1001% Arabica: An Introduction to Rai

Various Artists

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1001% Arabica: An Introduction to Rai Review

by Bradley Torreano

Featuring the Arabic musical genre known as rai (essentially native Arabic music blended with various other pop styles), 1001% Arabica is a solid collection of dance tracks that makes for a good introduction to the style. With several of the genre's most notable musicians taking part, the album shows just how much rai has adopted to modern pop music. Dance beats, keyboards, and other pop flourishes keep the music going strong without taking away from the unique touches that make the genre what it is. Anyone looking to hear rai for the first time should give this a listen; there is a lot to discover in these 22 tracks.

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