There is no small corner in a Kabyle village where you can not find his portrait. And his voice still sounds everywhere.
The fact that it is the President of the Republic, personally, who recommends the realization of a museum dedicated to Matoub Lounes, is a great symbolism. This shows how we can no longer ignore the course and the contribution of Matoub Lounès and the art and poetry of Kabyle in general and the struggle for life. liberties, for the language and culture of the Amazigh and against all ostracisms on the other. It is not the fact that there is a museum dedicated to Matoub Lounès that forms the event in itself, but it is also and above all the fact that such a decision was taken at the highest level. State level, ie the presidency of the republic. The first magistrate of the country has just approved the funding and support for the creation of a museum dedicated to the cultural and artistic heritage of the "Rebelle" Matoub Lounès.
The museum will be erected in the birthplace of the murdered poet, Taourirt Moussa, in the Ait Mahmoud municipality (Tizi Ouzou's wilay). In the communiqué released by the Ministry of Culture last Sunday to make this decision public, it is specified that the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has applied for the creation of a Matoub-Lounès museum in the village of Taourirt Moussa. approved. The President of the Republic also gave instructions for the funding and support of this cultural project "which aims to preserve the memory of the artist Matoub Lounès, who has contributed to the promotion of Algerian music and singing in his Amazigh dimension and the strengthening of national identity ".
In the same message from Azeddine Mihoubi, the Minister of Culture, the latter said that Malika Matoub, sister and president of the Matoub-Lounès Foundation, "expressed gratitude for this noble attention, and considered that the decision President Bouteflika was a support for culture with The aim is to preserve memory, symbols and craftsmen. "Matoub Lounès, author of more than 220 songs and poems of inimitable and exceptional originality and talent, was during his lifetime and the most admired Kabyle singer. Always with the same passion listened to by millions of fans, his 220 poems represent a truly written work that depicts metaphors and lexical wealth recognized by all specialists, all aspects of life and an infinite number of paintings about Algeria from the Roman period until 1998.
The poetry of Matoub Lounès is therefore a poetic writing of history, the true history of Algeria with its historical and linguistic Amazigh dimension denied after the independence of the political regime. Matoub Lounès also revealed several pages that remained unknown to the history of the war of independence with the denial that had struck several heroes of this war like Crimean Belkacem and Abane Ramdane for decades. The poems by Matoub Lounès have long been the standard bearer of the struggle for the recognition of the Amazigh language as a national language. A fight that led to the formalization of Tamazight in the Algerian constitution in 2016 after it was recognized as a national language in 2002.
In addition to his lyrics and his songs that were very influential in the Kabyle society, Matoub Lounès always added the word because he was one of the avant-garde militants of the Berber Cultural Movement (MCB). It is Matoub Lounès, in the company of many activists from the Berber case, who on 25 January 1990 ruled the first big march for tamazight in Algiers. Matoub Lounès played the lead roles in all steps that had enamelled the fight against terrorism Islamist in the nineties, not only with his songs but also in the field and in the media.
Matoub Lounès was abducted for 15 days in 1994 and isolated by terrorists before being released. The life of Matoub Lounès thus merges with the history of the Amazigh fight and against obscurantism. Matoub Lounès had fought peacefully to have room in Algeria for all the sensitivities they had: political, religious, linguistic or others.
By deciding to dedicate a museum to it, the Presidium of the Republic rehabilitates a poet, an artist and a militant of a monumental scale who has suffered injustice, exclusion and despised censorship throughout his life. .
His songs were never broadcast on Algerian television and even on the radio, it was not until after 1988 that they shyly started making their "appearance". During his lifetime, Matoub Lounès was also the permanent target of a multitude of cleverly orchestrated attacks and persistent smear campaigns aimed at undermining his integrity as a free poet that no political system or other organization had succeeded in corrupting. Fair and clean, Matoub Lounès was up to his last breath, on June 25, 1998, when he was assassinated by an attack on Tala Bounane on the road leading to his native village.
Since that tragic and unforgettable day Matoub Lounès has become a myth.
There is no small corner in a Kabyle village where you can not find his portrait. And his voice still sounds everywhere, day and night, to the annoyance of the monsters who thought they could kill a lion's voice and keep silent, whose roar torn plains and mountains to reach the hearts of all those who long for freedom.