“We were then very far from imagining that we were going to have this life of music”: Mouss and Hakim back at Toulouse-Lautrec college

“We were then very far from imagining that we were going to have this life of music”: Mouss and Hakim back at Toulouse-Lautrec college
“We were then very far from imagining that we were going to have this life of music”: Mouss and Hakim back at Toulouse-Lautrec college

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The two Toulouse singers returned to the schools of their childhood, at the Toulouse-Lautrec high school, to discuss with the 3rd grade students about their extraordinary career, as part of the “An artist at school” program.

As they prepare to leave the documentation and information center of the Toulouse-Lautrec college, Mouss and Hakim, from the Zebda group, are already signing autographs on the correspondence books or pieces of paper handed to them by students of 6th grade.

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On this Thursday afternoon, the two brothers, to whom we owe the enchanting hit “Tomber the shirt”, came to meet two 3rd grade classes as part of the 12th edition of the artistic and cultural “An Artist at school”.

Installed in a circle, in the music room, the students (most of whom heard about them from their parents) spoke with the two Toulouse artists, under the watchful eye of their teacher Nessira Zeraoula. A meeting rich in emotions since Mouss and Hakim attended this establishment during their last two years of college. They were then just kids from the Izards and Bourbaki neighborhoods, who “wouldn’t trade their childhood for anything in the world” but who didn’t like school very much. “I didn’t have a great relationship with school education. I repeated my 4th grade, being there reminds me that I was forced to come to college unlike today where it’s a pleasure,” confirms Hakim .

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The two brothers attended Toulouse-Lautrec college when they were the age of the students they have in front of them this Thursday afternoon. “We were then very far from imagining that we were going to have this life of music,” continues Mouss.

“A 200 franc note at the end of our first concert”

The latter recalled their beginnings, “with high school friends” in the 80s, marked by the arrival of rap and hip-hop, their first “200 franc” bill following their first concert in a bar, then popular success after 10 years. “At the end of the 90s, you weren’t even born yet, and we were playing all over the world and already making a living,” Mouss recalled. And added: “For the neighborhood guys that we were, music revolutionized our brain.”

Very attentive, the middle school students questioned them about their favorite songs and singers, the support of their family, the meaning of Zebda, their commitment to equality and against racism, money… “In two years, we have won what our father, a mason, earned throughout his life. Subsequently, we kept our feet on the ground and knew how to manage well. We are not ready to do anything to earn a lot of money because that is not everything. “, recalled Mouss, at the end of this meeting.

“We were there to transmit. To show that you can be not a very good student and find your way,” concludes Hakim. Mission accomplished.

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