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Cheb Hasni

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...The murder of Cheb Hasni by religious extremists in Algeria helped transform the musical idiom in which he performed, rai, from a secular dance music to the protest music of young Algerians in the early 1990s. Born in 1968 in Oran, Algeria,...

Cheb Mami

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...Known as the “Prince of Rai,” the singer Cheb Mami brought traditional Algerian music into contact with Spanish, French, and Arabic influences. Born in 1966 in the country’s southwest, Mami was placed second in a singing competition in 1971...

Raï

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The term raï refers to a variety of musical expressions originating in western Algeria, first in rural areas as Bedouin folk music and, later, in the early decades of the twentieth century, as an urban genre of the coastal city...

Etno Beat

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In the early 1980s the term etno (or ethno) beat was coined to label various kinds of ethnic music which had started to appeal to a young European audience, attracted by the possibilities of mixing roots and electronic sounds –...

Algeria

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 31,403,000 (2003) Algeria is an Islamic North African (Maghrebian) country bordered by Tunisia and Libya to the east; Niger and Mali to the south; Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco...

Morocco

Richard C. Jankowsky

Richard C. Jankowsky is Associate Professor of Music in Ethnomusicology and Director of Graduate Studies at Tufts University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 30,988,000 (2002) The Kingdom of Morocco is situated at the northwest corner of the African continent, occupying a land area of 278,938 sq miles (446,300 sq km). Its rich history of intercultural exchange...