Souad Massi

Musician (Algeria)

| Utne Reader September / October 2007


Massi fled her homeland after being hounded out by Islamic fundamentalists who took exception to her promotion of independence for young women. She ended up in Paris, where she created a unique blend of folk, rock, flamenco, and shaabi (Arabic street pop), releasing her acclaimed debut album Raoui ('Storyteller') in 2001. She is defiantly outspoken about problems in Algeria, saying, 'Remaining silent would mean that terrorists have won and that all the intellectuals they murdered died for nothing.'

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