Dahmane El Harrachi
Dahmane El Harrachiدحمان الحرّاشي
|Birth name||Abderrahmane Amrani|
|Also known as||Dahmane El Harrachi|
|Born||July 7, 1926|
|Died||August 31, 1980(aged 55)|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, song-writer, instrumentalist|
|Instruments||Banjos, violins (alto), mandole, derbouka, tar|
|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 origin. His song Ya Rayah made him the best exported and most translated Chaabi artist.
In 2009, his son Kamel El Harrachi issued a hommage CD to his father, titled "Ghana Fenou".
El Harrachi's music brought a modern touch to châabi, incorporating themes like immigrant struggle and longing for one's homeland into his songs, of which he wrote over 500. He has served as an inspiration to a generation of French raï artists, including Rachid Taha.
- Zerarka, Youssef (31 Aug 2015). "Dahmane El Harrachi, "toujours vivant", 35 ans après la mort". Al Huffington Post (in French).
- "L'Expression: Culture - Dahmane El Harrachi, l'artiste qui n'est jamais parti". L'Expression (in French). Retrieved 2020-11-09.
- Pareles, Jon (2018-09-14). "Rachid Taha, 59, Algerian Rocker Who Spoke for Immigrants, Dies (Published 2018)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-09.