The King of Rai

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Quantum Leap Arte
PERFORMER: Cheb Mami
CATALOGUE NO: QLDVD 0399

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For a so-called ‘king of rai’, Cheb Mami is a quiet, unassuming character, but he’s blessed with a wonderfully agile, sweet-toned voice.

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A Paris-based Algerian, his exuberant Arabic pop shies away from politics, but his description of rai’ as a ‘cry of youth’ is certainly borne out by the thousands of teenage fans who receive him rapturously at Paris’s Zenith venue.