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by Mimoun El Oujdi
Mimoun El Oujdi (1950 to 2018) was a Moroccan 'rai' 'folk' singer. Mimoun El Oujdi was born Mimoun Bakoush in 1950 in Oujda, Morocco. As his home city was just 15 kilometres from the Algerian border, it is little wonder that the young man learned the predominantly Algerian Maghrebi 'rai' genre of music while he was growing up. As with many other singers of his age at that time, he invariably earned the title "Cheb" (which simply means "young"), so became most well-known to start with as Cheb Mimoun El Oujdi (the last name merely referring to the city of his birth). His first album, "En-nar Kedat", was released in 1982, with another three following in 1984. In 1992, he founded the Sharikat Flurans artistic production and distribution company in Morocco, but by 2001 had dissolved it due to the problems of music piracy. He did carry on with his music-making career however, and in March 2010 released his album "Raqat al-Basma", which contained 7 songs. After a further slight absence from the public view, El Oujdi made a surprise appearance at the festival of Rai Boujdah in the summer of 2013 and sang 8 songs, both old and new. Although he often had a troubled relationship with his brother Kamal al-Oujdi (also a 'rai' singer), they did collaborate on an album of four songs where they sang two songs each (he himself sang "Rahi Jaya Mahanti" and "Kulo Taji"). Altogether, he released 18 albums between 1982 and 2012, with his most notable including "Barman" (1985), "Alamane" (1995) and "Soulouh" (2008), and his last ever record release was the single "Guy Meaak" in August 2015. Mimoun El Oujdi died from cancer in Casablanca, Morocco, on November 3rd 2018, aged 68. He leaves his wife Fatima plus two daughters. [ Translated from: ]
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Posted: 8th December 2018
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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