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Algerian manga artist Fella Matougui, 18, with some of her comics in Algiers.

Manga is flourishing in Algeria. It is a massively popular book form that originated in Japan where it became a cultural phenomenon. Now manga is flourishing in Algeria as well.

“The Algerian manga is our trademark,” said Salim Brahimi proudly. “It’s what we call DZ manga.”

He is the founder of Z-Link, Algeria’s first publisher of manga. And Z-Link’s manga are 100% Algerian, from the drawings to the text. Published in French, colloquial Arabic and soon in north Africa’s Berber language, DZ manga has put a distinctly localised stamp on the form, and the comics are flying off the shelves.

“We are printing 3,000 copies per title,” said Kamal Bahloul, Z-Link’s representative at a book festival in the eastern city of Tizi Ouzou.

“In 2008, 40% of our print run was sold against 70% today,” he added. Since its launch in 2007, Z-Link has been increasing its catalogue and its staff.

”When we started this adventure there were just two of us,” said Kamal.

“Now we have nearly 30 employees. We are growing 5% on average every year.”

In 2008, a year after Salim co-founded Z-Link, he launched a key weapon in its marketing armoury: Laabstore magazine, a monthly review of Algeria’s burgeoning manga, cinema and video game scene.

(via Algeria’s manga a home-grown hit - News | The Star Online)

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Images from Algerian photographer Omar D.'s series Portraits de Femmes, a response to Marc Garanger’s “Unveiled Women" series in which Omar D. seeks to restore the dignity of Algerian women that those photographed by Garanger were stripped of.

Between 10,000 – 20,000 people disappeared in Algeria in the decade following the cancellation of the general election of 1992.

On opening this book, page upon page of faces introduce the reader to this national tragedy. Using the testimony of the families of some of those who have disappeared, Omar D’s photographs present the places where events occurred, their relationship to the surrounding urban and rural landscapes and the lives of those who have been affected.

A striking and forceful body of work, compiled during a single winter as a commission by Autograph ABP, his images tell the story of a practice that has become widespread throughout the world.

Omar D is known for his intimate portraits of a way of life fast disappearing in Algeria, recently exhibited as part of Africa Remix in London, Düsseldorf, Paris and Tokyo and Snap Judgments at ICP, New York.

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Rachid Taha,

AFTERNOON TUNE: Rachid Taha - Galbi

A deliciously good song from the Algerian rai musician’s latest album Zoom that was released earlier this year. Listening to it for the first time and so far, this is by far my favourite.


Algeria, early 20th century

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Hazy scenes of life in various parts of Algeria photographed by Franco-Algerian photographer Bruno Boudjelal over a ten-year period, starting in 1993. Published in his 2009 book Disquiet Days / Jours intranquilles, the series consists of a collection of a highly personal visual perspective of Boudjelal’s journey across a country he had become unfamiliar with in some ways.

Through this series of intimate complex interactions, these images speak profoundly to Boudjelal’s position as an insider-outsider in Algeria, which can often be seen through the distance illustrated between the eye of Boudjelal’s inquisitive lens and the subjects in his photographs.

September: Highlighting African Photographers


'Creatures' directed by Charlotte Rutherford 


"Between the Lines" features the beautiful portraits of Algerian women whose fading facial tattoos tell a story of place, culture and tradition. This long-form multimedia mini-book is by Wake Forest University Yasmin Bendaas. Available on KindleiPad and browsers for FREE.

AFTERNOON TUNE: Algerian Iqvayliyen (Kabyle) singer Souad Massi gives a near-perfect and incredibly soothing live performance of her song Hagda from her 2005 album Mesk Elil, meaning ‘honeysuckle’.

The album stayed on the album chart in France for almost ten months, following its release.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

YADi’s new single ‘Creatures’, released this week! Video due out on the 22nd.

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Ouled Nail, Algeria


Ouled Nail, Algeria

Early 20th century photographs of Ouled Nail Imazighen (Berber) women from North Africa - mainly Algeria, but some sources also mention Tunisia.

These women were said to be professional belly dancers who earned a living by travelling from town to town, putting on performances that are said to have some times involved nudity.

Ornamented in distinctive jewelry and make up, some times also having facial tattoos, these women stood out from many other women in North Africa who, during this time, were often veiled in public at all times.

Further reading.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

Various works of art by the late self-taught Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931-1998).

The link takes you to an in-depth well researched post about her life, including how she became an influence to Pablo Picasso, her early adoption by a French woman, and the details surrounding the misrepresentation of her style of art as ‘surrealist’.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

From Algeria: Behind the Tattoos

A generation of women in the Aurés Mountains of Algeria are marked by tattoos on their faces.

Some shapes are alike; others are completely unique to the woman or to the place where she was raised.

Drawing from surroundings, from clans, from the wandering and tattoo-giving adasiya, the markings tell the story of who a woman is.

 - Photos, captions and writing by Yasmin Bendaas.  via pulitzercenter

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

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Jeune femme d’Algérie, circa 1900