OTHER MUSIC STYLES
Mebarek Othmane known as Baly.
This Touareg poet emerged from the entrails of the Tassili N'Ajjer in the Sahara... Read more

was born on January 1st 1927 at Taddert Boumessaoud in Aïn El Hammam... Read more

Ahmed Driche Tedjini, better known as Ahmed Wahbi... Read more
 
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Born on January 23, 1960 in Oujda Morocco, Ahmed El Fakir began his career as a musician at an early age. Since then, he continued his studies of Andalousian and Gharnati music at the music academy of Oujda. In 1986, he founded his own musical group, Sheik Salah, which later took the name of Zyriab. Ahmed took part in many festivals in Morocco, Algeria... Read more

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Karim Kacemi, born in April 1961 in Blida, is a Chaabi and Hawzi singer. He grew up in a family of music lovers who encouraged him to develop his love and predisposition to music for he showed his talent in this field at an early age.
Right from the start, he followed the footsteps of the late master El Hachemi Guerrouabi who influenced him a great deal... Read more

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The cultural association Dar-El-Gharnatia which was founded in March 1972 by andalusian music lovers is a great school where teachers provide the best training in the andalusian music field.The association's president is Cheikh Mahieddine Bellouti who is surrounded by dedicated people such as El Hadj Slimane Anani, Boualem Kharous... Read more

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Rachid Nouni was born on May 5 th 1943 . He is an excellent interpreter of the chaabi and andalusian music. For this artist, Chaabi and andalusian music are arts he devoted his life to without making them a bread winning means. He started his musical career as a drum and tambourine player in a chaabi band called “the artistic popular band”... Read more

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Bouyahia Sadek alias Cheikh Sadek El Bedjaoui, was born in Bejaia on December 17 th , 1907 in Bab El Louz neighborhood. Sadek joined El Mossilia association at its beginning and thus took full part in its development. While living in Algiers for five years, he met with great masters such as El Hadj El Mahfoud in Blida ... Read more

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Khelifa Belkacem (1905-1951) was known for his simplicity and his determination to be an accomplished artist. With his warm and melodious voice, Khelifa started his career, along with a group of friends, by performing chaabi songs in weddings and later was able to perform along with great artists such as El Hadj El Anka and Omar Mekraza.

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Mustapha Isaad. Excellent chaabi singer in Kabyle language.

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Mohamed Selami. Excellent chaabi singer.

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Awtar Tilimsen Association . After establishing a school for Andalusian music in Tlemcen in 1983, the association's main objective was to preserve and encourage this cultural heritage by teaching. Their mission came at a time when audiences were drawn [more] towards religious songs (madih) performed by young singers.... Read more

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Nador Lounes, known as Farid Oujdi, was born on April 3rd 1931 in the Casbah of Algiers. He grew up in Belcourt. In 1946, Oujdi entered The Academy of Music in Algiers and at 16 he started singing in concerts alongside Saci Brati Mohamed Fakhardji, Sid Ahmed Serri and Mazouni Mesakdji. Oujdi died on February 28th 2001 and was buried at El Madania.

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Hassen Kaouane. Excellent performer of chaâbi music.

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Abderrezak Bouguetaya. A brilliant performer of chaâbi music, Abderazak Bouguetaya specialized in the qacid (epic poems). He was born and raised in Belouizdad (ex-Belcourt), a neighborhood in Algiers where chaâbi music was a passion for many. One of his famous qacidate is “Dar Essoultan” (House of the Sultan) written by Mohamed Bouteldja, who died in 1998.

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Abderrezak Guenif was born in 1967 in Algiers and is a graduate of El Sendoussia school of Andalusian music. Although not having been a student of the late Guerrouabi, Abderazak considers this latter as the Master of Chaâbi music who instilled in him the love of this style.

