It seems like the Algerian pop icon has disappeared from the surface of the north african music desktop! if you're wondering where Mami is since the release of his latest album "layali", nobody knows, and the french police is dedicated to find out. He was bailed out from jail for 200,000 euros under probation, and he made the decision apparently to break the probation and escape the law. His ex-girlfriend and manager are the people involved in the case: Michel Levy and the victim Isabelle Simon. Here's a briefing from wikipedia about his situation:
"Cheb Mami is currently under an international arrest warrant after being indicted in October 2006 for "voluntary violence, sequestration and threats" against an ex-girlfriend, and failing to answer a court summons on May 14 2007. He is accused of having tried to force his former girlfriend, a magazine photographer, to have an abortion. During a trip to Algeria in the summer of 2005, the alleged victim is said to have been locked in a house belonging to one of Mami's friends, where an abortive procedure was attempted on her. Back in France, however, she realised the foetus was still alive and decided not to abort. Mami has reportedly accused his manager of organising the abortion plan. [arrest warrant]"
Maybe Mami's career has just ended? if so, too bad it did on a sour note. Otherwise, we'll find out what happens.
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6:53 pm November 23, 2007
I have a feeling he'll re-surface eventually. This is really sad and I hope it gets resolved. Mami's got some amazing talent, it would be a shame to have his career end this way.