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Rachid Taha


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Rachid Taha (Arabic: رشيد طه) (born 1958 in Oran, Algeria) is an Algerian-French musician. His music is influenced by many different styles such as raï, techno, rock and punk. Based in Paris, France where he began his solo career after his beginnings as the leader of the French rock band “Carte de Séjour”, he usually sings in Arabic. Taha moved from Algeria to Alsace and then Vosges, France, where his father had already emigrated, in 1970. In 1981, while living in Lyon, France, Taha met Mohammed and Moktar Amini. The three of them, Rachid, Djamel Dif and Eric Vaquer would later form the band Carte de séjour (“residence permit”) and record their first maxi single Carte de Séjour in 1983. Their first LP Rhoromanie, came out in 1984. Their second and last LP entitled Deux et Demi was released in 1986 and included their famous and ironic cover of Douce France, originally sung by Charles Trenet. The band dissolved in 1989.

Politically-engaged, he has always stood up to defend democracy, tolerance and altruism against racism, fundamentalism and discrimination. His breakthrough album as a solo artist was Diwan, featuring remakes of songs for the Maghrebi and Arab traditions. His album Tékitoi, produced by Steve Hillage and released in 2004, also brought him great acclaim and recognition from other rock musicians. In 2005 he performed with Robert Plant, Patti Smith and Brian Eno.

He covered The Clash song Rock the Casbah (in Arabic, as “Rock el Casbah”), which appeared in the 2007 film about Clash frontman Joe Strummer, The Future Is Unwritten.


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  • Akayz7

    Zoom is great. Love that stuff.

    9 Abr 14h38 Responder
  • max_milko

    muslims shit

    8 Abr 14h39 Responder
  • Ondrew

    All and all... I think Rachid Taha is bringing a really suitable music at its own to all the people around... You can hear in his music many, many, many influences from the arabic world... but at the same time you can hear a pure rock partitions... It's obvious that he's creating a really richful music, full of the arabic music motives, but combined with a lot of other styles, where the rock isn't forgotten, too... Btw, I have to say that I found Rachid Taha thanks to the Black Hawk Down OST (from Hans Zimmer, but with the combination of the Rachid Taha's songs). I remember like it was today..... That really "brutal" song called Barra Barra........ "Brutal" in a way how it is "infecting" your life with a music which is a little bit out of everything for the most of the western-like ppl..... Absolutely brilliant combinaton of a world and rock music. Every time i play and listen to that song I'm totally devoured with all the parts of it. A REAL MASTERPIECE SONG!!! Barrrrrrrra, barrrra!!!

    11 Mar 18h54 Responder
  • prime1128

    Black and white pictures are just cool sometimes, you know?

    2 Set 2013 Responder
  • extrabigmehdi

    Why a black & white picture at top ? It's not as if, he's from an old era.

    12 Jun 2013 Responder
  • Berrieworld

    ♥ Zoom ♥

    6 Mai 2013 Responder
  • louise61

    La 13ème édition du Festival Papillons de Nuit aura lieu les 17, 18 et 19 mai 2013 à Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves. Le festival a dévoilé sa programmation depuis le 19 mars 2013, rendez-vous sur le site Internet du festival pour la découvrir ! En treize ans, plus de 500 000 personnes ont foulé les terres de Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves, un charmant village de 500 âmes. Un chamboulement annuel qui n’est pas pour déplaire aux 1 200 bénévoles qui s’impliquent chaque année pour que le festival se déroule bien ! La billetterie est ouverte ! 33 € la place journée, 71 € le forfait 3 jours. Toutes les informations sur

    20 Mar 2013 Responder
  • zoraxx

    ما شاء الله, ما شاء الله

    10 Jan 2013 Responder
  • genitivodeautor

    muy bueno

    30 Nov 2012 Responder
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  • maryfreedom

    barra barra ^^

    11 Mar 2012 Responder
  • maryfreedom

    ya rayah <3

    17 Nov 2011 Responder
  • rinistiltskin

    T'es qui toi, t'es qui moi? T'es pas qui, t'es pas quoi!

    14 Nov 2011 Responder
  • yash89

    Tekitoi album- the definite soundtrack to the Arab Spring I highly recommend Safi on the album - let me translate the lyrics: The oppression is great. The government has gagged the people. Our culture is a one party state. No Law. No respect. BUT MY HEART IS PURE!!!!!!

    13 Nov 2011 Responder
  • yash89

    13 years on and I am still listening to the masterpiece of his: Diwan. Truly an album that will last a lifetime We now need Diwan 3 man!!!!!!!

    10 Out 2011 Responder
  • aktifistanbul

    Diwan Rachid Taha - Nomads İstanbul. Detaylı Blgi İç

    29 Set 2011 Responder
  • maryfreedom

    ya rayah *__* <3

    30 Ago 2011 Responder
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    28 Ago 2011 Responder
  • IAmPhillCollins

    Fuck yeah, shit is aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome

    24 Ago 2011 Responder
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