His music is influenced by many different styles such as rock, electronic, punk and raï. "[6], Taha's blend of anger and angst has been distilled into a set of songs that match crunching guitar chords, simple riffs and angry lyrics (in French and Arabic) with subtle, wailing flourishes of North African embellishment. It's a phonetic transliteration of the French "Te qui toi?" In 1985-1987 "Eli Al Kor” an oriental tale and first animated project made for film production-OZO-films. Taha’s success continued with the 2001 album Made in Medina, a chaabi-punk-pop fusion that included musicians from New Orleans and Egypt, and the classic 2004 set Tékitoi, which included Rock el Casbah, with Arabic influences mixed in with the familiar guitar chords of the Clash classic, and a collaboration with Brian Eno. AWARDS: 2017 Global Music Awards Winner (Outstanding Achievement/ Silver Medal) for Single "Huriti" ft. Rachid Taha for Best Liberation … The duo's first collaboration was Rachid Taha (1993). [7] He sang in both English and Arabic, but usually in Arabic. [18] In 2005 Taha performed with Robert Plant, Patti Smith and Brian Eno. 2009 Carte Blanche. Své první sólové album nazvané Barbès vydal v roce 1990. Died during the night of Tuesday 11th of September 2018 to Wednesday 12th of September in Les Lilas (Seine-Saint-Denis), his Parisian home, of a … The title track is "street slang" meaning, roughly, Who the Hell Are You? Taha dropped his hat on the mic stand. I just loved him and always enjoyed performing with him.”. [6] His song "Voilà, Voilà" protested racism. Music scored by Rachid Taha and Nabil drums percussions luth, bender. The album featured traditional instruments like the oud but with a "contemporary veneer of programmed percussion and samples added in. For several years he had suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy but he continued to work. In Lyon he started his first band, Carte de Séjour (Residence Permit), who sang Arabic and punk-influenced songs that commented on “working conditions and the way that immigrants are treated”. – Robin Denselow, The Guardian, 2007[12], The thrumming beat in this 21st century Räi piece is ancient and high-tech, showing how gripping a single drum can be, even when we cannot tell whether it is living or looped. shortened into T'es qui, toi ?) [2][17] The band's second and last LP entitled Ramsa (Five) was released in 1986. [14][20][21] The Guardian selected "Rock El Casbah" as one of the top 50 cover songs. They were both French colonies at one time, and there's even an area there called Algiers." "[8] He wanted to record in New Orleans "because I see parallels between African and American music, and between the music of the African slaves who came to New Orleans, and that of the Gnawas, the black desert tribes who became slaves of the Arabs in North Africa. Executive producer Rene Laloux (Gandahar, La planette sauvage with Rolland Topor) film collective with Domenico Spano (Dir-animation-Camera operator), Eric Didier (animation-Camera operator), Jerome Fournier Lanzoni (Lay-Out,Background-Camera operator), Salim Torobaly (Background-Camera operator), Frederic Saurel (animator-Camera operator),Marie-Claire Besancon (production-admin-logistic), Daniel Violet(production-accountant). Par Lina S.  Le producteur du chanteur algérien décédé dun arrêt cardiaque Rachid Taha a révélé, dans un entretien au journal français Le Parisien, que lartiste de renommée mondiale souffrait secrètement dune maladie génétique handicapante. Rachid Taha, who has died of a heart attack aged 59, shook up the global music scene with his inventive and fiery fusion of Algerian styles and rock, techno and punk. But given there is always a subtext to Taha's music, the girls in the casbah danced to the blocked trumpet. The event led to a live double album, again produced by Hillage. In 1997, his song "Ya Rayah" became a hit. [4] Taha took a standard patriotic French song entitled "Sweet France" (in French: Douce France) which had originally been recorded by Charles Trenet in the 1940s, kept the lyrics, but sang it with "furious irony" which irritated many French listeners, particularly coming from a "scruffy, bohemian-looking