A band from Toulouse, France, combining reggae, ska, rock and raï and much more. The band is led by three singers originally from Morocco. Most of their lyrics have a political content, addressing issues such as the discrimination against Arab immigrants. The band was formed in 1985 and split in 2003 and 2012

Key songs include:

Tomber La Chemise (Take Off Your Shirt) - The summer hit in many European countries that propelled Zebda into the forefront.
Motivés - Their political ‘anthem’, with which has a political party, called ‘Motivé-e-s’ which ran for the city council elections of Toulouse (they got about 15%).
Le Bruit Et L’Odeur (The noise and smell) - Probably the sharpest song written in response to French President Jacques Chirac’s words that arabic immigrants make only noise, smell and don’t get a job (Chirac was IN office at the time).

L’Aréne des Rumeurs (1992)
Le Bruit Et L’Odeur (1995)
Essence Ordinaire (1998) - about 300 000 copies sold
Utopie D’Occase (2002)
La Tawa (2003) - Live album with bonus DVD

Magyd Cherfi - vocal
Mouss Et Hakim Amokrane - vocal
Pascal Cabero - guitar
Joël Saurin - bass guitar
Rémi Sanchez - keyboard
Vincent Sauvage - drums

Edited by juliendu48 on 19 Feb 2012, 09:24

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Formed in
  • 1985
  • 2012
Split in
  • 2003
Founded in
  • Toulouse, France

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