A Moi La Liberté: Early Electronic Raï (Algérie 1983-90) album cover
A Moi La Liberté: Early Electronic Raï (Algérie 1983-90)

Various Artists

1983 - 1990
Born Bad Records

A great compilation of some of the most experimental and psychedelic Raï cuts out there. Many of the artists on here — Houari Benchenet, Chaba Fadila, Nordine Staifi, Cheb Hindi — were at the very center of the electric Raï generation in the 1980s, and helped propel the new sound to global audiences. Expect squelchy synth basslines, swirling keys, drum-machines, passionate vocals, electric guitars, and darbuka rhythms.

Megan Iacobini de Fazio

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