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Rough Guide

The Rough Guide To Raï

Various

RGNET1100CD

Released 25 November 2002

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.

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Track List

1    ABDOU: Ana Aachki Bahloul        5:32

2    CHEB MAMI: Lazrag Saâni            4:33

3    MALIK: N’Touma                4:12

4    CHEB ZAHOUANI: Moul El Bar        6:48

5    CHEB ANOUAR: Moulay Ibrahim        5:59

6    CHEIKHA REMITTI: Guendouzi Mama    5:51

7    BELLEMOU: Nediha Gaouria        5:36

8    CHEBA NOURIA: Consulat            5:33

9    CHEBA ZAHOUANIA: Shab El Baroud    6:04

10    CHEB HASNI: Menghirek Entia Fi Dounia    6:00

11    CHEB KHALED: Ya Loualid        5:33

12    FADELA & SAHRAOUI: La Verité        4:19
 

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.