Abd Al Malik


Abd Al Malik (Paris, 1975) is a rapper, writer, essayist, script writer and director of Congolese descent. He grew up in the residential district Neuhof in Strasbourg. He regularly collaborates with artists like Juliette Greco, Laurent Garnier and Ahmad Jamal. In his work, he bridges different cultures and music styles and calls for tolerance and self-development.

At the request of Catherine Camus, he made the theatre piece L'art et la revolte (‘Art and Revolt') as part of the activities surrounding the 100th birthday of her father Albert Camus. His solo album Gibraltar (2006) is considered one of the most important French albums in the last twenty years. The music is a unique blend of hip-hop, jazz and French chanson. He is married to the French singer Wallen, with whom he has four children. The two have recorded various duets together.

Mayor work
2006 Gibraltar (album)

2008 Dante (album)

2009 La guerre des banlieues n'aura pas lieu (book)

2010 Château Rouge (album)

2014 Qu'Allah bénisse la France! (film)

2015 Scarifications (album)

2016 Camus, l'art de la révolte (book)

2019 Le jeune noir à l'épée (album, book, theatre (previous in Holland Festival 2019)

2019 Les Justes (theatre)

2019 Méchantes blessures (novel)


Prizes and awards

2008 Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters

2009 Edgar Faure prize for La guerre des banlieues n'aura pas lieu