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France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha dies at 59

France 24, Sep 12

Singer Rachid Taha, giant of 1980s French rock, whose group Carte de Séjour remade the Charles Trénet classic "Douce France", died aged 59 of a heart attack on Tuesday night, said his family.

“It is with regret and immense sadness that his son Lyes, his family and relatives, his friends and his record label Naïve, announce the death of artist Rachid Taha, following a heart attack overnight at his home in the Lilas [near Paris],” read the statement sent to AFP.

“All those memories: the success of Ya rayah, the historic ‘1,2,3 soleils’ gig, the parties, the chats and laughter all night long! How sad…! RIP dear friend”, producer Pascal Nègre wrote on Twitter.

Taha was a magnetic and popular figure on France's rock scene ever since his 1981 debut as the charismatic leader of Carte de Séjour. Born in Algeria, he moved to France aged 10. He and his group became the flag-bearers of the second generation of the Franco-Algerian and Franco-Moroccan community in France.

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