Dania Ben Sassi
Dania Ben Sassi, Tamazight: Danya At Sasi, Arabic: دانيا بن ساسي (born 1998) is a LibyanAmazigh singer whose music went viral during the First Libyan Civil War, due to the fact her music praises Amazigh resistance and are sung in Tamazight.
Dania Ben Sassi
Danya At Sasi
Early life
Dania Ben Sassi was born in Belgrade in Serbia in 1998, to a Libyan father from Zuwarah and a Serbian mother.[1] Her father had been forced into exile in Serbia, after fleeing the Gaddafi regime due to his activism for Libyan Berber rights.[1] She is fluent in Serbian and Libyan Tamazight and can write Tifinagh.[2] She studied Economics at the University of Belgrade.[2]
Musical career
Ben Sassi's music is inspired by the Amazighs of Libya and their resistance to cultural assimilation.[3] The majority of her music and lyrics are written by her father, who is also her manager.[1] His activist influence is clear, since Ben Sassi's music anchors Amazigh identity in Libya and demands that the Amazigh language be recognised by the Libyan constitution.[3] Tamazight was severely repressed in Libya when Gaddafi was in power.[4]
It is due to the circulation of her songs on the internet that she became an icon during the democratic uprisings that preceded the First Libyan Civil War.[5][3][6] The singer has been described as "the swallow of the Libyan Amazigh spring" by the writer Lhoussain Azergui. Amazigh history has inspired much of Ben Sassi's music, for example: Numidya (Numidia), which takes the name of the Numidian Berber kingdom.[3]
In 2011 Ben Sassi released her song 'The Revolutionary Our Star' in Tamazight, which according to the political researcher Nadine Schnelzer "is remarkable in itself".[7][8] The fact the song, and her music more generally praises the sacrifices made by the Libyans during the revolution, explains why she has become an icon of the Libyan Amazigh movement.[9] Her music also addresses issues of gender facing Libyan and Amazigh communities.[10]
In 2013 she performed on French television, on a programme on France 2 entitled 'The Night of Ramadan'.[11]
  1. ^ a b c "DANIA BEN SASSI". archive.wikiwix.com. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  2. ^ a b Rédaction, La (2014-05-29). "La voix de la Révolution libyenne !". La Dépêche de Kabylie (in French). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  3. ^ a b c d Tilmatine, Mohand; Desrues, Thierry (2018-02-19). Les revendications amazighes dans la tourmente des " printemps arabes ": Trajectoires historiques et évolutions récentes des mouvements identitaires en Afrique du Nord (in French). Centre Jacques-Berque. ISBN 979-10-92046-33-5.
  4. ^ Sturman, Janet (2019-02-26). The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-5063-5337-1.
  5. ^ OIRY-VARACCA, Mari (2019-11-21). Montagnards dans la mondialisation: Réseaux disporiques et mobilisations sociales dans l'Atlas (Maroc), les Highlands (Ecosse) et les Alpes françaises (in French). PUG - Presses universitaires de Grenoble. ISBN 978-2-7061-4371-7.
  6. ^ Merolla, Daniela (2020-01-02). "Cultural heritage, artistic innovation, and activism on Amazigh Berber websites". Journal of African Cultural Studies. 32 (1): 42–59. doi​:​10.1080/13696815.2019.1624153​. ISSN 1369-6815. S2CID 197689713.
  7. ^ "دنيا بن ساسي تصدر أغنية باللغة الأمازيغية". ...::: تين ؤسّان ::: ... (in Arabic). 2017-12-15. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  8. ^ Schnelzer, Nadine (2015-11-10). Libya in the Arab Spring: The Constitutional Discourse since the Fall of Gaddafi. Springer. p. 50. ISBN 978-3-658-11382-7.
  9. ^ Merolla, Daniela; Dahraoui, Abdelbasset (2018-02-19), Desrues, Thierry; Tilmatine, Mohand (eds.), "" Le sentiment d'être chez soi " sur les sites amazighs et le " printemps arabe " : déconstructions et renégociations sur le Web", Les revendications amazighes dans la tourmente des « printemps arabes » : Trajectoires historiques et évolutions récentes des mouvements identitaires en Afrique du Nord, Description du Maghreb, Maroc: Centre Jacques-Berque, pp. 289–322, doi​:​10.4000/books.cjb.1371​, ISBN 979-10-92046-33-5, retrieved 2021-01-26
  10. ^ Clancy-Smith, Julia (2015-03-01). "Gendering the History of Libya: Transnational and Feminist Approaches". Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 11 (1): 98–103. doi​:​10.1215/15525864-2832358​. ISSN 1552-5864. S2CID 143823722.
  11. ^ "La Nuit du Ramadan : Thierry Beccaro et Leili Anvar en duo à Marseille". Toutelatele (in French). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
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