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.

Kheireddine M’kachiche’s relationship with Harbit Rezki continued even after he moved over to the Conservatoire of Algiers, a pilot orchestra, in 1986. As the years went by, Kheireddine M’kachiche involved himself in various projects but found his interest piqued by musical styles such as chaabi, Andalusian and hawzi. He also began working with various other Algerian artists, including Nadia Benyoucef, Kamel Bourdib, Karima Essaghira, Samir Toumi and Rahma Bousalem. His work with various artists exposed him to other genres and avenues to explore. M’kachiche began to work with traditional music in 1991, moving over to rai music in 1994. And with his movement from one genre to a next came the excitement of working with other artists, including Chaba Kheira, Cheb Hassan and Mohamed Lamine. Meeting Amina Aloui, a Moroccan singer, in 1997 changed his life forever, catapulting him onto an international career path, performing with her in countries such as Japan and across Europe. Offers to play in tribute concerts came his way and more recently he has embarked on a new adventure of rock, jazz and fusion.

Fusion is the process of combining two genres, trying to establish a new genre, but in general, it becomes a sub genre to the two combined genres. M’kachiche looked at combining rock and jazz. When asked about his choice, he commented that jazz was a genre that was able to combine easily with almost any other musical genre, and that it was accessible and open to expression. He does however remain true to his Algerian background, saying: “I owe my music to my deep Algerian roots. In Algeria, we are lucky to have a lot of different styles of music coming from different Mediterranean, African, Oriental, Western and Andalusian influences. Today, as an Algerian and international musician, I must defend and transmit these musical cultures.”