Souad Massi

 

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Often cited as one of North Africa’s greatest female singers, Souad Massi’s reputation is forged on a solo career that now stretches back some 15 years. It is one that is driven by a fierce, politically-inspired determination and upholds the values of freedom in its constant fight against injustice. Her songs are imbued with love, bravery and protest against the intolerance in today’s world.


 

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Areas of Representation: The Americas

Biography

Often cited as one of North Africa’s greatest female singers, Souad Massi’s reputation is forged on a solo career that now stretches back some 15 years. It is one that is driven by a fierce, politically-inspired determination and upholds the values of freedom in its constant fight against injustice. Her songs are imbued with love, bravery and protest against the intolerance in today’s world.

Following her last album, El Mutakallimûn, where she had brought back to life a selection of texts from great Arabic poets, Souad Massi is back with a very personal project : Oumniya (“My Wish”), with songs that render moments of her own life, her own emotions in a personal way. But also her commitments, her striving for the values she has puts forth in her career and in her life as a woman

In this new project, Souad wants to talk about what touches her: women and their conditions through time and in the world. She raises her voice hoping to fight, on her level, against the violence so many women experience, but also to be part of those seeking to find a new path: the path to independence and dignity.

From a profound longing to reach out far and wide, her musical choices are pure, universal, thus creating a bridge between chaâbi and folk music. Souad invites us to experience with her the source of her musical grounding, tinted by her genuine inclination for diversity.

She also wishes for this new project to be a return to the Souad of her musical debuts: instinctive and free from any set goals. She wishes for her songs to have a life of their own. Independence, again, rather than the imposed diktats of categories and genres.

 

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« La chanteuse franco-algérienne revient avec un sixième disque, où sa voix veloutée continue de nous faire voyager. »

The Franco-Algerian singer returns with a sixth record, where her velvety voice continues to make us travel.

La Croix


« Les titres Pays natal ou Je chante sont des tranches de vie de la musicienne, teintés de son engagement pour l’indépendance des femmes d’une part et pour celle de son pays d’origine. »

The songs Native Country or I Sing are slices of life of the musician, tinged with her commitment to the independence of women on the one hand and for that of her country of origin.”

– Le Figaroscope


« Sur les délicates mélodies de son sixième album, Oumniya, elle chante le rêve d’amour, la poésie, le désir d’une nouvelle Algérie.»

On the delicate melodies of her sixth album, Oumniya, she sings the dream of love, poetry, the desire for a new Algeria.”

Afrique Magazine


« Des chansons interprétées, pour la plupart, en dialecte algérois, qui traduisent ses préoccupations pour l’Algérie et ses engagements. Ses textes parlent de liberté́et d’émancipation, de trahison, d’amour et d’humanisme. »

Songs interpreted, for the most, in the Algerian dialect, which reflect her concerns for Algeria and its involvements. Her texts speak of freedom of emancipation, betrayal, of love and humanism.”

Le Monde


« Le nouvel album de Souad Massi Oumniya crée un pont imaginaire entre le Chaabi (musique populaire algéroise) et son amour de la guitare. »

The new Souad Massi album Oumniya creates an imaginary bridge between Chaabi (popular Algerian music) and her love of the guitar.”

– France Info

« Chaque morceau d’Oumniya semble nous prendre par la main et nous mener sur un chemin pavé de mots et bordé de contes. »

“Every piece of Oumniya seems to take us by the hand and lead us on a path paved with words and lined with stories.”

– Le Point Afrique

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