El Haqed, AR-Resident at Safe Haven Helsinki (Nordic Fresh Air)

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page1dossierl7a9d_2Mouad Belrhouate (b. 1987) is a Moroccan rapper and human rights activist who goes by the name El Haqed (Arabic: الحاقد, “The Enraged”).


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El Haqed rose to prominence when he was imprisoned for criticizing the king of Morocco, Mohammed VI. In 2011, El Haqed’s hit song Baraka Min Elskate (“Stop the Silence”) roused people to take to the streets in defiance of the state’s monopoly on major industries – from phosphate extraction to telecoms – and its violent backlash against dissent.


El Haqed is an Artists at Risk (AR) Resident, hosted in cooperation with HIAP and SafeMUSE at AR-Safe haven Helsinki. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, co-funded by Kone Foundation. This residency is funded by Nordic Culture Point.