Tag Archives: Algerian civil war

The poetic power of Idir, the artist who took Algerian music to the world

Salvatore di Nolfiepa/EFE/EPA

Salvatore di Nolfiepa/EFE/EPA Hugo Hadji, SOAS, University of London The death of Algerian icon Idir has brought an important chapter of Algerian music to a close. Through his brilliant career, Idir modernised and promoted the richness of Kabyle melodies and poetry, popularised North African culture, and advocated for unity and tolerance both in Algeria and in France. Looking at Idir’s …

Read More »

Idir: how a song from the village took Algerian music to the world

David Wolff-Patrick/WireImage/Getty Images

David Wolff-Patrick/WireImage/Getty Images Jane E. Goodman, Indiana University In the 1990s I had the good fortune to meet with the late Algerian singing star Idir (Hamid Cheriet 1949-2020). We chatted for several hours in a café outside the Berber Cultural Association in Paris. I was doing research on what by then was called New Kabyle Song (la nouvelle chanson Kabyle). …

Read More »