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1 Rosenblum Ethan Rosenblum MUET200-0112 Boden Sandstrom Elizabeth Goldman November 9, 2009 The music and culture of Rai musicians could not flourish in their native land of Algeria because of the corruption of the government . These Algerians looked for refuge in other places, mainly France, where they use their music as a means to convey messages about their homeland . Rai music has changed over the century due to politics and other things, but it is still today, Rai artists reveal their social, political, and moral identity through lyrics that express pain, anger, frustration, as well as love, desire, and a quest for social and political freedom (Al-Taee) . Traditional Algerian Rai from the early 1900’s connected Sufism to local folk traditions, also known as sha’bi . The performances were private social gatherings such as weddings and parties and were only attended by one sex . The performers, who were mostly male singers known as cheikhs, meaning honorable or master, played instruments such as the gasbah and gillal, wooden flute and various drums, hand clapping and tambourine respectively . Moving into the 1920’s and 1930’s, peasant women began to stand up for themselves and defy the inequality in Rai music
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2012 for the course MUET 220 taught by Professor Zelensky during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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