|Saad Lamjarred Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||April 7, 1985|
|Eye Color||Light Brown|
Saad Lamjarred is a Moroccan singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, record producer, and actor who has published the studio albums Wala 3alik (2013) and Leila Wa Sahra (2015), as well as numerous chart bursting singles. An artist who came into the spotlight after his songs broke YouTube audience records, Saad is often regarded as one of the most important figures in Amazigh (Berber) and Arabic pop. He is also widely credited as the pioneering singer who popularized Moroccan pop.
Saad Al-Bachir Lamjarred
Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco
Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco
Saad had attended the Conservatoire National de Musique, de Danse, et d’Art Dramatique, Rabat, Morocco’s national institute for music and dance. He had studied music, art theory, and dance there.
Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Dancer, Record Producer, Actor
- Father – Bachir Abdou (Classical Singer)
- Mother – Nezha Regragui (Actress, Comedian)
Iraqi Music, Lebanese Pop, Maghreb Pop, Khaliji, Egyptian Pop, Amazigh (Berber) Pop, Arabic Pop, Moroccan Pop
Vocals, Piano, Drums
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Saad was once married and divorced, around 2015. He had blamed the divorce on his partner’s jealousy about his career in the entertainment industry.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Moroccan descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a rugged beard
Saad Lamjarred Facts
- Saad, inspired by his father, a classical singer, had developed an interest in music at a very early age. He had started learning how to play the piano as well as singing by the time he was 4 years old.
- He moved to the United States in 2001 and has often stated that the time he spent there was instrumental in his musical journey, exposing him to several genres of music and shaping his artistic style.
- His first breakthrough came in 2007 when he had finished second in the 4th season of Super Star, a popular Arabic TV show based on the competitive music-based British reality TV show Pop Idol.
- In February 2010, he was accused of beating and r*ping a woman from Brooklyn, New York. He had fled the country after posting bail. The case had to be dropped in 2016 after the accuser had stopped cooperating with the prosecutors and had reached a settlement with Saad.
- In 2011, he started his acting career by playing the male lead in the Moroccan soap opera Ahlam Nassim.
- The music video for his 2015 hit single, titled Lm3allem, had set a Guinness World Record after amassing 856 million views on YouTube within 3 months of its release. As of February 2021, it was the most viewed Arabic video on YouTube, with more than 900 million views.
- In October 2016, he was arrested in Paris on charges of an alleged s*xual assault against a French woman. He was released in April 2017 but the charges against him were not dropped. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, had helped him cover his fees and hire a legal team.
- Later that year, a French-Moroccan woman had accused him of s*xual misconduct. She had later withdrawn the complaint due to pressure from her family. In January 2020, the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal referred the first case to the court of assizes. In April 2020, The Paris Court of Cassation annulled the decision made by the investigative chamber and referred the case back to the criminal court.
- In August 2018, he was once again arrested, this time in Saint-Tropez, France, on a new r*pe allegation. He was released after furnishing bail worth €150,000 but was not allowed to leave the country. In September 2018, he was incarcerated in France following a decision from a local court.
- In November 2018, he had been cleared of r*pe charges but it was announced that he would still face a trial on charges of s*xual assault and willful violence. In December 2018, French authorities released him under certain conditions. His Moroccan passport was confiscated and he was not allowed to leave France. He also had to report to the nearest precinct once a week.
- Soon after this, a campaign had started on social media with the hashtags #Lamjarredout and #masaktach (a Moroccan term expressing refusal to be silenced). Several users demanded that his songs be taken off radio stations. Some radio stations and media outlets paid heed to the public outcry and stopped broadcasting his songs.
- Due to the aforementioned trial, he was not allowed to leave France until August 2019. However, in April 2019, the judge overseeing the case reframed the charges against him due to a lack of evidence and referred his case to a criminal court.
- In December 2019, he held his first public concert after three years, in Riyadh. Many Saudi Twitter users had expressed their disgust at such a controversial figure performing in their country’s capital.
- In June 2020, he had become the first Arab African singer to reach 10 million subscribers on YouTube.
Featured Image by Saad Lamjarred / Instagram