Madani, the chaabi-coloured life


Born in the casbah of Algiers, chaabi, music of the people, arrives in France with the numerous Algerians who come to France by boat in the 1960s, dreaming of a better life in the land of exile.

Madani is one of them. In his suitcase, he carries his dreams and his love of chaabi. Landing in Roubaix, he works in the spinning mills and will become a part of the corps of worker-artists who light up the café evenings of metropolitan Lille through the 1980s.

Then, laid off by Phildar and victim of a serious road accident that will leave his body, memory and artistic hopes shattered, Madani turns to music and poetry to overcome life's challenges. Chaabi is his form of the blues, which he eagerly shares with the younger musicians who come to play with him in Roubaix. With their support, the light of mischief shines again in the eyes of the scamp from Algiers.


Madani, the chaabi-coloured life


Year : 2017
Author-director : Rachid Merabet
Duration : 52 minutes
Distribution : Les Docs du Nord - ADAV

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Image: Denis Dottel

Sound: Jean-Marie Daleux and Adrien Fontaine

Editing: Cédric Defert

Music: Madani Bali and Sandro Morillon

In coproduction with Wéo Hauts-de-France – Télés Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Pictanovo with the support of the Hauts-de-France region.

With the participation of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, the Procirep – Society of Cinema and Television Producers and the Angoa, Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts and the Diversity Image Banks, and Fonds Images de la Diversité, Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée.