Samy Elmaghribi

A selection of Samy Elmaghribi's best songs

Samy Elmaghribi, whose real name was Salomon Amzallag, did his first music hit in 1948 with his song Loukane Elmlayin (Ah, if I was a millionaire), which led him to Paris where he recorded discs on Pathé Marconi music label.

In 1950, back to Morocco, he performed with his orchestra the Samy’s boys. His fame grew and he adopted his artist name Samy Elmaghribi, Samy the Maghrebian.

He created his own music label, Samyphone, after having been for long edited by Pathé.

Between 1942 and 1964, Samy composed a repertoire of popular songs known in all North Africa.

He did many tours, especially in Algeria, where he performed with the symphonic orchestra of Radio Alger.

He immigrated to Canada in 1960. At that time, the Sephardi community of Moroccan origin got bigger in Montreal and Samy Elmaghribi became in 1967 the first cantor of the Hispanic-Portuguese synagogue Shearith Israel. He officiated there during 16 years.

ISamy Elmaghribi passed away on March 9, 2008 in Montreal. His music integrated the quintessence of the Judeo-Moroccan and Andalusian musical heritage.

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