R.A.S.S Rai Attitudes Sound System is a newest World Music Project born in 2005 such an "Incuentros" between Oussama Elkarrichi from Morrocco, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentiste, & programmer of Rai music ,and various artists from the most famos Magherb musictens of Rai & shaabi music in Italy, Rass is a new musical experience based on Generation Sound of Rai music mixed and interpreted in various styles from the whole panoramic traditional music from north Africa, such as Oranais, Gnawa , & Shaabi music , rearranged an composed in modern keys- Styles.
Rai :The one Algerian music which presents no difficulties whatsoever in availability is, of course, rai. Many American music stores now have a full shelf devoted to rai completely separate from their International offerings. Some musicians prefer to call the newer, European-influenced phenomenon "pop-rai" to distinguish it from the older indigenous tradition from which it derives. Rai music is nothing if not controversial, and this air of controversy hangs over its history as well. In brief, the tradition has developed from a local folk music common to the Oran-Tlemcen region sung by male singers (sheikhs) which was then adopted and expanded by urban female-singers in Oran (sheikhas) in the early decades of this century and which was in turn adopted by a series of younger musician-singers who adopted elements of flamenco, jazz, eastern Arab pop music, and Euro-Pop during the 1950s and 1960s. What is now internationally called rai music is a phenomenon of the late 1970s and the cassette revolution. Star figures such as Cheb Khaled, Cheba Fadela and her husband Cheb Sahraoui, and in later years Cheb Mami, Cheba Zahouania and dozens of others, catapaulted to fame in part based on their popularity in Algeria, but also in great part due to the explosive growth of their following in Europe. Rai lyrics have been racy and bold since the early part of the century; laced with social and political criticism, tinged with wantoness and in-your-face individualism, the very term rai ("my opinion," "my way," "Tell it like it is!" and many other possible translations) has come to symbolize a lifestyle of freedom, cynicism and anti-authoritarianism. But opinions about what rai is and is not, means or does not mean, are a dime a dozen, and that, in part, is what makes it exciting. At best it represents an innovative new sound blending a half dozen or more traditions, at worst it sounds like rehashed sound effects left-over from Europop hits of a decade ago. Rimitti, one of the earliest and most influential singers among the Oran sheikhas is still around and performing. For the old sound, try listening to her on "Rai Roots" and for the latest, find her collaborative fusion CD with Houari Talbi from 1994, "Sidi Mansour." Though in her 70s now, the gravely, husky voice of the portside cafes of the 1930s seems as strong as ever. Among the international superstars of rai, everyone has favorites, but I recommend Cheba Fadela (the earlier recordings have more North Africa elements, especially in the percussion and fewer synthesizer effects), Cheba Zahouania and, of course, the King of rai, Cheb Khaled.
Rass is a new musical experience based on a newGeneration Sound of Rai music mixed and interpreted in various styles from the whole panoramic traditional music from north Africa, such as Oranais, Gnawa , & Shaabi music , rearranged an composed in modern keys- Styles.
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