The Algerian singer Marguerite Taos Amrouche in Paris, 1975

The Algerian singer Marguerite Taos Amrouche in Paris, 1975

Known in the West as Berbers, North Africa’s indigenous people—Imazighen or “free men”—have a rich tradition of oral poetry. Among them, the Kabyle of Northern Algeria are known for their sung poetry. Writer and singer Marguerite Taos Amrouche is celebrated for her album of these songs, Chants berbères de Kabylie, which introduced the tradition to a French-speaking audience.