Dahmane el Harrachi

Bilad El Khir

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Modern rai is deeply rooted in older forms of Algerian popular music, which come in many styles: town and country, north/south, region to region and so on. Even the city music is very varied. Aissaoua presents a music for ghaita oboe, heavy on percussion and originally linked with the trance-inducing ceremonies of North African Sufi mysticism. Dahmane Elharrachi is something special: in these '60s recordings, he used a gutty urban voice to sing about the concerns of the older generation of immigrants into France.