The song “Mabrouk Alina” by Rachid Berriah is controversial in Algeria

The song “Mabrouk Alina” by Rachid Berriah is controversial in Algeria

Berriah was invited on the set of 2M to perform his song designed for the Lions in 1986. The latter was presented as the author of the music which is widely sung by Moroccan supporters, recalls the Algerian site CST.

According to the site, it is actually a song inspired by “Mabrouk Alina”, a work by the Algerian Rabah Driassa. The piece was composed on the occasion of the participation of the Algerian football team in the Mexican World Cup in 1986.

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The presentation of the artist and the song was seen as an attempt at appropriation by Algeria. The son of the real author of the work, Abdou Driassa, also a singer, expressed his indignation, writing on Instagram: “The Moroccan singer lied to people and to himself by ignoring the long journey of Rabah Driassa. »

It is a “theft of an Algerian song”, he said, adding that “all the works of Rabah Driassa are protected because they are registered at the level of the world copyright body”. The Algerian singer has indicated that he could take legal action against the Moroccan singer and the 2M channel. Abdou Driassa says he does not dispute the cover of the song, even less the fact that it is sung by the Moroccan public. What he finds “weird and serious at the same time” is the fact that it is attributed to another singer who is not the author, underlines the same source.

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