ALGIERS-Kabyle poet and singer Lounis Ait Menguellet hosted Friday evening in Algiers a grandiose concert before thousands of fans on the occasion of the celebration of 50 years of career punctuated by twenty albums.
Held by the Office of Copy Rights and Neighbouring Rights (Onda) and the National Office of Culture and Information, the concert took place at the Olympic complex Mohamed Boudiaf and attracted 15,000 spectators, said organizers.
Accompanied by musicians including his son Djaafar, who is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ait Menguellet pleased the public during a three-hour concert, in which the singer played the famous songs of his rich repertory made up of 200 songs.
The concert, whose revenues will be donated to "Fedjr" Association for people with cancer, began with a tribute to famous Kabyle singers, namely Slimane Azem, Cherif Kheddam and Akli Yahiatène.
The artist performed some songs of their repertory. He was given an ovation while singing "Loukan mazal tghanigh," a masterpiece of Cherif Kheddam in honor of women.
Impressed and moved by a large audience, Ait Menguellet sang Din amçum (The Curst Debt) and Tamtut (Women) from his latest album Isefra (poems) released in 2014.
At the end of the concert, a ceremony was held in honour of the artist. Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra, and Minister of Youth and Sports El Hadi Ould Ali and Director General of ONDA Sami Bencheikh El-Hocine attended the ceremony.
ALGIERS- Lyrics writer and singer of the kabyle song Lounis Ait Menguellet announced Saturday, in Algiers, the release by the end of April, of his upcoming album on the occasion of his fifty years of career.
Three years after the release of his last album "Isefra" (Poems) Lounis Ait Menguellet explained during a conference, that this opus, to which his son Djaafar contributed, includes new songs.
The album, whose title was not revealed, is made up of seven songs including “Tudert ni” (A certain life) in which he pays tribute to his audience, to which he says he is “indebted,” and which supported him during his artistic career that began in the late 90s.
Ait Menguellet will hold Friday, in Algiers, a gala at the Mohamed Boudiaf dome.
ALGIERS – Algerian Kabyle singer Lounis Ait Menguellet announced Wednesday in Algiers two concerts in June in Algiers and a national tour during the holy month of fasting Ramadan.
During a press conference devoted to the presentation of its latest opus "Isefra’’ (poems), the artist said that he will give two concerts at Ibn Khaldoun Hall in Algiers, on 13 and 14 June, and a national tour during Ramadan, without giving dates and places of the performances.
Since his latest album “Tawriqt tacevhant” (White sheet), released in 2010, Lounis Ait Menguellet said that he took time to polish the album, which will be added to his rich repertoire.
"I write when I am inspired, and sing when I have something to say,” he said, adding that his latest album is in line with "spirit” of the previous albums.
The 64-year old Lounis Ait Menguellet, poet and singer since 1967, has released several albums, including "Ammi" (My son - 1983), “Acimi” (Why – 1989), “Awal” (The word - 1993), “Inassen” (Tell them – 2001) and “Yennad wemyar” (The poet said – 2005.)
PARIS (France)- Kabyle singer Lounis Ait Menguellet will hold a concert May 3rd at the Saint-Denis Theatre in Montreal, said his artistic entourage Friday in Paris.
“The concert, organized by Nomades Cultures Productions (NCP) Festival, specializing in events organization in Canada, marks the return of the singer and poet to the maple tree country after his great success in June 2012,” said his artistic coordinator Farid Ouahmed.
It’s with "great pleasure" that the artist says he wants to repeat his Montreal achievement, city where he said he has thousands of fans.
“When we are welcomed somewhere, we return with great pleasure, it’s natural,” he told APS in an interview.
The author and composer says he feels lucky “to have an enthusiastic and indulgent audience.”
“I have a repertoire that allows me to prepare a different programme than the one from the previous concert,” he said, adding that he rehearsed “Ammi,” from the artist’s 1983 eponymous album and that he plans on humming in a duo with his son, Djaffar, rising star of the Kabyle song and master of the flute, an instrument he accompanies his father with at his artistic performances.
Prolific singer, Lounis Ait Menguellet, 64, whose real name is Abdenbi Ait Menguellet, has a 47-year artistic career, with more than 200 songs.
In his last album "Tawrict Tacebhant," Ait Menguellet sings love but also reason.