Nouakchott — Ewlad Leblad performs at international events and records successful albums with well-known artists, but it is unlike any other hip hop band.
Through their music, Sidi Brahim Mohamed (alias Izak Ice), Mamoudi Ould Sidi (alias Hamada), Lembrabott Youba and Sidi Mohamed Ould Mbareck (alias M.D.) aim to counter youth delinquency, reject extremist ideas, promote a culture of peace and co-existence, and strengthen the spirit of innovation and accomplishment in young people.
The four young Nouakchott rappers set out from the start to challenge tribalism, racism , regionalism and corruption.
Along with Arabic, French, and English, they use local dialects to give voice to marginalised minorities. They also perform wearing traditional Mauritanian dress, to show unity in a multi-ethnic society.
Magharebia met with the band in Nouakchott, where they were preparing their latest album, to ask about their fight against extremist ideology and terrorism.