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Cheb Mami - Dellali (2001) Retail CD
Cheb Mami, leading exponent of Algeria's "rai" music, goes for broke on Dellali. Paralleling the origins of the Western world's early rock & roll, punk and hip-hop (as well as the blues and reggae), rai originated in Algeria's underclass as home-grown recreational art. The personal became political, and as its popularity (and controversy) grew, the music--marked by raw, provocative and wilful vocals--became a beautifully uplifting and rebellious expression, a flag claimed and raised high by Algeria's young. One of the form's earliest innovators, Cheb Mami fled to Paris where he has for two decadesmore… been a rising star, blending rai with dance, hip-hop, funk and rock, in a string of ever-more accessible recordings. His international calling card, however, was backing Sting on "Desert Rose". Sinewy, sophisticated and genre-expansive, Dellali features Mami's barbed-wire vocals cutting through multi-layered fields of wild and orchestral violin, accordion, cello, oud and drums. Sting backs Mami on a track, and late Nashville sensation Chet Atkins is on guitar on backing vocals. But the most shimmering and soulful moments come when the London Community Gospel Choir turn Dellali into a grandiose explosion of nearly perfect sound. --Paige La Grone
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- Cheb Mami - Dellali (2001) Retail CD
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