Canada – Ali Slimani will be touring Canada from the 09 November till 15 November 2003.
09 Nov : Theatre Capitol, Moncton. Tel: 00 1 506 856 4379
10 Nov : Theatre Petit Champlain, Quebec. Tel : 00 1 418 692 2631
12 Nov : Club Soda, Montreal. Tel : 00 1 514 286 1010
13 Nov : Richard’s on Richard’s, Vancouver. Tel : 00 1 604 736 9806
15 Nov : Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront, Toronto. Tel : 00 1 416 973 4000.
The tour is sponsored by Coup de Coeur Francophone.Ali Slimani was born and raised in El Anasser, a quiet and neatly respectable suburb of the Algerian capital Algiers which is home to the huge 20 Août football stadium where the young Slimani used to power the chants on the terraces with his darbuka.
Although his parents wanted him to become a doctor or lawyer, Ali Slimani fell developed a passion for music and the sounds of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Alpha Blondy, Boney M and the Bee Gees. He also inherited a deep love for the heroes of the popular traditional music of Algiers, which is called chaabi (also known as shaabi), men like Dahmane El Harrachi and Mohammed El Hadj El Anka. Then of course there was rai. Like every other Algerian teenager Ali fell under the spell of the plain speaking, tough living heroes of rai music from Oran; Cheb Khaled, Cheb Hamid, Cheikha Remitti and Cheb Abdelhak etc. “The words were so important,” Slimani explains. “With rai you
can sing about what you want, problems, women, love, no job. For my family the words were very bad and out of respect I couldn’t listen to rai music at home at that time. We used to go off with my friends to the beach to listen to it instead.”