Olivier Dubois, Lamia Ziadé, Fella Khelif
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Olivier Dubois, Lamia Ziadé, Fella Khelif
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Olivier Dubois, Lamia Ziadé, Fella Khelif

Mahragan or electro-shaabi, a mix of rap with its crude texts and saturated sound, was born in the working-class districts of Egypt around a decade ago. The choreographer Olivier Dubois, living between Paris and Cairo, took this musical style as inspiration for his latest creation "Itmahrag" (a neologism to say "let's get festive" or "live in the present moment"). An invitation from five dancers and three musicians, for an immersion in the heart of a wild, untamed dance. On stage in Europe, depending on the way the health situation develops: 1, 2 and 3 June 2021 at the Lyon Biennial; 8 June at the Arab World Institute in Paris and 3 July at the Halles de Schaerbeek.

"Jazz isn't just music, it's a way of living, a way of being and thinking", said Nina Simone. UNESCO also believes in its virtues, celebrating the music each year on 30 April as part of International Jazz Day. A day on which, in Algeria, the cultural association Musaika prepares an event entitled JazZen, with the singer Amel Zen, to offer the country an opportunity to confront a musical world with which it is perhaps less familiar. From Algiers, the president of Musaika, Fella Khelif, offers us a sneak preview.

On 4 August 2020, a monumental explosion in a quayside warehouse ravaged the port of Beirut and neighbouring districts. The illustrator and writer Lamia Ziadé experienced the catastrophe from Paris. She immediately wanted to create the personal diary of this event, in connection with close family and friends, to put down in her drawings what she saw, what others recounted. The result conveys the intense feeling of shock: "The effects of the explosion are incomprehensible, as if answering to a mysterious scheme of things that is the opposite of logic". Glasses left intact in a room that's otherwise destroyed, furniture found 200 metres from the apartment that sheltered it. "The damage seemed to have been organised by some sort of evil spell." Lamia Ziadé has also drawn the portraits of those whose "smiling faces" should never be forgotten, the rescuers in the ruins and the victims, but also the politicians being heckled. "Mon Port de Beyrouth" (My Port of Beirut) is published by P.O.L.

#As seen by Slimane: the Jordanian flag. #Atmosphere with the guests' cultural favourites.

Guests: Olivier Dubois, choreographer; Lamia Ziadé, illustrator and writer; Fella Khelif, president of Musaika (from Algiers); Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.