Cheb Bilal

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Cheb Bilal (born Bilal Mouffok) is an Algerian raï singer,[1] who was born on 23 July 1966 in Cherchell, Algeria.[2]


Bilal spent much of his youth in Oran, where he studied at the conservatory of music. He was raised by his grandfather.[3]

Initially, Cheb Bilal performed at weddings and festivals around Oran. In 1980, he created the group El Ahouar. In 1989 he went to Marseilles, France, which he described as a turning point in his career.[2]


  1. ^ "Cheb Bilal" (in French). Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Biographie de Cheb Bilal (in French). Archived 30 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Cheb Bilal, la nouvelle étoile du raï". L'Humanité (in French). 7 Jun 2002.