Arabic singer", to the point where Taha's version was banned from French radio. In 1989 he moved to Paris to launch a solo career. An engagingly bohemian-looking figure, influenced by the Clash as well as by chaabi and rai music, he became a bestselling artist across the Arab-speaking world and will be remembered for Rock el Casbah, his 2004 treatment of the Clash song Rock the Casbah and for his international dance hit Ya Rayah, as well as for his energy, angry political stance and wit. [22], Taha played in Morocco in 2006. This song appeared in the 2007 film about Clash frontman Joe Strummer entitled The Future Is Unwritten. [31] Taha's song "Habina" was featured in the 2010 film, It's Kind of a Funny Story. 2019 Zoom. Taha believed his early recordings helped to inspire The Clash to create the song "Rock the Casbah". – report in The Guardian, 2007[14]. Skip navigation sign in. Rachid Taha performing at the Rio Loco festival in Toulouse, France, 2009. Rachid Taha & Catherine Ringer – « Ya Rayah » Victoires … “I’m more of a Rai Cooder – and I mix my influences, like Asian Dub Foundation.”. He is survived by Véronique Pré, his longtime partner, and by their son, Lyes. Read Full Biography. “This isn’t rai,” he told me. [8] He covered The Clash song "Rock the Casbah" which he retitled with the Arabic name of "Rock El Casbah". – Montreal Gazette, 2007[8], In 2008 he performed with the band Dengue Fever. In 1984, with the help of British guitarist Steve Hillage, the group achieved a "sharp, driving sound" which played well on the radio, and the LP was entitled Rhoromanie. The lyrics ricochet back and forth between French and Arabic, and we remember that Räi began in the city of Oran, whose windows are supposed to face away from the sea to gaze only on the desert sand. His latest ventures have involved a multicultural approach to dance music that liberally dips from traditional and progressive. [4] In recent years, Taha toured nations including the United States[1] and Dubai. His 1995 album Olé Olé included songs co-written with Hillage, and in 1999 he released Diwan, a selection of cover songs from Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, with backing provided by traditional instruments such as the oud but with Hillage adding guitar and programming. It generates a disruption in the body. [35] Taha also recorded "Now or Never" (words and music by Aaron Schroeder / Wally Gold and previously recorded by Elvis Presley), which features Jeanne Added singing in English.[36]. "[7] Taha suggested that Algerian musical styles and rock are "closely linked". When he started talking about politics his approach was equally inclusive. You have to be adventurous. With a drum instrument called a doumbek or darbuka, his new group played Arabic-style beats. The incident has since gone down in French rock legend. raï,. ... Rachid Taha. Alifie from mars recommended for you. This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 18:53. Some of his later albums received more mixed reviews but he returned to form in 2013 with Zoom. I think that's what gave French musicians the confidence to do the same with whatever music they were into. He appeared alongside Damon Albarn at many Africa Express events, and Albarn described him as “a beautiful person, very naughty, impish and with bright eyes and generous with his time. It was also clear that they loved music. Genres: Raï, Pop Raï, Pop Rock. [12] Taha's album Tékitoi, produced by Steve Hillage[8] and released in 2004, brought acclaim and recognition from other rock musicians. When performing live, Taha wore various outfits, including at one point a leather fedora hat, then later a red cowboy hat. Born in Sig, Algeria—the birthplace of Rai, Rachid Taha was in a way destined to make his mark in the genre. 1968-tól Franciaországban élt. Born 18 September 1958; died 12 September 2018, aged 59. 