Andy presents two special on-location programmes from all over this vast and diverse country. 1/2 - Rai music in Oran and the Kasbah of Algiers.
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.
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Music and featured items
The world of Algerian music.
Introduction to the world of Algerian music.
Rachid Taha –“Adding the attitude of the Clash to Rai Music”.
Escorted by Oran’s police.
Andy Kershaw escorted by Oran’s police.
“Meddahat Music”, the Roots of Rai music.
In the studio with Houari Benchenet one of the Rai Revolutionists.
The history and meaning of Rai.
Interview with author Buzien Ben Ashur about the history and meaning of Rai.
Algerian Rap group TOX.
In the Studio with Algerian Rap group TOX performing two songs.
Interview with The BBC stringer
An interview with The BBC stringer in Algeria about the civil war and politics.
A session with one of Algeria’s leading instrumentalists - Mohamed Rouane on the Mandol.
A stroll through the Casbah.
A stroll through the Casbah, downtown Algiers and the Safir hotel.
A session with Tin Hinan.
A session with the Touareg (nomads, desert dwellers) group Tin Hinan.
A Circumcision party
A Circumcision party and Shabi (folk) Music with Abdelmadjid Meskoud.
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