ALGIERS- The icon of Malouf music, singer and musician Hamdi Bennani died on Monday at the age of 77, his family said.
Born in Annaba in 1943, Hamdi Benani, dubbed the White Angel for his white violin, is most known for Malouf de Annabi. He enjoyed decades of a fruitful career since the early 1960s with his Ya Bahi Al-Djamel that established him as a popular violinist and singer.
Learned under his known uncle M’hamed El Kourd, Benani was awarded for the first song he wrote at the age of 16. Benani walked in the footsteps of older masters like Hassen Al-Annabi, Mohamed Tahar Fergani, and Abdelmoumène Bentobal.
His successful albums include Ya Ahl Ellil Tahya Bikoum, Bahi Al-Djamel, Min Chit Frikitti, and Achiq Al-Mahboub Dar Al-Hiba.
Many Algerian and Arab artists and entities, including President Abdelmadjid Tebboune expressed “great sadness for the loss of a master that was hugely considered a figure in Algerian culture.”