Rai in Algeria

Various Artists

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Rai in Algeria Review

by John Storm Roberts

Good stuff, it features four artists, Abdelhak and Zahouni, Mami, and Zahouania. Striking is the lead-off, a sensational cut from Cheb Mami backed by sax (terrific) and strings (innocuous) as well as the usual keyboards and percussion. The distinctly grouchy notes, by an Algerian musicologist of the older generation, are long on background but lack data on the artists.