NEW FOR 2021!
Qandus Latin
by Laura Meseguer
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Rachid Taha
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Rachid Taha (18 September 1958-12 September 2018) was an Algerian singer and activist based in Franc described as “sonically adventurous”. His music was influenced by many different styles including rock, electronic, punk and raï. In the late 1970s, Taha founded the nightclub called The Rejects or, in French, Les Refoulés, where he would spin mashups of Arabic pop classics over Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley and Kraftwerk backbeats.
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Rachid Taha
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Lili Boniche
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Lili Boniche (Élie Boniche, April 29, 1922-March 6, 2008) was an Algerian born French singer of Andalusian-Arab music. Boniche was the heir to an erudite, centuries-long tradition of Algerian song and a pillar of Franco-Arab music. Born into a Sephardic Jewish family in the Casbah area of Algiers, Boniche was a child prodigy who taught himself to play his father’s mandola at the age of seven. Later as an in-demand singer throughout France in the 1940s and during wartime. Boniche incorporated the tango, paso doble and mambo into his repertoire, especially while entertaining the troops.
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Lili Boniche
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Gnawa Diffusion
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Gnawa Diffusion is an Algerian Gnawa music band based in Grenoble, France. The group’s lead singer, Amazigh (literally meaning ‘Free Man’ in Tamazight), is the son of the Algerian writer and poet Kateb Yacine. Although there is a strong Gnawa influence, the band is noted for its mix of reggae and roots music.
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Gnawa Diffusion
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Omar Metioui
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Omar Metioui (Tangiers, 1962) is a Moroccan classical musician. Metioui originally trained as a pharmacist, then concentrated on performance of the oud or Arabic lute, as well as performance as a vocalist. He has recorded with his own Ensemble Omar Metioui, and is cofounder in 1994 with Spanish musicologist, flautist and architect Eduardo Paniagua, dedicated to the recovery of medieval Andalusian music.
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Omar Metioui
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Lounis Aït
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Lounis Aït Menguellet is an Algerian singer born on January 17, 1950 in Ighil Bouammas, Tizi Ouzou Province in the Kabylie region. Lounis Aït Menguellet sings in the berber language (kabyle variant) and is certainly one of the most popular and charismatic artists of the contemporary kabyle music scene.
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Lounis Aït
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Najat Aâtabou
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Najat Aâtabou was born on 9 May 1960 into a lower-class family, with five brothers and four sisters. She dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but her life would take a different direction.
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Najat Aâtabou
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Asma Lamnawar
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Asma Lamnawar (born 25 July 1978) is a Moroccan singer. She made her singing debut in 1995 with “Angham”, a festival produced by Moroccan Radio and TV, where she won the prize for best interpretation, though she delayed beginning her musical career until 2002.She has recorded music for Moroccan television serials and films.She toured with the ensemble “Oriental Mood” in Denmark, Sweden and especially in Egypt.
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Asma Lamnawar
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Houria Aïchi
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Born in Aurès, Houria Aïchi went to study psychology in Paris in the 1970s. While teaching sociology, she started to perform in 1985, singing traditional songs of her childhood (lullabies, love songs), accompanied by traditional instruments (gasbâ, bendir), Her first two released albums did not open doors.
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Houria Aïchi
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Mohamed Khelifati
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Mohamed Khelifati better known as Cheb Mami, born 11 July 1966, is an Algerian musician and singer-songwriter. He sings and speaks in Algerian Arabic.
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Mohamed Khelifati

Qandus Latin : Special Buying options

  • Qandus Latin Fluid Pack
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Fluid Regular, Fluid Medium, Fluid Dark

  • Qandus Latin Original Pack
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  • Qandus Latin Solid Pack
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  • Qandus Latin Family Pack
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Solid Regular, Solid Medium, Solid Dark, Original Regular, Original Medium, Original Dark, Fluid Regular, Fluid Medium, Fluid Dark
Qandus Latin

Author
Laura Meseguer

Creation
2021

Actual version
1.0

Styles
9

Character sets
Basic Latin
Latin-1 Supplement
Latin-2 Central European
Latin Plus

License Types
Desktop, Webfont, ePub, App, Server

Description

Qandus Latin is part of the Qandus multiscript font family consisting of a modern typographic interpretation of the unique Maghribi calligraphic style handwritten by al-Qandusi.

The concept was to design three styles that go beyond the difference in weight, extracted from the different textures of Qandusi’s manuscripts (Regular, Medium and Dark) and highlight three constructions: The Solid, the Fluid and the Original as a mixture of both forms. The Latin subfamily takes the Arabic as the starting point, and becomes an exploration of the reversed horizontal stress based on rotation, the limits between calligraphy and drawing; 
and the exuberance of the letterforms.

Qandus was developed within the framework of the Khatt Foundation’s type design research project: Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib (2015-2017), which curator is Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès. The designers are Laura Meseguer (Latin), Kristyan Sarkis (Arabic), and Juan Luis Blanco (Tifinagh).
The strong graphic language of the typeface design emphasizes and explores the variety and visual potential of the Maghribi style. 

Read more about this project at Laura Meseguer's site

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Display, Text, Editorial Design, Packaging, Branding, Display&Text