PARIS – Idir, an Algerian singer who gave voice to the Berber and Kabyle cultures, has died in Paris. He was 70.

Saturday’s dying of the singer, whose actual identify was Hamid Cheriet, was verified on a write-up on his formal Facebook site that study “we regret to announce the passing of our father (to all), Idir. Relaxation in peace.”

French media report that he died from pulmonary disease right after becoming hospitalized on Friday.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune compensated tribute to him on Twitter, indicating that “with his passing, Algeria has missing a single of its monuments,” and referred

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