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17 Standout North African Songs You Should Check Out

Featuring Manal, Snor, ElGrandeToto, Plylist, Samara and many more.

North Africa is establishing artists that are managing to reach out to audiences like never before. Whether it be gigantic world-wide conquering bangers, to bedroom recordings inciting online fandom, the region’s artists continue to grow in confidence and stature.

Here are some standout North African tracks from the past year for you to check out — inclusions span artists from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan and more.

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Algerian Government Places a Ban on 'Unauthorised' Protests

Algeria's Interior Minister has accused protesters of being a national 'nuisance' and subsequently banned all protests occurring without prior approval from the government.

The Algerian government has announced a ban it has put in place on any unauthorised protests in the country. The move comes after the country's Interior Ministry dubbed protesters a "nuisance to the wider population" according to several reports. The protests, which are a part of the Hirak movement, began in 2019 and led to the ousting of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who was running for a fifth term in office. The anti-government protests have continued weekly over the past two years as citizens demand an end to corruption.
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Algerian President Concedes To Calls For Referendum On New Constitution

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced an upcoming referendum to amend Algeria's constitution following ongoing protests and mass arrests.

Algerian Journalist Handed Three Year Sentence For Coverage of Political Protests

The Algerian government has convicted journalist Khaled Drareni for his reporting on the Hirak anti-government protest movement.

Prominent Algerian Activist Amira Bouraoui Sentenced to Year in Prison

Active in the Hirak protests which forced former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign, Amira Bouraoui has been sentenced to jail for 'insulting' current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

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Algeria Calls Off Anti-Government Protests Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

For the first time in over a year, protesters in Algeria have called off weekly demonstrations against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's government amid the COVID-19 outbreak.