Badji Mokhtar – Annaba University, Algeria. Email: email@example.com
Received October 11, 2017; Revised November 18, 2017; Accepted November 30, 2017; Published December 09, 2017.
This article attempts to understand the ambivalent attitude of celebration/subversion towards French immigration and assimilation policies by artists of immigrant descent. Using Edward Said’s concept of contrapuntal reading, it analyzes the song “J’y suis j’y reste” by Zebda, a music band whose protest songs are a form of militant struggle against discrimination. Such artists, who celebrate the varied cultural landscape and the polyphonic identity of the contemporary French Republic, aspire for a shift from a monocultural melting pot to a multicultural mosaic that honors its values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.
Keywords: immigration, assimilation, celebration, subversion, contrapuntal reading, hybridity.