Moh Alileche - free live performance
Sunday, January 27th 5:00 PM
Moh Alileche was born and raised in the mountains of the Kabylia region of Algeria. From his village, at the age of 9, he taught himself to play the traditional Amazigh (Berber) music on a hand-made-single-stringed instrument, evolving to a guitar and later to the North African 10-silkstringed mandol or "agember" in Tamazight language.
His talent on "agember" grew, and soon he became known in his region for his skills as a musician, singer and songwriter, resulting in his very first radio interview in 1980 with hosts Medjahed Mouhoub and Mohamed Rachid in the capital city of Algiers.
Since his move to the USA in 1990, Moh has a captivated many American audiences with his authentic style. He has participated in a variety of events, including San Diego State International Festival UC Berkeley International Spring Festival, and San Francisco World Music Festival. After the release of his first CD, Tragedy, several Northern California radio stations have interviewed Moh, including KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley and KALW 91.7 in San Francisco. In 2001, some of his music was incorporated in a movie documentary entitled "The Visionary". His third album, North Africa's Destiny?, was selected best 2005 world music album (category: Africa), by the Indie Acoustic Project (IAP). In 2009 he released his fourth CD, In Memory of a Hero.
Moh recently released a brand new album, When the Dust Settles (Tamdit B’wass), which contains nine songs, six of which were recorded in Algeria and three in the USA, including one song composed and sung in English. With this album, Moh continues promoting the music and culture of his Amazigh ancestors of North Africa, bringing their joys and struggles to the consciousness of even broader international audiences.