DJ Snake, symbol of underexploited wealth

DJ Snake was present at the conclusion of the Oran 2022 Mediterranean Games on Wednesday 6 July. The arrival of the Franco-Algerian musician almost overshadows the rest of the activities planned for the closing ceremony.

For understandable technical reasons, the big star did not sing in front of the Oran audience, but his mere presence delighted everyone. DJ Snake has made a name for himself in the music world.

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A few weeks ago he did not manage to fill a large hall in Paris, but the second largest stadium in the French capital, the Parc des Princes.

The DJ is as popular in France, where he lives, as in Algeria, his mother’s country of origin. On both sides of the Mediterranean it is proudly claimed and it is the order of the day.

Just before the start of the Oran Games, he released a clip that was a hit in Algeria and around the world. β€œDisco Maghreb”, as the title suggests, is a nod to a certain beautiful era, that of the emergence of the biggest names in the Oran RaΓ― in the 1980s and 1990s. Disco Maghreb is the publisher that released Khaled, Hasni and all the others , which brought the Rai to universality.

During JM d’Oran 2022 (25 June – 6 July) the derelict seat that housed it became a place of pilgrimage for visitors to Oran. This is of course thanks to DJ Snake’s music video.

Algeria is proud to be the homeland of this great singer, as it has always done when it has produced a great name in art, sport or science.

For these games in Oran, which bring together all the youth of the Mediterranean basin, the presence of DJ Snake was in a way necessary, in any case very symbolic in his capacity as a child from both shores.

He himself understood this and insisted on coming even if he wasn’t supposed to perform on stage. He comes to his country of origin at the end of the Mediterranean Youth Festival, which for this reason also celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence.

An independence that some parties in France still can’t digest, that is, the same parties that never miss an opportunity to attack the children of immigrants, including DJ Snake.

A few days before celebrating the event, MEPs from the extreme right, elected in large numbers in the last general election, transformed the French Parliament’s hemicycle into a platform to express their nostalgia for French Algeria.

A discourse that fortunately many in France do not share. A few days after getting the Parisian youth dancing in a huge, packed stadium, DJ Snake arrived to fill the youth of Oran with pride.

Like all immigrant children, he represents a shared wealth for both sides. Like other big names like Zinedine Zidane, whom Algeria also happily welcomed at every opportunity.

There is no shortage of angry and divisive issues in the politics of the two shores of the Mediterranean. But there are also reasons for a convergence.

Algeria and France, for example, regularly quarrel, but the importance of the human dimension of their relationship prevents it from deteriorating beyond measure every time.

For both shores of the Mediterranean, immigration is an opportunity, not a stumbling block for those who persistently portray it as a burden.

The human dimension represents a bridge connecting the two countries of Algeria and France, which no hostile force on either side of the Mediterranean Sea can shake.

But this wealth is hardly used by the two countries to forge stronger political, cultural and economic ties.

In Algeria, attempts to involve the diaspora in the country’s development have met with mediocre results due to a lack of sufficient political will.

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