Who is Abd al Malik?

Rapper, slammer, composer, poet and writer

Abd al Malik is a rapper and poet, he grew up in Neuhof, a housing estate near Strasbourg. He founded with his brother Bilal, who is also composer, the rap group N.A.P (New African Poets) in 1998. Following the success of his first book, Qu’Allah bénisse la France! in 2004 and of his second solo album Gibraltar, Abd al Malik was granted with a Victoire de la Musique award in 2007 and had become not only a major figure that embodied what is used to be called “urban cultures” but also an emblem for the France of diversity. After that he released two albums, Dante and Château Rouge, both were granted with a Victoire de la Musique award. In 2013, he created and staged L’Art et La Révolte at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence (within Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Culture Capital) a show in tribute to Albert Camus mixed with theatre, poetic declamation and song. He released in the same year his fourth book entitled L’Islam au secours de la République rewarded with the Mediterranean Prize in 2014. He is directing his first film, an adaptation of his book Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (selected at the Toronto International Film Festival) and the release of which is expected in 10 December 2014.