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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 42)
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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42 news items

 
Al-Bawaba
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:48:50 -0700

Ahram Hebdo (AH):You have been invited to perform at the music festival in Tel Aviv. Time and again, you refused to sing in Israel. How do you explain this choice? Souad Massi (SM): Each time I receive an invitation that comes from this city, I decline.

Al-Ahram Hebdo

Oumma.com
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:16:07 -0700

Dans un entretien accordé au quotidien égyptien El Ahram, la chanteuse algérienne Souad Massi a affirmé qu'elle refuse de chanter en israël: "Je suis une artiste qui a des principes et j'ai parfaitement le droit de ne pas me produire dans un pays qui ...
 
Palestine News Network
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:45:00 -0700

The 700-seat Ramallah Cultural Palace, on whose premises is the grave of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was overcrowded on September 9. Over 850 people packed the cinema hall to watch Najwa Najjar's premiere of her second long feature film, ...
 
Huffington Post
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:59:55 -0700

The lead female actress is Algerian singer/songwriter Souad Massi. Like in her previous film, Najjar attempts to use cinema to break stereotypes and question the status quo. At a time resistance is equated to terrorism, she highlights the one case in ...
 
Al-Monitor
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:03:45 -0700

She also touches on forbidden love and strays away from the traditional portrayal of women, with most of the female characters, including lead actress Algerian singer/songwriter Souad Massi, not wearing the hijab. “Eyes of a Thief” also looks at the ...
 
i24news
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:18:17 -0700

Algerian singer Souad Massi refuses to perform in Israel, in solidarity with civilians killed in Gaza, Egypt's daily al-Ahram reported Thursday. "Each time I receive an invitation that comes from this city [Tel Aviv], I decline. It's for the simple ...
 
Music Indistry News Network
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:26:15 -0700

Swedish composer Måns Williamson cites as main artistic influences such disparately talented musicians as Eric Bibb, Keb' Mo', Guy Clark, Luther Vandross, and even Algerian favorite, Souad Massi. This broad spectrum of personal interests may seem too ...
 
Réflexion
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:22:21 -0700

"J'ai le droit de ne pas chanter sur scène dans un pays qui assassine des enfants", a déclaré, La chanteuse algérienne Souad Massi. Selon le quotidien égyptien Al-Ahram qui a rapporté jeudi l'information, la chanteuse algérienne Souad Massi refuse de ...
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