17, 2010 Best New Music. [11], In the 1980s, Algeria's indigenous pop music known as raï began to achieve international attention. Taha was best experienced live. [4] They recorded their first maxi album Carte De Séjour in 1983. [19] The song suggested rock music as "banned but unstoppable". "[4], In the late 1970s, Taha founded the nightclub called The Rejects or, in French, Les Refoulés, where he would spin mashups of Arabic pop classics over Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley and Kraftwerk backbeats. ه‎ RashÄ«d Ṭaha; 18 September 1958 – 12 September 2018) was an Algerian singer and activist[1][6] based in France[2] described as "sonically adventurous". Listen to Rachid Taha's music in free streaming. [7] He began listening to Algerian music in the 1960s,[4] including street-style music called chaabi. SoundCloud "Huriti" by Nader DeAik feat. The family followed him to France, where at the age of 17 Rachid worked in a central heating plant outside Lyon, which he hated. "[29] Denselow felt the music was more "commercial" and "not his most exciting. [32] Jones toured with Taha as part of the Zoom project. His music was influenced by many different styles including rock, electronic, punk and raï Photograph: Stephen Budd. 2008 Diwan 2 … Joe Strummer had nothing to do with that terrible punk cynicism. MORE Algerian singer Rachid Taha seems to connect the musical dots through his love of many different styles - from Rai to rock -- and even transitions into a bit of Zydeco. They achieved national notoriety with their version of the patriotic Douce France (Sweet France), originally recorded by Charles Trenet in the 1940s. In September 1998 he appeared alongside the rai stars Khaled and Faudel for the rai spectacular 1, 2, 3 Soleils, in which they were backed by a full orchestra flown in from Egypt before a capacity audience at the Bercy Stadium in Paris. [29] Denselow wrote: "The result is an unlikely set in which Taha appears to be deliberately courting a new, wider market by playing down that wild rebel image. Duo jeanne added rachid taha. Rachid Taha (18. syyskuuta 1958 Oran, Ranskan Algeria – 12. syyskuuta 2018 Pariisi) oli algerialais-ranskalainen muusikko. John Lewis explores the band's enduring influence in France", "Ready or Not, France Opens Museum on Immigration", "Rachid Taha – "Rock El Casbah" feat. Astonishingly, Rachid Taha continues to produce high-quality, interesting, engaging albums. Taha brought the crowd down and then back up for coute-moi camarade, an irresistible bounce about female treachery from the Diwan 2 album. Last modified on Fri 14 Sep 2018 11.55 BST. Taha’s musical approach and views made him a perfect member of Africa Express, the freewheeling project co-founded by Albarn that encourages African and western musicians to collaborate. 2013 Bonjour. In 2010, Taha played in Toronto, Canada to large audiences. Cheba Louisa (Bande Originale du Film) | Rachid Taha to stream in hi-fi, or to download in True CD Quality on Qobuz.com I'm wavering. In February 1998, the song was certified silver in France. – Jody Rosen, 2005[6], These were difficult years since record stores often refused to stock their records "because they didn't want Arabs coming into their shops". Rachid Taha: Bonjour (en duo avec Gaetan Roussel) Jun. They were both French colonies at one time, and there's even an area there called Algiers," and he noted that Louisiana Zydeco drum patterns were similar to raï music. [5], In 2001, Taha released Made in Medina, and a music critic commented that he used a "full and varied instrumental palette" along with "a dizzying vocal facility that transcends whatever style he's plugged. Hänen musiikissaan oli vaikutteita raïsta, teknosta, rockista ja punkista Elämä. This is the business.” A former member of those psychedelic rockers and hippy heroes Gong, Hillage would go on to produce the majority of Taha’s solo albums, starting with Rachid Taha (1993), which included north African and European influences and included the anti-racism anthem Voilà Voilà, popular with English DJs. Rachid Taha is a French/Algerian worldbeat artist and former DJ who has become a superstar in Arab nations and beyond with his take on the popular rai music styles. [4] There were elements of political protest in his music leading a BBC critic to describe him as a "shit-disturbing artist who risks challenging his own culture as undemocratic. "[6], Taha was not fond of contemporary French cinema and said "I'd much rather watch some dumb Hollywood movie than another haute bourgeois auteurist piece of crap. When Rachid was 10 his father moved to France looking for work and, according to Rachid, “ended up in a textile factory, like a modern slave”. It's a kind of conformism. While these are the symptoms of Arnold Chiari disease. [44] He is survived by his longtime partner Véronique Pré and their son, Lyes.