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Algeria-Morocco: Rapper to urge re-opening of border in new album

Source : | 15 June 2012 |  News, Politics | 1874 views

Lamin,Tunisian and Moroccan rappers compiled the album in a bid to persuade Algeria’s authorities to reopen the 1,559- kilometre-long border with Morocco that was shut after a guerrilla attack in Marrakech in 1994, the daily said.

“This album aims to challenge Algerian politicians who refuse to re-open the border. I have never given up my struggle in this regard and intend to keep going,” said Lamin, who began work on the new album three years ago.

Despite repeated moves by Morocco and Tunisian mediation, Algeria remains opposed to re-opening the border. Algerian authorities closed it when Rabat imposed visas on Algerian travellers in the wake of a guerrilla attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech.

Morocco suspected Algeria of having a hand in the attack and thousands of Algerian residents and tourists were summarily expelled.

A song from Lamin’s new album, entitled ‘Fakhri’ includes a duet with Moroccan rapper Samid Ghilam del gruppo rapper ‘Ash Kein’ that has already been aired on Saudi radio station ‘Mbc’ and France’s ‘Rmm’.

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