Saad Lamjarred

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Saad Lamjarred
سعد لمجرد
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Lamjarred in 2015
Background information
Birth nameSaad al-Bashir Lamjarred
سعد البشير لمجرد
Born (1985-04-07) 7 April 1985 (age 37)
Rabat, Morocco
GenresArabic pop (Moroccan pop)
Occupations
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • drums
Years active2007–present

Saad Lamjarred (Arabic: سعد لمجرد; born 7 April 1985) is a Moroccan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, record producer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Arabic Pop", he grew up in an artist family and became famous after his songs broke YouTube audience worldwide records, making him a major worldwide figure in Arabic pop, and the first singer to popularize Moroccan pop music. His official music video for "LM3ALLEM" has received over 1 billion views on YouTube; he has had over 4 billion views and 14 millions subscribes on his YouTube channel, making him the best-selling Arab music artist of all time.

Early life[edit]

Lamjarred was born to Bachir Abdou, a Moroccan classical singer, and Nezha Regragui, an actress and comedian.[1] 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.[1]

Career[edit]

In 2007, Lamjarred took part in Super Star, a widely popular Arab talent TV show, and was placed second[2] in season 4 of the series that was defeated 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,[3][4][5] as well as a nomination for the Best Middle East Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.[6]

Lamjarred was also nominated for the Best Middle East Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.[6] He won the Murex d'Or in the category of "Best Arabic Song" for his 2014 song "Enty".

The music video for Lamjarred's 2015 hit single, "Lm3allem" (Arabic: لمعلم), earned a Guinness World Record achievement after garnering 1 billion views on YouTube within three months of release.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Following this success, Lamjarred's music production took a brief gap while he was on trial in Paris for "sexual assault",[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] "Ghazali" was then succeeded by "Casablanca", in which Lamjarred sings in French.[14]

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). Within 4 hours of publication, the official music video received over a million views on YouTube.

In July 2019, Lamjarred performed and released a duet with Egyptian actor and fellow singer Mohamed Ramadan titled "Ensay" (Arabic: إنساي), which garnered over 100 million views within a month of publication.[15]

On 10 June 2020 Lamjarred reached 10 million subscribers on his official YouTube channel, and becoming the first Arab African singer to get the Diamond Button. In May 2022, his 2015 hit single "Lm3allem" became the first Arabic song to surpass a billion views on YouTube.[16]

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.[17]

On 11 September 2022, he announced his engagement to businesswoman Ghita El Allaki.[18] They married later in the same month.[19]

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.[20] The case was dropped in 2016, after the accuser "stopped cooperating with prosecutors" and reached a settlement in a lawsuit.[21][22]

Lamjarred was arrested at the Marriott Champs Elysées at the 17th arrondissement of Paris on 25 October 2016, where he appeared before a French prosecutor to face the charges about an alleged sexual assault against a French woman.[20][23] He was scheduled to perform at the Palais des congrès de Paris on 29 October 2016. Lamjarred was released in April 2017, but still faced charges.[24] In early 2017, he was "prohibited from performing in public, traveling and speaking to media".[22] The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, helped him cover his fees and hire a legal team.[21][25] In 2017, a French-Moroccan woman accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse at an apartment in Casablanca, Morocco, back in 2015.[21][25] She later withdrew the complaint "under pressure from her family".[25]

On 26 August 2018 he was once again arrested in Saint-Tropez on 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.[21][25] His release on bail was later appealed by the Parquet of Draguignan (public prosecutor). On 18 September 2018 he was incarcerated in France following a decision of the cour d'appel (court of appeal) from Aix-en-Provence.[26] On 20 November 2018 it was announced that he had been cleared of rape charges, but would be tried for "crimes of sexual assault and willful violence".[27] On 6 December 2018 it was announced that French authorities had released Lamjarred on a conditional release and that he was awaiting trial. His Moroccan passport was confiscated, he was not allowed to leave France and he had to report to the nearest precinct once a week.[28][29]

Following the third allegation, a campaign started on the social media with the hashtags "Lamjarred out" and "masaktach" (A Moroccan term expressing refusal to 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.[30]

In September 2018, after a campaign on social networks, some Moroccan media stopped their broadcast of Lamjarred's songs.[31] In December 2018, he was released from jail after serving his sentence, but was unable to leave France until August 2019.[32] In April 2019, the judge overseeing the case from October 2016 "redefined" the charges against him due to lack of evidence to prove him guilty and referred his case to the criminal court.[33][34] On 18 December 2019 he had his first public concert in Riyadh after three years. Days before the concert, a number of Saudi users on Twitter expressed their disapproval of Lamjarred's upcoming concert in the country's capital.[35]

In January 2020, the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal referred the case from October 2016 to the court of assizes.[33] In April 2020, The Paris Court of Cassation annulled the decision made by the investigative chamber as "the code of criminal procedure was not respected and referred the case back to the criminal court.[36][37]

