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Memoirs of pianist Maurice El Médioni to be published

This will be the first time the memoirs of the Algerian-Jewish musician will be published

Maurice El Médioni: A Memoir From Oran To Marseilles 1938-1992 is set to be published this summer by Repeater Books. Edited by Max Reinhardt and translated from French by Jonathan Walton, the book tells the story of this musician who has been considered to be grandfather of Algerian pop.

Born in 1928 in Oran, Médioni was an Algerian Jew who worked with Andalusian, Rai, Chaabi, Arabic and Sephardic music. He performed with Chaabi artists such as Lili Labassi, Line Monty, Samy el Magrhibi and Reinette l’Oranaise, as well as contemporary Rai artists like Khaled.

The book traces his early life in Oran, living through Axis occupation during WWII, his encounters with the Dominican and Puerto Rican GIs stationed in North Africa, the nightlife in Oran, the Algerian war of independence, and his subsequent emigration to France where he surrounded himself in the Parisian jazz and world music scenes.

Maurice El Médioni: A Memoir From Oran to Marseilles 1938-1992 will be published in this month with a launch party event in London set for 22 June. Details yet to be confirmed.