Aziza Brahimi, born in 1976 in the sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. In 1995 Brahim won the ‘1st National Song Contest‘ of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. After a tour through Europe, she became more and more popular and released her first albums. Have a listen to her wonderful song “Lagi”:
Patrick Bruel, born in 1959 in Algeria is a french singer. Although Bruel dreamed to be a football star as a yong boy, he decided to pursue singing after seeing Michel Sardou in 1975. Listen to his nice song “Au Café des Délices”:
Gnawa Diffusion is a French-Algerian musical group created June 27, 1992 at Grenoble around Amazigh Kateb, son of Algerian writer Kateb Yacine.
The texts of the group are in Arabic, French and English. The rhythms are very mixed race: a mix of rock, reggae, etc., and different music of Algeria as the styles Chaabi, Gnawa, etc..
Here is their song ” Saharagga” , the second one is a live clip
Djazia Satour, born December 9, 1980, is an Algerian singer living in France since 1990. Djazia Satour grew up in Algiers. She arrived in Grenoble in 1990. At age 15, she discovered the music studio and touring with the band Gnawa Diffusion where she was active for 4 years in the choir. She was 19 years old when the band MIG establishes around her voice. The adventure will last six years. ( Hope i´ve translated everything well from the french language , i´m really rusty in this point :-) )
Karima Nayt grew up in Algeria, achieved in Cairo as a dancer and singer international fame, and now lives in Sweden.
Nayt sings of the Algerian civil war and its aftermath, the threat to freedom by dictatorships, the needs of young women in a crusted patriarchy and pretense unattainable material values through the media, which pursue more and more young people.
The band LABESS has been founded 2003 (Labess means “everything becomes good ” in arabic language ) ) The first album Labess “TOUT VA BIEN” has been nominated at the Gala A.DI.SQ 2007 for Best Album of the Year in Music world, they have been also nominated for the Canadian Music Awards.
Born in 1984, Nadir Leghrib is a young artist “bonois” . He became known at first by his covers of the grungeband “Nirvana” hence the nickname “Nadir Nirvana.” Thereafter, he began to write his own lyrics and composing his own music. He created a new style which could be called the “chaabi-grunge.” This is poetry from the current popular language which was born . A funny and moving language.
In his songs, he sings about the daily life of young Algerian : social problems, heart, disillusionment. (translation of the Youtube-video comment )
Hasna El Bécharia is extraordinary. She is still the only woman in the Maghreb to play gnawi music, a ceremonial beat that has remained an exclusively male preserve since the animist beliefs of the Bilad es-Sudan, (in Arabic, the Land of the Blacks – today’s Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Niger and Chad) encountered the monotheist faith of Islam from across the desert. Her choice has exposed her to a great deal of rejection and sarcasm, but Hasna’s mind and soul are irrevocably bound up with the mystic trance music learnt from her father, a pious man who was himself a maâllem or master of gnawi (the plural of gnawa) syncretism, a black Sufism forged by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves in White Africa, also called diwan in East Algeria and stambali in Tunisia. Here is her song “Hakmet Lakdar”
Cheb Mami is an algerian Rai and pop musician, born in 1966. As I’m really a fan of african culture and music, I like his song “Aller les Africains”, in english: go on africans. Hope they’d start a way out of war up to peace.