[45]. You might recall this song from Blackhawk Down’s superb soundtrack (it … [23] In 2007, Taha performed in Canada and a reporter from the Montreal Gazette described his performance while wearing a "pewter pimp suit" which was "stunning":[8], Rachid Taha did not disappoint. [6] A New York Times music reporter wrote of Taha's cover version of the Clash's hit song probably influenced by his earlier work: Is "Rock El Casbah", with its images of sheiks gusting through the desert in Cadillacs and cracking down on 'degenerate' disco dancers, an indictment of the oil-choked, religiously fanatical Arab world, or a wry comment on the West's cartoonish vision of the region? He performed songs from Diwan, “to pay homage to my culture”, and then discussed David Bowie and T Rex. [7] In his songwriting, Taha wrote about living in exile and the cultural strife associated with being an Algerian immigrant in France. Taha gave them a copy of a demo tape by his band, Carte de Séjour (Residence Permit), an outfit from Lyon who combined Algerian raï with funk and punk rock. "[29] It included a "rousing tribute" on his cover song Rock El Casbah to the late Clash guitarist Joe Strummer. Taha released the song as a single in August 1997 and reached number eleven on the French singles chart. Chas Hodges, the session musician who became one half of the cockney duo Chas and Dave and had hits like Gertcha and Rabbit. [4] Taha mixed a variety of instruments and styles for his sound. Canadian music critic Philly Markowitz named a Taha album one of the best in 2005. No listener to the recording can doubt that it is both, or that in Mr. Taha, a rumpled North African with a buzz saw voice, the Clash has an unlikely heir. Rachid Taha by Rose Gold Records published on 2016-07-03T02:24:16Z. He was delighted to find that some of the local Louisiana Zydeco drum patterns are remarkably similar to raï. Rachid Taha discography and songs: Music profile for Rachid Taha, born 18 September 1958. In a similar vein much later in his career taha took on an elvis staple in a 2013 version of now or never sung with french vocalist jeanne added. [2] In 1986, his "sneering punk-rock cover of 'Douce France'" was seen as an "unmistakable protest against the nation's treatment of its immigrant underclass", and caused consternation in French political circles. Toutes les vidéos de TARATATA N°450 - SPECIAL DUOS. The band dissolved in 1989. [15] Later, in 2007, Taha-as-an-immigrant was mentioned in France's National Center of the History of Immigration.[16]. TARATATA N°450 - SPECIAL DUOS Andrew Strong, Charlie Winston, Claudia Tagbo, Jeanne Added, Patrice, Rachid Taha, Saule Read Full Biography. It's somewhat ironic that the title of Rachid Taha's fourth solo studio album is a question. [25], In 2008, Taha was growing increasingly prominent, with greater audiences in places such as Canada, although there were reports that his music had "trouble getting airplay" in France. Rachid Taha Biography by Jon O'Brien + Follow Artist. Ste. [24] He was described as a ""wild Algerian punk fan" performing among a lineup which read like a "Who's Who of West African music", and was part of "Africa Express", a response to the lack of African musicians at Bob Geldof's Live 8 musical extravaganza. Algerian-born singer and songwriter who combines punk rock vitality with traditional rai and chaabi influences. [6] Taha had to cope with anti-Arab sentiment and confusion; for example, The New York Times stated in a front-page story that Taha was Egyptian rather than Algerian, but later posted a correction. Rachid Taha is Algeria's answer to Johnny Cash. Přijedou punkoví The Damned, alžírský ethno rocker Rachid Taha a potomek reggae legendy Boba Marleyho Julian. You could be a rebel and be in the biggest rock'n' roll band in the world! He went on to play at