Rabat – Online streaming platform YouTube has removed the music video of Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred’s song “Ensay” (Forget). The song was a collaboration between Lamjarred and the Egyptian actor and singer Mohamed Ramadan.
The music video was uploaded onto Mohamed Ramadan’s YouTube channel in July 2019. It garnered over 170 million views.
YouTube explained that they removed the video because of copyright infringement.
The video director, Hossam L Hossainy, said that he “and the team that worked on the video still don’t understand why it was removed,” in a statement to the press.
“I am currently trying to find out the reason behind the removal of the video and to find a solution,” he added.
Lamjarred and Ramadan, the artists behind the music video, have not yet commented on the removal of the video.
This is not the first time YouTube has removed one of Lamjarred’s songs. In October 2019, YouTube removed the artist’s latest music video “Salam” after Moroccan artist Hicham Telmoudi accused Lamjarred of plagiarism.
Telmoudi stated that a part from his 2015 song “Agwal souss” was used in Lamjarred’s “Salam” without his approval.
“At the end of [Lamjarred’s “Salam” music video], it is mentioned that the song was inspired by the Amazigh musical heritage, but it is not a heritage work, since it is my own song, where I also collaborated with Ahwach artists,” said the artist.
A few days after the removal, the video went back online after Lamjarred’s music producer defended the case.