Photo by C. Kaz (2012)


Moh Alileche (pronounced ali LESH )

Moh 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 traditional Amazigh (Berber) music on a hand-made-single-stringed instrument (see picture below), evolving to a guitar and later to the North African 10-silkstringed mandol or "agember" in Tamazight language.

His talent on "agember" grew, soon he became known in his region for his skills as a musician, singer and songwriter, resulting in his very first radio (channel 2) interview in 1980 with hosts Medjahed Mouhoub and guest host Mohand 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 the first CD, Tragedy in 1999/2000, 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 3rd. CD "North Africa's Destiny?" was selected best 2005 World Music album category Africa, by the Indie Acoustic Project (IAP). 
In 2009 he released his 4th CD “In Memory of a Hero”, in dedication to his longtime friend, singer songwriter and activist Lounes Matoub (1956- 1998). Some of the music from this CD was incorporated in the 2012/2013 film The Expatriate. (The movie was retitled Erased for the U.S market.) 

The latest CD, When the Dust Settles came out in 2012/2013 and again some of the music was incorporated in a new short film "Sending Saïd Home" (2014) France/Morocco






About the ancient people of North Africa


Beyond the Berber Carpet

   Other than “Berber” carpet, little is known about the Berbers, the ancient people of North Africa. The Berbers are native to Morocco, Algeria, the Canary Islands, Egypt, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Libya, Burkina Fasso and Tunisia. Prior to outside invasions, Berbers were pagan, now however, they are primarily Christian, Jewish or Muslim. The name Berber is believed to come from a Greek word meaning “foreigner” but the Berbers refer to themselves as and prefer the term “Imazighen” (plural) or “Amazign” (singular) meaning “free or noble people”.
   Many Imazighen ( E-Mah- Zee rrun ) have played integral roles in history; however, it is largely unknown that these people were of Amazigh (Ah- mah-zee gh) decent. To name a few, Saint Augustine (354-430 AD), one of the fathers of the Christian church, was Amazigh. His mother, also Amazigh, was Saint Monica (333-387 AD), now a very important figure in the Catholic church. The rock of Gibraltar (Jabel Tariq) is named for an Amazigh Muslim, Tariq ibn Zyad who landed on the rock in 711 AD. One of the most revered Amazigh is Queen Kahena or Dyhia (647-702 AD), an Amazigh of Jewish faith who fought against the Muslim invasion of North Africa.
   The most admired Amazigh is King Massinissa (238-149 BC) who is generally referred to as the King of the Imazighen. He  created, expanded and cultivated his own territory west of Carthage. He was one of the greatest and strongest warrior leader of his time.  
                                   Pronounciation and meaning:
          Tamazight: Tah-mah-zee rrt          = Language
          Imazighen: E-mah- zee rrun        = The people (Berbers plural)
         Amazigh:   Ah mah zee gh          =  Berber (singular)
         Tamazgha: Tah-mah zz ga           = North Africa



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