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Ahamada Smis

music dance Premiere




Author, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ahamada Smis brings to life an episode in the history of the Comores in a show that combines traditional and modern sounds, video and contemporary dance.

The Comorian people have not forgotten the massacre in 1976 at Majunga, Madagascar, not the thousands of survivors now called the “Sabenas”, named after the airline that organised their emergency repatriation.  This tragedy is still raw in the memory of Ahamada Smis, who returns to it in music, images and dance. Accompanied by three musicians and four dancers, he declaims his sensitive, poetic slam. Staying close to the tragic events without illustrating them, so that they remain intact and lose nothing of their power, the show cleverly uses symbols to talk about pain, trauma, forgiveness, healing and renewal. This long path to resilience finds a special resonance in contemporary dance and animated video based on drawings made where the tragedy took place, and in the way traditional music from the Indian Ocean—where Ahamada Smis is from—is combined with rap from his adoptive home, Marseille.



MEETING with the author Hadidja Mohamed and Dr. Ibrahim Said on Thursday, June 30 after the performance

Practical information

2022 edition

Duration 1h


Recommended for ages 7 and up


Gates opening at 8:30 pm.

Show begins at 10 pm.

On-site bar and catering (by Maison des Nines).


Where ?
Mucem - Place d'Armes du Fort Saint-Jean

7, promenade Robert-Laffont (esplanade du J4), 2e  

entrée Panier : parvis de l’église Saint-Laurent 

tel. 04 84 35 13 13

Métro - 1 arrêt Vieux-Port ou arrêt Joliette (10’ de marche)

Tram - 2 arrêt République-Dames ou Joliette (10 à 15’ de marche)

Bus - 49 arrêt Église Saint Laurent, 83 arrêt Mucem Saint-Jean, 60, 82, 82S arrêt Capitainerie

• Bus de nuit - 582 arrêt Capitainerie

Vélo Station Quai du Port, Station Mucem

Parking - Indigo, Vieux-Port Mucem


Price 10€

Under 12 y/o 5€

Book !


Photos ©Mothi Limbu


Composition et écriture Ahamada Smis Chorégraphie DjoDjo Kazadi Interprétation Fakri Fahardine (danse), Mohamed Alifeyini (danse), Mickael Jaume (danse), Jeff Kellner (guitare), Sinath Ouk (danse), Ahamada Smis (slam), Robin Vassy (percussions), Uli Wolters (saxophone, clarinette, flûte, MAO) Scénographie Claudine Bertomeu Création graphique Mothi Limbu Création vidéo Christophe Mentz


Coproduction Festival de Marseille ; Mucem (Marseille) Partenaires Pôle culturel de Chirongui (MYT) ; Le Royaume des Fleurs (Dzaoudzi, MYT) Soutien Ville de Marseille ; Drac Paca - Ministère de la culture ; Région Sud ; Dac de Mayotte, FEAC - Fonds d’aide aux échanges artistiques et culturels pour les Outre-mer ; Centre national de la musique - CNM, Spedidam Remerciement Ibrahim Barwane, Dr Saïd Ibrahim, Hachimaya Hamada, Hachimiya Ahamada, Maitre Abdellah Elamine


En coproduction avec le Mucem

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