Algerian musician Idir died May 2, 2020 in Pairs as a result of a pulmonary disease at the age of 70.  Idir had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

He was known for performing music of the Berber and Kabyle cultures.  The Kabylie People are from the northern area of Algeria in the Atlas Mountains.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called Idir, “a monument” and “an icon of Algerian art.”

Idir perform solo with just his voice and the guitar.

He was born Hamid Cheriet on October 25, 1949 in Ait Lahcene in what was at the time French Algeria.  A trained geologist, a phone call in 1973 changed his life after he sang the traditional Berber lullaby “A Vava Inouva”.

Before moving to France in 1975, Idir served his mandatory military service.  Once in France, he recorded his debut album of North African songs also titled “A Vava Inouva”.

Taking a break from music for a time, Idir became an advocate for the Kabylie People; especially immigration and multiculturalism.

No list of survivors was listed.

Idir’s discography:
“A Vava Inouva”
“Entre Scenes et Terres”
“La France des Couleurs”
“ici et ailleurs”
“Les Chasseurs de Lumieres”




Feature photo credit: By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0,