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'Abdel Kader' singer Rachind Taha dies aged 59

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Algerian-born singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at home in Paris aged 59, his family said.

Taha was born on Algeria's north-west coast in 1958 and moved with his family to Lyon aged 10.

The singer first entered the music world when he opened a club in Lyon called Les Refoulés (The Rejects) in the late 1970s.

Working as a DJ there, he reportedly mixed Arabic pop music with backing beats from bands like Led Zeppelin and Kraftwerk.

In the Middle East, he was famous for his collaboration with another Algerian artist Khaled and Faudel.

The song gained further popularity after the live performance at Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy by Khaled, Rachid Taha and Faudel. The joint trio live version was included on the 1998 live album 1,2,3 Soleils.