Hasna el Becharia

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        b. c.1950, B+¬char, Algeria. El B+¬charia learned traditional gnawa music from her father. With him and others, at weddings she played chiefly traditional music of the Berbers, some of which is believed to have therapeutic powers. In 1972, she formed a four-piece group of her own with Zorah and Kheira. Mainly, she played guitar but also became adept on oud, derbouka, bendir, banjo, gumbri (a bass lute) and karkabous. She became increasingly popular from the mid-70s, switching th... Read more

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