Cheb Khaled

Young Khaled

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This is a reminder of what the fuss was about, before raï joined the other five-minute wonders. You can hear the reworking of tradition in the long songs with the free-rhythm openings before the percussion kicks in, even if the backing is synth and not oud, and realize where Khaled came from and where he was going before the world-beat surfers and global-village marketeers sucked him in.

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