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Raï Story: mémoire et identité

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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.
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Keywords: Algérie; artistes; histoire; instruments; musique; origines; raï

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Southeastern Louisiana University

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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