Dahmane El Harrachi

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Dahmane El Harrachi
دحمان الحرّاشي
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
Instrument(s)Banjos, 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.


His father, originally from the Chaoui village of Djellal in the province of Khenchla, was the muezzin at the Djamaa el Kebir mosque in Algiers.

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.[2] He has served as an inspiration to a generation of French raï artists, including Rachid Taha.[3]


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


  1. ^ Zerarka, Youssef (31 Aug 2015). "Dahmane El Harrachi, "toujours vivant", 35 ans après la mort". Al Huffington Post (in French).
  2. ^ "L'Expression: Culture - Dahmane El Harrachi, l'artiste qui n'est jamais parti". L'Expression (in French). Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  3. ^ 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.

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