Mustapha Lakhdari joined Istijmam in 2008. With a background in martial arts and capoeira, he served initially as the troupe’s physical trainer before becoming an actor himself. With Istijmam, he has appeared in Apples, Yadra!, and Et-Teffeh. In Berlin, he performed in Medea under the direction of Hannah Ehlers. He previously appeared in El-Fanen, written and directed by Ali Talbi, at the International Festival of Theater in Berkane, Morocco. He founded, directs, and performs with the music troupe Goudem in Marseilles, France. He has also sung and played percussion in troupes including Madjid Hadj Brahim and Diwanna, and he was a singer, storyteller, and dancer in K’nibla. His musical influences include Tamacheq (Tuareg) songs, Algerian diwan, blues, reggae, electronic music, and popular sung poetry. Mustapha holds a PhD in maritime engineering from the University of Science and Technology Mohamed Boudiaf in Oran, Algeria. At the time of the tour, he was working as an actor and singer in Berlin.