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Sid Ali Lekkam, who was born in Algiers in 1961 is an excellent interpreter of Chaâbi music. Lekkam interprets epic poems (qacidate) sung by the first generation of Chaâbi music as well as popular and modern poetry such as “Nedjma” written by Yacine Ouabed.
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Firqat El Ferda, this ensemble, originating from Knadsa (a few kilometers from Bechar ) re-formed in 1991. This band has a genre mixing Melhoun and Haouzi rythms (diwan, hadra) and is distinguished by its Sufi songs and choreography on stage.El Ferda has a musical genre using a basin as the main percussion... Read more

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Cheikha Tetma Bentabet was born in 1891 in Tlemcen where she received a religious and literary education. This fact made of her one of the very few educated women of her time. She owes her musical knowledge to the brothers Mohamed and Ghouti Dib... Read more

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El Moussilia Association of Oujda ( Morocco ) was created on November 24 1985 by a group of people, all of whom were passionate of culture and heritage. From its creation to the present day, the members rehearse in Ibn Sina youth club in Oujda . Ahmed Thantaoui is a singer and teacher within the association... Read more

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With his family originally from Sidi Daoud, Boumerdes, Mohamed Zerbout was born on February 10, 1936 in the neighborhood of Zoudj Ayoun, located in the lower Casbah. At an early age, Mohamed became interested in châabi music and at the age of twelve, he was constantly attending festivals perfomed by several chouyoukh.... Read more


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Reda Djillali, 63 years old, was born in Algiers . At the age of 15, he joined the Academy of music of Algiers where he was taught by Abderezak Fakhardji (classical and Andalusian music) and El Hadj M'hamed El Anka (Chaâbi music).At the independence of Algeria , he became instructor of Andalusian music... Read more

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Mohamed Rachid Signi is not only a sportsman but a musician and singer of the Malouf as well. He was born in a family of music lovers. His father was a pianist and his mother encouraged Mohamed Rachid to sing. Because of his determination, this artist is now able to sing the entire Malouf repertoire. He definitely shows promise of the perpetuation of the Malouf in Constantine.

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Kamel Aziz is an interpreter of the Chaâbi and Andalusian music. Living amidst a family of musicians, Kamel naturally learned to play music on his own before he joined the Association of “Founoune El Djamila”. Fine arts proved beneficial for this artist who excelled at Chaâbi music.

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Omar Mekraza was born on February 24 th , 1924 in Algiers . At a very early age, he was drawn by music, especially the Derbouka (hand drum). By pure coincidence, he joined the famous band of El Hadj M'hamed El Anka who was in search of a drabki (hand drum player). Moh Akli was in charge of finding such a player.... Read more

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Kamel El harrachi who was born in Algiers is not only the son of the late Dahmane El Harrachi but is as talented as his father in the musical field too. Kamel, in addition to looking like his father, Dahmane Amrani, better known as Dahmane El Harrachi, also sings his father's repertoire perfectly well... Read more

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Hakim Bouaziz is an excellent Malouf interpreter and is better known for his hit “Sara ya Sara”. He will certainly follow the path of other Malouf singers and be a disciple of Hadj Mohamed Tahar Fergani.
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Toufik Aoun , blind a birth, is a very good interpreter of Hawzi and Chaabi music.

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Mebarek Dakhla, Malouf singer from Annaba.

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Mohamed Lamraoui was born on April 13 th 1963 in Dellys. In 1979, as a lead singer, he joined a band that played a variety of styles such as Chaâbi, Hawzi, and Andalusian. In 1987, he sang an unforgettable duo with Kamel Messaoudi. In addition to writing his own lyrics, Mohamed owes his poetic support to Yacine Ouabed, Mohamed Chaid Kamel Cherchar and Kaddour Afrah.

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Mohamed Bellil is a native of Annaba (East of Algiers). His interprets the Malouf in a unique way and that is in a more rhythmic way. Nevertheless, he respects the Malouf tradition related to the Arab-Andalusian music at large.

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El Djenadia, located in Boufarik re-emerged in 1996 with new objectives. First, by being part of the cultural heritage of Algeria . Secondly by creating a school where young people can familiarize with the music of their ancestors. El Djenadia Association is open daily to safeguard and popularize the heritage.

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Yacine Ouabed is a fiery composer in the Chaabi music. He has been of great support to Kamel Messaoudi and Mohamed Lamraoui. Yacine has a great aptitude in passing on the message of his poems.

