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On Sept. 12, French-Algerian singer and activist Rachid Taha died following a cardiac arrest at his home. 

Taha died at the age of 59, his family confirmed in a statement. He succumbed to a heart attack while he was sleeping. 

The late singer had been referred to "Algeria's answer to Johnny Cash" by British media outlet The Independent. 

Taha's music has been influenced by a number of different genres, including rock, electronic, punk, and raï.

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He immigrated to France alongside his parents in 1968 when he was just 10-years-old.

In the late 1970s, Taha founded the nightclub Les Refoulés, which soon became the place where he'd publicize mashups of Arabic classics over legendary artists' work including Led Zeppelin.

A few years later, in 1989, Taha moved to Paris to kickstart his career. It was the release of a remix version of the Algerian song "Ya Rayah" by Dahmane El Harrachi that took his career to the next level. 

The song hit the French music charts, ultimately leading Taha to fame.

Over the years, Taha has become an icon in the Arab world, having performed with legendary artists around the world.

In 2008, he performed with the band Dengue Fever, an American band whose known for combining Cambodian rock and pop music from the 1960s and 1970s with psychedelic rock.

The news of his death broke hearts all over the world.

"Allah yer7amak"

"You can't deny the impact Rachid Taha had in our lives"

"Left a huge legacy in Algeria"

"My first live concert was a concert of Taha in 1998"

"Such a unique artist"

"A wonderful star & great character"

"My heart is broken"

"True legend"

"Rest with the angels, Rachid Taha"


"May he rest in power"