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Maghrevision Song Contest

November 10, 2009

rock the casbah

If nothing else can unite the Maghreb, perhaps music will. So which Maghreb country has the best national anthem? Listen to the songs below, and write in comments which are your TWO favorites, and we’ll chalk up the score to find the winner in a week or so. And please do feel free to suggest alternative/better versions!

  • ALGERIA: qassaman (we do swear)
  • LIBYA: allahu akbar (god is greater)
  • MAURITANIA: kun lillahi nasiran (be a helper of god)
  • MOROCCO: el-nashid el-sharif (the sharifian hymn)
  • TUNISIA: humat el-hima (defenders of the land)

Those are the candidates. And no, you can’t vote for the anthem of RASD, or for the anthem of Cheb Khaled, given that neither of them is a presently a full member of the UN.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2009 00:52

    Alle, the link to the Moroccan anthem is mis-linked. It takes you to the Algerian anthem đŸ™‚

  2. November 11, 2009 01:01

    There you go:

  3. November 11, 2009 01:04

    oops. well, at least it wasn’t to the RASD anthem… i’ll fix it.

    anyway, my votes go to mauritania (because it has a certain weird charm) and algeria (catchy, but mostly because of the wicked lyrics).

  4. November 11, 2009 05:40

    Morocco and Algeria.

  5. November 11, 2009 12:18

    RASD anthem excluded because of UN? Well then, how about the Spanish anthem?

  6. November 11, 2009 16:55

    As Stalin allegedly put it, it doesn’t matter who votes for what, but who counts the votes.

  7. lalla permalink
    November 11, 2009 21:40

    Algeria Mauretania

  8. Labouirat permalink
    November 12, 2009 03:58

    van Kaas : no one could put it better than you did, chapeau.

  9. November 14, 2009 04:50

    The Algerian because of the lyrics. The Moroccan because of the tune.

  10. December 5, 2009 01:10

    The Algerian is great – The video just makes me sad that a once glorious institution, the army, has been milked as much as possible because of its legacy.

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