Algeria’s dominant musical export is Rai, a pulsing, vibrant music that often mixes traditional Arabic scales and structures with modern synthesized effects reminiscent of disco. Rai, which means “opinion,” has been a thorn in the political side of successive Algerian governments since the ’70s. Most of the internationally popular Rai musicians are expatriates whose music inspires political resistance and resonates with the fierce independence of the Algerian people.

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