Grands maîtres du Malûf constantinois
Abdelkader TOUMI-SIEF (says: Abdelkader Toumi 1906-2005)
Born in Constantine, son of a small craftsman Shoemaker, he receives a Koranic training before joining school Jules Ferry that he frequents a time. The precariousness of his social condition forbade the continuation of Koranic studies at the Zaytuna in Tunis to which he aspired. The young man is soon placed by his father as an apprentice to a craftsman, he was introduced to music by playing the mandolin and committed his real training with the brotherhood Hansala where it binds to if Hassouna Ali Khodja, who will be the mentor.
He appears for a period as player of Koran at the great mosque in Constantine, then permanently dedicated to the profession of musician. Abdelkader Toumi was introduced to music theory with European music teachers and appears as a violinist in the orchestras of Abdelkrim Ben and Omar CHAKLEB. Form a troop with Khodja BENDJELLOUL, then joined the singer Alexandre JUDAH with which he served from 1943 to 1960.
It operates punctually, with various associations, particularly the bird of dawn and the thousand and one nights, at the end of the forties, and then group the future Constantine in fifty year. He hosted in 1960 Constantine association which participates in the inauguration of local television, then integrated as a music teacher school Hihi EL Mekki of Constantine in 1962.
He gradually emerged as a reference obliged by his erudition, especially his mastery of the Arabic language. Participates in various musical events, such as Kaddour DARSOUNI and Mohamed Tahar FERGANI. It appears as a conductor when attempts at consolidation of professional musicians and Constantine neo-professionnels. Chairs and anime association Mouhibbi el Fen. Strong supporter of the patrimonialistes theses and amounted, Abdelkader TOUMI is the epitome of the professional musician Constantine.
Biography by Prof. Abdelmadjid Marshall, extracted from his book "Dictionary of the urban music of Constantine", editions of the free fields.