Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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TékitoiP

by Rachid Taha

(Wrasse Records WRASS 126X 2CD)

Many have tried similar recipes-take a bit of Arabic, French, street slang, and throw into a hustling mix of rai, rock guitars and electronics - but only Rachid Taha can cook up something as intoxicating as Tékitoi? Break the title down to its syllables - 'T'es qui toi?' (Who are you?) - and you realize that Tékitoi? is an album that not only asks questions of its listeners, but makes some assertions of its own.

For one - as the singer makes clear in a limited-edition interview DVD that accompanies the disc-Taha is French, Algerian, Muslim. And he says it with a choice of sounds-punk included-that makes his advocacy all the greater. It's no surprise to find that a tribute to The Clash in 'Rock El Casbah' (Brian Eno and U-cef making guest appearances) throbs with the same heart as the English group's original, or to find songs that compare monolithic cultures to one-party states. …

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