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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The sophomore release from Algerian singer Rachid Taha. This is a stunning album, as he moves through straightforward rai to blues, rock, and the full spectrum of worldbeat. The album starts out with a song about exile from home, followed by a musical history of rai, covering all of the basic steps in the development of Taha's chosen base-style. An Egyptian film song from the great Farid El Atrache continues the barrage of bouncing Middle Eastern and North African sounds. A more modern version of the ay-ay genre ensues, with fuzzed guitars looped throughout. Some urban Algerian blues and a bit of chaabi follow, on the topics of love and love lost. The album finishes with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The sophomore release from Algerian singer Rachid Taha. This is a stunning album, as he moves through straightforward rai to blues, rock, and the full spectrum of worldbeat. The album starts out with a song about exile from home, followed by a musical history of rai, covering all of the basic steps in the development of Taha's chosen base-style. An Egyptian film song from the great Farid El Atrache continues the barrage of bouncing Middle Eastern and North African sounds. A more modern version of the ay-ay genre ensues, with fuzzed guitars looped throughout. Some urban Algerian blues and a bit of chaabi follow, on the topics of love and love lost. The album finishes with a stretch of slightly more serious songs, with a number based on the Algerian war for independence and the torture endured by its prisoners, a political song from a Moroccan group, a basic rai number in French pidgin, and a song from the frustrated youth of Algeria. This is something of a North African tour-de-force, as Taha moves from one style to another, always partially based in the rai tradition, but always expanding to other styles in the process. The songs can be backed by a simple flute, or by a group of rock guitars. Either way, the works are held together by the overriding compositions that Taha is dealing from. It's a great album for those that are already knowledgeable in rai for its new directions, and a nice album for newcomers as it displays the full breadth in a single disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1998
  • Label: Barclay
  • UPC: 731453995321
  • Catalog Number: 539953
  • Sales rank: 76,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ya Rayah (6:13)
  2. 2 Ida (5:56)
  3. 3 Habina (7:27)
  4. 4 Bent Sahra (7:12)
  5. 5 Ach Adani (6:25)
  6. 6 El H'mame (6:07)
  7. 7 Enti Rahti (6:58)
  8. 8 Menfi (5:03)
  9. 9 Bani Al Insane (4:32)
  10. 10 Malheureux Toujours (6:13)
  11. 11 Aiya Aiya (7:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachid Taha Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Steve Hillage Guitar
Bob Loveday Strings
Geoffrey Richardson Strings
Amina Alaoui Vocals
Nabil Khalidi Banjo, Percussion, Background Vocals, Oud
Aziz Ben Salam Flute
Technical Credits
Steve Hillage Programming, Producer, Engineer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
Dave Pemberton Engineer
JC Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY COOL!!!

    Rachid taha is a cool guy,his music is good and original

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

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