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Singer Idir, an’Star of Algeria’ and Protector of Kabyle Individuality, dead at 70

The artist, whose real name is Hamid Cheriet, was taken to hospital in Paris on Friday but died the next day with a lung disorder.

His kids affirmed the departure with a concise statement on his FB webpage, which explained: “We regret to announce the passing of the father, Idir, on Saturday, May 2… Rest in peace daddy.”

Initially from Aït Lahcène, near Tizi Ouzou, the second-most populous town in the Kabylie region of northern Algeria, a youthful Idir didn’t set out to be an artist. However, a functionality on Radio Alger in 1973 as a last-minute replacement for its singer Nouara shifted everything.

He’s famous for his lullaby at Berber, A Vava Inouva, that was motivated by tunes that affected his youth, and has been translated into many languages.

Idir went to Paris from 1975 to record his first album, also called A Vava Inouva, and proceeded to make his mark music influenced by his own native Kabylie culture.

Paying tribute to the singer over the weekend, Ferhat Mehenni, a singer, author, and exiled president of the Kabylie provisional government, stated he had been a”Kabylie celebrity ridding the immensity of the world”.

Meanwhile, the Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune composed on Twitter he believed”great despair and regret” in the information, and paid tribute to an “icon of Algerian artwork and global standing”.

He added: “For this, Algeria loses an icon”

French soccer celebrity Zinédine Zidane – of Kabylie source himself said on Instagram: “You marked my youth… that I won’t ever forget our meeting”

President Emmanual Macron also paid tribute in a tweet, stating the singer had played”his Kabylie roots together with the sadness of an exile and the brotherhood of individuals together with all the hopes of a humanist”.

“The verse of his tunes will resonate from 1 side of the Mediterranean into another.”