Dahmane El Harrachi

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Dahmane El Harrachi
دحمان الحرّاشي
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Background information
Birth name Abderrahmane Amrani
Also known as Dahmane El Harrachi
Born (1926-07-07)July 7, 1926
Origin Alger, Algeria
Died August 31, 1980(1980-08-31) (aged 55)
Genres Chaabi,
Occupation(s) Singer, song-writer, instrumentalist
Instruments Banjos, violins(alto ) , mandole,derbouka,tar
Years active 56s–80s
Website Dahmane El Harrachi Website

Dahmane El Harrachi (real name Abderrahmane Amrani), (July 7, 1926 – August 31, 1980), was an Algerian Chaâbi singer of Chaoui Berber origin. He is mostly remembered for his song "Ya Rayah" which has since been made famous again by Rachid Taha.[1]

He moved to France in 1949 living in Lille, then Marseille, before eventually settling in Paris. It was in Paris where he made a name for himself, playing in the numerous Algerian cafés there.

He died on August 31, 1980 in a car accident on the highway in Algiers. He is buried at the El Kettar Cemetery.


His father, originally from the Chaoui village of Djellal in the province of Khenchla, was the Muaddin at the Great Mosque of Algiers.

In 2009, his son Kamel El Harrachi issued a hommage CD to his father, titled "Ghana Fenou".


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