TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT – Placed in police custody on the evening of October 24, Moroccan rapper ElGrande Toto was released on bail on October 26. “I did not say my last word”: this is how the Casablanca rapper reacted on Instagram to the ban on leaving the territory and the summons to police who had been targeting him since October 20, which caused the cancellation of concerts in Europe of his real name Taha Fahssi, until further notice.
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This court decision comes after six complaints were filed against him. The applicants: journalist Mohammed Tijjini, artists Abdelouahab Doukkali, Moulay Ahmed Alaoui, Abdelatti Amna and Abdellah Essamy, as well as a traffic police officer. Their motives: “defamation”, “death threat” but also “indecency”, among others. On Sunday October 23, ElGrande Toto apologized publicly during a press conference organized urgently by his teams. After many escapades, the artist shows his credentials. Four of the six complaints filed have since been withdrawn, those of the artists.
Issu of one working-class family, ElGrande Toto, real name Taha Fahssi, grew up in Benjdia (or BNJ), a neighborhood in downtown Casablanca. His “ter-ter”, as he calls it, he often describes in his interviews as a muse who inspires him and keeps him grounded.
It is under exclusive license agreement with RCA Records
The “BNJ City Block” label, a musical project bringing together several Moroccan rappers, is a sort of tribute to this district by those who grew up there. It is also a homonymous mixtape, released in 2017 with this first label, which will launch the career of ElGrande Toto. Since then, the Casablanca artist has been under an exclusive license agreement with RCA Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music France.