Born at the beginning of the twentieth century, raï has imposed itself as one of the most important forms of expression in North Africa, especially Algeria. Fashioned from a series of chaotic moments, shocks and counter-shocks, raï became, over time, the kind of popular music
we now know. This essay attempts to trace back the socio-historical and cultural paths taken by this music and its artists.
The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.