Rachid Taha

BY J Poet

Rachid Taha rejects the term world music, opting for the more inclusive label global pop, since Arab music has been influencing the west for centuries. Taha will talk long and eruditely on the subject, tracing the Arab influence from medieval Spain to the new world where it combined with west African forms to create Cuban rumba, then onto the United States and up through New Orleans where it influenced the genesis of jazz and rock’n’roll. Taha’s own musical vision took him on the same journey, starting backward with rock and landing him back in the world of traditional Arab... Read More

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