Saïd Mosker likes to shake things up. He’s one Moroccan man who isn’t afraid to say, or rather sing what he thinks of social issues, politics, love and peace. It’s been almost 20 years since he first released his rai-funk-reggae debut album “Ghitouni.”
The summer of 2009 saw him on the road for a whistlestop tour of Moroccan music festivals and to launch a new album, which focuses on the dreams of youth and which he decided to release just after Ramadan.
Saïd also teamed up with MC Anou of Fez City Clan, Nabila Maan, Khansa Batma and other stars for the pop track “Nodo Tsawto” (“Go Vote”) in the run-up to Morocco’s recent elections.
There’s No Place Like Home…
Mosker is known (and loved) for his constant message of love and peace, and his ability to transmit what many of his country’s young people feel and face in their day- to-day lives.
As a man who was born and raised in Morocco, his music speaks much of his people, and the solidarity and traditions he feels characterizes them, that is unparalleled and should be preserved, as he affirms in an interview with Magharebia:
“Quite frankly, I see a look of despair in their eyes, one that drives them to emigrate in search of better living conditions. They don’t know that their chance may be in their country, because we are a people characterised by solidarity, who preserve social traditions that we don’t find in Europe and which will not be affected by the economic situation and difficult circumstances the world is going through now.”
A Moroccan Man with A Higher Musical Purpose
Faith is central to Said’s songs, which convey hope and urge listeners not to give in to pessimism.
“The magic words that most of our youth keep repeating, “Thank God”, show that young people are aware that Islam urges us to be equipped with determination, faith and patience to realise our goals.” – He says in the Magharebia interview.
Saïd sings in Arabic but believes in the power of music to transcend language and has performed French-Arabic fusion with singer Malek since 1993, which has inspired other artists to echo this and perform Franco-Arabic or Anglo-Arabic songs.
His message to young people is clear and simple:
“My message is the same as that of any Moroccan artist who calls for peace, tolerance, determination and will.”
You can see Saïd on Youtube here