After his parents divorced, his mother had to care for him and his six brothers and sisters. He started a tumultuous life of delinquency and eventually religious activism very close to extremism, on the other hand he had a very successful school life (he studied philosophy and classical literature at the Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg) as well as a national artistic career (with the rap group N.A.P in which he’s the lead rapper).
Discovering Sufism, a mystic tradition within Islam, he broke with extremism and became a defender of peace and of the “Vivre Ensemble” (Living Together) movement, whilst becoming officially, in 1999, a disciple of the Moroccan Spiritual Grand Master Sidi Hamza Al Qadiri Boutchichi.
In 2003, he travelled to Auschwitz, with a multi-faith delegation including many Palestinian Muslims, after the call of Arabic Israeli Emile Shoufani.
In 2004, he released his first solo album “Le Face à Face Des Coeurs” (Atmosphériques/Universal) and his first book “Qu’Allah Bénisse La France” (Albin Michel) was unanimously welcomed by critics (he was awarded the Laurence Trân Prize in Belgium) .
In June 2006 he released his new album “Gibraltar” which was awarded the Prix Constantin in November.
Official website (in french)
Edited by Tobo-Potato on 29 Sep 2010, 16:22
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