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Prince of Rai
Cheb Mami
Prince of Rai
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #1

It takes a couple of tracks for Prince of Rai to get up to speed (royalty still has its privileges), but the wait pays off as soon as violinist D. Benyelles begins asserting himself in "I Am Still (Suffering)." This being ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Cheb Mami
Title: Prince of Rai
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Release Date: 10/9/1989
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Africa, Middle East, Arabic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351641328, 646546649985, 016351641311, 016351641342

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It takes a couple of tracks for Prince of Rai to get up to speed (royalty still has its privileges), but the wait pays off as soon as violinist D. Benyelles begins asserting himself in "I Am Still (Suffering)." This being rai, sweet suffering is the prevalent emotion conveyed by Cheb Mami's slinky young voice, with a mesmerizing chant combining Algerian street slang with classical Arabic embellishment. One of the last records Mami recorded before relocating to Paris from Algeria, Prince of Rai updates urban folk music through studio sophistication. The subject matter also bridges the generations: the singer makes one game attempt after another to flout convention, though the cards are stacked against him. Defending his wife against accusations of infidelity in "Keep On, Keep On, Oh My Enemies," for example, the singer warns her, "I'll not divorce you until I've made you suffer." --Richard Gehr
 

CD Reviews

My spirit was awakened!
DANIEL J. ANTIL | Oregon, USA | 02/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cheb Mami is, by far, the most intoxicating voice of Rai. Each song enlivens the senses, and his vocal ability awakens my spirit. The album is like a journey of the soul. It is difficult to choose a favorite song among this album. But, if I did, it would have to be Ana Mazel. (Forgive me if the spelling is incorrect.) That piece exemplifies his soaring vocal ability, and the soulfulness of the entire album. My only sorrow is the shortness of the album, and the scarcity of Rai music where I live. Before the internet, it was next to impossible to find such wonderful artists as Cheb Mami (in the midwest). If you love this album and Cheb Mami's other works, as I do,I also recommend Cheb Khaled. Although his voice is not as vibrant as Mami, he, too, evokes the true spirit of Rai in every song."
Prince of rai
DANIEL J. ANTIL | 04/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"very exotic very lively music ;mami has a unique voice and i love the violin in this cd;great cd!!!"
Very good and live music
DANIEL J. ANTIL | 01/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The music in this cd is very live and joyfull"