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Souad Massi
Souad Massi TFF 01.JPG
Souad Massi at TFF Rudolstadt 2013.
Background information
Born (1972-08-23) August 23, 1972 (age 42)
Algiers, Algeria
Genres Rock, Country, Fado, Algerian folk music, World music
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Oud
Years active 1989–present
Labels Island
Website www.souadmassi.net

Souad Massi (سعاد ماسي), born August 23, 1972, is an Algerian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock band Atakor, before leaving the country following a series of death threats. In 1999, Massi performed at the Femmes d'Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.

Massi's music, which prominently features the acoustic guitar, displays Western musical style influences such as rock, country or the Portuguese fado but sometimes incorporates oriental musical influences and oriental instruments like the oud as well as African musical stylings. Massi sings in Algerian Arabic, French, and occasionally English and Kabyle (Berber language), often employing multiple languages in the same song.

Childhood and early bands[edit]

Massi was born in Algiers, Algeria to a poor family of seven children.[1] Encouraged by her older brother, she began studying music at a young age, singing and playing guitar.[1] Growing up, she immersed herself in American country and roots music – musical styles that would later strongly influence her songwriting.[2] At the age of seventeen, she joined a flamenco band, but quickly grew bored with the group and left.

Massi performing in 2005

In the early 1990s, Massi joined the Algerian political rock band Atakor, who were influenced by Western rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and U2. She recorded and performed with the group for seven years, releasing a successful album and two popular music videos.[3] The band, however, with its political lyrics and growing popularity became a target. Massi disguised herself by cutting her hair and dressing in male clothing, but she nevertheless became the target of a series of death threats.[1] In 1999, she left the band and moved to Paris, France.

Solo career[edit]

In 1999, Massi was invited to perform at the Femmes d'Algerie ("Women from Algeria") festival in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.[4] In June 2001, she released her solo debut album, Raoui ("Storyteller"), which Allmusic compared to 1960s American folk music.[5] Sung mostly in French and Arabic, the album became a critical and commercial success in France.[3] The following year, she was nominated for "Best Newcomer" at the Radio 3 World Music Awards.[6]

In 2003, she released her second album, Deb ("Heartbroken"). The album's lyrics were more personal, rather than political, and it became one of the most successful North African albums worldwide.[7] Three years later, Massi released her third album, Mesk Elil ("Honeysuckle"). The album expanded on the themes of love and loss that had been explored on Deb, and featured duets with Daby Toure and Rabah Khalfa.

In 2010, she released her fourth studio album Ô Houria. This album was produced by Francis Cabrel and Francoise Michel. It features Paul Weller on piano and vocals on its closing song.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Preceded by
First
Victoires de la Musique
World music album of the year
Mesk Elil
by Souad Massi

2006
Succeeded by
Canta
by Agnès Jaoui
2007

[9]==Notes==

  1. ^ a b c "Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "Africa's shining music stars". BBC News. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Souad Massi". African Musician Profiles. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Martin Longley (14 October 2005). "Souad Massi: Outcast in her native land". Independent. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Chris Nickson. "Review of Raoui". Allmusic. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  6. ^ Cornwell, Jane. "Belly dancing in the aisles". Evening Standard. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  7. ^ "Souad Massi (Algeria)". BBC Radio 3. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  8. ^ Wrasse Records 096, booklet contains English translations of sung texts only
  9. ^ Morgan, Andy. "Souad Massi - Arab, Woman, Algerian". http://www.andymorganwrites.com/. Andymorganwrites. 

External links[edit]


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1068 news items

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 07:58:49 -0800

Souad Massi is one of north Africa's finest, most original singers, but she has had an uneven career. An Algerian exile based in France, she started out as a cool guitar-playing singer-songwriter who was compared to Françoise Hardy for her charmingly ...

algerie-focus.com

algerie-focus.com
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800

Souad Massi est l'une des premières femmes chanteuses d'un groupe folk-rock en Algérie. L'interprète de Ya Rawi ne se contente plus du succès que lui apportent le chant et la musique. La jeune artiste veut découvrir de nouveaux horizons et c'est d ...

Le Miroir Mag

Le Miroir Mag
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:12:20 -0800

Cette année encore, de belles découvertes artistiques seront présentes: entre l'univers folk de Souad Massi, les contes de Néfissa Bénouniche, le pianiste libanais Bachar Mar-Khalifé, la musique atypique de Fanfaraï, et les danses traditionnelles de ...

Middle East Monitor (blog)

Middle East Monitor (blog)
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:06:02 -0800

Souad Massi "I like folk music, and country music, too. In fact, I was listening to Kenny Rogers just recently. I know a lot of people smile when they hear me say that," Souad Massi tells me. Algeria, where the engineer turned singer Massi is from, is ...

Onislam.net

Onislam.net
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:15:00 -0800

Starring the Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga, (who came for the four-week filming by special permit) and Algerian singer/songwriter Souad Massi, the film tells the story of a father searching for his lost daughter in the city while keeping a dangerous ...
 
BBC News
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:07:11 -0800

Algerian singer songwriter Souad Massi started her music career in Algiers in the early 1990s, when the country was suffering a Civil War. In 1999 she was invited to Paris to perform at a concert called Women from Algeria. She won a recording contract ...
 
Al-Bawaba
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:18:47 -0700

Souad Massi (SM): Each time I receive an invitation that comes from this city, I decline. It's for the simple reason: I sing for peace in the world, while the Israeli government is not doing much to achieve this purpose. It's important to say that ...
 
Al-Bawaba
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:48:50 -0700

Souad Massi (SM): Each time I receive an invitation that comes from this city, I decline. It's for the simple reason: I sing for peace in the world, while the Israeli government is not doing much to achieve this purpose. It's important to say that ...
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