Nass el Ghiwane was a legendary Moroccan roots-fusion band, nicknamed “The Rolling Stones of Africa”. They were very politicized and revolutionary, singing about the injustices under King Hassan 2 in Morocco, singing, for instance “The pan is hot, but the lid is pressed on top of it.” They also made a song in tribute of the victims of the Sabra and Shatila-massacre.
One of their band members, -supposedly- suddenly died from an ill stomach. It was whispered that the King had him killed by secret services.
True or not, after his death the other band members always performed with an extra microphone.
Nowadays, they are elderly men who barely have any money left because they spent it all on alcohol and narcotics, being reduced to gain extra income through commercials (!) But this is the way I like to remember them: Young, beautiful, brave, passionate and fiery.
My favorite song by them is and was “Ya bani alinsan”. Even before I spoke a word of Arabic, I felt the energy of the song. They sing “Ya bani alinsan, 3alash 3adiyan?” (O sons of humanity, why are we enemies?) Enjoy their performance. It is powerfull, to say the least.