A band from Toulouse, France, combining reggae, ska, rock and raï and much more. The band is led by three singers originally from Morocco. Most of their lyrics have a political content, addressing issues such as the discrimination against Arab immigrants. The band was formed in 1985 and split in 2003 and 2012
Key songs include:
Tomber la chemise (Take Off Your Shirt) - The summer hit in many European countries that propelled Zebda into the forefront.
Motivés - Their political 'anthem', with which has a political party, called 'Motivé-e-s' which ran for the city council elections of Toulouse (they got about 15%).
Le bruit et l'odeur (The noise and smell) - Probably the sharpest song written in response to French President Jacques Chirac's words that arabic immigrants make only noise, smell and don't get a job (Chirac was IN office at the time).
L'aréne des rumeurs (1992)
Le bruit et l'odeur (1995)
Essence ordinaire (1998) - about 300 000 copies sold
Utopie d'occase (2002)
La Tawa (2003) - Live album with bonus DVD
Magyd Cherfi - vocal
Mouss et Hakim Amokrane - vocal
Pascal Cabero - guitar
Joël Saurin - bass guitar
Rémi Sanchez - keyboard
Vincent Sauvage - drums