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Biography

Souad Massi (Kabyle : Suɛad Masi, Arabic : سعاد ماسي ) (born 23rd August 1972), is an Algerian of Kabyle descent, singer, songwriter and guitarist. She began her career performing in the Algerian political rock band Atakor, before leaving the country following a series of death threats. In 1999, Massi performed at the Femmes d'Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.

Massi's music, which prominently features the acoustic guitar, displays Western musical style influences such as rock, country or the Portuguese fado but sometimes incorporates oriental musical influences and oriental instruments like the oud as well as African musical styles. Massi sings in Algerian Arabic, French, and occasionally English and Kabyle (Berber language), often employing different languages in the same song.

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