January 11, 2008

Around the World In 80 Bands - Algeria

Stop number two takes us to the African country of Algeria. Representing the country this time is Khalèd, (Khaled Hadj Brahim) (pronounced ch-loch). Algeria is located on the northern shores of Africa, bordering the Mediterranean sea and is the second largest country on the continent.

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Khalèd started music at an early age, at 14, playing for weddings and other social events. He considers himself a raï singer, which has caused some problems in the country since the 1980s. In 1985, Algeria claimed the raï style as a national music, which angered fundamentalists in the country. Khalèd received several threats, which forced him to move to Paris, France. Since then, he's released numerous albums, his most recent being Ya-Rayi in 2004.

El Harba Wine - Khalèd

Hype - Buy - Look

Prior Stops
1 - Afghanistan