Cheb Nacim Releases Modern Rai with a Traditional Roots Sound

UK – In the tradition of the great Rai singers Cheb Hasni, Khaled and others, Cheb Nacim presents
Algerian Rai, an album of passionate Rai songs by Hasni, Dahman El Har-rachi, Abderahmane Djoudi, as well as original compositions. With style and instrumentation ranging from a traditional “desert feel” to hot rumba and pulsating dance grooves and club remixes. Cheb Nacim, an original voice with a modern style, merges
contemporary Rai with a traditional music base.

A man who is proud of his roots and is the newest and most original exponent of Rai music today. Wherever his experiments with form and instrumentation take him, Cheb Nacim keeps the sound grounded with his amazing voice.

Singing in Arabic, he possesses a unique combination of tone and technique that transcends language barriers and genre preferences. His first big concerts took place around the suburbs of Nantes in 1993, in venues such as Quai de la Fosse with
Khaled and Cheb Mami and the Triangle in Rennes. Cheb Nacim took part in the tribute concert for Cheb Hasni alongside the biggest stars of Rai, Sahraoui, Fadela,
Cheb Nasro, Rachid Taha, Mohamed Lamine and
Cheikha Rimitti

Through his performances Cheb Nacim’s reputation grew considerably and saw him open concerts for L’Orchestre
National de Barbes
at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Faudel at the Hammersmith Palais in London.


Algerian Rai

Author: World Music Central News Department

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