nourredineNourredine was born in 1954 in the Draâ El Mizan district of Kabylie, in northern Algeria. He studied music at the Conservatory of Algiers and had his first major hit with the song “Chenoud” in 1973. The comparisons to Bob Dylan are inevitable, but the Kayble form of folk music popularized in 1970s by Nourredine and fellow Algerian folk singers Idir and Ait Menguellet is rooted in local Berber musical traditions.

The song featured here is from his debut LP, produced by “Club Du Disque Arabe” in Paris. Several releases followed, though I haven’t heard any of them. He now lives in France, and released a new album titled Avava in 2006 that contains some remakes of his 1970s-era material.

Oussane Ounavdhou (Les Artistes Arabes Associés, 1976)