Mohamed Khaznadji

Algeria: Arab Andalusian Anthology, Vol. 2

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Historically up until the beginning of the 20th century, the Algerian Çana'a was heard mainly in the great cafes of Alger. While traders were making their trades, they were entertained by musicians and singers. At the beginning of the 20e century, that music was taken out of cafes and brought to the concert halls; guilds and school were created. The word "çana'a" refers as much to the repertory as to the singer of the "Nûbat"; while "Nûbat" refers to a type of long pieces in which alternate instrumental with vocal pieces. Mohamed Khaznazdji is one of today's greatest Algerian Çana'a singer. A music that has its own unique character.

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