Grands maîtres du Malûf constantinois
Mohamed DARSOUNI (dit : Kaddour, né en 1927)
Born in 1927 in Constantine, began as a Chorister in the association Mouhibbi el fen, then Chabab el fenni until the suspension of the activities of this association in 1939.
Forms on the flute and attended the confraternal circles and the fnadeq during the war years. Appears the darbuka and the flute in two Orchestra Israelites, before joining the Orchestra of Khodja BENDJELLOUL from which it exercises, attracts the attention of professional musicians in 1947.
Abandoned a career as a trader to devote himself entirely to music. The circles of professional musicians, discovers the zdjouls with me BENRACHI amar and then work with Mohamed Larbi BENLAMRI with which it perfect its training. Made later appearances in various orchestras as a lutenist, among others in the orchestras of Mohamed Larbi BENLAMRI and Raymond LEYRIS. Suspends its activities after 1956 and going through a professional and personal time difficult, marked by a thirteen month stay in a detention facility at Hamma-Marina. Joined the Orchestra of FERGANI after independence, which he left to found his own band. During this period, attends all companies on the music of Constantine. Also participates in the attempts of consolidation of the musicians on the occasion of the holding of the first Festival of Andalusian music.
Organizes and anime EL Moustaqbel EL Fenni association who will be the winner of the second festival of Algerian classical music in 1968, with the assistance of Mouloud BAHLOUL and Hamdani Hall singers. Appears in the late sixties as a conductor, particularly in association with all BENTOBBAL. Takes part in the efforts made by the national Institute of music to conserve and protect the national musical heritage, notably by the confrontation of the musical and poetic texts that will be a publication of the national society edition.
Teacher at the municipal Conservatory of Constantine, he has a technical influence on the new generation of musicians and imposed his own style on the flute. Discover and shape the young singer Mohamed Cherif ZA' Everyrhing, which it is the designated singer of his training. Working initially in the early eighties with Simone ALLOUCHE-TAMMAR in Paris and recorded with her tapes.
Proselyte of institutional policies on musical heritage, it is since the early 1990s, a key player in Constantine representation to the debates and the implementation of official policy in this area. Member of the Executive of the national association of Algerian classical music backup, it is designated in 1999, as technical director in charge of the edition of the nwab (plural of Nuba) of Malouf, under the aegis of the office national of copyright. In an interview with the local newspaper EL Acil, it defines codes for aesthetic standardization of the Malouf.
A tribute is paid to him in Constantine by ONDA in 2007 on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Biography by Prof. Abdelmadjid Marshall, extracted from his book "Dictionary of the urban music of Constantine", editions of the free fields.