PARIS — Algerian singer Rachid Taha, who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno and at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in his adoptive France, has died. He was 59.
Mr. Taha’s record label, Naïve, announced his death in a statement on its Facebook page. It said he died overnight Tuesday following a heart attack at his home in the Paris suburb of Les Lilas.
Mr. Taha had recently finished recording an album for release next year.
Born in Algeria, Mr. Taha moved to France at age 10 with his parents.
With the group ‘‘Carte de Sejour’’ (“Residence Permit”), Mr. Taha caused a stir in France in 1986 with a husky-voiced rocky cover of legendary singer-songwriter Charles Trenet’s sentimental, patriotic, ‘‘Douce France,’’ (“Sweet France.”)
The group distributed copies of the song in France’s Parliament as lawmakers were debating changes to nationality laws.