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Algerian rai singer Cheikha Rimitti has Parisian square named in her honour

The singer died in Paris in 2006

Cheikha Rimitti performs at the Barbican, London, on March 11, 2000. Getty Images 
Cheikha Rimitti performs at the Barbican, London, on March 11, 2000. Getty Images 

A square in Paris has been named after Algerian singer Cheikha Rimitti. The N'Ta Goudami star was born in Tessala, Algeria in 1923, and died in the French capital in 2006.

Rimitti's square is located between Rue de la Goutte d'Or and Rue Polonceau in the city's 18th arrondissement, located in the north of Paris.

The singer is known as one of the most influential rai artists. Rai is a form of Algerian folk music and by the 1940s, Rimitti was a particularly prominent voice in the genre, often described as the "la mamie du rai" (the mother of rai).

Rimitti moved to Paris in the late 1970s. The Goutte d'Or area in the 18th arrondissement has a large Algerian population.

During her decades-long career, she recorded more than 300 singles, and collaborated with stars such as Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Two days before she died, at the age of 83, she performed to a crowd of 4,500 in Paris.

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Updated: November 18, 2019 12:27 PM

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