Algeria: death of Kabyle singer Djamel Allam in Paris

Djamel Allam. Photo: Alger24

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Djamel Allam, one of the leading Kabyles singers, with Idir and Lounis Ait Menguellet, died Saturday in Paris at the age of 71 after a long illness, said the Algerian Minister of Culture.

The singer was hospitalized for months in France to treat a serious disease, according to Algerian media.

A spokesman for Algerian songs abroad, Djamel Allam followed his first music lessons at the Conservatory of Bejaia (250 km east of Algiers) the day after the independence of the country in 1962, before start his career in Algeria and abroad.

In 1973, he released his first album “Mara-d youghal” (When he came back), one of his famous hits with which he achieved great success, then “dreams of the wind” in 1978, “Si Slimane” in 1981 and “Salimo” four years later.

In 2001, he left “Gouraya”, named after a mountain near Béjaïa, his hometown in small Kabylie, east of Algiers, produced by Safy Boutella who was in 1989 the co-producer with Martin Meissonnier of disk “Katche”, which revealed Khaled.

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