Let Me Rai

Cheb Mami  Main Performer

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1 Yo Yo Mami/Traditional 3:35
2 Haoulou Mami 4:14
3 Let Me Cry Mami/Rosenthal 3:51
4 Douha Alia Mami 4:17
5 Fatma Mami 3:47
6 Rah Eddani Mami 4:32
7 Khalihoum Mami 4:42
8 Maandi Mami 4:54
9 Manimane Mami/Traditional 4:09
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Let Me Rai

Audio Compact Disc [Rhythm Safari]

Label: Virgin

Category: Pop/Rock

Let Me Rai

UPC: 724384841126

Release Date: 06/13/2011

Original Release Date: 06/13/2011

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Yo Yo, Haoulou, Let Me Cry, Douha Alia, Fatma, Rah Eddani, Khalihoum, Maandi, Manimane]

Alex Henderson

In the 1980s and '90s, much of Algeria's rai music made extensive use of electronic instrumentation and Western elements. Cheb Mami's Let Me Rai is especially pop influenced. This inviting CD was recorded in Los Angeles, not Algeria, and the singer's music has an even stronger pop orientation than that of other Algerian rai stars. While "Maandi" has an overtly Middle Eastern groove, cuts like "Douha Alia," "Yo Yo," and the reggae-influenced "Let Me Cry" are essentially pop music sung mostly or entirely in Arabic. Quite often, Mami's harmonic sense recalls American pop and pop/rock of the early '60s. The John Coltrane-influenced jazzman Ben Clatworthy is employed on sax, though he doesn't stretch out or improvise. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi