Saad Lamjarred

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Saad Lamjarred
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Background information
Native name
سعد بشير لمجرد
Birth nameSaad Bachir Lamjarred
Born (1985-04-07) April 7, 1985 (age 33)
Rabat, Morocco
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, piano, drums
Years active2007–present
Websitehttp://saadlamjarred.ma/

Saad Lamjarred (Arabic: سعد لمجرد‎; born April 7, 1985) is a Moroccan pop singer, dancer, singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. His song, "LM3ALLEM" is the highest viewed Arabic song on YouTube with 712 million views as of 2019.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Lamjarred was born to Bachir Abdou, a Moroccan classical singer, and Nezha Regragui, an actress and comedian.[2] From an early age, Lamjarred had a special interest in playing the piano, as well as singing as early as the age of four.

Lamjarred then went on to study at the Conservatory of Music in Rabat, where he studied music, art theory and dance. He would perform many productions wherein he would collaborate with his father.

Lamjarred moved to the US in 2001 and cites this as one of the main sources of inspiration for his music, crediting the experience for exposing him to western music and having a defining effect on his style and the type of artist he wanted to identify as.[2]


Career[edit]

In 2007, Lamjarred took part in Super Star, a widely popular Arab talent TV show, and was placed second[3] in season 4 of the series that was won by the Tunisian Marwan Ali. His participation earned him recognition.

In 2011, Lamjarred started his acting career, playing the male lead in Ahlam Nassim, a Moroccan soap opera. He released an album in 2013, titled Wala Aalik. That same year, he released two more EPs, namely Salina and Enty. The title song of the latter, "Enty" (Arabic: أنتي‎), became one of Lamjarred’s biggest hits and earned him an award at the Méditel Morocco Music Awards 2014,[4][5][6] as well as a nomination for the Best Middle East Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.[7]

Lamjarred was also nominated for the Best Middle East Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.[7] He won the Murex d'Or in the category of "Best Arabic Song" for his 2014 song "Enty".

'LM3ALLEM' cover

The music video for Lamjarred's 2015 hit single, "LM3ALLEM" (Arabic: لمعلم‎), earned a Guinness World Record achievement after garnering 500 million views on YouTube within three months of release.[8][9] As of February 2019, the video is the most viewed Arabic video on YouTube, garnering more than 710 million views.

A year later, Lamjarred released another single titled "Ana Machi Sahel" (Arabic: أنا ماشي ساهل‎), which he soon followed up with a black-and-white music video released on YouTube that features dozens of Lamjarred's fans, who have filmed themselves singing along to the song at home, in their cars and out and about.[10] Lamjarred didn't wait too long to release another single by the name of "Ghaltana" (Arabic: غلطانة‎) in the form of a video clip directed by Amr Rouani. The video caught eyes because of its Wild West, gritty feel, inspired by Rouani's childhood love of Mad Max films.[11]

Following this success, Lamjarred's music production took a brief gap while he was on trial in Paris for "sexual assault",[12] but soon made a come-back with his August 2017 comeback titled "Let Go". It was an immediate hit, it earned about half a million views on YouTube within an hour of its release.[13] Lamjarred later released new hit songs such as "Ghazali" (Arabic: غزالي‎), another big hit that earned more than half a million views only minutes after the video went live at an average of 50 thousand views every five minutes[14] and was covered by popular Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi. "Ghazali" was then succeeded by "Casablanca", in which Lamjarred sings in French[15] for.

August 2018 saw Lamjarred incarcerated once more in Saint Tropez, halting his music career again until December 2018, in which he released another single, titled "Baddek Eih" (Arabic: بدك ايه‎) for his mother's 70th birthday. Within 4 hours of publication, the official music video received over a million views on YouTube.

