Cheb Bilal

Cheb Bilal (Arabic: الشاب بلال. Born Bilal Mouffok, موفق بلال) is an Algerian raï singer,[1] who was born on 23 July 1966 in Cherchell, Algeria.[2]. He produces traditional music that includes instruments like congas and violins.

Cheb Bilal
الشاب بلال
Birth nameBilal Mouffok
موفق بلال
Born (1966-07-23) 23 July 1966 (age 54)
Cherchell, Algeria
Years active1980–present
LabelsRedSone, Sun House, AVM Edition


Bilal spent much of his youth in Oran, where he studied at the conservatory of music. He was raised by his grandparents after his parents divorced at a young age.[3]

Initially, Cheb Bilal performed at weddings and festivals around Oran. In 1980, he created the group El Ahouar. In 1989 he went to Marseille, France, which he described as a turning point in his career.[2]


  1. ^ "Cheb Bilal" (in French). Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Biographie de Cheb Bilal (in French). Archived 30 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Cheb Bilal, la nouvelle étoile du raï". L'Humanité (in French). 7 Jun 2002.

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