Two weeks after a violent terror attack that killed at least 21 people, a group of 11 Ivorians musicians identified as Collectif Bassam collaborated released a song defying the terrorists.
The music video called “Même Pas Peur”, which means “Not Afraid” in French was recorded at the Grand Bassam beach, the same place where the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorists attacked. The video features young locals, hotel employees and the group of musicians, dressed in t-shirts captioned “Même pas peur” along with the Ivorian flag, defiantly singing the chorus: “En Côte d’Ivoire, on est debout, djihadistes, on n’a même pas peur”. Which means:
“In Ivory Coast, we are on our feet, jihadists, we are not afraid”
Other lyrics include a clear criticism of AQIM’s interpretation of Islam:
“What are you doing on the beaches? Because of 70 virgins, you kill innocent people […] In the name of God, you there, you won’t go to paradise.”
One artist even quoted a verse of the Quran which forbids killing people for unjust purposes. The group performed at halftime during the African Cup Of Nations qualifier as Côte d’Ivoire beat Sudan thanks to a goals scored by Gervinho.
So far, Ivorian authorities have arrested 15 people in connection to the shootings. There is also a manhunt for Kounta Dallah, the man who is believed to have orchestrated the attack.
Watch the music video below: