from AïtaMelhounHmadcha and Jilala.

Drawn from the Moroccan poetry and Sufi texts, their lyrics are a way of portraying the society and of criticizing the political system.

Well-known for their political engagement, they’re from the Moroccan generation who’s been influenced by the Hippie Ideology.

Martin Scorsese, the director of The Last Temptation of The Christ and Gangs of New York, used to nickname them as The African Rolling Stones.

Even after the death of Laarbi Batna, Nass El Ghiwane still have a huge place in the heart of every Moroccan citizen.


My Voice, YOUR Voice !

“Happiness is real only when it shared.” (Into The Wild)

This is one of my favorite quotes, it goes also for injustices: when it’s under-reported people forget about that it exist -even if they know it do-, and it’s not real anymore in our mind.

My Voice have to be used to share the news about the injustices all over Our World to let people stay aware of its effects.
Why is My voice so important?
Because it’s a part of the world and every time I share the reality of Our World, people will hear My Voice and stay aware of it, they will take a small good action.
This action can be:
– a thought and “With our thoughts, we make the world” (Buddha).
– a values change and “Anything that changes your values changes your behavior” (George A. Sheehan) .

But what do I want to say ?
I want to tell Our World how people see Their Own World and also how they see themselves. Because I always thought that it’s fascinating how two people can see one thing differently, how they can have different “viewpoints” on the same topic even if they agree on the same issues.
Global Girl Media has given me the chance to speak My Voice and to be heard in Our World.

This is Nada Rifki reporting for Global Girl Media.
This is Our World, and My Voice.