We Really Love Rai

Cheb Khaled is at its heart of remarkable Algerian rai.

Spending our class week in North Africa gives us the chance to enjoy rai, an electrifying, socially-engaged form of modern North African music. The genre originated in, and is most influential, in Algeria, where the expressive genre –“rai” means “opinion”– has been a thorn in the political side of successive Algerian governments since the ’70s. In this video we meet one of rai’s most dynamic performers, Cheb Khaled.

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