Raï is to Oran and western Algeria what reggae is to Kingston and Jamaica: its soundtrack, its cultural ambassador and its pride. Originating in the hinterlands of Oran, which stretch from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Sahara desert in the south, it is the beat-driven, rebel pop music of Algeria. Raï's popularity has spread throughout the world, led by the king (Cheb Khaled) and prince (Cheb Mami) of the genre, who both feature on this album. Combining contemporary instruments with Arabic music, raï is the essential sound of modern Algeria.
'A superb and wide-ranging introduction to Algeria's expressive, hedonistic genre.' Songlines