Personal life[edit]

Lamjarred leads a very private love life, but there were confirmed rumors that he was once married, and divorced around 2015. When asked about it by the media, he blamed jealousy, claiming that it could "really destroy lives", especially since he works in entertainment.[16] he is not a good son

Rape allegations and investigations[edit]

In February 2010 while visiting the United States, Saad Lamjarred was accused of beating and raping a woman from Brooklyn, New York. Lamjarred fled the U.S. after posting bail and was in risk of being arrested if he returned.[17] The case was dropped in 2016, after the accuser "stopped cooperating with prosecutors" and reached a settlement in a lawsuit.[18][19]

Lamjarred was arrested at the Marriott Champs Elysées at the 17th arrondissement of Paris on October 25, 2016, where he appeared before a French prosecutor to face the charges about an alleged sexual assault against a French woman.[17][20] He was scheduled to perform at the Palais des congrès de Paris on October 29, 2016. Lamjarred was released in 2017, but still faces charges.[21] In early 2017, he was "prohibited from performing in public, traveling and speaking to media".[19] The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, helped him cover his fees and hire a legal team.[18][22] In 2017, a French-Moroccan woman accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse at an apartment in Casablanca, Morocco, back in 2015.[18][22] She later withdrew the complaint "under pressure from her family".[22]

On August 26, 2018, he was once again arrested in Saint-Tropez on yet a new rape allegation in France. Lamjarred, who has denied the allegations, was released on a bail of 150,000 euros and could not leave France.[18][22] His release on bail was later appealed by the Parquet of Draguignan (public prosecutor). On September 18, 2018, he was incarcerated in France following a decision of the cour d'appel (court of appeal) from Aix-en-Provence.[23] On November 20, 2018, it was announced that he had been cleared of rape charges, but would be tried for "crimes of sexual assault and willful violence".[24] On December 6, 2018, it was announced that the French authorities Released him on a conditional release and he is awaiting trial. His Moroccan passport was confiscated, he is not allowed to leave France and he has to report to the nearest precinct once a week. [25][26]

Following the third allegation, a campaign started on the social media with the hashtags "Lamjarred out" and "masaktach" (we won't be silenced), with the users demanding that his songs being taken off the radio stations. 2M and Hit Radio were among the first to take his songs off the airways, with the latter saying that they would ask their listeners whether they should keep the ban permanent or not.[27]

In September 2018, after a campaign on social networks, some Moroccan media stopped their broadcast of Lamjarred's songs.[28]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title and details Notes
Wala Aalik (ولا عليك) - Debut Album
  • Type: Album
  • Released: 2013

Singles[edit]

  • 2008: "Bnina, Titiza"
  • 2009: "Waadini" (واعديني)
  • 2012: "Salina Salina" (سلينا سلينا)
  • 2014: "Enty" (أنتي)
  • 2015: "Lm3allem" (لمعلم)
  • 2016: "Ana Machi Sahel" (أنا ماشي ساهل)
  • 2016: "Ghaltana" (غلطانة)
  • 2017: "Let Go"
  • 2018: "Ghazali" (غزالي)
  • 2018: "Ya Allah"
  • 2018: "Casablanca"
  • 2018: "Baddek Eih" (بدك ايه)

Featurings[edit]

  • "Aaziz ou Ghali" (عزيز وغالي) - feat. Bachir Abdou
  • "Sa'aa Saaida" (ساعة سعيدة) - feat. Sofia Mountassir
  • "Ya Ensan" (يا إنسان) - feat. Salah Alkurdi
  • "Wana Ma'ak" (وأنا معاك) - feat. Asmaa Lamnawar

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Sagor.Rsa Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 MTV Europe Music Award Best Song ENTY Nominated
2014 Morocco Music Awards Best Song ENTY Won
2015 Murex d'or Best Arabic Song ENTY Won
2015 DearGuest Award Best Song Lmaallem Won
2016 Murex d'or Best Male Singer Saad Lamjarred Nominated
2016 Big Apple Music Awards Best Male Singer Saad Lamjarred Nominated
2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Listener's Choice Saad Lamjarred Nominated
2017 Anghami More than 100 millions plays Saad Lamjarred Won
2017 Arab Nation Music Awards Best Moroccan Song Ghaltana Won
2017 Arab Nation Music Awards Best Music Video On Youtube Ana Machi Sahel Won
2017 Arab Nation Music Awards Best Arabic Song Ghaltana Won
2017 Murex d'or Best Arabic Song Ghaltana Won
2017 Murex d'or The People's Choice Award Saad Lamjarred Won
2017 daf BAMA Music Awards Best Song LET GO Won
2017 HAPA Music Awards Best African Artist Saad Lamjarred Nominated
2017 Morocco Music Awards Best Music Video LET GO Won
2018 Africa Music Awards Best Male Northern Artist Saad Lamjarred Nominated
2018 Arab Nation Music Awards Best Singer in North Africa LET GO Won

References[edit]

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