Friday, 2 December 2011

Algérie: Mémoires du Raï [Documentary] & Some Myths And Misconceptions About Rai Music [Hawgblawg]

Documentary about Raï, from origins to late-nineties, featuring all the greatest (Cheikh Hamada, Cheikha Rimitti, Blaoui Houari, Bellemou Messaoud, Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami, Cheb Hasni...), with good history background and live footage. Also nice shots of downtown Oran. Sorry this is in french, but I guess there's enough music for anyone to enjoy it.

Here's the whole 52 min film in very low resolution.

Below is a three parts versian, in decent quality, but with 7 minutes missing at the end.

I would also like to mention this interesting article about raï called "Some Myths And Misconceptions About Rai Music" written by Ted Swedenburg, Professor of Anthropology. Read it on his Blawg.

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