The son of a musician and the brother of a painter, Baaziz is one of Algeria's most outspoken singer/songwriters. Respectfully known as the "Algerian Bob Dylan," Baaziz has built a loyal following despite being banned from airplay on ENTV and Channel Algeria. Baaziz first attracted attention with his debut 1989 single, "ya Hasrah kikount Esseghir," which he based on a song by Rachid Ksentini. His most successful tune, "Algeria My Love," continues to be sung by Algerian singers and led to special recognition from President Bouteflika. Acceptance by the Algerian government, however, was short-lived. His decision to perform a song denouncing Algeria's generals, "Waili Waili," on a live-broadcast television show despite warnings resulted in him being censured. Baaziz resides in France.