many other Africa Express events and Albarn said that Taha “was at the heart of what we did”. ه) (born 18 September 1958 in Sig, Algerie; deed 12 September 2018 in Paris) wis an Algerie sangster an activist based in Fraunce who haes been describit as "sonically adventurous." [1] The group never achieved much commercial success and, as a result, Taha had to work a series of day jobs in a factory, then as a house painter, a dishwasher, and later as an encyclopedia salesman. In 2013 Taha released the Zoom album, which was produced by guitarist Justin Adams and featured guests Mick Jones and Brian Eno;. Rachid Taha, left, on stage in Marseille, France, with Fatoumata Diawara and Africa Express in 2013. Sound track sounds effects recorded at studio La Fabrique,(St Laurent-Le-Minier)/ Canal+/Revcom/France2/1987. Rachid Taha by Rose Gold Records from desktop or your mobile device. It was a wet, muddy evening but Taha was in fiery form, joining a cast that included Baaba Maal, K’naan and of course Albarn. His career was based in Paris.He was described as "sonically adventurous". ... Taha leaned into his cheerfully louche street persona. On stage he had the charisma of a classic rock’n’roll rebel, a blend of Gene Vincent and Joe Strummer. His new recording, sung in both French and Arabic, is a … His muisic is influencit bi mony different styles such as rock, electronic, punk an raï [4] A report in The Guardian suggested that Taha had achieved a cult status in pop music. [46], Use of Taha's songs in movies and computer games, "Africa's shining music stars: Rashed TAHA", "Running with the Rebels: Politics, Identity, and Sexual Narrative in Algerian Rai", "Nuclear fusion: Rashed Taha mixes rock and techno with Algerian street music – and the results are so good, he's already been banned from French radio", "MUSIC; Shock the Casbah, Rock the French (And Vice Versa)", "Arab rocker Rachid Taha's music fueled by politics, punk attitude and – what else? A person who liked to party throughout the night,[6] he also had a cosmopolitan group of friends. [4] The "acerbic" song created a "splash", nevertheless, and won Taha some recognition as a serious artist. Taha became a star, pioneering a new north African rock fusion style while also reviving and reworking classic Algerian songs. After the death of Rachid Taha, the song re-entered the French Singles Chart reaching … Taha was born in Sig (Mascara … "[43], Taha died from a heart attack in his sleep on 12 September 2018, six days before his 60th birthday. ", "Living with Music: A Playlist by David Rothenberg", "Trans Musicales de Rennes 2012 : 12 concerts à ne pas louper", "Rachid Taha/Souad Massi – review (Barbican, London)", "Rachid Taha – Now or Never feat. He did better when he teamed up once again with the British producer Steve Hillage, who had produced an album for Carte de Séjour, Rhorhomanie (1984), after deciding: “I want to be involved in this. [4] Made in Medina combined Algerian roots, techno, pop music, and early rock and punk influences with "remarkable consistency" with previous works, according to Hillage. Guitarist Carlos Santana recorded his song Migra which went on to sell over 25 million copies. He was at his peak at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002, where he came on dressed in black, a thin, scruffy figure with tousled hair who sang hunched over the microphone and then fell to his knees. (from the French Tu es qui, toi ? His 1991 album Barbès was produced by Don Was, who had worked with the Rolling Stones, but it was not a success. It was, said Rachid, the first north African concert to be given serious coverage in the French media. One critic described his arrangements as "no less bombastic" since they mixed North African rhythms and "string orchestra flourishes" with "pummeling big-beat techno, distorted electric guitars, snatches of Bo Diddley, Led Zeppelin and other macho sounds. Rachid Taha is an Algerian musician whose work was made famous to US audiences after an introduction by Hans Zimmer. "They looked interested," remembers Taha, "but when they didn't get in touch, I thought nothing of it. -- "Who Are You?" 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