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Cheikha Rimitti
Birth: May 8, 1923
Death: May 15, 2006

Singer. She was born Saadia Bediaf in Tessala, Algeria. She began singing for surviving. When she sang at weddings and parties as a youth, "people gave me food to eat." The artist, whose pioneering recordings inspired younger generations in her homeland and around the world was the title of "mother of rai," the Algerian music of dissent. In Arabic the word rai means "opinion" or "way of seeing." In its early form, the music was rooted in the concerns of everyday people...the joys, the pains, the unspeakable. Her music was considered not religious and apolitical in Algeria and then, in 1978, she moved to France, where triumphed with works such as "N'ta Goudami," her last recording, "Nouar" and "Sidi Mansour." She died in Paris, shortly after a concert.  (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) 
 
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Cimetière de Aïn Beida
Oran
Oran, Algeria
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
Record added: Jun 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14530057
Cheikha Rimitti
Added by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
 
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