The Kabayle Music Legend Idir

Idir is an Algerian musician who has had a significant impact on the world of music, both in Algeria and internationally. Born in 1948 in Aït Lahcène, a small village in the Kabylie region of Algeria, Idir was exposed to traditional Kabyle music from an early age. He began singing and playing guitar at the age of 15, and quickly gained popularity in his local community.

Idir, whose real name Hamid Cheriet, was a tireless champion of the Kabyle and Amazigh cultures.

Idir’s career took off in the 1970s, when he released his first album, “A Vava Inouva.” The album, which featured a mix of traditional Kabyle music and modern sounds, was a huge success in Algeria and helped to establish Idir as a leading figure in the Algerian music scene.

Throughout his career, Idir has continued to blend traditional Kabyle music with modern sounds, incorporating elements of rock, pop, and world music into his work. His lyrics often address social and political issues, and he has been a vocal advocate for the rights of the Kabyle people.

In addition to his work as a musician, Idir has also been involved in various humanitarian and charitable efforts. He has worked to promote education and cultural exchange, and has been a vocal supporter of peace and understanding between different cultures.

Despite facing numerous challenges and obstacles throughout his career, Idir has remained a powerful and influential figure in the world of music. His unique blend of traditional and modern sounds, combined with his socially and politically conscious lyrics, have made him a beloved and respected figure in Algeria and beyond.

Idir passed away in 2020 in France at the age of 70 due to pulmonary disease complications.