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Beihdja Rahal, was born in July 1962 in Algiers . She grew up in a family where Andalusian music was a current activity. Since an early age, Beihdja was imbued with this kind of music and was fortunate to pursue her musical education with masters of Andalusian music such as Aberrazak Ferkhardji, Mohamed Khaznadji and Zoubir Kerkachi... Read more


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Abdelkader Chercham was born in 1946 in the Casbah, Algiers . Pupil of the late El Hadj M'hamed El Anka, specialist of the Djed style, he was assisted and encouraged by Hadj Braihiti. Blessed with the ability of memorizing long qacidate (epic poems), he was once able to interpret three of these in one concert.... Read more

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Zakia Kara Terki who was born in Tlemcen is an accomplished singer of the Andalusian music and can perform an entire Nouba with five long songs in one evening.

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Mâazouz Bouadjadj was born on January 16 th 1936 in Mostaganem. At 16, Bouadjadj sang his first qacida (epic poem) “El Achiqa” by Cheikh El Mekki El Fassi. A confirmed mandolin player, classical and Andalusian music lover, he follows his favorite singers, Dahmane Ben Achour and Cheikh Belhocine, footsteps. He loves reading and composes music which brings out the riches, the subtleties of the poems... Read more

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Abdelhak Bourouba, is from Birdjebah in Casbah, Algiers . With a thirty year experience in music, Abdelhak can perform a mixture of Chaabi-Andalusian in a very refined way “snaa maradjama” that reminds us of the great masters of Chaabi and Andalusian music.

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Safia Adda, known as Radia Adda was born on August 18 1970 in Belouizdad, (ex Belcourt), Algiers . She dropped out of school at 9 th grade to launch her singing career. Her idol is Fadial Dziria and following her footsteps, Radia sings Hawzi style. After being a member of El Fakhardjia, she joined Es-Sendoussia Association for six years. Radia sings El Assimi ( Algiers style) in a beautiful way.

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Although Omar Benamara has an Algerian traditional music background, he presently sings at the Opera House of Paris. His long experience in universal classical music gave him a different perception of traditional music. This gave him the opportunity to establish a remarkable link tohis cultural roots and at the same time allowed him to perform great Nubas in the Arab-Andalusian genres

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Association Mustapha Belkhodja:
Cheikh Mustapha Belkhodja
was born August 4 th 1917 in Tlemcen. His family members were music lovers and musicians. It is said that his grand father, Hadj Mohamed Seghir who died in 1907, was a great violin player. At a very young age, Mustapha Belkhodja learned to play the mandolin, the viola and the kouitra... Read more

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Abderahmane El Koubi was born on February 20 th 1945 in a family of music lovers. He started his singing career in 1965 under the supervision of Abdelkrim Dali for two years. Not being able to join El Ankawia, he persevered with the help of his uncles, one of whom is Kadour Lebhiri... Read more

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Nassim El Andalous Ensemble. M'salia is played under Raml Maya mode that is a theme song for H'sin and Ghrib modes. In a version by Redouane Bensari , the M'salia complies with the traditional Raml Maya mode. ... Read more.


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Hadj M'rizek (1912-1955) whose real name was Arezki Chaieb was born at 4, Thebes street in the Casbah, Algiers . He developed an interest for music at a very early age and thanks to his half brother Mohamed K'hioudji, he learned a few tunes he liked to sing with a group of friends.... Read more

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Ait Ouarab Mohamed Idir Halo, better known as Hadj M'hamed El Anka was born on May 20 th 1907 in the Kasbah, Algiers . The Chaabi style, under its present form owes its existence to Hadj M'hamed El Anka. He is the undisputed creator of this particular musical genre. Cheikh Nador who interpreted Moghrabi style noticed El Anka when he was only thirteen... Read more

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Fadhila Madani, known as Fadhila Dziria was born on June 25 th 1917 at Djnen Bit El Mel near Notre Dame D'Afrique, Algiers in a very conservative family. Fadhila was majestic on stage with her fine singing and the way she wore traditional clothes (Kaftan, Karako and Seroual , Khit Erouh or Zrir) which made her a living symbol of our culture and traditions.

