May 2024


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.

“Not Afraid”

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:

SEE ALSO: Cote d’Ivoire Declares Three Days Of National Mourning.