Rai is a fascinating musical language that originated in north-western Algeria. Its roots go back to the songs known as zendanis, once a vital element of identity among the underpaid workers at the factories and harbours of the coastal city of Oran. Zendanis became their cure for the injustices suffered at the hands of the colonial administration, a balm for the hardships of overpopulation and crime.
Rai took the traditional songs to meet jazz and European dance music of the 1950s and 1960s. Some time later, disco music showed up, replacing gaspa flutes with synthesizers and the darbuka drums with beat machines. These encounters would often take place outside Africa, among the Algerian diaspora in France, where rai gained tremendous popularity.
Sofiane Saidi, called “the Prince of Rai 2.0” forges his own definition of the genre, one which relies on analog synthesizers, saz, wind instruments and of course the poignant vocals. The Maghreb style is always there as Saidi experiments with funk, jazz, and electronic music, yielding a thoroughly captivating and ambitious tune which has that irresistible pull to make people dance.
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