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Nadia Benyoucef was born in 1958 at Bab Djedid, in the Kasbah, Algiers . Nadia is a brilliant singer who made her debuts at El Mossilia Association. Thanks to her beautiful voice, she beautifully interprets the Hawzi style. Her song “Leytim” (the orphan) will be the prelude to her great success of “Ya lamima” (O' mother).

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Abdelkrim Dali was born in Tlemcen in a family of music lovers. His father was a candy merchant at the local market. Cheikh Omar Bakhchi was interested in Abdelkrim's love for music and singing and taught him the basics of Andalusian music. Abdelkrim had such a high pitch, he could sing without the help of a microphone.Born in Tlemcen and living in Algiers , Abdelkrim could combine both music styles... Read more

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Mohamed El Ghafour was born on March 5 th 1930 in Nedroma (west of Algeria ). Although a brilliant student, he dropped out of school to help his father in his weaving business. El Ghafour is known for his exemplary modesty. He once said that he sang because Cheikh Ghenim wanted him to and he continued doing so because he liked it. The Malouf or the Hawzi style that El Ghafour sings is typical to Nedroma.

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Nouri Koufi was born on December 31 st 1954 in Tlemcen. At eight, he joined the best music schools under the direction of the best masters of classical music. His teachers were Hassain, Aboura and Benali. With his vocal qualities and exceptional inspiration, Nouri koufi continues to search for improving to master more instruments such as the lute, the mandoline, the Rbab and the violin.

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Kamel Messaoudi was born on January 30 th 1961 in Bouzareah, Algiers . He grew up in a modest family. Kamel chooses his themes meticulously and likes to sings theme songs which move his fans. His style can be considered as neo Chaabi style.

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Abdelmalek Taleb Imansouren was born in El Madania, Algiers . When he was 10, he sang Hindu songs that he fell in love like many young people in Algeria . But it was only in 1980 that he launched his career when he sang “Galou laarab galou” in a televised program.... Read more

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Amar El Achab was born July 31 st 1932 in Algiers . He was considered one of the best Chaabi singers of his time before he left for France where he lived for many years. Amar El Achab makes his listeners enjoy his songs that are pure, classical and moralizing.

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Noureddine Alane

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Hamdi Benani was born January 1 st 1943 in Annaba , fourth most important city in Algeria . At 16, he won first prize at a music competition. His tenacity and determination will help him climb the ladder of fame and reach perfection just like his peers Hadj Mohamed Tahar Fergani, Hssen El Annabi and Abdelmoumene Bentoubal.
 
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Karim Aouidat was born in 1968. Karim is a young chaâbi singer who started to initiate himself with music by himself. It is obvious that chaâbi occupies a particular place in the heart of youngsters of Bab El Oued, like has Karim. Later, he joined the academy of El Açilia to learn the basics of Andalusia and chaâbi, and also to improve his singing and playing of the music... Read more

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Hocine Driss was born and raised in a family of music lovers, who live in Laaqiba, Bel court. In 1984, Hocine joined El Ankaouia and was a student of Mohamed Oueld Hadj, later he became a student of Omar Boudjemia. After a short training in the chaabi music style, Hocine Driss went to the music academy of Algiers and became a student of Abdelkader Chercham... Read more

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El Kortobia Association of Tlemcen is conducted by Salah Boukli-Hacene, director of the cultural center of Tlemcen and disciple of Mohamed Bouali.

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Laidaoui Hamid was born on December 15 th , 1948 in El Harrach, a popular neighborhood called PLM, east of Algiers Hamid started his artistic career in 1964 and two years later, joined the Algiers Institute of music led by Abdelkrim Dali. In 1968, he became a member of the municipal music institute of El Harrach which was led by Mohamed Mezeghna... Read more

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El Hadi El Anka is the son of the late famous chaabi master El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka. El Hadi is the conductor of a band named after him. He is one the most respected conductors in Algeria .

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Mustapha Belahcen, chaabi singer.

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Tlemcen Ensemble Orchestra.

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Al Kortobia Association . Founded in February 2004, this music group had one mission: to spread the Andalusian music style. Its ultimate reward was winning first prize in the festival of Tlemcen in 2004, only five months after its creation.

