Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

March 22, 2012, 3:47 am
Filed under: Algeria

Dag Dagui

Mohamed Mazouni was born in Aït Lahcène in the Kabylie region of Algeria in 1949 – the same village and year as Idir. His name ‘Mazouni’ in the Kabylie dialect means ‘He will live’.

Mazouni is considered one of the most popular singers of the 1960s and 1970s. He is well known to Algerians living abroad due to his songs about immigration, homesickness, love and country. His hit “Adieu la France, Bonjour l’Algérie” was very successful since it celebrates the independence of Algeria from France. Among his other famous songs are “Allo Allo”, “Azizi”, “Mini Jupe” and “Halte à la Vitesse”.

Mazouni continues to record and perform to this day, and is an important figure in the world of Algerian Kabylie music. His most recent album – as of this posting – was “Mazouni 2007”, which was released in 2007.

You can find a few more tracks by Mazouni over at Phocéephone.

Catalog number JAM 21 on Disques Z of Paris, France. No release date listed.



Just when I thought you’d unearthed the last headshake-inducing, how-have-I-lived-this-long-without-hearing-this record, you offer up this gem. What a great way to start the day!

Comment by Ethan

I’m so happy to see that you’re back in the game. I’m a French of Algerian descent and I listen to Mazouni since I was a child but I have to say that his songs used to be much better than nowadays.

Comment by Hakim

This is a great one. Smoking guitar. THANKS!

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