Jil Lklam, Urban Poets

Dominique Caubet et Amine Hamma

Éditions du Sirocco


  Art Book

Darija & French

The new Moroccan music scene, which emerged in the mid-1990s, is now fully part of the country's cultural landscape. Rappers, slammers, reggaemen, creators of metal music and other artists (graffiti, break dance...), have initiated an authentic urban movement that mixes genres and write a multicultural Morocco. Jil Lklam, the generation of words, tells the story of its evolution, from the underground to the public scene, with a particular focus on the lyrics of the songs, emblematic of a youth that “speaks out and raises taboo subjects, cool music, hard lyrics”. With eloquence, humour, sensitivity, anger, poetry, this creative and rebellious youth expresses, in its multilingual lyrics, darijaamazighe, mixed with French, English or Spanish, its desire for dignity, freedom, future, as the love of its country. 

Copublished with Senso Unico publisher (Morocco). 

Sociolinguist, Dominique Caubet is professor emeritus of Maghrebian Arabic at INALCO (Paris). She wrote the documentary Casanayda! (Sigma, 2007) and has published Shouf Shouf Hollanda (Tarik, 2005) and Les Mots du bled (L'Harmattan, 2004). Her last documentary Dima Punk won the competition in the Mediterraneo Video Festival 2020.

Amine Hamma is a rock/ metal musician and cultural actor. Holder of a master's degree in leisure and cultural facilities policy (Paris XIII), he is working at the Hiba foundation's resource centre.