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Kamel Belkhiret was born on March 16th, 1964 in Boufarik. In 1983, he joined a group of musicians led by the late Amar Ahras. It was Ahras who first initiated him to the guitar. After playing chaâbi music for most of his youth, Belkhiret was later drawn towards another style called Andalou. He then became a member of El Djenadia School of Andalusian music where he improved his talent ... Read more

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Fettouma Lemitti, better known as Seloua, was born in Blida . In 1952, she started her artistic career as a host on a children's program at Radio Algiers. Then in 1960, while launching a new musical style, Seloua met Missoum. Two years later, along with Lalla Amina , she became the third most sold singer at Pathe Marconi... Read more

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On September 15th 1934, a group of youngsters whose fathers were members of The Algerian Circle were admitted within the Circle. They set up a section they called ‘ Literary, Artistic and Musical Section' and performed plays and concerts to the public... Read more

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Nacer Mokdad was born on Independence Day, July 5th 1962, in the Algiers Casbah. In 1973 he attended the Academy of Music of Algiers and joined El Fekherdjia in 1982. Mokdad was taught by Abdelkader Chercham, Nouredine Saoudi in El Ankaouia School and at a higher level by Rezki Harbi. His first album ‘El Casbah ouana oulid'ha' came out in 1990 with the help of Mahboub Bati.... Read more

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Mustapha Boutchiche. Well known and appreciated by Chaâbi music lovers and followers, Mustapha, although a native of Setif (300 kms east of Algiers ), didn't adopt the Staifi style but the Chaâbi (popular music of Algiers ) to prove anyone that Chaâbi is not the property of only those living in the capital. Mustapha is an accomplished Chaâbi singer and the music mate of Kamel Bourdib, Aziouaz Rais, El Hadi Anka and many more.

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Ahbab Cheikh Larbi Bensari, this association originated in Tlemcen in October 1987 and was headed by Fewzi Kalfat. Same as other associations, its main objective was to preserve and promote Andalusian music as well as setting up a large scale orchestra that was going to respect to the letter the musical heritage ... Read more

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Mustapha Skandrani, He is considered one the pillars of the Andalusian and popular music. Born in November 1920 in the Casbah, Algiers , Skandrani was a famous composer and pianist who started his career at the “El Taraqi” Club and was taught by Mohamed Benteffahi and the brothers Mohamed and Aberrazak Fakhardji.... Read more

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Hassan El Annabi whose real name is Hassen Aouchel was born on November 20th 1925 in El Kseur (Bejaia). As early as the age of 14, Hassan started taking interest in Malouf music. In 1958 his first vinyl record came out with songs such as “Fatima, Rouh Ya Bani Louerchan, Jasmi Fena”. The record was a hit and this added to his popularity and fame. ... Read more

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El Hadj Cheikh Larbi Ben Sari is known as the spiritual father of the Andalusian music in Tlemcen. After a Coranic education, he started seeing some of the well known people in the musical field. He had the opportunity to meet Cheikh Menouar Benattou, Mohamed Dib, Ichoua Medioni et Cheikh Mohamed Benchaabane.... Read more

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Mohamed Rebah, is a Chaâbi singer and a self taught man with a voice that cradles conservatives in the Chaâbi style. He spent some time at El Sendoussia learning on his own names given to different modes in a very intelligent way especially that he plays instruments artfully and knows texts sung by Amar Ezzahi and Hadj Guerrouabi... Read more

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Nour Eddine Saoudi was born in Algiers, in a family that loved music and poetry. He is a Doctor in geology and successfully combined both his professional career and his love of music. At a very young age, Nour Eddine showed his interest in music and enrolled in a well known school of music and considers his teachers as “the living memory of part of my roots” ... Read more


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Abdellah Guettaf is known to be a pillar in the Chaabi music with his particular way of singing a mix of Chaabi-Andalusian music.

