Rabat – A Moroccan teenager living in France, Omar Benharbit, is garnering praise online for his rendition of the Moroccan national anthem on piano. Watch the video here for a treat.
The iconic national anthem was written in 1969 by Moroccan author Ali Houssaini Squalli, who has been on the mind of Moroccans this year, perhaps inspiring Benharbit.
Known as one of the most patriotic Moroccans, Squalli was well respected for the mark he left on Morocco. The whole country mourned when Squalil died in November 2018.
King Mohammed VI described Squalli as one of the “pioneers of modern Arabic literature, the creator of the national anthem who enriched the national library.”
In honor of his contribution, in 2018 Squalli was posthumously named the Moroccan “Man of the Year.”