Cheika Rimitti, Mother of Raï
February 5, 2008 11:16 PM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (18 comments total)
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Head over to Cheikha Rimitti
's MySpace page and listen to the first tune up on her player (starts when you open the page), called Saida
. Whoa! Is that badass or what?
Well, there's 5 other tunes of hers there for your listening pleasure, covering a wide swath of stylistic territory within the Algerian music tradition she was such an important part of. Yet another
MySpace page pays tribute (with 4 more songs!) to this powerful singer, and you can also learn more about her at the Cheikha Rimitti
website, which is in French, but with links like "Musique" and "Vidéos", you shouldn't have too much trouble with it. There's an informative English-language video biography
of this "Mother of Raï
", not to mention this performance footage (with those fantastic flutes!) of Saida
(in French) where Rimitti offers some a cappella snippets.