Algerian Rai

Algerian Rai

by Cheb Nacim
     
 
Cheb Nacim, not really known in the same league as the other current stars of rai (such as Cheb Mami) or even the slightly older generation (Faudel, Cheb Hasni, Rachid Taha), still packs a punch on this, what would appear to be his first album on the world market. The style is musically

Overview

Cheb Nacim, not really known in the same league as the other current stars of rai (such as Cheb Mami) or even the slightly older generation (Faudel, Cheb Hasni, Rachid Taha), still packs a punch on this, what would appear to be his first album on the world market. The style is musically complex, eschewing the pure keyboard and string power of much rai and ignoring some of the rock-based punches of the more modern, rebellious end of the genre as well. While keyboards and strings are certainly present and add accentuation when needed, much of the instrumentation is a little more electronic, a little more sparse, a little more clipped. Vocally, Nacim uses a style similar in many ways to Cheb Hasni, a strong influence in his development. With the additional support of Hossam Ramzy and Phil Thornton (who remixes a pair of songs at the end of the album as well), there are extra influences built into the music with Indian characteristics, with Egyptian characteristics (the doumbek in particular), with bits of jazz and rock. The songs here are a mix of originals, Hasni pieces, and pieces written by Dahmane el Harrachi. Nonetheless, the sound is relatively stable throughout. Overall, the performances are quite good. The music is a bit flat for rai, missing some of the sheer power and emotion that can make the genre so powerful. Nacim's vocals are well-developed, but again somewhat flat. There is emotion present, but not enough to convey the depths aroused by the themes of the works. A nice album, but pick up some of the masters first.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2007
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037203722
catalogNumber:
2037
Rank:
325478

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheb Nacim   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Egyptian Percussion
Ihab Tutu   Violin
Adel Eskander   Violin
Morris Eskander   Violin
Ihab Sobhy   Violin
Brahim Aggad   Percussion,Darbouka
Mohammed Naï Fouda   Nay

Technical Credits

Phil Thornton   Remixing
Hossam Ramzy   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes
Diz Heller   Liner Notes
Ute Entwistle   translation
Paul K. Johnson   Cover Photo
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Cheb Nacim   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Jeannine Blanpain   translation

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