Chaabi –women take over the once male-dominated genre
In Algeria, “Chaabi” music is the culmination of what Algerians consider great classical music, inspired by the distant and nostalgic sounds of Muslim Andalusia.
The most prominent master of this art (the popularisation of Arab-Andalusian music) was the grand master El-Anka who inspired many others.
Until recently, “Chaabi” had been a very male art. But interestingly, over recent years Algerian women have taken over, and what talent they have!
In France (where this genre is little-known) these women:
– have shown that even coming from the developing world, they were able to overcome
– pay tribute to a great artist in al-Anka,
– revisit the genre with modern, feminine and compelling songs.
Surprisingly, the emergence of these female Chaabi vocalists hasn’t shocked fans of the music genre. On the contrary, it has attracted the public’s interest and led to the success of this new wave of music, which has been unexpected even for promoters of the genre.
– Malya Saadi and her remarkable interpretation of al-Anka’s best-known song “Subhân
“Allâh yâ L’tïf”
– the group “Chaabi au Féminin” with their version of “Subhân Allâh”
– Samira Brahmia
– Amel Zen
– Amina Zoheir
– Souad Massi (who covers other genres as well as Chaabi)
– Syrine Ben Moussa
…And so many others for you to discover!
So, still think Chaabi is old fashioned?