22 November 2016

Algeria: Syrian Composer, Friend of Algeria, Tayssir Akla Passes Away

ALGIERS — Syrian composer and orchestra conductor Tayssir Akla, one of the fiends of Algeria, where he had lived for forty years, died Tuesday at the age of 77 in Brussels, Belgium, the Algerian radio has announced.

Based in Algeria since the independence in 1962, Tayssir Akla directed Algerian Radio orchestra in the 1970s, composed songs dedicated to the national liberation war, including "Ana el Djazair " (I am Algeria ) and "Tawrat al ahrar" (Revolution of Freemen), performed by Saliha Essaghira.

Born in Syria, Tayssir Akla married to Algerian singer of Syrian origin Nadia Kerbache, died in 2010.

Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi, in a condolence message, expresses regret at the loss of a "great composer adopted by Algeria."

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