The voice of the Master Cheikh El-Hasnaoui
The first day I heard the voice of Cheikh El-Hasnaoui, I've been seduced
instantaneously. After being seduced by his melodious voice, I began to
understand his lyrics, and over time, his unique play of the mandola made
me vibrate. I was so very young and I dreamed to meet him one day, even if
at that time, all this seemed to me unfeasible, in view of my situation in
Algeria: no money, no self-confidence, so how to believe in this dream so far,
beyond the sea? July 6, 2002, the master Cheikh El-Hasnaoui passed away on
Reunion Island where he spent the last fourteen years of his life. Like him,
many great masters of Kabyle song such as Farid Ali, Alloua Zerouki, Slimane
Azem, died in exile, ignored by the political powers or sometimes even banned.
In my latest album "Among Brothers" ("Between brothers "), the songs" Inas
"and" Itidj "are a tribute to the masters.