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Sharif Madani

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Sharif Madani
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Madani in 2011
Background information
Born (1958-08-14)14 August 1958
Oran, French Algeria
Died 5 January 2019(2019-01-05) (aged 60)
Paris, France
Genres World music, rock, raï, funk, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1975–2018
Labels Allum, Island Records, Barclay Records, 40 Records

Sharif Madani (14 August 1958 – 5 January 2019) was an Algerian musician, singer and songwriter.


Born in the seaside town of Oran, Madani was brought up with Algerian music and learned to play the oud at a young age. He settled with his family in southern France at the age of 14. At 17, he began recording his own music, and quickly became a successful recording artist in both Algeria and France. Madani was one of the most prolific Algerian songwriters of his time, writing upwards of 500 songs. His work was influenced by many styles including rock and raï, with elements of funk and jazz. He was also a poet and an activist, advocating for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Madani died of a heart attack on 5 January 2019, during his sleep at his home in Paris, at the age of 60.


  • Oriental Tunes (1985)
  • Oasis (1988)
  • Cotton (1992)
  • Sahara (1996)
  • Sun (2000)
  • Wonderment (2004)
  • Cairo (2006)
  • Tell Me (2010)