Dighya a reçu a obtenu une aide à la création

What is your artistic background ?
I was borned in February 1966, borned and raised around the refugees in Dajla, western Sahara, I am a Saharoui singer who sings in local Hassania language alongside Arabic. I sing to spread awareness about the western Sahara case and the sense of love and belonging to the country, I sing to address the social injustices and discrimination that the country is suffocating from and to promote the rights of women in western Sahara and the region. My beginning as a singer was in 1987 in the refugee camps specified for western Sahara citizens on the land of Algeria. After that, I worked with some local groups until I ended up joining the National Orchestra of Western Sahara where I had the opportunity to work with some of the lead and famous singers of western Sahara like Mariam Alhassan and Mahfood a’aleieen. I have registered the first CD record with them here in Paris. 

What is your view on your profession today?
The musical scene today is ultimately massive and diverse. As I consider myself as an intergenerational singer, who lived in both generation, I feel there is a need to create and innovate new sort of music, back then we were used to a limited local music genres. Now we can see that there are many mixed modern music genres, such as reggae, which I can utilize to improve and enhance my type of music to follow the trendy waves of existing music today.


How do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years ?
I hope to channel the voice of the people of western Sahara and to show to the world that there are people in my country who, with all the pain and constrains, are able to provide a top quality music. I would like to spread the culture of western Sahara (specially Hassaneia). I also hope that I will be able, with my band, to level-up our position to an international level, that we could have our own tours around the world. Finally, I hope to use our voices and musical instruments to spread justice and equality as ambassadors of peace and harmony in our world.

Photographie : Amandine Besacier