Fathallah Lamghari, singer of the people

He writes before composing and singing. He is one of the builders of the building where the greatest Moroccan lyricists are nestled: Ahmed Taïeb El Alej, Tahar Sabbata, Ali Haddani, Hassan El Moufti, Malou Rawane… In fact, he will have written more for others than for himself- same. However, this centerpiece of so-called modern Moroccan song suddenly finds itself marginalized.

What other artists of his stature have experienced, El Maâti Belkacem and Brahim El Alami among many others. The composer Saïd Imam (“Ma yhemouni 7essad”, “Kharboucha”…) tells his friend: “Fathallah Lamghari is an absolute memory of Moroccan song since the 1950s. We ended up nicknaming him ”singer of the people” (Moughanni acha3b). He gave so much as a singer-songwriter, but our media has a short memory. And when they remembered him, they sent him beginners, trainees to interview him. Which affected him deeply. Today, we remember him, but it is too late. »

Nida2 al-Hassan

Originally from Marrakech, Lamghari was born in Fez in 1940: “He grew up in an artistic environment. At that time, Fez had big names like Fouiteh and his band Achou3a3, El Mazgueldi, El Jaouahiri, Sekkat… He then decided to settle in Rabat where he was part of the restricted circle of lyricists”, continues Saïd Imam. In 1959, Mohamed Mazgueldi sang “Al warda” to him, Abdelhay Skalli “3la al bab tallat al gamra”, composed by the Algerian Ourad Boumediene, author of “Ya ben sidi, ya khouya”.

To Abdelhadi Belkhyat, he offers “Jar9 7dim”, “Ma7tar”, as well as “Sannara” composed by Mohamed Benabdessalam. To Abdelouahab Doukkali, “Addar li hnak”, to Ismail Ahmed, “Khallik ya 9albi hani”. For Mahmoud Idrissi, he writes “Mou7al yensak al bal” and to Lahbib Idrissi “Mab9iti 3ndi felbal”. He concocts for Naima Samih, “Hada 7ali”, “3la ghafla” and for Samira Bensaid “Fayetli chaftak”, all composed by Abdelkader Rachdi. The talent of author of Fathallah Lamghari takes part in the flight of the career of Latifa Raâfat who interprets to him “Ana f3arek ya yemma”, “3chrat la7bab” and “Maghyara”. Mohamed Ameskane, journalist and clubber, author of the program Fil bali oughniya, explains: “For more than forty years he has been writing texts with varied themes and a metaphorical and symbolic style! Which of our illustrious artists has not borrowed one of his texts? In addition to love songs, he lays down several patriotic themes including the immortal ”Nida2 al Hassan””.

Lamghari said: “I was watching television when the late Hassan II announced the Green March. It was his speech that inspired me to write the text. I wrote it in a quarter of an hour. Abdallah Issami composed it the same night and rehearsals began the next day to arrangements by conductor Abdessalam Khechane. A national selection of the best voices sings what is becoming one of the most popular patriotic songs among Moroccans. As a singer, Fathallah Lamghari will have marked the spirits with a few nuggets: “Wallah manta m3ana”, “Allah 3la ra7a”, “Rijal Allah”… He eclipsed on September 3 at the age of 82, taking with him a large Sufi heritage.


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