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Riad Khalfa is a native of Constantine and interprets Malouf wonderfully. Riad started playing the guitar at the age of 4. His idols were Maamar Berachi, H'souna and Mohamed Tahar Fergani. Maamar Berachi's nephew encouraged Riad to join a school of music. He joined Fergania then Bestandjia associations and his teacher was Cheikh Darsouni... Read more

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Rahma Boualem was born in 1941 in the Kasbah, Algiers . He made his debut in the Chaabi music at a very early age and soon became singer-composer after studying at El Ankaouia Association. Boualem left for France where he met Salah Saadaoui who helped him in his career... Read more

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Cheikh Salim Fergani is part of a family of musicians and singers. He is the son of Hadj Mohamed Tahar Fergani and is considered one the best interpreters of Malouf which is one the three arabo-andalusian music schools in Algeria... Read more

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El Hachemi Guerouabi was born on January 6 th 1938 at El Mouradia, Algiers. He grew up in Belouizdad (ex Belcourt) where he lived two passions: soccer and music. His last season in soccer was in 1951-52 when he played with La Redoute AC... Read more

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Nassima whose real name is Nacéra Chabane grew up in Blida (west of Algiers) where she was cradled by the Arab Andalusian music that was part of her environment. Nassima (light breeze) continues to defend poetic and musical art of the mythical Andalusia where the three religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) co-lived...Read more


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Cheikh El Yamine, chaabi singer from the old school of El Harrach (Algiers).

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Elandaloussi Sâadedine whose real name is Saadedine Zerrouki, was born in 1961 in Algiers and despite his handicap (blind), he practiced music theory and played the piano since childhood at a school for the Blind in El Afroun (Tipaza) before joining El Fekhardjia Association in the eighties... Read more

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Amina Zohir has been able to meet the challenge of singing Chaâbi which is usually interpreted by men only. She is perfectly able to memorize and sing long qacidate (epic poems) with control and fervor.
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Samir Toumi, was born and raised in a family of music lovers. In the eighties, his brother Rachid encouraged him to perfect his art by joining El Moussilia. Mahmoud Hadj Ali, Youcef Ouznadji, Nacer Benmerabet and Sid Ahmed Serri taught him the art of Andalusian music... Read more

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Dalila Naim Hawzi and chaabi singer and on the foot step of Fadhéla Dziriya her idol.

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Farid Khodja was born in Blida on February 13 th 1964 . He was destined to follow his uncle's, Mohamed Khodja, alias Dziri, footsteps. The latter would very often take Farid to El Widadia music school. Farid Khodja had the opportunity to interpret a solo (Zidane style)... Read more

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Didine Karoum, has a twenty five year experience in Chaabi music. Being a perfect self-taught person made his artistic personality even more appreciated for he is considered one of the best Chaabi interpreters with the responsibility of carrying on the Chaabi tradition handed down by previous masters.

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Ahcene Larbi Benameur, alias Hssisen , was born on December 8 th 1920 in the Casbah, Algiers . Hssissen was a fine artist with a prodigious memory that allowed him to perform long qacidate (epic poems). He learned to play the mandolin and the guitar on his own and started his artistic career by entertaining people in his neighborhood.... Read more

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Achour Abderrahmane, better known as Dahmane Ben Achour was born on March 11 th 1912 in Ouled Aich, Blida . From his young age and accompanied by one of his friends, Ali Milli who was a member of prestigious schools of classical art, Dahmane Ben Achour drew attention with his beautiful voice in 1931 at El Adabia school of music... Read more

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Born in 1926 in Algiers, Sid Ahmed Serri singer, teacher and conductor, is considered nowadays as the guardian of authentic Andalusian music. During the first national seminar on Algerian classical music that took place in Chenoua, Tipasa and ended on April 2006... Read more

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Naïma Dziria is a real star in Algeria . Born blind in 1967, she grew up in a family of music lovers and tradition keepers, Naima carried on the tradition of Assimi style. Her exceptional voice opened many doors to her and in 1983, she hit big while singing in a televised program. Since then, Naima performs both Hawzi and Chaabi music.

