I just learnt that Cherif Kortbi, one of the most important Algerian musicians, has passed away yesterday. His biography in Arabic can be found here.
All the Algerians who have watched the national TV probably know him as they saw him leading the Algerian National Orchestra. And despite having composed for many singers such as Nadia Benyoucef, Sabah Saghira, Warda Eldjazairia, Abderahmane Aziz and others, he’s most known for composing the music of Omar Elbernaoui’s famous nationalist song, من أجلك عشنا ياوطني (for you we live, my country).
May he rest in peace.