A Moroccan passport
CHEB HASNI // C’EST FINI ÂLIK // CHIRA LY NABGHIHA//
Cheb Hasni (الشاب حسني) born Hasni Chakroun (Feb 1, 1968 - Sept 29, 1994) was a performer of Algerian Raï music. He was popular across North Africa, having reached the height of his career in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was the son of a welder and grew up in a working-class family where he was 1 of 7 children. Hasni is most well known for his love songs, but he also dealt with taboo subjects such as divorce and alcohol. He was murdered in 1994. Like many other Raï artists based in Algeria, he spent more time performing abroad (giving concerts everywhere from Paris, Marseilles, and Boston to Washington DC, Tunis, Casablanca, and Tokyo) than at home, due to curfews and musical restrictions in Algeria at the time. Hasni’s last concert in his native country was on 5 July 1993, when he performed to an audience of over 150,000 in Algiers at an event to celebrate Algerian independence.
Hasni’s fame and controversial songs led to his receiving death threats from Islamic fundamentalists. His primary residence remained in Oran, even though his family lived in the then safer environment of France. In 1994, he was the first raï musician to be murdered, outside his parents’ home in the Gambetta district of Oran. His death came amid other violent acts against notable North African performers. A few days before his death, the Kabyle singer Lounès Matoub was abducted by the GIA. The following year, Raï producer Rachid Baba-Ahmed was assassinated in Oran.
Ceramics shop, Nabeul (Tunisia)
Vintage Algerian stamps
Desert camp in Tunisia
Rim Saidi, Tunisian model
Halwa Chebakia is a Moroccan sesame cookie shaped into a flower that is fried and coated with honey. Also known as Mkharka, it’s served during Ramadan and for special occasions as it is time-consuming to make. Women may enlist the help of a sister, mother or friend for the preparation of large quantities.
Amazigh Chaoui woman and her daughter, Algeria