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Abdelmadjid Meskoud was born on March 31 st 1953 at El Hamma (Belcourt). Although he never studied music, he started scratching his first guitar in 1969. He made an attempt at acting at the same time. Abdelmadjid played mainly at weddings until 1989 when his hit song “El Assima” revealed him to the public at large... Read more

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Abderahmane Amrani, better known as Dahmane El Harrachi is the cantor of nostalgia.He was one of the Algerian artists who devoted his whole life to his career in chaabi music. His harsh voice and forthright lyrics, he sings about life and human drama. Dahmane was born July 7 th 1925 at Fontaine Fraiche in El Biar, a neighborhood of Algiers ... Read more

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El Djazairia El Mossilia Ensemble is an accomplished ensemble whose performances, records and musical tradition is a faithful allegiance to the national cultural heritage, a faithful memory to the previous masters and the duty towards the future. ... Read more

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Brahim Hadj Kacem is an engineer and a musician who was born on May 22 nd 1969 in Tlemcen. From an early age, he praticed music and from 1984 to 1992, he became a member of Gharnata and El Kortobia Associations. As early as 1990, he formed a band along with his two brothers Mohamed and Omar. He plays the piano but prefers the violin while performing in official events.... Read more

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El Hadj Menouar (1913-1971) was born in the Kasbah, Algiers , in a modest family from Bordj Menaiel. Menouar Kerar (real name) had to work at a very young age to help support his family and by doing so, was deprived of an education. Although illiterate, Menouar had a phenomenal memory. Seeing his interest in music, K'hioudji encouraged him to persevere in this field... Read more

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Chaou Abdelkader was born on November 10 th 1941 at Bab Jdid, in the Kasbah, Algiers . He started his career at Radio Crochet. Thanks to Mahboub Bati, Chaou became a star in the seventies. His greatest hits were “Mazal Khatmi, Ya laadra ouine moualik and Meriem”.

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Aziouz Rais was born on August 25 th 1954 in the Kasbah, Algiers . After a difficult debut in his career, Aziouz made it through in the 90's. He sang at weddings and recorded cassettes, among which “Chefte Hmama, Hbak Ghamama” whose lyrics were composed by Rachid Benani.

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Réda Doumaz was born in 1956 and grew up in Hussein Dey, a neighborhood in Algiers where wedding receptions were popular and in a family of music lovers. Despite his love for music, Reda chose to further his academic education and stays faithful to his two passions. Reda expresses his love for music by saying “My mission is to be the ambassador of our cultural heritage by interpreting it with a contemporary inspiration.

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Mohamed khaznadji was born on July 11 th 1929 in Algiers in a family where music was very much appreciated. Early on he was a Hazzab (Koran reader) when only the voice is used.Later in his singing career, he became professor at the Academy of Music in Algiers . His fame crossed borders because of this interpretation of Andalusian music.

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Nacereddine Chaouli was born in July 1962 in the popular neighborhood of Belcourt, Algiers . His father, a conductor, initiated him to music at the age of six and had him practice on different instruments (Lute, mandolin, Kamantcha, guitar and piano). His melodious voice makes him an excellent interpreter of Andalusian and Hawzi music.

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Kamel Bourdib was born in Algiers. In 1983, he was revealed to his audience and thanks to his interpretation of Madih dini (religious songs). Kamel Bourdib is considered an undisputed master of Madih.

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Mourad Djafri

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Amar Ait Zai better known as Amar Ezzahi , was born January 1 st 1941 in Ain El Hammam, Tizi Ouzou. In the sixties, he was mesmerized by Chaabi music when listening to his idol, Boudjemaa El Ankis. In 1963 he met Cheikh Lahlou and Mohamed Brahimi, alias Cheikh Kebaili who encouraged Amar by handing him old qacidate (epic poems) and guiding him in the way these should be interpreted.

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Boudjema El Ankis was born June 17 th 1927 at 1 Impasse du Palmier, Bir Djebbah in The Kasbah, Algiers . Boudjemaa El Ankis abandoned singing light songs to dedicate his artistic career by interpreting songs with a deep meaning. His repertoire has more than 300 songs that include popular songs, Medh (religious) Tawjid as well Djed.

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Reggani, son of Cheikh Hamou, better known as Hadj Mohamed Tahar Fergani was born on May 9 th 1928 in Constantine . The Fergani family is known to have honored the Malouf genre for generations. His father, sister and now his son, Salim are all known to be Malouf singers. Hadj Mohamed Tahar Fergani is a renowned singer of Malouf and needless to say that he won numerous awards in Algeria as well as abroad.
 
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