Dahmane El Harrachi

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Dahmane El Harrachi
دحمان الحرّاشي
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Background information
Birth nameAbderrahmane Amrani
Also known asDahmane El Harrachi
Born(1926-07-07)July 7, 1926
OriginAlger, Algeria
DiedAugust 31, 1980(1980-08-31) (aged 55)
Occupation(s)Singer, song-writer, instrumentalist
InstrumentsBanjos, violins(alto ) , mandole,derbouka,tar
Years active56s–80s
WebsiteDahmane 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.[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".


  1. ^ Zerarka, Youssef (31 Aug 2015). "Dahmane El Harrachi, "toujours vivant", 35 ans après la mort". Al Huffington Post (in French).

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