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Bellemou Messaoud - Le Père du Raï

C'est pas ma faute
House of the Cultures of the World
Product number: SM 15212
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Raï developed in the 1920s in the Oran region, an Algerian port city that has many cultural influences. The emotional voices and rapid rhythms were soon addressing explosive themes such as alcohol and prostitution, depression and poverty. In addition to the traditional gasbah (flute) and bendir (drum) oud, violin, and accordion were used. In 1965 Bellemou Messaoud formed his own ensemble with drums (tabla, darbouka) and trumpet - a combination that had never been heard previously. To the music of his ensemble, which was firmly anchored in rai, he added the timbres of other styles familiar to him.


C'est pas ma faute
Kayen Rabi
Adieu l'amour
Ana wa Gzalli
Sartli ma Nawdchi
Nzour Nabra
El Achika ma Nabrach
El CHira illi Nbigha
Gouluha Twali

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Bellemou Messaoud - Le Père du Raï
C'est pas ma faute
House of the Cultures of the World
Bellemou Messaoud / Bellemou Milaud / Benaffan Mohamed / Ourad Honari / Misabih Miloud / Muklouf Mohamed / Messaoudi Lakhtar / Tewil Kemal
74 ′28 ′′

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SM 15212
0,11 kg

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