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Renowned Raï Musician Cheb Hasni

Born in the Algerian city of Oran on February 1, 1968, Cheb Hasni is remembered for his significant contribution to Algerian raï music, and was particularly well known for his love songs. Cheb Hasni’s lyrics often addressed issues considered to be taboo at the time, such as dysfunctional relationships, divorce and alcohol, and his music received opposition from traditionalists. Nevertheless he became very popular across North Africa as a performer of raï music and enjoyed much success in the latter part of the 1980s, until he died on September 29, 1994.

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Apuleius: Latin Literary Master

The city of M’Daourouch in Algeria used to be known as Madaurus, and is the birthplace of the famous Apuleius, who was born in c 125. He is also referred to as Lucius Apuleius and was of Berber descent. His studies overseas gave him the necessary knowledge and developed his talent to make him one of the most respected Latin prose writers. He was also known to be involved in various mysterious events and cults, but by the time of his death in c 180 he was only remembered and praised for his literary work.

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Monica of Hippo: A Christian Saint

The life of Monica of Hippo, also spelled Monnica, is laid out in a book written by her son Augustine, one of the most prolific Christian writers. In his book Confessions, her life of struggle and dedication to being kind to others is laid out in the pages of this emotional page turner. It is estimated that Saint Monica was born in the region of 331, and passed away in 387. Her name suggests that she was of Berber descent, and her early life was plagued by a difficult marriage and fight to retain her identity.

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Unique Sounds of Kheireddine M’kachiche

Kheireddine M'kachiche was born in Bab El-Oued in Algeria. He developed an interest in the violin and began pursuing lessons in the instrument in 1983. M'kachiche joined the El Fakhardia Association where he furthered his music studies under the guidance of Harbit Rezki and Abdelkrim Mhamssadji. Little did he know that while undertaking these studies he would become an important Algerian musician and pioneer of a new sub genre. His music has inspired thousands and gained him a strong following of fans. Even when he changed between genres, it only highlighted his versatility and talent as a musician.

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Algerian History: Banu Ifran

The Kingdom of Banu Ifran existed in Algeria from 790 AD to 1068 AD and the city known today as Tlemcen was the capital. It was ruled by a Berber Tribe known as the Ifranid Dynasty, which was also referred to as Banu Ifran. They were a very significant tribe during the early Islamic and pre-Islamic times in the country. This tribe is especially noted for their role as brave and courageous warriors that fought with other tribes to protect their land against occupation and foreign invaders.

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Regency of Algiers

Algeria is a country that has seen many changes throughout its existence. A memorable historical time period began in 1525, after Hayredding Barbarossa captured Algiers in 1516. Aruj was killed by the Spanish in 1518, after which Barbarossa sought the Ottoman Empire for assistance, leading to the complete recapture of the city in 1525, and the establishment of Ottoman rule. What followed were years of piracy, war and the battle for supremacy, until the 1830 invasion of the city by the French, and yet another major shift in the heritage of Algeria.

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Barbary Corsairs in Algerian History

Algeria has a history filled with stories of success, independence, war, determination and victory. But there are also sides to the heritage of countries, as terrible as they may seem, that play a vital role in shaping the country and its people. When it comes to Algeria, the time of the Barbary Corsairs was one of violence, slavery and eventually freedom. Exploring the connection between the Barbary Corsairs and Algeria over the years gives great insight into how even what seems to be a powerful force can be disbanded and freedom regained.

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Ancient Numidia

The ancient Berber kingdom of Numidia existed between 202 BC and 46 BC in what is now Algeria and part of modern-day Tunisia in North Africa. With the sparkling Mediterranean Sea to its north and the unforgiving Sahara Desert to the south, Numidia had the Roman-ruled province of Mauretania on its western border and the province of Africa, which was also under Roman rule, to the east. Although the ancient kingdom of Numidia is no longer in existence, evidence of its history can be found in the area.

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