Moh Alileche

Portland, OR United States

Moh Alileche playing mondol (2012)
Genres:Reggae/Dub, World - Middle Eastern, World - Ethnic Electronica, World - African
Bio: Moh Alileche (pronounced ali LESH)

Moh was born and raised in the Mountains of the Kabylia region of Algeria. From his village, at the age of 9, he taught himself to play traditional Amazigh (Berber) music on a hand-made-single-stringed instrument, evolving to a guitar and later to the North African 10-silkstringed mandol or "agember" in Tamazight language.

His talent on "agember" grew, soon he became known in his region for his skills as a musician, singer and songwriter, resulting in his very first radio (channel 2) interview in 1980 with hosts Medjahed Mouhoub and Mohamed Rachid in the capital city of Algiers.

Since his move to the USA in 1990, Moh has a captivated many American audiences with his authentic style. He has participated in a variety of events, including San Diego State International Festival UC Berkeley International Spring Festival, and San Francisco World Music Festival. After the release of the first CD, Tragedy in 2000, several Northern California radio stations have interviewed Moh, including KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley and KALW 91.7 in San Francisco. In 2001, some of his music was incorporated in a movie documentary entitled "The Visionary". His 3rd. Cd "North Africa's Destiny?" was selected best 2005 world music album/ category "Africa", by the Indie Acoustic Project (IAP).
In 2009 he released his 4th CD “In Memory of a Hero”. He has recently released his fifth album When the Dust Settles.

As he moves on to new projects, Moh wishes to continue promoting the music and culture of his Amazigh ancestors of North Africa, bringing their joys and struggles to consciousness of even broader international audiences.

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