France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha dies at 59

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Rachid Taha, who settled in France with his family when he was aged ten, and first became known in the 1980s for a series of hits with group Carte de Séjour before launching a solo career with his distinctive mix of traditional North African, rock, techno and dance music, has died at the age of 59 of a heart attack at his home near Paris, his family has announced. 

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Algerian-born singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at home in Paris aged 59, his family said, reports BBC News.