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Rai music in Oran and the Kasbah of Algiers.

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 August 2006

Torn apart by civil war, Algeria has been off limits for many years. With the situation improving, Andy presents two special on-location programmes, including sessions recorded all over this vast and diverse country. This week he goes to the heart of Rai music in the port town of Oran , visits the famous Kasbah in Algiers , and attends a circumcision ceremony in a disused bowling alley.

Music and featured items

29 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The world of Algerian music.

    Introduction to the world of Algerian music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Khaled
      00:01

      Khaled Hada Raykoum

  • Rachid Taha

    Rachid Taha –“Adding the attitude of the Clash to Rai Music”.

  • Music Played

  • Escorted by Oran’s police.

    Andy Kershaw escorted by Oran’s police.

  • Music Played

  • Meddahat Music.

    “Meddahat Music”, the Roots of Rai music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Cheikh Bou'arfa, Cheikha Chehida and Cheikh Brahim
      00:08

      Cheikh Bou'arfa, Cheikha Chehida and Cheikh Brahim Harani Harani

  • Houari Benchenet

    In the studio with Houari Benchenet one of the Rai Revolutionists.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Cheikh Bou'arfa, Cheikha Chehida and Cheikh Brahim
      00:13

      Cheikh Bou'arfa, Cheikha Chehida and Cheikh Brahim Untitled Meddahat song (Trad)

    • Image for Houari Benchenet
      00:13

      Houari Benchenet Arsam Wahran

    • Image for Houari Benchenet
      00:19

      Houari Benchenet H'bibi Rafagni

  • The history and meaning of Rai.

    Interview with author Buzien Ben Ashur about the history and meaning of Rai.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Khaled
      00:26

      Khaled Trigue Lycee

    • Image for Je Vis Encore
      00:29

      Je Vis Encore Cheb Hasni

  • Algerian Rap group TOX.

    In the Studio with Algerian Rap group TOX performing two songs.

  • Music Played

    • Image for TOX
      00:33

      TOX El Marwah

    • Image for TOX
      00:40

      TOX Dir l'makan

  • Interview with The BBC stringer

    An interview with The BBC stringer in Algeria about the civil war and politics.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Weyne Weyne
      00:48

      Weyne Weyne Double Kanon

  • Mohamed Rouane

    A session with one of Algeria’s leading instrumentalists - Mohamed Rouane on the Mandol.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Mohamed Rouane
      00:52

      Mohamed Rouane Tin Hinan

  • A stroll through the Casbah.

    A stroll through the Casbah, downtown Algiers and the Safir hotel.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Mohamed Rouane
      01:00

      Mohamed Rouane Bouleria Nomade

  • A session with Tin Hinan.

    A session with the Touareg (nomads, desert dwellers) group Tin Hinan.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Tin Hinan
      01:10

      Tin Hinan Tina Hagheen (Keep the Tradition)

    • Image for Tin Hinan
      01:18

      Tin Hinan Tinariwen

  • A Circumcision party

    A Circumcision party and Shabi (folk) Music with Abdelmadjid Meskoud.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Abdelmadjid Meskoud and his band
      01:23

      Abdelmadjid Meskoud and his band Trad Circumcision party song

  • algiers from the kasbah

    algiers from the kasbah

  • Andy with houari benchenet (left) and producer Boulamar Toufiq

    Andy with houari benchenet (left) and producer Boulamar Toufiq

  • Algiers

    Algiers

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