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Rachid Taha (Arabic: رشيد طه) (born 1958) is a French-Algerian musician. His music is influenced by many different styles such as rock, techno, and raï.

Taha was born in Oran, Algeria. His father was a factory worker. Taha’s family immigrated to France in 1968.

While working in a heating appliance factory in the late 1970s, Taha founded Les Refoulés (“The Rejects”), a nightclub where he would spin mashups of Arabic pop classics over Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley, and Kraftwerk backbeats.

Based in Paris 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. In 1981, while living in Lyon, Taha met Mohammed and Mokhtar Amini. The three of them, Rachid, Djamel Dif and Eric Vaquer would later form the band “Carte De séjour” (green card) and record their first maxi Album “Carte De Séjour” in 1983. Their first LP Rhoromanie, came out in 1984. Their second and last LP entitled Ramsa (Five) was released in 1986 and included their famous and ironic cover of Douce France, originally sung by Charles Trenet. The band dissolved in 1989.

His breakthrough album as a solo artist was Diwân, featuring remakes of songs for the Algerian 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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  • usamike

    j'adore ses mélanges de rock et Raï...ça crée un nouveau genre qu'on pourrait appelé "folk-arab" :-)

    19 Jan 2:19pm Reply
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  • Akayz7

    Zoom is great. Love that stuff.

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • max_milko

    muslims shit

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • prime1128

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

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • extrabigmehdi

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

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Berrieworld

    ♥ Zoom ♥

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • louise61

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    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zoraxx

    ما شاء الله, ما شاء الله

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • genitivodeautor

    muy bueno

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
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  • maryfreedom

    barra barra ^^

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • maryfreedom

    ya rayah <3

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rinistiltskin

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

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Oct 2011 Reply
  • aktifistanbul

    Diwan Rachid Taha - Nomads İstanbul. Detaylı Blgi İç

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • maryfreedom

    ya rayah *__* <3

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
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