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Rai was born in the west Algerian port of Oran, a place where Spanish, French, black American, and Arabic music styles have coexisted and mingled. Rai, which means "opinion," or idiomatically "Oh, yeah!," originated as a folk form among Bedouin shepherds, but as the older rural traditions were becoming irrelevant in modern Algeria, they were adapted and changed by the youth into a new form -- pop rai. With the help of producers Rachid and Fethi Baba Ahmed, young Algerians have added hard rock, funk, reggae, drum machines, and echo chambers to the style.

Rai Album Highlights

More Rai Albums
Best of Rai
Various Artists Best of Rai
Rai Rebels
Various Artists Rai Rebels
100% Rai, Vol. 3
Various Artists 100% Rai, Vol. 3
Best of Algerian Rai
Various Artists Best of Algerian Rai
100% Rai, Vol. 2
Various Artists 100% Rai, Vol. 2
Kings of Rai
Various Artists Kings of Rai