Rai music is a popular genre of world music from the Northern African country of Algeria. Rai is pronounced "rye" or "rah-AY" and translates as "opinion". Rai music began in the early 1900s as a combination of popular music and traditional Bedouin desert music.
Many people are unknowingly familiar with the sounds of Rai, as Sting (formerly of classic rock band The Police) utilized the vocal stylings of Rai star Cheb Mami on his album Brand New Day, and Mami's work was particularly notable on the song "Desert Rose".
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