Maghreb Soul: Ra• Story 1986-1990

COMPOSERS: Maghreb Soul: Raï Story 1986-1990
LABELS: Because Music
ALBUM TITLE: Various
CATALOGUE NO: 3117112
France was where Algerian raï took off in 1986, having been a popular folk style since the early 20th century. maghreb soul: raï story 1986-1990 profiles the big names and a few surprises from the years just before major labels signed up artists such as Cheb Mami and Khaled, both represented here by strong cuts. The late Cheikha Rimitti uses the original rootsy accompaniment of gasba flute and guellal drum. However, most artists imitate these and other instruments with cheap keyboard sounds, churning rhythms and strains of R&B, funk, hip hop and even Bollywood soundtracks

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