Hamdi Benani

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Hamdi Benani
Born1 January 1943
Died21 September 2020(2020-09-21) (aged 77)
Annaba, Algeria

Hamdi Benani (Arabic: حمدي بناني‎; 1 January 1943 – 21 September 2020) was an Algerian singer and musician.[1][2]

Career[change | change source]

He was known for his 1963 song Ya Bahi El Djamel, which drove him to pursue a career in singing and violin. He brought new life to the Malouf genre of music with the tracks Mahbounati and Adala Ya Adala, which earned him great public success.[3] This helped him be noticed by senior members of the Malouf singing community, such as Hassen El Annabi, Mohamed Tahar Fergani, and Abdelmoumène Bentobal.

Benani was nicknamed "l’ange blanc" (The White Angel) because he was always seen in a white suit with his white violin.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

Benani was born in Annaba.[5]

Benani died of COVID-19 in Annaba on 21 September 2020 at the age of 77.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hamdi Benani est mort". Reporters Algerie (in French). 21 September 2020.
  2. "Hamdi Benani - maloufe musique". Dzmusique (in French). Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. "Décès du virtuose de la musique Malouf Hamdi Benani". Algérie1.com (in French). 21 September 2020.
  4. "Portrait de Hamdi Benani. L'ange blanc". Algerie Focus (in French). 25 June 2009.
  5. "Hamdi Bennani, un des meilleurs ambassadeurs de la chanson Malouf s'en va". Algérie Presse Service (in French). 21 September 2020.
  6. "Algerian music icon Hamdi Benani dies from coronavirus". Ahram Online. 21 September 2020.

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