This is Baaziz: a 40 year old international who has integrated all the best world musics and who worries as much for the future of his country as for his planet.


Baaziz is the rebel in the fisherman’s cap and blue docker jacket. He was born in 1963 to a sailor and chaâbi musician father and a Kabyla mother in Cherchell, a town close to Algiers, famous for its Roman remains and military academy.

“It’s not man who takes shit/Its shit that takes a man/Shit has taken me, I remember I was young/I swapped my djellaba, my burnous from the hood/for my little bag and a ticket for the hexagon”.

Like all great artists, Baaziz is a man at home on stage. It is there that he feels most comfortable, in this bond with the audience, from the largest to the smallest of stages. Baaziz has an inexplicable gift of communication with his audiences. Between songs, he chats with them, makes them laugh, moves them, drives them wild. The spectators feel like they’re in Baaziz’s world. He has worked all the stages of Algeria, France (Zénith, Toulouse, Paris Bercy, Olympia, Caberet Sauvage, etc.) and Québec.

Baaziz’s style is ‘maâkous’, a tradition that pastiches the popular French chanson in order to highlight and denounce social and political injustices – a tradition that pays respect to the founding founders of the ‘chaâbi’ of Algiers. Baaziz creates a uniquely ‘franco-algerian’ sound, encompassing Renaud, Brassens, Dylan, Hugues Auffray and all that his country has to offer musically.

Baaziz plays with the rules and regulations of censorship, being either tolerated or officially banned from the airwaves. It was the national television network of Algeria that launched his career, showcasing him on the small screen at the end of the 80s: folk singer, guitar in hand and harmonica to his mouth.
Between word-play and mocking rhymes, the Parisian kid defended spoken languages against a bureaucratisation of Arabic. He strips down "the nouveaux riches", reclaims liberation for political prisoners (Bouziane Daoudi).


2005: 10 ans de Chaâbi Rock'N Bled (album)
2004: Café de l'Indépendance (album)
1999: Dorénavant, ça va être comme avant (album)