Hope carrier for all a youth roughly touched by the unemployment, the misery and the fear, the singer is murdered squarely heart of his natal city of oran, leaving behind him of the millions of heart orphans. Since his death, his song Matoub Lounes, is symbol of liberty and resistance to the oppression.
Child of Gambetta, popular neighborhood of Oran, in Algeria, Hasni Chekroun, alias Cheb Hasni, sees the light of day the 1st February 1968. Coming from a poor family, the young Hasni grows between his six brothers and sisters, his father welder and his mother that it loves.
As many young Algerians, his youth passes happy but difficult. The country is poor, and his population, of which the majority has less than twenty years, dark in the fear. The fundamentalists direct the country and the moral, condemning all non religious usage of the art. Hasni revolts while singing in the street or when schools out.
Quickly, the raï takes over the dreams of all young children (the soccer or the school). He has only a craving, to become a singer of truth. He starts to sing at parties and marriages, then upright orchestrates it Naoui Kada.
In a country where the production discographique is not opened to all, the young Cheb will have the luck to meet the productive vouchers and to possess, evidently, a sacred talent dose.
To only eighteen years, it records his first tube El Baraka M'rennika with the Algerian singer Chaba Zahouania, a star in his country. This first duet is a true success. It approaches without ambiguity the dear universal themes to the youth: love, the pleasure, the enticement, the desire, but it does it a direct manner, without fard.
"Did us the love in an old shack some ruins" says the song, and for the religious instances of the country, the boundaries already are surpassed. This nevertheless this language that seduced the Algerian ones, and the discs of Cheb Hasni reply at last to their expectation.
From that time, the young man becomes an idol and his charm does not leave the indifferent women. Father of the "raï coils", it records disc on disc, without never to yield to the Islamic pressure that would want to see it be quiet itself. Well to the opposite, the censorship does him the spokesperson of all a generation.
More than Khaled or Cheb Mami, who left the country for fortune in Europe, Cheb Hasni stayed.
The reasons of his success: before all his voice, melodious, but also his manner to relate his life in its songs. A personal manner that will incite its admirers to nickname it the "Julio Iglesias oranais". If he approaches the love in its texts, it does not hesitate no more to talk about sex, of alcohol or of death. He expresses himself in the name of the youth, to pin his nose "into the beard" of the extremist.
Victim of fundamentalism
Married to a maiden from Perpignan, in France, and father of a small Abdallah, his wife asks the divorce and leaves Algeria for France, where she feels secure. He remains, very attached to his city, family, and roots. At twenty-six Hasni was gunned down on September 24 1994 with two bullets in the head when he leaves a coffeehouse, to two steps of his house.
Cheb Hasni leaves behind more than four hundred titles, recorded during the six years of his carreer. More than 150 000 persons accompanied him to his last restingplace, the cemetery Aïn Beïda in Oran.