Lounès Matoub (Berber Kabyle singer)

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Wiki notes that he is "often credited as Matoub Lounès in French sources".

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Lounès Matoub (in Kabyle: Lwennas Maṭub, in Tifinagh: ⵍⵡⴻⵏⵏⴰⵙ ⵎⴰⵟⵓⴱ(January 24, 1956 – June 25, 1998) was a famous Berber Kabyle singer, poet, thinker and mandole player who was a prominent advocate of the Berber cause, human rights and secularism in Algeria throughout his life.

He is revered as a hero and martyr in Kabylie,the Berber World and the world but reviled by most of the Arab population in Algeria for his Laïc political and religious views and the alleged blasphemy of some songs (like Allahu Akbar) along with his militant advocacy of Berber rights, so he was unpopular among both warring parties during the Algerian Civil War. His assassination, in circumstances which remain unclear, provoked violent riots in Kabylie. Berber Algerians still accuse the Algerian government of killing Matoub Lounès, but some of the Algerian government's figures accused the Islamist terrorists of this crime.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 A tarwa n lḥif 1
1988 Sserhass Ayadu 2
1994 Kenza 1
1994 Regard sur l'histoire d'un pays damné 5 1
1997 Au nom de tous les miens 1
1998 Lettre ouverte aux ... 1
L'adieu live au Zénith de Paris 1998 1
Matoub 1

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