Biyouna was born on September 13, 1952 in Belcourt, during the war of liberation against France. Her sister was a famous singer known as Leila Djazaria. Her mother was selling tickets in a famous theater “le Dounyazad”. As a little girl she often watched famous Egyptian singers and actresses at this cinema, that’s why she decided to start belly dancing when she was 14 in the most famous cabarets of Alger. In 1973 while she was visiting Algerian television studios, director Mustapha Badie noticed her “big mouth”. He was looking for an actress an important part of a television series “La Grande Maison”, based on a trilogy by Algerian writer Mohamed Dib. Biyouna made a test and she was the best. She mostly worked for Algerian television and did some one-woman shows all over Algeria even when the terrorism was at its top. She had never leave her native country until director Nadir Mokneche asked her for the role of Meriem in “Le Harem De madame Osmane” in 1999, filmed in Morocco, but supposed to be Algeria during terrorism. She’s still living in popular Alger, Bab el Oued, where she’s a star. Now she’s working in both France and Algeria for television and cinema.
Biyouna Early life
Having a very early passion for singing, she was a member of several groups: first in Fadhéla Dziria’s group where she played tambourine, another that she directed with her partner Flifla, and finally her own where she was the main vocalist and became sought after for wedding receptions.
At the age of 17, she began performing in some of the biggest cabarets in the city and at 19 started dancing at the Copacabana.
Biyouna Acting career
That same year, the director Mustapha Badie gave her a singing part in his first soap opera, La Grande Maison (1973), where she played Fatma. This show was adapted from a novel by Mohamed Dib. She became well-known thanks to this role.
She appeared in two Algerian films: Leila and the others, by Sid Ali Mazif in 1978, and The Neighbor, by Ghaouti Bendedouche in 2000. She also performed some one-woman shows. In 1999, Nadir Moknèche offered her the role of Meriem in Madame Osmane’s Harem which she produced in France. This film was followed by Viva Laldjéri in 2003.
Between 2002 and 2005, Biyouna had success with a trilogy based on the theme of Ramadan called ‘Nass Mlah City.
She appeared in the last film of Nadir Moknèche, Délice Paloma, where she played the main character, a mafiosa named Madame Aldjeria. In 2006 she performed the role of Coryphée in Sophocles’ Elektra beside Jane Birkin in an opera directed by Philippe Calvaio. In 2007 she had a small role in the Algerian film Rendez-vous avec le destin.
In 2009, she played La Celestina at the Vingtième Théâtre in Paris. For Ramadan, 2010, Biyouna was one of the stars in a sitcom broadcast on Nessma TV, Nsibti Laaziza.
Biyouna Musical career
Meanwhile, she was continuing her singing career and in 2001 issued the album Raid Zone, produced with the composer John Bagnolett. After the success of this album and her participation in Jérome Savary’s Opéra de Casbah she brought out another album called Blonde dans la casbah. She had been planning this album for some time. Biyouna took her time, carefully choosing a Franco-Algerian repertoire which explored both cultures.
She lives with her husband and four children in a suburb of Algiers.
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Blonde dans la Casbah
- Les yeux noirs
- In her eyes
- Tu es ma vie
- Une Blonde Platine dans la Casbah
- Demain tu te maries
- Merci pour tout
- El Bareh
- Tsaabli ouetmili