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Souad Massi
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Souad Massi at TFF Rudolstadt 2013.
Background information
Born (1972-08-23) August 23, 1972 (age 41)
Algiers, Algeria
Genres Rock, Country, Fado, Algerian folk music, World music
Occupations 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

Notes[edit]

  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

External links[edit]


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atlasinfo.fr
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:47:27 -0700

Née dans le quartier populaire de Bâb El Oued à Alger, Souad Massi a été influencé par divers styles de musique, notamment le Chaabi, le kabyle, la musique moderne, le rock et le rap. Ses chansons évoquent plusieurs sujets notamment la défense des ...

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Le360.ma
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:13:00 -0700

Programmé dans plusieurs villes, le spectacle, intitulé "Chœurs de Cordoue", fruit d'une rencontre entre Souad Massi et Eric Hernadez, un virtuose aux compositions éclectiques, fera indéniablement date dans les annales culturelles de l'institut ...
 
Le Parisien
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:17:37 -0700

Le festival des Muzik'elles qui se déroulera les 27 et 28 septembre à Meaux, donnera carte blanche à Bernard Lavilliers le samedi. Son devoir : inviter des femmes. VV Brown et la Grande Sophie avaient répondu oui. Le festival dévoile une troisième.
 
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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:22:41 -0700

D'abord, Souad Massi, la divine chanteuse algérienne se produira avec le guitariste espagnol Eric Fernandez en 7 dates: le 17 juillet à El Jadida, 18 à Kenitra, 19 juillet Meknès, 20 juillet Fès, 21 juillet à Tétouan, le 22 juillet à Casablanca, le 23 ...

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France Bleu
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:41:15 -0700

Mardi 12 août, thématique « Méditerranée » avec Souad Massi (Algérie), ses chansons folk et sa voix envoutante. Mardi 19 août, après une telle programmation, Grimaud ne pouvait que faire son cinéma ! Cette soirée de clôture, dans les rues de la cité ...

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LE MATiN
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:43:39 -0700

Très lors de cette édition, la chanteuse à la voix d'or Souad Massi qui se produira avec «Les Chœurs de Cordoue», formation qu'elle a créée avec le guitariste Eric Fernandez. Un hommage à la ville de Cordoue qui fut autrefois terre de symbiose ...
 
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:30:00 -0700

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L'Observateur du Maroc
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:03:45 -0700

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