(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