Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: November 27, 2001
Number of Discs: 1
Personnel includes Rachid Taha (vocals); Femi Kuti (vocals,
Steve Hillage, Francois Delfin (guitar); Hakim Hamadouche (lute);
Yves Aouizerate (keyboards); Francois Even (bass); Abdel Abrit
(drums); Hassan Lachal (darabuka).
Recorded live at L'Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on March 11,
Algerian singer Rachid Taha grew up in France, where the
intermingling of cultures inspired him to combine traditional
Arabic music with rock and Algerian rai. The danceable pop rai
sound that became popular in the '80s is in full effect on Live.
Taha's charisma and frenetic energy are showcased throughout the
11-track CD, as is his penchant for rock star posturing … la Bono.
But the jangling Arabic rhythms, explosive guitar solos, and
emotional vocals make the album well worth a listen. ~ Rosalind