Taha, Rachid / Je Suis Africain
Album:Je Suis Africain Collection:World
Artist:Taha, Rachid Added:Nov 2019
Label:Believe Digital 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2019-11-20 Pull Date:2020-01-22 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Jan 26Jan 5Dec 8

Recent Airplay
1.Feb 01, 2020:Music Casserole
Je Suis Africain
4.Jan 01, 2020:Hanging in the Bone Yard
2.Jan 21, 2020:Clean Copper Radio & Hot Topics
Je Suis Africain
5.Dec 07, 2019:Hanging in the Boneyard
3.Jan 20, 2020:Everything

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2019-11-15 
Posthumously released recording by prolific Algerian born, French-raised Rachid Taha; true fusion from a musician who was intimate with both Arab and European musical genres; always rhythmic, always interesting; wide range of styles; punchy lyrics

No FCC's; Favorite tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 10

*1-Ansit –3:39-- languid rock with strong Maghrebi vibe gathers steam as it goes on

*2—Aita –3:43—uptempo, danceable, lovely rolled r's

3—Minouche –3:22-- French lyrics with lots of lots of rhyme; satiric riff on French pop

*4—Je Suis Africain –3:42-- French lyrics with African vibe; call and response with electronica

*5—Wahdi –3:40-- French and Arabic lyrics –Amina Cadelli makes guest appearance, includes Mexican trumpet; way fusion

6—Insomnia –4:01-- back to Arabic with the Mexican trumpet

7—Andy Waloo—4:18-- mouth harp and weird electronic sounds background this call-out of cultural icons across cultures

8—Striptease –3:29-- a bit of French noir complete with violin and backup chorus

9—Like A Dervish –4:03-- English lyrics! With full disclosure; pure punk

*10—Happy End –3:35-- back to Arabic and early rock mixed with Arab modes and rhythms with some French thrown in; very danceable

Track Listing
1.Ansit 6.Insomnia
2.Aita 7.Andy Waloo
3.Minouche 8.Striptease
4.Je Suis Africain 9.Like A Dervish
5.Wahdi 10.Happy End