Egyptian feminists also campaigned against Saad Lamjarred's presence in Egypt, with three major campaign waves in 2020, 2021, and 2022. They organized and effectively cancelled his concert in December 2020, and an appearance on an Egyptian talk show in 2021, but his December 2022 concert took place despite viral campaigns against it.[38][39][40][41][42]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title and details Notes
Wala Aalik (ولا عليك)
  • Type: Album
  • Released: 2013
No.TitleLength
1."Wana Mali (Club Edition) – وانا مالي ريميكس"3:11
2."Jiti Fe Bali – جيتي في بالي"3:41
3."Waadini – واعديني"3:52
4."Lemima – لميمة"3:55
5."Aziz Ou Ghali – عزيز وغالي"3:37
6."Salina – سالينا"4:37
7."Lemen Nechki – لمن نشكي"3:32
8."Wala Elik – ولا عليك"3:33
9."Wana Mali – وانا مالي"3:49
10."Katnadini – كتناديني"3:57
11."Chemaa – شمعة"3:45
12."Mal Habibi – مال حبيبي"3:15

Singles[edit]

  • 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" (يا الله)
  • 2018: "Casablanca"
  • 2018: "Baddek Eih" (بدك ايه)
  • 2019: "Njibek" (نجيبك)
  • 2019: "Ykhalik Lili" (يخليك للي)
  • 2019: "Salam" (سلام)
  • 2019: "Daba Tzian" (دابا تزيان)
  • 2020: "Adda Elkalam" (عدى الكلام)
  • 2021: "Lghadi Wehdou" (الغادي وحدو)
  • 2021: "Nadi Ya Allah" (نادي يا الله)
  • 2022: "Ya Ayouni" (يا عيوني)
  • 2022: "Altawbah" (التوبة)
  • 2022: "Ma Ahla Lmakan" (ما أحلى المكان)
  • 2022: "Alacheq Alhayem" (العاشق الهايم)
  • 2022: "El Hala'" (الحلق)

Duets[edit]

  • 2012: "Aziz W Ghali" (عزيز وغالي) – feat. Bachir Abdou
  • 2012: "Sa'aa Saaida" (ساعة سعيدة) – feat. Sofia Mountassir
  • 2014: "Wana Ma'ak" (وأنا معاك) – feat. Asma Lamnawar
  • 2014: "Ya Ensan" (يا إنسان) – feat. Salah Alkurdi
  • 2019: "Ensay" (إنساي) – feat. Mohamed Ramadan
  • 2020: "Asef Habibi" (آسف حبيبي) – feat. Fnaïre
  • 2020: "Chidde W Betzul" (شدت وبتزول) – feat. Salah Kurdi
  • 2020: "Bab Alrajaa" (باب الرجاء) – feat. Mohamed Reda
  • 2021: "Lewjah Tani" (لوجه التاني) – feat. Zouhair Bahaoui
  • 2021: "Sahra Sabahi" (السهرة صباحي) – feat. RedOne and Saber Rebaï
  • 2021: "Enty Hayaty" (انتي حياتي) – feat. Calema
  • 2022: "Min Awel Dekika" (من أول دقيقة) – feat. Elissa
  • 2022: "Viva El Rey Habibna" (عاش حبيبنا الملك) – feat. Nicolas Reyes

Charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Album
MENA
[43]
"Min Awel Dekika"
(with Elissa)
2022 16 Non-album single

Filmography[edit]

Television
  • 2012: Ahlam Nassim

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2014 MTV Europe Music Award Best Song ENTY Won
2014 Morocco Music Awards Best Song ENTY Won
2015 Murex d'or Best Arabic Song ENTY Won
2015 DearGuest Award Best Song Lm3allem Won
2016 Murex d'or Best Male Singer Saad Lamjarred Won
2016 Big Apple Music Awards Best Male Singer Saad Lamjarred Won
2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Listener's Choice Saad Lamjarred Won
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 Won
2017 Morocco Music Awards Best Music Video LET GO Won
2018 Africa Music Awards Best Male Northern Artist Saad Lamjarred Won
2018 Arab Nation Music Awards Best Singer in North Africa LET GO Won

Cancellation Campaigns[edit]

Since 2020, Lamjarred has come under fire from feminists who have attempted—with different degrees of success—to stop him from performing, this movement started in particular in Egypt. In 2020: On Twitter and Facebook, thousands of Egyptians started a campaign demanding that the "Cairo Show" Theatre to cancel Saad Lamjarred show.[44]

In 2021: To stop Saad Lamjarred from being featured in Egyptian media, activists in Egypt started a campaign on social media. When it was revealed that Saad Lamjarred planned to watch an episode of the "Sahranin" show, which is shown on the "On TV" channel, the hashtag "We don't want Saad Lamjarred in Egypt" was started on social media. The Egyptian station withdrew from airing the programme that was scheduled for 6 October, as a result of the intense pressure brought on by this campaign, the episode was cancelled. [45]

In 2022: campaigns in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon[46]

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