ALGIERS – Idir, icon of the Algerian Berber music died on Saturday in a Paris hospital of a long illness, announced his family on his official Facebook page.
The A Vava Inouva singer passed away in Paris, with his family confirming the singer death on Saturday, May 2 in a post on Idir’s official Facebook page.
“We regret to announce the passing of our father (to all), Idir on Saturday 2 May at 21:30. Rest in peace dad,” it read.
Idir, who was born Hamid Cheriet, died of pulmonary disease, AFP reports, and will be buried in the French capital Paris.
Idir became internationally famous with his lullaby “Vava Inouva” in the 1970s and made a comeback in 1993.
In a tribute to the singer, the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune called him an icon of Algerian art and said: “Algeria loses one of its monuments”.
‘Algeria loses one of its monuments’
عبدالمجيد تبون – Abdelmadjid Tebboune
ببالغ الحزن والأسى تلقيت نبأ وفاة المرحوم حميد شريت المدعو فنيًا إيدير، أيقونة الفن الجزائري و صاحب السمعة العالمية. بهذا المصاب تفقد الجزائر هرما من أهراماتها. رحمه الله وأدخله فسيح جناته وألهم ذويه و محبيه جميل الصبر والسلوان إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون.
12:56 PM – May 2, 2020
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“I learnt with great sadness and sorrow the news of the death of Idir, an icon of Algerian art,” President Tebboune wrote on Twitter. “With his death, Algeria loses one of its monuments.”