The music artists French Montana, Saad Lamjarred, and David Serero enter the 2023 Wall of Fame of Moroccan History.
The Wall of Fame of Moroccan's History includes three more Moroccan artists: rapper French Montana, pop artist Saad Lamjarred, and opera singer David Serero. These three artists have different musical backgrounds but one thing in common: Morocco. They are part of Moroccan history. The Wall of Fame of Moroccan's History also includes historical figures, writers, politicians, comedians, business people, and athletes, including players of the soccer team who made history by going to the semi-finals of the World Soccer Cup 2022.
"A History of Morocco" (Histoire du Maroc) offers chronological and educational friezes published as giant posters through a selection of images and pictograms placed on a "ribbon" symbolizing time. The reader can view the entire fresco while deciphering the "cause and effect" relationships between the various events in the manner of a summary. The graphics illustrate the succession of periods through sets of colors, sizes, and differentiated typography.
The fresco sees its contemporary part modified in its content with each new edition. The "politics" and "society" parts and the selection of influential personalities present a renewed history in the light of the present. It does not claim to be exhaustive, but on the contrary, it feeds on all constructive and informed criticism to refine and make reading it a moment of pleasure. The editor intends to be neutral and peaceful; such an accumulation of icons will return the readers the choice of their interpretations. This original vision of Histoires du Maroc is created by Michaël SICSU.
French Montana was born in Rabat, Morocco, on November 9, 1984. He spent the first thirteen years at a family house outside Casablanca. Growing up, Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, enjoyed soccer and rap music. His family moved to New York City in 1996, settling in the South Bronx. After struggling in the Big Apple for two years, his father returned to Morocco, while his mother refused to accompany him. She stayed behind with her three children, raising them independently while depending on welfare for financial support. In 2009, Montana signed a record deal with Akon and his Konvict Music label. In 2010, Montana released the "Mac & Cheese 2" mixtape, which featured guest appearances from rising hip-hop stars, such as Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, and Big Sean. P. Diddy announced that Montana had signed a deal with Bad Boy Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. "Excuse My French" arrived on May 21, 2013, and landed at No. 4 on Billboard 200 chart after selling 56,000 copies in its first week. The following year, Montana teamed up with Jennifer Lopez for her comeback single "I Luh Ya Papi." The song soon became an international hit as it was among the most played tracks on contemporary rhythmic radio. He later joined Ross, Meek Mill, and Jay-Z on DJ Khaled's summer banger "They Don't Love You No More."
Saad Lamjarred, born April 7, 1985, is a Moroccan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, record producer, and actor. He grew up in an artist family and became famous after his songs broke YouTube audience records, making him a significant figure in Arabic pop and the first singer to popularize Moroccan pop. Lamjarred was born to Bachir Abdou, a Moroccan classical singer, and Nezha Regragui, an actress and comedian. Lamjarred then studied music, art theory, and dance at the Conservatory of Music in Rabat. In addition, he would perform many productions and collaborate with his father. In 2007, Lamjarred took part in Super Star, a widely popular Arab talent TV show, and was placed second in season 4. "Enty" became one of Lamjarred's biggest hits and earned him an award at the Méditel Morocco Music Awards 2014, as well as a nomination for the Best Middle East Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. The music video for Lamjarred's 2015 hit single, "Lm3allem", earned a Guinness World Record achievement after garnering 1 billion views on YouTube within three months of release. In July 2019, Lamjarred performed and released a duet with Egyptian actor and fellow singer Mohamed Ramadan titled "Ensay," which garnered over 100 million views within a month of publication. On June 10, 2020, Lamjarred reached 10 million subscribers on his official YouTube channel and became 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.
David Serero is a critically acclaimed and awards-winner opera singer, actor, director, and producer. Born in a Paris suburb, his father is from Fez. He has performed more than 2,500 performances in more than 45 countries, directed and produced nearly 100 theatrical productions, starred in over 100 films and TV series, recorded and produced over 100 albums, and played more than 50 lead and title roles (in several languages) from the opera, theatre, and musical repertoire. In New York, he starred Off-Broadway in iconic roles such as Shylock, Cyrano, Othello, Barabas, Yiddish King Lear, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Romeo, Nabucco, as well as new works such as Napoleon by Kubrick, Queen Esther, Anne Frank a Musical, among others. In his native Paris, he also starred as Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) and Happy Mac (Beggar's Holiday by Duke Ellington). He entered the prestigious Who's Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco, and was named among the fifteen most influential Moroccans worldwide by Morocco's airline Royal Air Maroc. David is a member of the Recording Academy and the Television Academy and a voting member of both the Grammys and Emmys. In 2020, David Serero received the UNESCO Award for Diversity in Paris and became an Honorary Member of the United Nations of Arts and Science. In 2021, he won 4 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Performer of the decade, Best Producer of a Musical of the decade, Best Producer of a Play of the decade, Best Opera singer of the Year. He was awarded the Certificate of Recognition by the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, for his contribution to the City's dynamic cultural landscape, enriching the vibrant performing arts sector, and uplifted and inspired diverse New Yorkers. In 2021, his first documentary film on fashion designer Elie Tahari received nearly 100 film festival selections and won dozens of awards, including Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Fashion Documentary, and Best Producer. David Serero has recently made headlines in Morocco for creating the Opera Royal du Maroc (Royal Opera of Morocco), the first opera company of Morocco. The first opening gala was a smashing success and performed for the Princess of Morocco, Lalla Hasnaa.